Adapting to the campervan when it arrives

29 Sep

and the kitchen sink

If you look around on a campsite, you will see that people’s ideas of what camping is all about falls into a HUGE and diverse category. Some folk need all the comforts of home ( and I have seen some who must have very grand homes indeed) and some cope with great fun in a compact tent with not even a stool to sit on. It’s not a question of wealth, in my opinion. We have enjoyed 2 weeks in France with a 2 man tent and blow up mattress (very comfy and an excellent refreshing night’s sleep!) , a couple of fold up bikes, shorts and teeshirts. We have also had use of a 6 berth American RV with all mod cons. Very different holiday styles but enjoyable in different ways.
We now have to adapt to the smallest campervan we have ever owned. Its not really the same as our little caravan, as we have a tiny shower room in that plus we can use the car as a mobile shed for all sorts of stuff to drag along with us. Here are just some of the things that we will have to contend with.

Things to sort out once we have the campervan.

· Where will we store bedding, cooking utensils, food and clothes?
· What changes will we have to make to what we have done before?
· How easy is it to pop up the raising roof then stow it away again?
· Will our smallest fold up camping chairs fit somewhere inobtrusively?
· Can we swivel the cab seats and make up the bed without stepping outside?
· How powerful is the blown air gas heating?
· Can we have a stand up (flannel) wash at the washbasin?
· Is it ergonomical for cooking at the hob?
· Do we need an extra fan for cooking or can we ventilate in other ways?
· Need to fit a smoke alarm, CO alarm and safety deposit box.
· Find a good spot to secure a small tool box.
· Is the bed comfy enough? Do we need a memory foam cover mattress?
· Does the van bounce around when we move about? Stabilisers needed?
· Is the table viable for eating, reading, writing? Good enough for 4 people?
· What have’nt we thought of yet?
· How are the LED lights? (I bet these look great!)
· How long can we survive without Electric Hook Up (EHU) on 12v?
· Is the fridge big enough and what size “stuff” to buy when filling it?
Gordon Bennett
Joanne at Drivelodge gave us some good advice. She said that many buyers of campervans try to fit far too much into a small package. They try to downshift from a larger motorhome but take all the luxuries with them. I agree. We have to adapt to a new way of doing things. I think it’s going to be great fun ! (If a little cluttered at first…………)

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4 Responses to “Adapting to the campervan when it arrives”

  1. martin mcdowall September 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Hello. The roof is 20 seconds up and down. i have built two small campers whilst caravanning for the last 33 years and was inspired by book called travels wirh charlie where the author travelled america in a dismountable after a major de-clutter of his whole life. this will be the time in your life where less is really more…. Embrace the new head on. Cheers.

    • Dinkum September 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

      Hi Martin, encouraging news about the roof !

      I was actually quite moved by your revelation of what motivated you. This campervan marks a move back to a freedom of lifestyle we lost in 2006 due to life changing family events. It’s soooooooo good , getting back to where we were! We want to travel anywhere, anytime , once more, with as little clutter as is possible. Must get that book ! Cheers !

  2. Stefaan September 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Some people just need a lot of luggage,i went on vacation with 2 adults and 2 kids for 3 weeks to martinique with only 18kg off luggage

    • Dinkum September 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      Now that is impressive Stefaan ! My underwear weighs that much……. LOL
      Found the book and on order. I love PayPal !

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