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NV200 Forum now Live on Facebook

13 Oct
Are you a loyal long term follower?

You may remember me writing about setting up a forum for all things NV200. A place where fellow NV200 owners share information , show off their vans, custom modifications and camper van conversions. Well, a friend of mine, Thomas, has set up a forum on FACEBOOK and kindly added me as an Admin. Why not come along, have  a look and have your say? Please we need members for our Facebook Group. All are welcome!

find the Group here

or search for nv200  owners club on Facebook.

What have you done or plan to do with your “Blank Canvas”?



An Indian Summer day Trip

11 Oct
Maenan Abbey Hotel , Aberconwy
Around 50 years ago, yes fifty ! My young friends and I wished to emulate the more mature lads at school who were members of cycling clubs. They boasted of 100 mile round trips in a day on their lightweight, 10 speed racers. So, we got together on a dry, warm and sunny day and rode the 50 miles or so from Stoke-on-Trent to Llangollen. This week, on Tuesday, I re-ran that trip and more in the Kampa. I actually went to see one of my surviving friends from that cycle trip, now acting as a carer for his delightful wife in Llandudno.
This wasn’t us but it is of the period.
When we got to Llangollen, this particular friend declared that his rear wheel was buckled and his rear brake was coming on at each revolution. We had few tools and he had to endure the ride home fighting against the extra resistance. He was exhausted when we got home.
Llanrwst on the A470
This time was far more relaxing. I was alone as my wife had a cold virus which we did not want to pass onto my mate’s wife. I set off early and the light traffic, beautiful weather and blue skies made for a dream journey. I pulled up a couple of times to use the onboard facilities and for a light lunch just north of Llangollen. At Betwys Y Coed , I took the A470 through the delightful market town of Llanrwst. When I got to my mate’s , over a tasty Latte, he gave a gift of his late father’s Air Crew Association tie pin. A massive honour for me, priceless in fact. I had massive respect for his dad, who was a Navigator on Lancaster Bombers in WW II. He flew many, many missions, defying all the odds and surviving. What a superb gift for me to treasure !!! I was deeply moved.

Something Different.

23 Sep
Retro styling done well ? I love it !

Are you an NV200 owner?

19 Sep
NV200 owners’ club, Facebook.

If you are an NV200 owner or perhaps just interested in these fabulous compact, economical vans why not visit Facebook and peruse the newly formed NV200 Owners’ Group? It’s not just about campervans but covers everything NV200. That’s the current profile picture above.

Another trip to London and Sussex.

19 Sep
Ouse valley Viaduct. Balcombe, Sussex.

The drive down to London was in full sun. Dry with blue skies. Absolutely lovely. I had topped up with SHELL’s premium diesel and you can definitely feel the benefit in response from the engine. That extra little surge of smooth assistance.

The Nissan nv200 Factory Barcelona.

You could have been driving across France  to the Spanish nv200 factory. Now, what a pleasant trip that could be. Return to the point of manufacture in your van or in my case, our campervan. The factory represents some £100, 000,0000 in investment including the e-NV200 manufacture. After 5 years of owning ours, I think they did quite a good job in production.

But, I digress. Whilst down in London we shall again be visiting the South Downs to look at properties. This time the focus is on Balcombe village. All for family reasons. Really looking forward to driving down there again. A delightful area of England.

Something New

17 Sep
Our Kampa in deepest France earlier this year.

Recently I was contacted by Thomas, who lives locally in our village. He has just purchased an NV200 and has started an NV200 Group on Facebook. Facebook has taken over much of my scribings from the Blog in recent months and I have not been posting as much as in the past. But there is more to come. The Summer renovation, painting the exterior of our cottage is virtually completed and we will have more time for leisure  and subsequent Blogging again. The Kampa is here to stay for the longer term and we have not scratched the surface of our bucket list. Keep watching.

Wilderness In the City Centre? Dash Cam benefits.

29 Aug

It has been almost two months since I last posted. I have a backlog of visit reports from myself and friends Martin and Libby to post but yesterday was so negative it drove me to post this.

Our nearby Newcastle under Lyme has relatively low crime rates but on my return from picking up paint materials for our current home update I was in for a shock. As I approached one of the roundabouts on the A34 near the new wood stove Pizza parlour, I spotted a couple of “hoodies” beyond the underpass railings immediately to my left. I glanced across and there were actually four in all, two of them apparently , young men. As I moved towards my left turn, there was a huge loud bang and the campervan was rocked , water was covering the passenger cab window and laughing faces could be seen close to the immediate barrier.

I completely lost it. I pulled up around the junction and leapt out to confront the vandals. They saw me running towards them as I came around the building on the corner and at first they ran off towards the next roundabout. I did not give up and got close to catching them. I was extremly angry and my fists were clenched. Then I realised that the two largest were actually probably nearer to 15 yo than 18 , so I calmed a little and turned back towards my campervan. They followed me shouting abuse and threatening to drag me into the underpass. They didn’t  and I do not think that they would actually risk taking me on , even with four of the little blighters.

I realised though that even inside town, I was in a a bit of a protection-less no mans land of dual carriageway pavement, underpasses and limited access. Back in the kampa and having seen the small dent on the door, I realised that they could easily have had a knife? They had probably thrown a plastic water bottle with a lot of force.

Hmmmmm ? Makes you think. I stored the dash cam and back home, it came up trumps. I had videoed the scum and had it safely on file. One call to 101 and it was reported. Crime number issued for insurance purposes , although it would not be worthwhile and a commitment by the Police to view the CCTV on that location.The chap taking the call shrugged off my apologies for taking up Police time. Crime is crime, his words. It could have been far worse.

What a sad world we have become. An underclass of losers ruining life for others for fun.

I intend posting much more pleasant material as soon as busy times allow. Trips to Wales, the South Downs and much more.