How On Earth Did This Happen

Trip Start May 09, 2013
Trip End Jul 01, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, April 29, 2013

   Me & Fred are feeling a little bit nervous this morning, we're on our way to pick up a caravan and join that wonderful Australian breed "The Grey Nomads" or become members of SKI (spend your kids inheritance) I may have got that wrong, I seem to have a spare y.  Anyway we're not sure how this has happened, actually that's not entirely true, we do know how this has happened, I think I may have mentioned to my brother Barry (outback Bazza as he is affectionately known by our children) that one day Fred & I would love to hitch our wagon to his wagon, figuratively speaking and experience all the wonderful places that he and my long suffering sister-in-law Elaine (she refers to herself as Mrs Peter Sellers as she tends to have a few clumsy moments ) have visited whilst travelling the length & breadth of Australia. 
  If you throw my brother the ball he will  run with it, and sure enough in December 2011 we received a free copy of Caravan & Motorhome Monthly.  At first (after I'd read it) I was quite irate at the nerve of some of these publishing companies for sending magazines that you haven't requested, and then bill you for it.  In January 2012  Bazza rings us up and asks " have you received anything in the post yet about caravans?" Funny you should ask I say, actually we got a free copy of caravan & motorhome monthly recently.  "Yeah" he says, "I bought you and Fred a years subscription so that you can get a bit of an idea about being on the road and also they have great ideas for trips for us to do when you get your caravan."  I have to admit that we began to get caught up in his enthusiasm, he started making us all these wonderful Bazza inventions that we would need for our great adventure.  The LED light on a stick that you just plug into your lighter, the camp oven - oven, made out of a disused gas bottle that he had cut in half heat beads are placed in the bottom and more heat beads placed on the lid, cooks joints of meat to perfection, also makes great stews, bakes bread etc. - amazing!  Meanwhile Fred in private is shit scared, he's never towed a thing in his life and is finding the prospects of  towing a caravan very frightening.  In a quest to overcome Fred's fear of towing we decided to go to a caravan and camping show to look at our options.  Big mistake, once you start looking your hooked.  One  of my favourite shops is BCF, they have all this great camping stuff, we haven't actually camped that much but we have some great gear, I guess looking at caravans is the same thing, everything they sell at these shows feels like a must have for the modern day caravaner, some even carry an automatic washing machine, can you believe that!
 In October 2012 we made another mistake and that was to meet Baz & Mrs Sellers at Brisbane's big Caravan Show.  The long and the short of it was that my brother spent most of the show on his back looking underneath caravans, meanwhile me & Fred were concerned about whether it had a wine rack, a bed long enough for his 6ft 4in frame and a pleasant outdoor setting for Happy Hour just like on the front cover of the magazines we had been receiving for the past 9mths.  Things suddenly started moving along at a very brisk pace and by 2pm over coffee a decision was made to purchase a van, Baz hammered out an excellent deal and had also signed himself up to install the solar, TV and God knows what else.  The caravan builder liaised with Baz, in fact we had nothing to do with it until handover, which is today.  We will meet a very nice man called Peter who will install the anti sway mechanism, a new piece of technology from America (organised by Baz) the very sound of the word anti sway brings Fred out in a cold sweat.It is now 3 hrs later since arriving to pick up our caravan, Mrs Sellers is bored rigid, she has completed a whole That's life magazine, I'm feeling a little frazzled trying to take in all the onboard facilities and Fred is totally bewildered and just a little bit apprehensive  about  having his first towing lesson up the very busy Bruce Highway.Over the following week Baz has installed numerous gadgets that neither Fred nor I wonder if we will ever need, let alone ever know how to use.  Me & Mrs Sellers are sent on endless trips to hardware shops, camping stores and gizmo shops to purchases various  connections for this that and the other.  My job is also to non slip inside all the cupboards and get my head around packing so that nothing is likely to bang around and cause damage during transit.  I have never been so stressed.  May 7th -  Finally we are ready to set off on our first trip.  Baz and Mrs Sellers will be staying overnight tonight and  all being well we will be heading off tomorrow morning.  Alas! all is not well on the scheduled departure day, Baz needs a spot of welding on the A frame, he's not happy with the movement of his new anti sway hitch, personally I'm grateful for the extra day to ponder the best possible way to pack our caravan - not easy, there is a lot to consider.  Fred is relieved that for the moment we have ceased spending money - I have a feeling this will not last long. 
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Caz on

Oh for god's sake - what are we in for now?

Shaz (The Good One) on

Wow, the van looks beautiful.
So much fun for you 2 ahead out in the wilds of Australia...

Gordon and Lynn on

What a luxurious Caravan..........hope it has a satellite connection so that Fred can follow the Ashes Series! Gordon and Lynn

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