Life on the road in a Motorhome by Nick!!!
Trip Start Apr 10, 2012
25Trip End Jul 19, 2012
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The motor home is a 2.3 litre diesel Fiat which gets along pretty well, costs about 200 dollars to fill up and seems to last awhile. The drivers are a lot more patient than kiwi drivers but they drive pretty fast - you can be cruising along at 100k’s and cars pass you like you’re standing still. The driving on the wrong side of the road in France wasn’t too much of a problem and wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be.
I’ve got two navigators, Keri who’s good on the back roads and not so good in town and Molly our sat nav who we use in town (Mole when she’s not behaving)
The sleeping arrangements in the motor home have been a bit like musical beds. I started up in the luton above the cab with Keri but not that easy to get up and down so I moved down to the table bed. It’s 5 foot long and has to be made up every night. Needless to say I’m looking forward to my own bed when I get home. The kids have swapped around between bunks and sleeping with Keri or in the single bed beside me. It’s been a bit rough on the romance side of things!!!
The kitchen has a great work triangle, any housewife would love it. The sink, cooker, fridge, pantry and microwave are all within arms reach. There’s always a bottle or two or wine in the pantry and I’ve even done a bit of cooking. We have enough storage to have a few days food on board which is great when we want to stop for smoko or lunch.
We have 100 litres of water on board which doesn’t seem to go very far. The bathroom is pretty cosy too with a tiny shower and a small toilet for emergencies only, which Maggie hasn’t quite come to grips with.
The kids have all helped out with cooking and its great what you can cook with two gas burners. Sam can cook a meal without any help and the other night we had a beer in a pub in Wales and he wandered across the road and cooked dinner while we had another round
Some of our more interesting moments in the motorhome have been:
- Arriving in Dover and discovering the luton window had blown off because it hadn’t been shut. Had to drive back to London for the new window to be fitted which only took 5 minutes. Then another 2 hours back to the ferry at Dover.
· Backing into a bank in Scotland and taking the back bumper off, nothing a bit of liquid nails and some screws didn’t sort out.
· Keri dropping the toilet tank cap down a waste hole in France, thank god for duck tape.
· Being invaded by midges in Wales at 11pm at night and having to relocate to a new camp spot.
There have been a few other moments that we can’t record, needless to say we carry a tool kit and glue and they’ve both been well used.
We are coming to the end of our ten weeks in the motorhome. We’ve done heaps of free camping and only been told to move on once and it wasn’t a problem because we were about to leave anyway. Not sure how many km’s we’ve done but we’ve covered a lot of country and the kids have travelled pretty well without too much fighting. It’s been a fantastic way to get around and I’d recommend it!