Life on the road in a Motorhome by Nick!!!

Trip Start Apr 10, 2012
Trip End Jul 19, 2012

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

After a lot of requests to do a blog I thought it was about time I did one. I'm going to do mine on life in a motor home (lunch box on wheels as nephew George calls it) with four kids. My typing is not good so it’s going to take a while.

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).  We have been in the odd tight spot but no accidents so far –I’ve had  a few fist shakes and a few toots.  Sometimes I know why but a few times I’ve got no idea what I did wrong. 

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.  Looking forward to some decent meat and oven cooking when we get home, the kids are missing lasagne and puddings! 

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!   
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Sue Williams on

Such a wonderful time you are all having. You maybe ready for the quiet Takapau life soon. Fab blogs by all.

Nana and Pop on

Great write up Nick. Not so good with the romance side of things so might have to do some babysitting on your return!!! Certainly an amazing family time and memories to cherish always.

3star on

Just love it Nick! Heading back to London .. wondering if you will get to Wimbledon again? Have fun & enjoy ...

3 Star on

You might want to be careful in the Greek Island, those beaches could cause issues especially with the way the romancing has been going.

michelle on

Didnt know you could write nick - I'm impressed!!

Wendy & Colin on

JUst like you we had a few pitfalls campervanning through France & Scandinavia......Colin managed to hit a sign coming out of a car park and cracked a side window so yes duck tape did come in handy. Like you we would recommend campervanning anytime while travelling through some of these countries as you have the freedom to go where you want and stop where you please and not worry about booking accommodation. This trip has been amazing for all of you and you will have memories that will last forever. Once you are home each of you need to put together your own coffee table book using Snapfish to recount those special moments in time. Take care and safe travels back to NZ.

Bron Ellmers on

Have just caught up on your latest blogs, as we ran out of time at school last week. Will have to share these with the kids when the new term starts. We have really enjoyed reading about your travels and adventures, and it has been a great way for Takapau kids to find out a bit about the big wide world! There have been some real WOW moments with the photos and stories. Not long till your trip comes to an end, so enjoy the last part of it, and we look forward to seeing you all back in Takapau. Very wet and wintry here, so soak up any sun you see! Love from Mrs E

gladys.hunt on

Hi , loved the story Nick . We have had the toots shouting etc . And we are on a motor bike . All David says is cant understand Italian . Sounds like you are all having fun . Still talking . Our gps is Katie and she really tries her best to lead us up garden paths , we have been up others people's paths .
Catch up back in Takapau .
Gladys and David

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