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“Aires”, Normandy and Brittany – almost!

We’d just had two weeks in the Netherlands and it’s fair to say that the weather while we were here was pretty lousy. It was cold and wet, and so disappointing after our amazingly hot Easter. We still had a few weeks left on our trip and on sudden impulse we decided to head south into France to try and find some sun.  In all our travels we’ve never been down the western side of France, and for years Carol’s been desperate to visit Mont Saint Michel, so we decided […]

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So Charming in Charmes

Well, it’s lovely to be back in France again, where we at least have some skills to be able to talk to the locals. While French was the language we both learned at school, it’s clear to us travelling around Europe that German would have been much more useful. It’s funny travelling in so many countries, it’s so easy to get your Buenos Dias mixed up with your Bonjour, or your Guten Tag swapped with your Grüss Gott! We’ve said DankeSchon to at least three French shopkeepers in the last […]

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BBQ and Gas Point

Gas Point on the side of the Motorhome We had an external gas point installed, near to the habitation door. This little gas socket is Worth its weight in Gold ! When we’re cooking outside, it’s a simple job just to plug the BBQ into the gas point and away we go! We have a 2 metre gas pipe on the BBQ, which means we’ve got plenty of scope to move the BBQ to a position that suits us best.   Our BBQ When we set of travelling, we had […]

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Rear View Camera

I’ve been a car driver all my life, I’ve never driven vans or trucks. I don’t care that lorry drivers say you don’t need a rear view mirror.  I want to know whats going on behind me when I’m driving, and I want to have a good close up view when I’m reversing. I want a rear view mirror! The unit we had fitted to the van had two cameras, one giving us a general “rear view mirror” type view of the road and traffic behind us, with the second camera […]

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Window blinds and covers

We have two methods for blacking out, or covering our windscreen and side door windows, we have Remis blinds, and we have a “Taylor-Made” silver screen.  The Remis blinds are the easiest thing in the world to use and are always our first choice for covering up the driving area windows. Brilliant in the summer, but in the autumn/winter with the big difference in inside and outside air temperatures, we do get a lot of condensation on the windscreen and side windows. This is when the Silver Screen is best, […]

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Motorhome Security

Security in our Motorhome Vehicle Alarm This was the very first priority for us, we needed to do as much as we could to make sure: our motorhome wasn’t going to get stolen, our possessions were as safe as they could be, when we weren’t with the van, most importantly, that we were safe when we were in the van. We won’t give details of the alarm that we had fitted, but it provides us with vehicle immobilisation when alarmed alarm sensors on all vehicle and habitation doors internal movement […]

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Battery and Solar Set-up

Battery and Solar Set-up 2nd Habitation Battery We wanted to be sure that we never run out of battery power when we’re “off grid”, i.e. not plugged into the mains. The first step in achieving this was to have a second 110A habitation battery installed which then gave us double the available battery power. Because our van was new, we asked for the second battery to be identical to the first, factory supplied battery. This was (very) expensive but we knew that we had a matched pair of batteries that […]

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Our drinks cabinet

This was dead simple, we had a cupboard above our fridge with lots of empty space, but we were short of places to store bottles in our van. We bought a couple of double bottle holders from Amazon, only a few pounds, and turned our nice little space into a bottle cupboard. Sticky Velcro to hold the bottle holders in place, which peels off without causing any damage if we want to take them out. Simples!!

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Making compartments in that big expansive shoe cupboard

Our van Elton, a Carado T449 has a great big cupboard just inside the door under the single seat – its billed as a shoe cupboard, but its a massive area, and we just don’t have that many shoes when we’re travelling, so we thought we’d make better us of the space. We turned the big open area into smaller sections, so we could store – and find – some of our stuff much better. This was a really simple project, but now we have it, we get much better […]

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