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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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A trip to the Weigh Bridge

We took our motorhome Elton for his first “test” weigh-in at the Weighbridge today. It’s important that we don’t overload the van; if we’re stopped by the police and taken to a weighbridge for testing and we’re overweight, we’d be fined, AND  we’d have to lose all excess weight before they’d allow us to leave the weigh station and continue our journey. Potentially that would mean having to leave some of our possessions behind. We’ve heard of many motorhomers being tested and having problems being overweight, particularly in Europe; we don’t want […]

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Overhead storage in the Garage

  Almost as soon as we got our new van “Elton” home, we loaded everything into the van’s garage to see how much space we had, and to  marvel at how much stuff we could take with us. It was a bit of a shock to see all of our things piled up on the floor making the garage look totally full up – and we still had lots more to pack! And how on earth would be able to find anything! We quickly realised we’d need an organised way of […]

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Upgrading our gas to LPG refillable bottles

One of the challenges motorhomer’s face is making sure we always have a good supply of gas. For our van Elton, we always need gas for cooking, and when we’re not plugged into 240v mains (“off-grid”), we need gas for heating and hot water.  In the van we have a large gas locker that holds two 11Kg gas bottles – the same bottles as we all use for our BBQ’s. However, there’s a few things about using normal gas bottles that sometimes make life a bit difficult for motorhomers. You know the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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