25 May

With any luck Old Red will be ready to pick up this weekend, so my first camping trip with him could be as little as eight days away.

Oh. My. God.

To be honest, with doctor’s appointments, falconry experiences (more about that later, I’m sure) and work, there’s a good chance that I won’t be able to pick him up until that weekend. If that’s the case then I’ll have to make do with a one-nighter somewhere fairly close. I figure that, as a rental van, Red’ll be well used to being picked up by an inexperienced ‘vanner’ (I’m sure that’s not a real word, but let’s go with it) and heading off on holidays…it’s just me that needs to get my head around owning a campervan and sleeping out in it on the very fist night it’s mine.

Panic attacks may ensue.

A few people have suggested that I stay close to home on my first trip, just in case something goes wrong…but it’s hard to think of somewhere that’s close enough to be useful in a crisis, yet far enough away to be classed as an adventure. Tesco’s carpark could be a good idea. There’s toilets, a cafe (in case I can’t work the stove), flat land to park on, and a fairly well-stocked camp shop! If there were electric hook-ups it’d be perfect…unless you wanted to use any of the facilities at the wrong times during the weekend…

Yes, I’m joking. But I do need to figure out what I’m going to do and, more importantly, what I need to do! It’ll be a total disaster if I get to my intended camp site and I have no idea how to work my stove or the leisure battery or anything else that I’ve currently got no idea how to use. I’ve got a LONG list of questions to ask when I go to pick him up…


Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “Planning?…

  1. Astrid | Pohutukawa PhotoGraphic

    May 26, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Mmm… definitely don’t assume everything will just work. I don’t want to scare you, but when we bought ours half of the gas piping for the fridge wasn’t there, nor was it hooked up to the leisure battery. Oh and the “leisure” battery was actually just a spare 12v car battery, so it didn’t cope with leisure type use and we had to replace it twice in 3 months of solid camping.

    The good news is that the cooker was easy to work 🙂

    In saying that, ours was not an ex-rental so it had been kind of plundered by previous owners. Fingers crossed yours has all the stuff where it’s meant to be. If it’s only one night it can’t go that badly wrong, just take some back-up dinner that you don’t mind eating cold!

    • onegirlandacampervan

      May 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Yeah, the leisure battery worries me, but I’m hoping that it’ll all be in good working order due to being a rental *fingers crossed*!! Thank you though, I’ll be ready and waiting for something to go wrong (well…waiting, anyway. I doubt I’ll be ready at all! ha ha)


  2. sariofthepie

    May 28, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I’m actually shitting it. I’m driving Lady Blue down to Christchurch on 9th June and she STILL DOESN’T HAVE SEATBELTS IN THE BACK!! EEK! I have resolved to go to the garage today with my tape measure so that I can A) measure up for the top bunk for Isaac for foam (or whatever it is I need to purchase) and fabric so the dude has a bed, discuss other little bits (flapping drivers side wing mirror, hole in passenger side step up bit and water pipe hole). I also might ask about batteries…don’t want to run out of juice mid-camp. I’m getting that weird adrenaline tingle/wobbliness just thinking about this! ARGH! WHAT HAVE WE DONE??

    In other news: you can always camp in the car park next to my house on your first trip!

    • onegirlandacampervan

      May 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      You don’t *need* seatbelts in the back…but they do make for a safer journey and peace of mind 🙂 I also keep having that thought (esp considering I still don’t know when I can collect Red :-/ not good) but it will be ALL GOOD. It has to be lol…

      and Yay! that sounds like a much better idea than Tesco 😉

      • sariofthepie

        May 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

        Dude, child = need seatbelts. Fact.

      • onegirlandacampervan

        June 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        I was thinking that at a push you could have him in the front and adult passengers in the back…but on second thoughts that’s not safe either!! Meaty projectiles and all :-/

      • Adventures and Happienings

        June 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

        Plus he’d jabber away and freak me out while I’m driving a beasty van LOL!


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