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By keef & annie, Oct 13 2013 07:08PM

Stroud Hill Park,Pidley, Cambs


Motorhome trip No13 : October 12th – 13th 2013


NOTTS->PIDLEY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE ->NOTTS 192 miles


We have been here before a few years back with our dear friends Pete & Joy, but we were in tents then. It did rain then but not as much as this weekend. We left early on Saturday morning and arrived at the site thru some horrendous showers to bright sunshine, so much so that Keef wore his shorts. We sat out for quite a while enjoying the chat and warm weather before going off for a lovely walk across the surrounding fields to the Mad Cat pub at Pidley where we had a nice baguette lunch and some very nice pints of Inflammable (4.2%) hic! The ladies had something else.


Walked back before the onslaught of rain but had a few more beers & wine etc outside before it started so into the van for a few more bevies, hic! Then all bar Keef adjourned to Pete & Joys van. Cooked Steak & Kidney puds, mash & veg and carried over all 4 plates in the rain, yummy followed by nice cheese & bikkies and grapes.


All very tired so retired early to bed, maybe it was the alcohol, maybe not! Bucketed down over night but being in the van is so much better than being in a tent. Sunday am spent relaxing, breakfast, reading before packing up the van and having a 3 course lunch in the site restaurant, which we can thoughrally recommend. Classy food for £17… example menu wood pigeon starter, roast beef main (or nile perch which Pete had) followed by gingerbread and orange cheesecake and fruit coulis, annie has a triple choc torte pud, all yummy


Then after our goodbyes it was off into the rain, and back home, not too bad at just over 1 ½ hours.

All in all a fab relaxing weekend!


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15 pictures in the SLIDESHOW

Us and Pete & Joys van, bit of a wet weekend but fun !
Us and Pete & Joys van, bit of a wet weekend but fun !

By keef & annie, Aug 12 2013 07:13PM

This is a retrospective post as I came across a few pictures of our first ever trip away in our then new motorhome. Ahhh the days. It was a very wet few days at the Caravan Club site at clumber park, not too far to drive but a great way to try out all the things that one is seeing for the 1st time since the demo when you bought the van and a great learning experience it is.


We had issues with some leaks and a few other grumbles / things we couldn't remember how to do them but as it was all under warrenty and our sellers were not far away we got most of them sorted.


We would wholeheartedly encourage any one buying a new van to do the same, just a few days away initially to try it all out. As the UK is still cold at this time of year we even tried out all the fires, hot air blowers,gas & electric operations.... do the lot .... create a snagging list and get back to the seller /garage straight after and get them sorted then your 1st real trip away in your new van will be a pleasure.


Hope it helps let us have your feedback via the comments below


See SLIDESHOW


We returned again in 2019 and were on Pitch 9. CLICK HERE to see the return


Rgds Keef & Annie

clumber park site,nottinghamshire
clumber park site,nottinghamshire

By keef & annie, Aug 12 2013 06:56PM

The website has now been redesigned to run on tablets, smart phones and old trad browsers with hopefully easier to view slideshows of photos from each of our motorhome trips away both at home and abroad.


Please please let us know what you think, we are happy with the new design but only you letting us know what you really think will see if we have achieved what we set out to do.


For the geeks amongst you we have kept the old backend blog engine and wrapped a new HTML5 front end around it


Leave us your views via the comments box below and we will get back to you, suggest articles or opinions on subjects you would like to see here, anything motorhome, rv and campervan related of course!


Thanks for your input and enjoy the all new motorhome-travels blog


The new blog is HERE!

relaunch 12/8/13
relaunch 12/8/13

By keef & annie, Jan 20 2013 11:36AM

So glad we invested in the breathable cover. See earlier article for further details


One extra tip. If its gonna be a long harsh winter, which alas it probably is with snow, is to ensure that there is charge to your engine battery. We have the van plugged into the garage with a timer, set for a few hours each week just to give a trickle charge to the engine battery, with the internal switch set to engine rather than habitation as one would when in normal mode at a camp site.


Hope the tip helps.


Have a safe and secure winter.... best wishes from motorhome-travels blog!


See the photos on our SLIDESHOW page


Additional thoughts...remove any curtains they can mould, bring them indoors and ensure all security systems are fitted. We left the power to the engine on via the garage at 6hours once a week, enough to keep the engine ticking over, oh and rolled the van back and forth monthly to stop the tyres from getting excessive weight in one place. Hope it helps.

Breathable cover
Breathable cover

By keef & annie, Nov 5 2012 01:59PM

Winterisation (is that a word really?!)


Motorhome put to bed now for 2012 especially as the ice is drawing in.


There are some pictures of the van all packed up and covered for WINTER 2012 available under the site photos and slideshow tabs. In order to see these it is necessary to login using either your Facebook login / password or set yourself up one for our site, which will mean supplying your email address and accepting the automatic link that is sent to your inbox. EASY


Luckily after our last trip away we happened to find a mega car wash on the Ashbourne road just outside Derby which had the facilities, staff and equipment to wash the motorhome. Only £15, a good deal for over 30mins of work. It looked immaculate! Plus it brought up shine again after the yacht waxing I’d spent all those hours doing during the year on the monocoche shell and the cabin waxing.


After we had driven it home, we took all the bedding, food cans etc etc out and stored them inside the house, well actually the food will obviously be well and truly eaten by next season.


I open all water taps up fully , inside and out, including the hot water pump inside to drain out ALL (hopefully) the water. LEAVE THEM OPEN ALL WINTER. I then took off all taps inside. Be careful so as not to damage the threading. I then used the pump to blow out any remaining water in the pipe work and it was surprising how much there is even though the outside taps had stopped draining.


We also made sure that the fridge was off and cleaned out, including any ice remnants in the freezer box. Put the plug in the sink to stop bad smells (if any). Connected up the electrics with an RCD / timer and wire cover into the garage and the engine switch on to allow a weekly charge just to ensure the engine battery doesn’t flatten over Winter, and probably more importantly turn off the Cat 1 alarm system.


I also put all manner of security locks on, 2 on the tyres, one on the steering column etc etc. We will shift it a few times over the Winterisation period just to ensure the rubber on the tyres doesn’t sit in the same position for too many weeks / months.


Finally we put the breathable cover completely over the van. Note this is not an easy task even for 2 with ladders, and brooms. Suggestion: Maybe get a few friends around to help.

Anyway that’s it. It is our first winter with the van so we will no doubt learn and let you know what we discover good and/ or bad.


Anyone else care to share what they have done to winterise their van or plan to do if anything. Is it a good idea or a waste of time? Have your say here in the comments under this blog. Let’s get a discussion going.


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96 Photos available in the SLIDESHOW

See you next spring!
See you next spring!

By keef & annie, Sep 23 2012 02:01PM

Hi, have you thought of creating your own motor home. Thanks to our lovely friend Vin in France for the idea!


These 'old' mercedes ambulance are cheap, well looked after and ideal (in our view) for a very personal conversion job. If only we didn't have our lovely van we would consider it.


Let us know how you get on, maybe we could come and photograph the final job and feature it here on the blog and / or on our facebook page. Bit like 'Grand Designs Motorhome' *smile*


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mercedes ambulance
mercedes ambulance

By keef & annie, Aug 15 2012 11:42AM

Thinking of taking a motorhome or RV tour abroad?


Maybe Canada, Oz, Argentina, Iceland, American West, New Zealand.....

There are a few of those we haven't done yet but would love to


There are some talks on each of these at the up and coming Motorhome & Caravan Show at Birmingham which could be a useful insight from folks who have already done them


Click here to see Presentation Times Note now shows the latest years show


Highly RECOMMENDED by motorhome-travels blog!


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Argentina
Argentina

By keef & annie, Aug 8 2012 07:42AM

Came across this great site that is only 26 minutes away from sitting there and watching your fave athletes, how good is that. And its a very reasonable price with good facilities.


Just a thought!


Want to find out more , then click here


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By keef & annie, Jul 29 2012 08:14AM

Having been away recently and rather frustratingly lost a wheel trim in transit I decided to use the plastic cable ties you can get on eBay to secure my new wheel trims.


The wheel trims are quite costly and if you lose one trim it is often very difficult to get an exact match so you often end up have to get a costly set of 4. So for £1 for a pack of 100 ties its a no brainer. I even managed to get a matching colour bewteen tie & trim so the tie is almost visually invisible. I decided to tie them up top and bottom as well just in case (heaven forbid) that in the future I clip a kerb or something.


Could save you some money in the future!


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secure your wheel trims
secure your wheel trims

By keef & annie, Jun 25 2012 08:45AM

Came across this great wealth of info for Motorhome travellers like you and I. Especially found the article on tolls in Norway helpful but there are many more.


Why not give Motorhome Planet a look?


Let us know if there are sites you would like to recommend, thanks


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