Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Caravan Bargain Search - How Much Does A 2 Berth Caravan Really Cost?

I often hear from people that if they had enough money and they could afford to they would live full time in a caravan.

To be honest I really do not understand that statement. Do you need to spend thousands on a caravan?

Of course you need to be comfortable and dry, but I guess it is all down to what you are prepared to put up with.

Can you cope with dodgy curtains and out of date/style cushions?

The alternative? Rent a room or if your feeling flush a small flat/house which drains all your hard earned cash so you cannot afford to live the life you want.

I do know that there is no way I would pay a minimum of £70pw to rent a room and share a kitchen, bathroom and living room.

So with this in mind, what can you actually buy for your money? As a challenge I set myself a budget of £1000 to buy a caravan.

I decided in my quest that I would not go for a big twin axle rig, but a 2 berth caravan, which could be towed by the average family saloon.

This is what I found:-

Large Seating area turns into double bed. Kitchen area with sink, fridge,  grill, hob, gas heater, dressing room, cassette toilet, shower and wash hand basin.

At £695 looks good for it's age. Click on the link above to see the full details.

Fresh Water Carrier and Waste Water Container. Gas Cooker & Hob. Electrolux fridge. Cascade Water Heater. Carver Gas Heating. Thetford Porta-Potti. Mains Hookup. New Battery

Comes with all Manuals for Appliances. Some age-related bits and pieces, repairs/a bit of TLC inside, but ready to tow away and use with everything you need.

All in at £995 or best offer.

I could keep going with other examples but I hope you are getting my drift by now. They may not be the latest style or model, but they are functional and will keep you warm and dry and out of trouble if you need to put a roof over your head.

Till later.................

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

History Of The Caravan

I was kindly sent the following link, which I found interesting.

It shows a rather shortened and potted history of the humble caravan here in the UK.

So many thanks to Andrew Jenkins (The UK's leading caravan historian) and Salop Leisure for putting this all together and to Luke who sent it over to me!

History of the Caravan
View the full interactive History of the Caravan

8 Places You Can Live In That Are Cheaper Than A House

Recently the "Mirror" ran an article on their website called "8 Places you can live in that are way, way cheaper than a house".

If you click on the link above and read through, we are at No. 6 with a link direct to my blog!

Cool stuff, but I guess they did not read my blog from start to finish to see that my views are not necessarily politically correct!

I'm just grateful for the publicity, especially as I am slack to say the least in writing on here any more.

It is only because I am laid up with a sore back that I am managing to find the time to do all this today.

I'm sure there has been a shortening of time, and hour is 60 mins, but somehow, it is now only 40 mins long!! Does any one else have this problem?

I used to think that I had all the time in the world, but now, I feel that time is a premium, and I only want to be doing the things that bring me joy and happiness.

With so many things that I want to do, I just hope that I find the strength and cram it all in!

Till later.......

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Catching Up With Life!

Well, it sure has been a while since I wrote anything on here, time just seems to pass by so quickly these days that before you know it, another month has gone by!

Christmas came and went, with all the trimmings and we saw the old year out and the new year in!

So many things have changed for me these last 12 months that it is impossible to keep up on a day to day basis, let alone write about it all.

Life is good, new challenges are faced and met and hopefully dealt with correctly.

On the house front, the conservatory is now fully done, floor laid throughout the down stairs. The kitchen has seen a makeover with a new solid oak top and ceramic sink, which makes it look rather posh!

Upstairs the kids rooms are done, and in a couple of weeks our fitted wardrobes will arrive and be fitted.

Several radiators have been replaced with new thermostatic valves fitted to all, which is making the heat of the house easier to regulate.

Just the garden to do, and that will be it. We have decided to wait to do the bathroom till after the wedding.

This is our next big challenge - The Wedding! We are trying to keep it as simple as possible, but this is easier said then done. But, we are working on it, so fingers crossed it will all turn out ok.

On the job front, I'm still driving buses, but to be honest, it is not a pleasant job to do. An easy job yes, but having to put up with people moaning all day and complaining over nothing is a real de-motivator.

Kiera is working as hard as ever and her company is expanding and moving ahead fast. She dearly wants to go full time, so I may yet go part time, as this allows her the flexibility to do her job properly. A job she thoroughly enjoys, which is important. It also pays better than mine so from a financial point of view it all makes sense.

We have spent time away in the camper, the odd night here and there, which has been good fun. We managed to get away for a few nights over the Christmas period, just the two of us. We headed for Wales and spent a night camped up on a cliff top wild camping then a couple of nights in a rather splendid pub.

Currently I'm off work as I've managed to damage my back a couple of days ago. There would of been a time when I would of just carried on, but now, as they think no more of you for working through it I'm taking the time off to recover properly.

My parents who are in their late 60's and mid 70's have bought a caravan and are thinking of upgrading to a newer one soon. It's good to see them getting out and about and making the most of things.

I here that my old caravan has now been sold, so there is closure on that part of my life once and for all.

I was asked recently do I miss the lifestyle. To answer honestly there is parts that I miss and parts that I do not.

I miss the feeling of being so close to nature, watching sunsets, listening to owls, the wind and the rain.

I don't miss running out of water half way through a shower or emptying the loo in freezing conditions in the dark. Or being up worrying that the awning is about to blow away!

So there are trade off's, on the whole it was an enjoyable experience.

Our plan roughly is to see the kids through school and off to university, then we hope to make our escape!

Plenty of exciting times ahead, we just have to get there and make it happen!

So thanks for sticking with me, I will try to write more often!

Till later.................

Saturday, 22 November 2014

I'm Getting Married - Exciting Times Ahead!!!

Well, I'll cut straight to the chase as the title of my blog post says it all - I'm getting married!!!

We both agree that it has felt right from day one, and this is who I want to spend the rest of my life with.

So we have set a date for Easter Sunday 2016. Yes, you have to plan that far ahead to get exactly what you want.

We have found the venue and all being well a deposit will be paid over the next couple of days.

The ring I hear you ask!? Show us the ring? As I have reminded Kiera on several occasions "It was either a ring or a motorbike - so I must love you"!

There are plans for the future but right now we are happy in getting the house ship shape and sorted, and hopefully the down stairs will be done before Christmas.

The builders are in on Monday morning and as we speak the solid oak worktops are being coated prior to installation.

So over the next couple of weeks everything will be upside down, just as well that Kiera is off to Dubai on business (jolly) leaving me with no kitchen!

Oh well, always have the VW to brew up in!

Till later.................

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Micro Gypsy Bicycle Trailer Caravan

A tiny home, studio, or craft kiosk that can be pulled by a bicycle, this beautiful little vardo was designed and built by artist/craftsman Barry Howard. It is the culmination of a lifetime of experience designing and building little nomadic homes. it is easy to tow behind a bicycle and very stable.

I find this very appealing, possibly due to it's simplicity.

To see more about this wonderful trailer click "The Micro Gypsy Bicycle Trailer Caravan"

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Best Hand Held Portable Hoover For Caravans Motorhomes and Tents

Now Hoovers in a caravan or camper van can be a real pain. Generally too large to lug around with you on a day to day basis even if it is one of those little pull along things.

My experience of hoovers whilst full timing was they get in the way! The hose or lead always manages to get wrapped around your legs as you are trying to hoover in a confined space.

Whilst I was full timing I always had one, but it sure was a pain. I'm afraid that a dust pan and brush does not cut it for me, creating more dust that I started off with.

Also pet hairs, anyone who has ever owned a dog that sheds hair will know exactly what I am talking about!

Now that I only have a VW T25 Camper Van we decided with two kids a mad dog, Kiera and myself who can be the worlds messiest person, we needed a little more than just a stiff hand held brush whilst out with the camper.

We had looked at many different types from the 12v plug in one's that have less suck than an asthma sufferer to the all singing all dancing Dyson Animal Hand Held Hoover.

So on a recent shopping splurge we have now taken delivery of the Dyson Animal Hand Held Hoover.

At £259.90 I want it to make me a coffee and bacon roll as well, but to be honest it is bloody brilliant!

In the house we have a "Henry Hoover" and along with the above mentioned we also have 2 cats living with us. The "Henry" is great for doing a whole room, it is what it is built for.

But for the odd clear up, which in our house is a frequent requirement as the dog has a habit of bringing in sticks and chewing them up, general kitchen mess and with the house in a general state of attack of some form of DIY then "Henry" can be a bit cumbersome.

The Dyson is brilliant in the VW T25, the battery lasts for around 20 mins, long enough to wizz through the van numerous times before requiring a charge.

The compactness of the hoover as well means it is easy to stow away.

It really is a brilliant bit of kit and in my mind worth every penny! A must for all campers especially if you have dogs or generally messy like myself!

As you can see it is not that big and the head unit to the left of the mug comes off. Easy to operate and dead simple to empty, it really is the dogs do dahs!

So much so that you will be fighting over who actually hoovers up!

Till later................