And then there were 4!

So bump turned into baby in February bringing our total family unit to four. A toddler and a baby in a motorhome. This is going to be fun!

With baby just 5 weeks old we are ready for our first trip in the rig since last October. (I didn’t fancy clambering up above the cab with a big bump!)

We are heading to Chester, just for a couple of nights, as a trial run. We are planning a big trip to Europe in the summer and we want to see how everything works.

After much deliberation (do we overthink it?) we decided that our oldest would continue to sleep over the garage, we would continue to sleep over the cab and baby would sleep in her Moses basket on the bench seat. That way I can look down from our bed and see her in the night.

We have had to bring so much more stuff this time and when we go away in the summer I am sure we will be full to bursting! What with 2 different size nappies, clothes, pushchairs and car seats we are bound to have forgotten something! I am planning to start a list now ahead of the Europe trip to ensure we don’t forget anything then. There is one thing managing without something for 2 nights in the uk and quite another being without something for 3 weeks in Europe!

We have also had to rethink travelling. There are 2 full seatbelts on the forward facing bench seats and 2 lap belts on the rear facing seats. Our 2 year old used to sit in her car seat on the forward facing bench seat and I could switch between the front passenger seat and next to her.

We toyed with the idea of putting both the toddler and baby next to each other in their car seats on the forward facing bench seat but that meant I couldn’t see baby at all as her seat is rear facing. We decided the toddler would travel in the front with daddy and baby would be on the bench seat with me.

So far so good.

Many a time our toddler has been travel sick in the motorhome while travelling. Cleaning sick out of the nooks and crannies of a car seat is a nightmare! I came up with a genius solution for this trip. She now wears her pelican bib on long car journeys. That way if she is sick her clothes and crucially the car seat are protected. The only downside is she thinks she’s getting food!

Cornwall, a complete blowout!

Following a brief stop at the NEC for the motorhome and caravan show we headed down to Cornwall for a short family holiday.

Unfortunately the bump is playing havoc with my immune system and storm Brian was intent on ruining our trip. There was no chance of erecting the new awning that we recently purchased in 30 mph winds! 

We found a great private site, Doubletrees Camping, St Austel in Cornwall. With spectacular views of the sea we were also within 2 miles walk of the Eden Project which was the main reason for the visit.

However, the exposure was the downfall with the site as when the winds picked up we were buffeted from every direction!

Amazingly our daughter slept through it but we had a very sleepless night and bailed out the following day cutting the journey short. 

We did, however, make it to the Eden Project which was superb and I would thoroughly recommend! 

Having only purchased the rig in May this is the first ‘bad weather’ we have really experienced. I don’t want to say that we will be fairweather motorhomers but perhaps next time we need to be more mindful of our choice of site and ensure we have some good shelter. All lessons learnt. 

The search for the perfect motorhome continues …

Flying visit to the motorhome and caravan show 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham

We took our one year old down to the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham last week. We were en route to Cornwall to spend some time exploring that neck of the woods. 

Our motorhome suits us fine but in 5 months we will have another addition to the family and we are on the look out for a better layout for a young family. Why are there no motorhomes with sensible low down beds? Ideally we need something with a nice comfortable seating area for us parents and a separate, low down bed or two beds for the kids. 

It’s like searching for a needle in a haystack! Clambering in and out of motorhomes 5 months pregnant is exhausting.

I did find some fun exhibitions to keep me and our daughter amused while my husband continued the search. Check out this caravan made entirely of lego! 

It has won a Guinness World Record for the largest caravan to be built with interlocking plastic bricks!

The Caravan and Camping Club stand had a great game to draw people in. This scalectric with cars towing caravans was powered by pedal power! 

So we’re still looking for the perfect motorhome layout but we had fun and it broke up the journey down to Cornwall. 

Weekend in bonny Scotland

Help yourself herbs, bug hotels and deep fried Mars Bars. All to be expected on a roadtrip to Scotland.

We went for a long weekend up to my husbands home land of Scotland for a big family reunion. We booked to stay one night in Edinburgh at the Caravan and Motorhome Club site at Silverknowes.
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This was a great site. Very clean with great pitches. Unfortunately there were no children on the site for our daughter to interact with but it was really geared up for kids. It had a great kids play area which even featured a cute Bug Hotel.
The ‘Bug Hotel’
Again I would say the play area was aimed at children slightly older than our daughter. But it was all very clean and safe. It had a separate baby and toddler wash room with a small bath with little shelf seat in it, a large change table and even had a little tiny toilet!
Kids play area at Edinborough Silverknowes Caravan and Motorhome Club site
The adult facilities were very good and clean. One thing I did like was the shower was an on/off tap. Much better than those push buttons. They’re the worst, you get soap in your eyes and the water stops and then you can’t find the button to wash it off! There was a well organised washing up and rubbish facility. You could buy a few provisions in the reception where the staff were really happy and helpful. We also saw the wardens on a regular basis checking the site.
The pitch
There is a bus straight into Edinburgh centre a short walk from the site which only costs £1.60 for an adult single ticket. You need exact change mind or they won’t let you on! The site also runs a minibus into the centre every half an hour until 2pm.
One added bonus was the incredible view we found hiding just behind some trees. Over the road from the site and down about 50 steps through a wood snicket we came across a view of the estuary and Forth Rail Bridge. There were people riding bikes, jogging and walking their dogs. The weather was glorious! We only wish we could have stayed longer!
Glorious view of the forth rail bridge and estuary
The site cost £25 per night, for that we would have expected a water point at the pitch which there wasn’t. And a restaurant / bar / cafe would have been useful. For that reason I am going to score it a 4.5 out of 5.
We only stayed here one night. Next stop Strathclyde Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club site.
We had two nights in Glasgow.  On the way from Edinburgh we stopped at the Falkirk Mariner Centre pool as it was tipping it down.  It was a great facility for kids with plenty of slides and things to play with as well as a wave machine.  Our daughter wasn’t so sure about the waves as they were quite big but you could sit right back out of the way and just have them lap at your feet.  The centre also has a gym, cafe and soft play for little ones.
Also on the way over to Glasgow we spotted The Helix which looks great for kids if the weather is a bit better.  As well as tons of activities for kids it has two giant horse head sculptures which are called the Kelpies.
One thing to bear in mind travelling to the Strathclyde Country Park is the road network.  The roads are going through some extensive works which haven’t updated on Google Maps yet so you need to have your whits about you.  There are also a number of unplanned road closures which can cause significant diversions which you might not be expecting.
The rig at the Strathclyde Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club site
Overall though the site was great.  I am starting to see a theme with Caravan and Motorhome Club sites.  The baby and toddler facilities were exactly the same.  We also made use of the laundry facilities this time to dry our towels.  A bit expensive at £1 for 15 minutes but it was worth it to have dry towels again!
There was also a kids play area, shop and minibus into town which we took advantage of this time.  But again there was no restaurant / cafe / bar.  One nice touch I liked was a planter with herbs with a sign saying ‘help yourself’.  You might not think to take herbs away with you for cooking so it was a nice touch to add a bit of flavour to your ‘meals on wheels’.
Nice touch, help yourself to free herbs.
I give this site a 4.5 out of 5 for lack of restaurant.
One thing I did try that I have always wanted to when I went to Glasgow is a deep fried Mars Bar.  This sounds like a truly magical experience and one I have wanted to try at least once in my life.  And what better place to experience it than at the fish and chip shop where Justin Bieber went for battered Haggis and chips back after an all night sesh in October 2016.  Well if it is good enough for the Bieb’s then it is good enough for me!  Magic!

First official trip

The rig is all packed up. Lets get on the road and get our first trip under our belts!

So we’re packed and ready to go on our first adventure!  We picked Windermere in the Lake District for our first adventure.  We found a lovely site called Park Cliffe about 10 minutes outside of Bowness.

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I am going to give it 5 out of 5 because I have no frame of reference.  The pitches are great, plenty of space, lovely and level.  The facilities are really clean.  They have private bathrooms which can be hired for a £10 deposit which is great for bathing the little one.  The staff are really helpful and friendly.


There is an adventure playground which is perfect for kids around 2 – 11 I would say.  Our daughter is just a little bit young to appreciate it.  It has a bar, restaurant and shop.  The bar even did a quiz on the Saturday night but it was a bit late for us as the little one had crashed out from all the fresh air by that point!


We forgot a few things:

  • Outside table
  • Outside tarp to go on the floor for our daughter to crawl about on
  • A few more outdoor toys to amuse the little one
  • Oven gloves (doh!)

But all in all, we managed pretty well with what we had brought.  We have another trip away planned so we will add a few things and remove a few items we feel unnecessary and see how we go.

The layout

An insight into the layout of the new rig and why we opted for this layout.

I thought I would share with you the layout we have gone with in our motorhome.  I was staggered by the huge variety of different layouts you can get.  Who knew motorhoming could be so versatile.  I guess people want different things at different stages in their life.

The front of the rig.

Here is a shot of the interior facing the cab.  First of all the cab seats don’t rotate so that means the cab and the hab will remain totally separate units.  It is a 6 berth meaning it will sleep 6 (if you don’t mind literally living in each other’s pockets).  Personally I think we will have a maximum of three adults in there at any one time!

There is a huge (super king sized) bed over the cab.  I know this because the only sheet that will fit it is super king size.  Those two grey stubs are for the ladder to climb up.  There is a net and a curtain that closes the bed off from the rest of the cab. There are two small windows at either end of the bed.  I will let you know if it feels claustrophobic when I first sleep in it!

There is a two door wardrobe behind the driver’s seat and the two doors at the bottom is a shoe rack as the gas bottle is stored behind it (accessed from outside).

Behind the passenger seat is a rearward facing two person bench seat with seatbelts, a table and a window about the table with blinds and curtains etc.  Above the table are three cupboards with locking lift up doors.

The rear of the rig.

Facing backwards you can see the door is on the left of the motorhome.  Apparently this is the European side.  Above the door is the control pad for the motorhome, a TV aerial point and a plug socket.

The control panel, carbon monoxide detector, smoke alarm, tv aerial and plug socket.

Also on the left is the kitchen with three gas hobs, a small sink and tap and a small area of workspace with another window above it.  Above the window are two more cupboards with locking lift up doors.

Below the hob is an oven and grill.  And next to that and below are three deep drawers.  As mentioned in a previous post these drawers aren’t entirely practical as they are so deep so I need to work out a solution to most effectively use this storage.

Next to this unit is a large fridge freezer.  Home away from home!  On the right hand side is a further forward facing two person bench seat with seatbelts.  Below these seats is a plug socket.  The bench seats can be made into a further double bed by removing the table and adding some extension panels.

Shower room. No other way to take that pic without me in the mirror!

Behind the seats is the shower room.  Inside there is a walk in shower with a proper shower door.  I much prefer this layout to the ones that are simply wet rooms and the water goes all over the toilet (and inevitably the toilet roll you have forgotten to put away)!  There is a small toilet, sink and three cupboards and cubby holes.  There is a little shelf but don’t make the mistake of putting anything on this and driving off.  There is a plug socket in one of the cupboards and a window above the sink.

Finally at the back is a further raised double bed with three cupboards and four cubby holes for extra storage.  There is a net that can be hooked up to stop children falling out.  This is where our daughter will sleep.  There is a window right at the back and one on the left hand side.

Below that bed is a garage which can be accessed from outside for storing bikes or additional luggage.  There is also a bike rack on the back.

It is really light and airy.  I think this is partly down to the wood that has been used in the interior.  In some of the later models the wood is quite dark which did make the whole thing seem a lot darker.