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.

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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!

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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.

Investing in a motorhome

Taking the plunge and investing in a motorhome. Decisions, decisions …

My husband and I have decided to take the plunge and invest in a motorhome.  My husband works from home and I work full time.  For this reason we don’t get to spend a lot of quality family time with our one year old daughter.  We wanted a reason to get away from the house at weekends.  You know what it is like – you spend all week working and then at the weekend you end up doing DIY, or gardening, or cleaning.  Meaning we spend even less time as a family.

We want our daughter to grow up in the outdoors, spending quality time with her mummy and daddy and also learning about and seeing lots of different places around our beautiful island.  We also wanted something that would allow us to go away regularly without breaking the bank.

So we have bought a Roller Team Zefiro 690 G.  It will sleep 6 people apparently but I feel like that would be very cramped, especially if it was raining.  I think a comfortable family of 2 adults and 2 children is more realistic.  But I will let you know, I might change my mind.

I thought I would start this blog to share our experiences so you can learn from our triumphs and also our mistakes.  I am going to post about everything from what to take, to where to go and what to cook so that you too might be encouraged to buy a home on wheels.  Also, it would be great if you would like to share your own experiences and I will try to feature as many of your ideas on the site as well.

I thought I’d start by telling you why we chose a motorhome over a caravan and why we chose a motorhome at all.  So, I am not a caravanner.  I was brought up on the other side of the fence as a camper.  I spent many a weekend away with my parents (I am an only child) in a little orange triangle (remember those?)  My husband on the other hand has grown up with caravans.  His parents and his two older sisters would regularly go away on rallies around the country and further afield at weekends and in school holidays.

So I had to have my arm twisted I have to admit.  My father’s voice echoed in my mind when My husband first told me about caravanning.  “No you don’t want a caravan”.  He actually bought a caravan when we had just started dating to live in as he worked away from home at the time and it was cheaper than staying in a hotel.  I wasn’t convinced, imagining it to be cold and dismal.  I was pleasantly surprised when we went away for a weekend in it, it was really toasty.  I only went in it a couple of times.  All the set up seemed a bit of a faff.

So when he suggested we invest in a motorhome I really wasn’t sure.  But he persuaded me to go and look round some.  We went to a dealer and clambered in and out of about 14.  I had no idea there were so many different layouts.  I can see why really.  What we need as a family with a one year old is very different from a retired couple or a larger family with older children.  The one he had picked I did have to reluctantly agree did seem the best.  I could even picture myself calling it home (well, at the weekend).  On a second visit we took it out for a test drive.  It reminded me of my school days in the back of a minibus on the way to a netball tournament.

OK yes, with a few fairly lights and all our essentials, I had to admit, I was quite excited about the chance to spend some quality family time in the motorhome.