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Our new home

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At long last we have picked up our campervan! It didn’t take me long to break it, just over an hour, actually. There’s a little area in the dashboard for stashing things like wallets and phones. I put my mobile phone into it and, to my horror, heard an unsettling “clonk” as it fell down behind the dashboard. Minutes later it started to ring – a work call of all things.

So, our first night staying at a campsite was spent dismantling the dashboard to get at my phone. I had already planned to switch the van’s cheap radio with the swish memory-stick compatible one from my car so took advantage of the opportunity to do that – if you can call having the front of your car in bits an opportunity 😉

Tomorrow I’m expecting to pick up a wide angle lens (Sigma 10-20mm) lens for my D90 and will take some photos of “Karmenn” (that’s what we’re calling the van). So far we’re very happy with her, bar the minor inconvenience of a little phone gobbling she is in many ways far more luxurious than the cramped cottage we stayed in yesterday. At least we don’t have to stand on tippy toes to do the washing up …

Buying a Campervan/Motorhome

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We are looking for a campervan in the £15 – 20k range.  Man they are hard to come by.  The market tends to focus on the 25K+ or under 10k.

Before starting our search I found a couple of very useful books that I would recommend if you are a first time buyer:

Motorhomes the Complete Guide:

Go Motorhoming Europe:

We are looking at the state of the vehicle and the home layout.  A lot of first time buyers change their motorhome within 12 months because the layout bugs them with everyday use.  As we will be living out of ours it is vital to get this right.  The most important elements for us are:

  1. Work space, making sure it is easy to use laptops
  2. A fixed sleeping area
  3. Space for our dog
  4. Lots of storage
  5. Bike rack
  6. Oven and grill

We have decided to drive to dealers to see a large selection of vehicles.  However after visiting 3 dealers within the South East and only seeing 5 vehicles in our price range we have trekked up to Cambridgeshire to look at a bigger dealer.

We found our new home!  It is a Ford Transit Karmann conversion.  It has 39k miles on the clock.  There is U shape lounge at rear and a sleeping area over the cab.

The only issue is that we have a 2 week wait for it to be ready. So we are out of our tent and into a cottage rental in Blakeney whilst we wait.

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