First trip any suggestions?

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  1. Charlie - Minton

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    Hi.
    We pick up our new van/conversion late December early January although we've 30 + years of static caravan
    experience the only time we have stood in a motor home was at the Harrogate mh show.

    We will require on site showers etc as the van is really intended to take us two & the dog to Fuerteventura at a leisurely pace in a year or so where it will become our transport on the Island until we head home 6 months later.
    We decided to not to have a shower fitted thinking of the space it would take up but we have a porta loo (just in case)

    We could head off for a week-ish maybe even try a ferry but the whole set up will not have been tried so it could be a bit like walking before we can run.

    I know you guys will have lots of experience & knowledge we on the other hand have none.

    Thanks John & Dia
     
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    Somewhere local so that if you have a major problem you can get home fast.

    The first night in our new van we stayed on the drive ( it is our third motorhome) .... you can guarantee you will forget something so it's handy to be able to nip home and get the duvet / pillows/ can opener!
     
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    I suggest somewhere local to the converters so if anything comes loose/settles down you are close to get it fixed
    terry
     
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    As said someplace local. As to shower it takes up little more room than the WC and could double as the dogs bed.
     
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    I would suggest that you try and keep it local to but there plenty of places near where I live that are safe and quite if you want to go wild, as you wont find much open in the way of camp sites this time of year there is a local man to sort things out
    if anything goe's wrong with van, conversion wise, regarding shower you can make one quite easy 25 ltr plastic drum and a small 12v pump and a bit of tube. I live in whitby hope this helps we have just done 3,400 miles eastern europe, lots of experience over many years
     
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    Chester caravan club or Hawes in Yorkshire
     
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    The layout was sorted out back in august & the converters are well on with the conversion but everyone is saying
    local so "local it is"
     
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    Thanks for the reply I don't think wild camping would be an option for the wife (in fact I think she'd get a taxi home) but will definitely stay local.
     
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    Thanks also for the reply Hawes Yorkshire rings a bell is this a CCC site?
     
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    It's got to be local but there are not many open this time of year, they would have all of there water turn off for a start for fear of freezing could be wild camping or front yard have fun
     
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    Buiding a van without a small shower/toilet compartment ( they honestly dont take up that much room!) not very conducive it all year round camping, Aires wild camping etc.....your kinda stuck particularly out of season. Also out of season when its bitterly cold your own facilities preferable to trudging to a shower block!
     
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    maybe your decision for no bathroom-cassette toilet/shower was dictated by cost and space especially in a conversion but will impact on s/h value. Definitely 1st outing local with electric hookup and either CC or CCC sites both having very good facilities.
     
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    :) Depends where in Cheshire you are based. Chatsworth Club site is open all year and still had midweek spaces as of yesterday.
    The dog would enjoy it (y) Don't forget you're now in a motorhome.............:clap2: :clap2: so, could stay near converter for a couple of nights, then further afield. Wherever enjoy :BigGrin:
     
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    Thanks for the reply. Not really planing on all year round camping as the MH is really going to be our transport to Fuerteventura the dog flights are approx £700 each way dependant on times etc hence the converted van as this will give us the freedom to dash over in 3 days or take our time.
    We really only want to try the MH out when we get it back for a week to see what its like just a shame its January.
     
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    Thanks for the reply.
    Space was our main concern as we bought a LWB Traffic as this suited the storage / driving criteria as for the S/H resale I think with 4 children & 10 grandchildren it will no doubt be passed on to them.
     
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    [QUOTE="Wildge, post:
    The dog would enjoy it (y) Don't forget you're now in a motorhome.............:clap2: :clap2: so, could stay near converter for a couple of nights, then further afield. Wherever enjoy :BigGrin:[/QUOTE]
    Thanks for the reply.
    Key words "remember your in a motorhome" the fact that we can stop/start at any time will take a while to get used too.
     
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    Good luck with new Mh hope it turns out to be big enough for what you need, it will interesting find out how you get on with it please keep us informed. Regards George Joan David willow the travel dog
     
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