First trip went well..

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  1. jaykay

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    Just back from our first trip away, and apart from getting stuck in the mud as soon as we tried to park up, it went really well.

    As for preparing better next time, what do people carry for times when the ground may be a bit soft?
     
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    Traction mats...jaykay ,plenty on eBay...:wait:

    Roy
     
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    Bought, many thanks... Might get me a lightweight shovel as well!!
     
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    Bread trays cut into strips.

    Laurie.
     
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    Glad to hear you enjoyed your first trip away. Spring is just around the corner so hopefully better weather on the way.
     
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    cut up bread bin bases..But current van has traction + so not such an issue :)
     
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    Glad you had a good trip (y)
     
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    If you have an Aldi store locally, they have some snow mats for around ten quid and they come in their own bag. They're just like the Fiamma mats - maybe a little smaller.
    Alternatively, carpet runner mats (Dunelm £3.50) would do, but no good when they're wet but would help you with traction.

    I bought my first motorhome last month after having a VW campervan for years - I've yet to get away in it but can't wait - is there anything that you took with you which you'd reccommend me taking or anything that you didn't take that you wished you took?
     
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    Good when all goes well with only one small hitch...(y)
     
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    Great news, where did you go, did you sty dry and warm, what did you do when you got there, or was it all a bit experimental?
     
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    Brains. You soon learn the limitations of your vehicle and avoid them as much as possible. Like NEVER go down hill on anything like grass, you will not get back up. Reverse onto pitch and leave your front/drive wheels on solid/dry.

    We do carry two 6' lengths of plastic mesh that has saved us.
     
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    Brown bread trays. Free :)
     
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    Go somewhere drier and ideally with hard standing next time! It has rained all day here and I wouldn't have liked to have been in a field even if I had four wheel drive. If the ground is soft enough you will sink so much the vehicle's body sits on the ground and you will go nowhere. I speak as someone who has bogged a 6 X 6.

    But glad you had a good trip. Memorable.
     
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    plus one for bread crates last time someone put traction strips under our wheels they just spun out
     
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    just don't get caught borrowing the bread trays
     
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    I guess because of the weather It would have been good to have a mat to wipe our feet on before going inside. We also bought slippers while there for inside the van. Because we got stuck, I was unable to level the van up (luckily it wasnt miles off) but if I had tried I would have realised I didn't have a level!
     
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    We went to Ipswich as we have family there. After getting stuck, we just put the kettle on and relaxed. We werent getting pulled out until Sunday so no point worrying about it. We caught a bus into the town on Saturday (after finding out where our towing eye is stored) and did some shopping then out to the pub for a meal as it was my birthday. We stayed toastie while in the van and left the heating on "3" through the night and was warm when we woke up to a frost.
     
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