Just for a week, then . . .

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  1. ChrisG46

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    Whatever next? We're off for a week in a motorhome - a Swift Escape - travelling from Hull to Edinburgh.

    Never had a go at motorhoming before, so it should be interesting and potentially entertaining (from other peoples point of view!).

    I'll comment here if anyone's interested, but will comment regularly on The Caravan Channel's facebook page, here. There'll be a few snaps, too, and a bit of video if poss!

    It'll also appear on the TV show later.

    Later this year, we'll also be off in the smallest motorhome/camper I've ever seen . . . should be entertaining.
     
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    Hi Chris, welcome to motorhomes, your tugging days will soon become a distant memory:BigGrin:
     
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    Hi Chris, and have fun- if you need any help on your journey, just pop in and ask. We promise not to laugh at any newbies :Wink:
     
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    I'm jealous, Edinburgh's brilliant.

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    I hope your passports are up to date.

    Welcome to Fun and Scotland (when you have cleared customs).
     
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    well Chris so your finally doing a motorhome trial and later the smallest motorhome so when are you going to try an RV? What channel is it that your show goes out on?

    Welcome to the FUN site
     
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    Hi Chris, have a great time. It sounds an interesting itinerary.
    Can you post time and channel it will be shown on?
    Lucille
     
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    The final outcome will be shown in The Caravan Channel, which is shown on Sky 166 and Freesat 402, as well as in clips on it's related website (caravanchannel.tv, of course). The programme is fortnightly, and has been made for the last 3 years - we're just coming up to 80 half-hour shows. It's shown on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings at 7pm, with a new show every two weeks, premiering on the Wednesday - the next premiere is this week, 21st Oct.

    Tonight, we're on the Boroughbridge site of the Camping and Caravanning Club . . . hook-up driving the heater nicely, surprisingly good pic on the box - there's no telly arial or TV fitted to the 664, and we left the dish set-up at home, but the little indoor arial seems to work fine on this site.

    The Ducato van base seems to drive well; we've only done about 50 miles in the m/h today, and 150 ish in the car driving to Hull, but I'm done for and am going to hit the sack in a mo!

    PS Chatter: fix up the loan of one and we'll do it. No problem, although I wouldn't be willing to upgrade my licence!

    Nighty-night!
     
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    Nearly nine, and haven't been for my shower yet - dozy blighter!

    Comfortable night - I was interested to see if my feet were going to hang off the corner cut-off on the bed, but its smaller than some cut-offs, and it was fine. Left the overhead vent open from cooking dinner, but whacked the heater on and we we cosy.

    Today's plan is to wander off towards Edinburgh, but we might stop-off on the way, we'll see. The provision stopping point is Morton Hall site, which we think has a city-centre bus stop right outside . . . Might have 2 or 3 nights there.
     
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    Greeting from slightly dismal Edinburgh . . . sky's a bit grey, but never mind.

    We got here about fourish - didn't leave Boroughbridge till about 11am, and had a stop or two. Used the ramps at the back of the van today, on this slopy pitch at Mortonhall campsite, just outside the city (its just within the big outer ringroad), The site is quite quiet; not many tourers on, but there are some people in the small line of statics, and there's even a couple of tents - must be tough people!

    I like the drive of the Ducato van; feels nice and sticky on the road cruising along at about 55, with no major moans. It's a bit more rattly than the car, but I guess if it were mine, we'd set about fixing those very rapidly, and I suspect reasonably easily.

    The only thing I've found odd so far is shopping and stopping. We pulled up in a little town, near the Co-op, and did a bit, but how do you get on with supermarkets - don't they have height barriers, etc?
     
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    Well it's rainy and misty here in North Wales so you are not missing the sunshine.
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    Tipped down overnight here, but not raining just at the moment.

    One of the nicest things about the motorhome/caravan lifestyle is not being under pressure to do stuff . . . I keep up with the world on the laptop, meander over to the block when I feel like it, and ww'll catch the bus into the big city when we feel like it!

    Some people say get a hotel room . . us, rather spend £16.50 on a pitch, and have the other £50+ quid a night to spend on whatever we want to buy/do/go!
     
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    One of the things you are missing out on with a caravan which you can do in a motorhome is a bit of wildcamping :thumb: & Scotland is the ideal place if your new to trying it. There are some really nice places to stay especially on the west coast where wild camping is accepted. There ae loads of places listed on the wildcamping website.
    There is nothing nicer than stopping somewhere all to yourself (that is if you an do without the campsite facilities for a few days) We had 3 weeks wilding around Scotland earlier this year.
     
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    I'm afraid you are in for a bit of rain Chris me old son. 50 millimetres are forecast for the next 24 hrs in your area (East Scotland).
     
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    Raining in Scotland at the end of October :Eeek: I dont believe it :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Hi Chris and welcome what about a reverse test on to the ramps? something other testers seem to forget about:Wink:
     
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    Looking forward to the program, what site are you on in Edinburgh?

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    We reversed onto the ramps as a matter of course, cos I don't like sleeping with my head lower than my feet - is this supposed to be difficult? Had to pitch nose out, to get the door on the correct side.

    I don't find anything about driving our Escape 664 difficult, although that may be because I spent a couple of years driving a 6-wheel AEC Mandator (I think that's what it was - forty years ago!) for a couple of years when I was 22!

    Went into the city today, and not a drop of rain fell on us!

    Travelled by bus to the crematorium where Dot's dad is noted in the book of remembrance; back into the city for a stroll up the Royal Mile, then out to Cameron Toll, where we visited a longtime friend of hers - Dot grew up here, many years ago!

    Tomorrow, into town again for a bit more tourism, before starting a 3-day meander back down the east coast.

    Just a thought - we bought a £3 all-day bus ticket each, and had 5 or 6 individual journeys . . . what excellent value! And the bus drivers, a bit gruff and hard-done by, exceptional when it came to making sure we got off at the right stop - a fine body of men!

    PS: Mortonhall
     
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    The kind of thing that happens when you're away from home: Dot felt a bit unwell during the night, and we ended up ringing NHS Direct - they quickly dealt with the problem, and she was check by a doctor, and is better and just needs a little rest, which she can have today.

    Although I, like most of us, witter on about the NHS, it does work well if you are ill right now - its long-term illness solutions sometimes seem more difficult.

    So we'll leave her getting a bit more sleep, and see how she feels later today.

    This changes our plan for today, of course - we'll have a morning of rest and relaxation. Tomorrow doesn't really matter much, either - we could probably stay here if we have to, so no worries. We're booked in with a series of 3 sites for Fri, Sat and Sun nights, but could soon change those, too, if required. It could be more difficult if we were in a busier place, but . . .

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