The Rosabella II Hits The Road!

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  1. TDH

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    Our beloved Rosabella had failed the MOT with four pages of faults, mainly to do with rust, and we'd decided that she'd come to the end of the road.

    We hastily rearranged our October holiday and while we sat on the beach in France we started to plan her successor -
    "I think we should try to get an old minibus - it'll have a high top and loads of windows, and would be fun to convert".
    "Yeah, not too big though, and we don't need a shower or a loo or anything like that - we've never had them before and its been OK"
    "Right, and we'll take our time, we've got all winter"
    "Good, that's settled then"

    So, we arrived home to my house in the early hours of Saturday and at about 10.30 set off for hers to feed the cat and sort out cars. On the way, we passed a van showing a 'For Sale' notice, in a front garden. When we stopped at the traffic lights for the roadworks I got out and asked her if she'd seen it. She hadn't, but she suggested we went and had a look - "might get some ideas," was what she said.

    That's how, a couple of hours later, we were the owners of a five berth, left hand drive, 1989 FFB Europa on a Fiat Ducato, with a loo, shower, kitchen and a ladder on the back (I'd always wanted a ladder on the back - you could almost jump up to reach the roof of the old Rosabella!)

    And we've just had our first weekend away in The Rosabella II. I managed to blow the fuses a couple of times, I still haven't worked out what all the switches do (we've never had a control board before and the instructions are all in German!), and we haven't tried the loo yet.

    We can't get her in to the little nooks and crannies that we used to use on wild camping trips, and she's a bit more than our 'tent on wheels' principle used to allow - but I can't wait to get out again!!

    The Rosabella II is go!
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    FATE. It got you.

    Bet you feel whole again. I look forwards to more of you pictures.
     
  3. Jaws

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    Congrats on your new one !!!!!!!! :thumb:

    Sounds like our first decent motorhome ( was a german Hobby 5 to 6 berth )
    Do you have a long panel with two some meters on it as well as all the switches ?
     
  4. robnchris

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    lots of fun to come

    Hiya, we wish you well with your new motorhome, what fun you`re going to have all that I wonder what this is for etc etc.
     
  5. kls

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    It's fab, been 'abroad' to Wales already on her maiden voyage, can't wait for 'oversees' - maybe May for the Moto GP, if we get the right spot we could sit on the roof to watch (if I'm brave enough to tackle the ladder!)

    Roll on travels........

    oh yes, we are doing lots of...'I wonder what that does!'
     
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    Nice one, back to the FUN now:thumb:
     
  7. Jim

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    Its got a shower! :Sad: So no more prizes for you in the Funster photo competition:Laughing: Congrats:thumb:

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  8. JJ

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    Well done and welcome back... You know it makes sense...

    These days nearly all my decisions are taken after a "sign" of some sort shows me the way...

    I remember the day my mate Mick told me he had a leak in his water heater and I said...

    "I'll ask for help on that MotorHome Fun website and see what happens..."

    The rest, as they say, is history...

    Enjoy.

    JJ

    ps... I too always wanted a ladder to the roof...
     
  9. Ralph-n-Bev

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    JIM thats not fair bringing that photo up again !!:RollEyes:
    Hope you have many happy travels in your new MH. You wont know what to do with all the space . Hot water and a loo , i dont know , :Wink:

    You look as though you had a good time on the first trip. ( blog )
    Cant wait to do Wales in our MH . I just love our countryside , all year round.
     
  10. wivvy's dad

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    Eeeee, we were too poor to 'ave a roof




    :Wink:
     
  11. TDH

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    THANKS JIM!!!!
    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Life on the road will never be the same again; indoor showers AND the complete total and utter camera ban. You'll have to get your kicks somewhere else now Jim but thanks for reminding everyone of 'that' picture (I'll never live it down!)

    I wouldn't mind but it's hardly a page 3. I reckon this additional coverage is well worth another prize voucher (at least). Maybe I'll start a campaign - if only for the massive sympathy vote I'm bound to attract.

    love you lots Jim (Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!):Angry:

    kls
     
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    No it's not fair is it - I'm forming a group for retribution. Want to join?!
     
  14. TDH

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    Good job I already got that shot of you in your winciette jim-jams then. The one that's in the album called The Rosabella II, that people won't now go and have a look at!! :Rofl1:
     
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    Congrats on your new purchase and wishing you lots of happy travelling.

    Dale & Family
     
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    Same here! We can't all afford posh wheels but I think even if I could, I'd be terrified of driving something that cost more than our house did! Some of the big'uns must be a nightmare to manouvre! All I have to watch is height barriers as we are 8ft high, but we can park in the same space as a fiesta!
     
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    Congratulations!!

    This the one??

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  18. cornishaich

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    I have so enjoyed your blogs of your trips around with the old Rosabella and I am so glad you have found a new one, if a little different.
    Great keep enjoing it.:thumb:

    Harry:BigGrin:
     
  19. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Well done, enjoy, if your down our way I am sure someone will show you what the switches do:thumb:

    Peter
     
  20. TDH

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    Yes, thanks, that's more or less it - another window in the luton, and no decals, otherwise very similar - there's a photo in the album on here and in our blog (link below).
     
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