We're back from 1st trip !!

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  1. MikeandCarolyn

    MikeandCarolyn Read Only Funster

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    WE HAVE RETURNED
    We had a great weekend,super weather and met lots of nice folk. We also learn't a lot!-like,don't leave water filler nozzle unattended and turn tap on full power-the nozzle flies out and you get soaked.I only needed 10mtr length of hose. I was well pleased with the levelling up,from the level by the door to the living area I deduced that I needed to raise the front and also raise the right side a touch more than the left.So I pushed the 'level up' on the right hand side right up against the wheel,and the left hand one I placed about 8" in front of wheel.Then I drove onto 2nd level on right hand side and 1st level on left hand side-lo and behold, we were square !!
    Hook up was no problem-so glad I had made up a short lead though.Gas was also no problem.
    I think that from arriving at Reception to getting kettle on was about an hour. All went well until evening when we decided to turn the heating on.The pictures in the Manual bore no resemblance to our control panel.So,it was going to be trial and error-I got the boiler firing,but no blown air,so I looked around for any valve or switch that I might have forgotten.I found a valve in a water pipe next to the boiler which was under the fixed bed.It was a 2 position valve so I put it to the 'other' position and heard water gurgling.I assumed I was filling the boiler so turned on a water tap to bleed out any air (I'd read that somewhere) there was hardly any water pressure ! After a few mins I checked water level on control panel and appeared to have used half a tank!-That's when I rang the previous owner on his mobile He told me to look outside underneath and see if there was water running out-Bingo!! I closed the valve I had opened,the water stopped running-then I turned the main heater control to where he told me to and we had heating By now the water tank was indicating 1/4 full.I didn,t want to unhook and drive to water point in dark,so I asked guy in caravan next to us if he had a container I could borrow (that's on the 'to buy' list now lol) He lent me 2,2 Gal containers and a few trips to the tap soon had us topped up (and my feet soaked )
    The next day,Saturday, Carolyn did poached eggs on toast for brekkie and the smoke alarm woke the occupants of the vans either side !!The bread had hardly started to go golden-damn thing. After that we cycled a couple of miles to Slimbridge and had a few hrs 'Birding' and a nice lunch in their restaurant.On way back to site we stopped at a cafe on the canal bank for a cuppa and chunk of the best home made boiled fruit cake I've ever had The M/H was nice and warm when we got back (600 watt oil filled heater)
    A venison stew (cooked at home and frozen) was heated up for dinner and accompanied by steamed veg (great little hob steamer from tesco) and a bottle of Cote du Rhone Village went down very well,then we watched a dvd (could only get German tv on Satelite,I've got to work on that lol).
    Sun morn-cup of tea in bed,then Carolyn used the Thetford and announced that a red light had come on on top !! I had d/loaded the manual before coming away,so we sat in bed reading that! how romantic eh As emptying the cassette was yet another 1st,we both went over to the waste point and it was very str8forward.
    After a Full English brekkie we stowed everything away,unhooked and drove off pitch around 1130,stopping to drain grey waste on way out.
    If Carolyn hadn't got work on Mon, and the tele had been behaving so that we could watch Grand Prix ,we both agreed we would have stayed away longer-it was a brilliant weekend.
    All the answers to my Forum questions over the last few weeks were invaluable,and now we can't wait for our next trip weekend after next-we are hooked.
     
  2. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    think im suffering Da-javu......

    could have sworn i read and replied to this thread earlier..:Eek!:
     
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  3. JayDee

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    Brilliant.[​IMG]
    All seems so easy now, doesn't it?
    Though you'll probably guess that there's still loads of stuff to catch you out [​IMG](and that goes for the 'been motorhoming since I was an egg' folk too. :BigGrin:)

    Glad you enjoyed it.
    Another nutter to join our merry throng.
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    John
     
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    Congratulations on your maiden trip... I'm sure there will be many, many more happy times for you and your motorhome.

    JJ
     
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    congratulations xxxx

    Now dont forget, if you are not using it over winter, to drain all the water out of the taps, the boiler etc etc xxxxxx
     
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    Great write up. :Smile: Rest assured; with just a bit more practise you will be able to get the time between arriving and getting the kettle on, down to just a couple of minutes :BigGrin::thumb:
     
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    Me too

    Jim

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    Yes you did :BigGrin: In an aberrational moment I reasoned that peeps might not look for the sequel under '1st Trip' so shifted it to here :Rofl1:
     
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