What did you forget the first time?(Keep it clean)

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  1. Bushtrekker

    Bushtrekker Read Only Funster

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    Two weeks today my newly acquired camper will be sitting on my drive, but because the previous owner has upgraded I won't be getting any extra bits, as I might if someone was giving up.

    My wife and I have started making independent lists and we are planning to spend our first night on a local campsite, which will hopefully highlight anything else we need before we discover that whatever it was in 250 miles north of where we are.

    I would be interested to hear what other members left behind on their first trip and also anything which is essential, but we might miss as beginners.
    Cheers, John
     
  2. aba

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    better to spend a couple of nights on the drive free then if you do forget anything its a short walk into the house for it if you have it in the house in the first place that is:Cool:
     
  3. Bushtrekker

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    There's method in my madness.

    The reason for going to the site is that we can check out the power hook up, which I can't do at home as I haven't got an outside round socket. It might also keep whatever credibility I have left with my neighbours.:BigGrin:
     
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    Dont forget your wellies.

    Then you're guaranteed nice weather.

    Forget them and it'll surely rain.

    June
     
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    Hi :BigGrin:

    Bottle opener/corkscrew :Doh:

    Oh yes..... and doggy bags :Eeek:
     
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    Back when we started, many moons ago LOL

    We went out in our old bedford with all mod cons, other than a fridge or a loo (happy happy days indeed) and somehow forgot the coolblocks for the coolbox. All the food started to deteriorate within 24 hours (it was mid summer) so we went on a trek to get more food and find a camping shop that sold the blocks. Remember back then such shops were quite rare and there was no such thing as a SatNav.

    Many years later we often look back on how happy we were and question why, as we now dont go anywhere without laptop. tv and god only knows what else that has been accumulated over the years between.


    One good thing though is that if you do forget something, it can normally be replaced easily and cheaper than the fuel to pop home in most cases. If your a seasoned camper, you will know that most problems can be overcome with what you normally carry in the van. You only need what you will actually use, so when making a list, start imagining arriving on site and jot down what you will need (Kettle, mugs, beer???) and go on from there, including bedding and clothes.

    A piece of advice I have given many times over the years, often when selling a van to new campers, is to set it up on your drive as if your on a campsite. If your sat on a chair drinking a cup of coffee brewed in the van, youve pretty much got it right
     
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    1. Tin opener
    2. Corkscrew.......a must:thumb:
    3. Table salt
    Margaret:RollEyes:
     
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    Ignore the neighbours theyre only jealous:Rofl1:


    You can either get or assemble an adaptor cable or fit an outdoor weather resistant socket very cheaply. The 16amp blue 2pin and earth external sockets used on campsites can be bought for under £10. Make sure the circuit you connect to indoors is properly protected though
     
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    When we bought our very first van we decided to spend that night on a quiet and almost empty site in Thetford, not far from home. The only thing we forgot was the gas spanner. Luckerly we ate out before we arrived as we could not turn the gas on so had no way to boil the kettle for a drink or cook, or have any heating. The campsite owner had no tools either. We went home early the next morning. It did not put us of motorhoming, we are just more preparerd now.
    Remember the gas spanner:Smile:
     
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    Cooking is already covered.

    I've got a portable cook kit which includes all the herbs, spices etc. I might need, already boxed from camping. I'll be down in Dorset in about three weeks, so hopefully there might be some early mackerel around. My list includes essentials such as fishing rods, metal detector etc., but because I do cookery demonstrations as part of my current job I have a second set of cooks knives, bowls and chopping boards.

    I'm looking forward to following the seasons round Britain and cooking whatever is in season, so hopefully I won't find too much work to keep me here.
     
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    check gas supply, check hab. battery state, ehu cable, hose pipe to fill water tank if onboard, (if not aquaroll or similar), couple of outside chairs, and usual pots and pans,cutlery, corkscrew,tin opener, bedding and pillows, washbag with needed kit for self and clothes,
    if you park on a slope you will need leveling ramps the list can go on and on.
    Sorry i forgot nothing and i had to take everything to spain with me to pick my van up
     
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    We forgot the map !

    Kinda useful when your satnav packs up:Doh:
     
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    To take me socks off:Rofl1:
     
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    There's always one :)

    Women hate that:BigGrin:
     
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    You referred at the beginning to not being able to plug in at home, then another Funster identified the necessary 13 amp to 16 amp adapter lead. Regardless of the neighbours' jibes, you will need to plug in before you go, and after returning home. Firstly to ensure you have fully charged batteries and to cool the fridge. This requires about 24 hours with the fridge set to mains input (unless it's an AES fridge that is). Secondly, on returning, to restore the batteries to full charge before laying up the van for any length of time. Batteries are best kept fully charged and it can take quite a long run to recharge them from the alternator. Obviously this depends on how many leisure batteries you have and what capacity they are - also how much you take out of them whilst camping.

    Regarding things to forget, I find that I am more likely to forget the odd item now, five years on from starting our motorhome experience - familiarity breeding blasé forgetfulness I suppose. Have you got: ramps for levelling, matches in case the hob igniter doesn't work, torch, basic tools, first aid kit, chamois leather / squeegee in case condensation forms inside the windows. Does your van have any items that have to be stowed for travel and if so, can they be secured without rattling? For example, ours (over-garage bed) has loose head and toe boards that store behind part of the shelf at the back of the bed. We use a large rubber wedge to stop them sliding about.

    Good luck and enjoy getting used to the van.
     
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    Last Friday , before setting off to the Patley Bridge show ground for a long weekend we almost forgot 1 of the dogs:Blush:

    Everything was packed , kids in , essential ipads etc:RollEyes: engine turning.
    Ralph asked me , "Did you put Ruby in the cage ?"
    "No, did anyone else ?"
    "No ! :Eeek:" said the kids

    Awwwww poor 14 year old ,Ruby forgotten by everyone. :cry:
    Was she bothered ?
    No , she was fast asleep in the lounge on her bed. Didnt know what all the fuss was about.
     
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    Only thing that springs to mind is our first meet with Fun which was at Peterborough

    We got 15 miles down the road and realised the tickets were on the kitchen table :Eeek:

    I was NOT in the best of moods when we got to the show and poor old Pamela got the sharp end of my tongue.. reason ? Well as said it was our first show.. £40 for a ticket and when I arrived and found we did not have any electric and were MILES from the loo's I was singularly unimpressed

    But that was then and this is now.. Nowadays all we want is a field and the load of loony's referred to as the Funsters !!
     
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    Gas spanner!! We forgot ours and after our first night in a car park, had to borrow a pair of mole grips from a man building a dry stone wall who must have thought we were nuts!!

    The first thing I bought when we got back from our first trip was a big roll of that non-slip matting stuff. Comes in very handy for stopping rattles, etc. I've cut up squares and put these between the plates, under the oven trays, and wrap it around bottles. Comes in very handy.
     
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    First weekend out it p*ssed down.
    Realised whaat I'd forgotten when it came to fill up the water tank and sort out the EHU.
    A BLOODY HAT!
     
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