When does one become a proficient Motorhomer?

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  1. wingman

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    I was whizzing through a campsite booking form today and (thanks mainly to this forum) it suddenly occurred to me just how much info' and knowledge I've soaked up.

    Without batting an eyelid, we answer questions on EHU requirements, dimensions of the 'van and on we go with the planning. We know what an 'Elsan Point' is, how it's handy to have different lengths of hose for fresh water uplift and to remember to carry a few spare 'hooks' in your toilet bag for when they're absent in the site showers.

    Not so many years ago, the terms EHU, off-grid, grey or black waste, levelling and reverse polarity etc would have been a foreign language to me. Wild camping sounded like something hippies do and an 'Aire' would be something heard on a G-string! Now, I get in the MH, fire it up and head off to Europe. I don't say this to be flash, just to illustrate how far I've come on the MH learning journey.

    Notice I never used the word expert. The great thing about our pastime, is that you never become one. There's always something to learn!

    So; at what stage does one become 'proficient'? Perhaps when you get to the stage that you're confident to cover most elementary aspects of operation?
     
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  2. Minxy Girl

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    Any one who claims to be proficient is a fool as sods law dictates that the next day something will go wrong which they won't have a clue about!:LOL:
     
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    Personally I'm like a doctor still practicing !!!
     
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  4. Tea Bag

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    Hi.
    NEVER !! And be sure,someone will witness that..... "Senior moment". You can have a "Drill/proceedure" in setting up/vacating an overnight stop,someone with good intentions will engage you in conversation........ Ooooops.
    Tea Bag
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    when you stop hitting objects...so never in my case:D

    (I'm OK in a panel van though:))
     
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    Until I joined I never realised how easy it was to open your grey waste as you left a site.

    By the time you get home the tank is empty and all sorted.
     
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    Open? open? I never close mine saves all the effort:giggler:
     
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    When you can understand Old Mo's jokes.........(y)
     
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  9. Robert Clark

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    You are proficient when you can go on weekend trip without posting on MH fun, either;

    How do I .........?
    Or
    I got gassed !
     
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  10. Chipster

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    Every day's a school day!!
     
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  12. C200JK

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    When you have a 100 trips done you think you know everything.
    When you have 500 trips done you know you know everything.
    When you have a 1000 trips done you know that you will never know everything !

    Me, long way to go ! ..... But MHFun makes it easy to get it somewhat right !
     
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  13. mickyc

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    Absolutely agree that every day is a school day,

    However some folk don't half make it complicated.

    Toads, trailers crammed full of stuff, bits of tent strapped to the side of the van, aqua rolls (with extra pumps), waste rollers etc etc etc

    Handbrake on, spin the seats, crack open the vino (y)

    Vive le difference, each to there own etc
     
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    I'm really proficient............

    ......proved it by driving down the driveway with the EHU still connected :blush:

    Thanks to Pilote's clever bit of design it simply ripped the plug out without causing any damage. Or were we just lucky??
     
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  15. Rob and Val

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    What a great idea! You've just proved that we are not yet proficient!
     
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    Great post like others don't think we would ever be able to say we are proficient always something new to discover, but what I do notice when we are out and about chatting to folk the information we have gleaned on at the forum against a lot who don't use the internet is often surprising .

    A small example we were chatting to a couple who had there very nice 4 year old van from new and they never realised they could use it without a electric hook up, in fact I doubt they believed us when we told them we often did :Eeek:

     
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  17. GeriatricWanderer

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    Well, I hate to contradict you, and others, but I've noticed there are lots of experts on this forum. :) on practically every subject debated. :)
     
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    Never a expert and always learning and proud to admit it even after having camper vans for nearly forty years. (y)
     
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  19. Doctor Dave

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    Well you know what an expert is - EX is a "Has been" and a SPERT is a "Drip under pressure".



    Dave
     
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  20. MichelleRyall

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    Over 15 years now and still making cock ups !!!!!
     
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