Yet another packing thread

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  1. SwissBob

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    So on the first trip what was the thing you really wish you had taken along and what did you take that was completely pointless?

    We are getting stuff ready for Monday when we head off to pick up the hire van in Rheinfelden for our test trip through the Poitou Charent region then St Tropez (Tom Jones concert! Knickers at the ready) then back through Provence.
     
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    ... just pack the knickers then!
     
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    The completely pointless thing was the grill (the gas one that is part of the motorhome when you get it) - we had it taken out and put a microwave in asap.

    Wish we had taken a radio / CD player - we don't have tv in the van and the cab radio (we found) wasn't that good.
     
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    I'm more than willing to take proxy knickers
     
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    We have a TecTower oven/grill - pathetic! Forgot to take the microwave on last trip - really regretted it.
     
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    Wish I'd remembered the bottle opener.

    Pointless thing was the bottles of wine.
     
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    We built the microwave in and will leave it when we trade the MH in. I already have a new one for the new van which is just the right size for one of the cupboards which already has a power point in the right place :)
     
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    Microwave only good when hooked up right? Or are there 12v / inverter ones?
     
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    How to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew:

    Put bottom of bottle into a shoe.

    Remove foil.

    Bash bottle and shoe against a wall or floor.

    After a few bashes the cork pops up and you can twist it out.
     
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    Did that now I have cava all over my ceiling :)
     
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    A microwave is OK on an inverter BUT you need a good battery bank and good means of re-charging, either lots of solar or alternator + A2B (or whatever it is people have but we don't) when driving.

    Martin
     
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    We always take too many clothes. And never enough time.

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    Small pressure cooker much more useful than a microwave although neither necessary for a short trip in a hire van, did have one in a caravan but never found the need to use a hook up in a Motorhome.
    Always take the bikes sometimes don't use them but when you leave them at home you always find a nice cycle route.
     
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    You say you are picking up the van in Rheinfelden do make sure you know exactly what you are getting with the van.
    We hired a couple of times in Germany before buying and when you hire a Hymer you get a Hymer and nothing else. Our first stop had to be shopping for mugs plates pots & pans etc luckily we had brought our bedding (& bikes of course).
     
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    Good point @Lenny HB - It's a Possl Globecar from McRent Germany and comes with a "Kitchen Kit". Failed to get a detailed inventory but we're told it has everything needed for cooking and eating. We will take some crockery, pans and wine glasses in the car to use if necessary. It's only an hour or so from our place anyway so we could nip back if required.
     
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    We have a Possl and they don't come with ovens or grills as standard so if you need one I'd check with them. We haven't fitted one to ours as it's only new and first van we've had without oven so will give it a few more outings before deciding although it looks like we're happy without the oven.
     
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    There are 12v microwaves, RoadPro do them, but I think they would eat through the battery power pretty quickly. Our mains low power microwave will run from our genny :). Usually we have EHU at least every other night as we need medical equipment and I don't rest if we don't have a couple of days battery reserve. I know that is specific to us and our needs but explains why the microwave is useful for us :) I also use it to sterilise some of the plastic stuff I need to be completely germ free.
     
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    When do you get your new van Helen ? Is it soon!
     
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    We had the microwave taken out, the storage space provided is more useful, our full cooker gets well used.
    The thing about 'essentials' for trips is that what is essential for some trips, is surplus to requirements for others
     
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    We pick it up on the 18th, it is at the dealers now and having the extras fitted, well I don't expect they are working Sunday but you know what I mean. I will start a new thread when we have internet access. We'll be away in it for about a week after pick up.

    There is no oven in our van, there was just the grill which took 20 minutes to not toast a piece of bread. I use my slow cooker a lot (that will run on 12v and inverter) and you can get 12v slow cookers I think. I even have the slow cooker on when travelling but the smell makes you hungry.....

    I store stuff in the microwave when not using it...... but make sure the turntable and rotating arm are taken out when it's not in use.
     
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