Planning a trip..........Preparation, preparation, preparation

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  1. Barclaybasher

    Barclaybasher Funster

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    Confession time...........apart from checking engine oil and water levels I don't do much else

    Sometimes I remember to empty toilet cassette, fill fresh water but usually I just chuck in food and drinking water (plastic container) and set off.....

    I bought my van in July on a Thursday and and decided to go to Brewery Dave's meet at Sandy((y) ) on the Saturday.... got there OK - went to switch on the gas, no gas bottle - previous owner must have kept it, forgot to pack any bedding as well :doh:....so a pretty cold night..

    Lesson learned?....No...

    Got home bought a gas bottle - Calor.... OK but my van had been originally designed for Campingaz (small locker and bottle storage) so over time I bought 2 Campingaz cylinders meaning to swap over sometime as I would be going to France at some time and you can't exchange Calor bottles over there....never got round to it but carried the bottles in the van anyway

    January... set off for France and Spain, forgot to change the Calor bottle for the full one at home:doh:.... first night in France gas ran out.....I would change the Calor to Campingaz in the daylight next morning.....another cold night ...under a Summer duvet:doh:

    Next morning discovered the gas fittings in the locker for the Calor bottle were 'properly' crimped on - no chance of changing to Campingaz until I got home:doh:

    ....will I ever learn?......probably not
     
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  2. GeriatricWanderer

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    Thanks for writing my life story for me. :)

    However, I'm a meticulous planner when it comes to route planning. I know exactly what route I will be taking - where my first stop will be and how long it will take to get there.
    The problem is that I always end up going somewhere else - but that's what it's all about.
     
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  3. Rob and Val

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    Ring jotter on kitchen table for the month leading up to departure.
    List started.
    Items added.
    Items removed as they get done.
    Items to take added to large plastic boxes that will live above cab.
    Final week things like fridge on, and final check list on van done.

    Planning need not take a lot of time, 10 mins a day will do if planned in advance. Route usually planned on the move as we tend to do whatever seems like a good idea at the time.

    Most of all, enjoy.
     
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  5. Robert Clark

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    I've got a terrible memory so keep a list of MH jobs on my phone
    Mrs C has a similar list of food essentials
    Having s list means you can forget about having to remember things, which is a lot less stressful
     
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    as Jonkil says.. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^(y)


    Winter at home is a good time to research aires, sites, places to visit .. possible route etc .. easier done before you leave.. but should never be a rigid plan, I always keep it flexible.. so don't ever book sites.. or have a rigid route.. no point in that if like us you like to wander..

    Nothing more exciting than spreading a country map on the floor and marking aires on it and a possible route.. dreaming of the day you set off ..

    yes, I use Google maps for planning and also a sat nav. with all the POIs loaded .. . but a paper road map or atlas is forever..

    Good adage ... 7ps

    Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
     
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    Find we can never think about what we need until the last minute always end up in a mad panic and mad dash for the ferry.
    Do remember one incident about 20 years ago with the caravan, just a weekend trip. I said I've put stuff in the fridge dear, got to the site wife opened fridge and said where's the food, there was beer, gin, tonic but no food. Well being a man I only packed the essentials.:LOL:
     
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    Me too. I even have a laminated list for the "pre-flight check-list"!

    We have a (laminated) standard packing list with additional lists for specialist activities. Makes it easy.

    After forgetting the duvet second trip out we know we need our lists. :)

    Trip planning? Well we do plan the first and last night as a rule, but after that we just follow our noses :)
     
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  9. kaasbroodje

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    Going slightly off topic, does anyone else leave a part filled toilet cassette in the van ?

    Personally, if possible, I prefer to empty and clean before I come home - can't imagine leaving it til the next journey. Must be ummm ripe o_O


    Also fill up with fuel when close to home, good to know you've always got a full tank ready to go.
     
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  10. scotjimland

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    ohhhhhhhhhhh errrrrrrrrrrr no.. ewwwwwwwwwwwwww

    always empty and give a really good clean at the last site .. then when we get home it comes out for another deep clean..
     
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    Think I have serious OCD, I check, double and triple check days before any trip, and even then when I finally get a mile or two down the road , I stop and check around again.
    Don't forget anything but my nervous breakdown is imminent :Eeek:
     
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    Same here. The whole van gets a good clean back to front, top to bottom when we get home. It just looks and smells so much better once that has been done!

    All the tanks, fresh, grey and cassette are empties and cleaned.
     
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    Oh and all the crockery, pots and pans get put through the dishwasher before being replaced in the van ready for next time.
     
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  14. kaasbroodje

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    Do nearly all the preparation within a few days of getting home.
    Clean the van straight through, including tanks.
    Bring crockery and cooking utensils in for a wash in the dishwasher then return to van. Same with tea towels, waterproofs if they come back muddy.
    Keep bathroom topped up, possibly restock cleaning products.
    Wash the outside of the van, check fluids, perhaps check gas if I think it's getting close to a change.

    Then before setting off, load food, beer, clothes, clean towels, toothbrushes, fresh container of drinking water.
    Any specifics for the trip, might be beach gear / festival gear / long trip with everything.
    Sometimes wash the van again (if it's been stood a while), check tyre pressures.

    Cash / Credit Cards / Passports / Phone chargers.

    What could possibly go wrong ?
     
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  15. jenny and mitch

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    Got a loading list on the compitituter and print it off about month before we set off.. It sharpens the mind, then just tick it off as the things "go aboard" and we haven't forgotten anything SO FAR !!
     
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    Yes but by the time we get home it's half full again.

    Now that reminds me of another caravaning story:
    Now this was in the days before they fitted pressure vents in the cassette, young daughter asked if she could use the loo, she knew it had just been emptied for trip home, I said OK.
    Forgot she had used the loo then remembered two weeks later found out the hard way she had done a number 2. Opened the slide a big explosion followed by an almighty stink would have thrown up on the spot if I hadn't been so busy cleaning the shit off my face.:crying:
     
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    OK you lot, so where do you put your list so you don't forget where it is :D

    as for the loo, ours seems to be in permanent use as well, we are lucky and have a manhole at home close to where we park MH so easy to empty whenever, but it is a black tank so a bit different, but it can be ripe if left by mistake

    and gas, I am fed up with the number of times I have come home with gas on auto and forgotten to hook up, then use the rest of the gas sat on drive keeping an empty fridge cool :mad:
     
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    Problem compounded with these stupid new fridges that you have to open the door to see what it's set too.
    Last week playing with the hot water system after I finished drained the system down but hadn't turned off the control, so 26 Lt of gas gone heating an empty boiler.:mad:
     
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    When I had to repair my sewer a couple of years ago I put in an emptying point, just a 6" sewer pipe 6" above the ground with a screw cap, much easier than lifting a manhole cover.
     
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    The best laid plans of mice and men .................
     
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