Top tips for newbies first trip!!

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  1. Cardeau

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    Hi all,

    We are having our first trip out in our new (to us) 2005 Autocruise Starburst 2. Do you have any tips or warnings to help our first trip go smoothly?

    I am a bit daunted but am slowly picking up bits n pieces from viewing this helpful and entertaining forum!! Thanks in advance.

    Richard
     
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    Welcome to the Fun...

    If you use them... don't forget your Jim Jams and... if like me you use them but forget them... then don't leap out of bed with the curtains open... (unless the stable door is half closed)

    Have a great trip... and don't worry... you are bound to forget something.. we always do...

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Hi :welcomefunster:,

    Just make sure you put a couple of bottles of wine on board & then pack the rest of the van with beer and more wine:wine::beer:

    After that just relax and enjoy yourselves:thumb:

    Oh yes.....looking at the weather forcast you may need :rain::rain:

    Brian
     
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    Welcome

    You might find a map useful!!:flyingwelcome:
     
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    Hi, On my first outing many years ago I made a couple of lists, i.e. what to do before starting off ,what to do on arrival at site, like filling van with water before setting up, what to do before leaving site, like stow everything safely away check under van ,turn gas off etc, After a couple of trips these things become second nature,also take a notepad to write down items that you should have taken and really needed. Happy camping:Cool:, have a safe trip . If you are ever thinking of coming to the Isle of Wight send me a PM and I can give some tips. Terry:thumb:
     
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    Cheese to go with the wine!
     
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    Width, wing mirrors, overhang.
     
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    Welcome..

    All you need is a sense of humour and the ability to not let anything spoil it...

    Go and enjoy
     
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    tin opener....evan if you think theres one in already...cos motorhomes get canibilised anything the house needs gets taken out m/h an not replaced:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    in this weather... don't attempt to drive on mud or soggy ground.. If you must drive on grass, walk the site before driving on..and take mats to park the wheels on, cut up bread trays or similar ..
     
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    Paracetamol for the hangover after all the wine
     
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    You definitely need one of these [​IMG] And if you buy <this> you'll never forget anything ever again::bigsmile:
     
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    I think the main thing to remember is to simply enjoy yourselves:thumb::thumb:

    On our first trip we started making a list ofn the things we had forgotten within 1 mile of setting off:Eeek:
    By the time we arrived at our destination the list was huge and we were laughing a lot...:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

    We still forget things and we still laugh about it....

    Welcome to FUN:winky:
     
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    spare wheel

    Check your spare wheel and tyre pressures. where are you going???Caravan Club site or something similar:thumb:
     
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    spend the night before you go away in the van on the drive that will help you remember things
     
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    We did on night on site to get the feel of it Plugging in the electric, cooking on gas, making the bed, storing gear etc that sort of thing Its a huge learning curve. Sadly we realised very soon that we had bought the wrong sized van. It was too small for our needs An expensive mistake!:Doh:
     
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    its not the van thats too small ....

    its the size of that cat your swinging:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    welcome. A wtering can is handy. When you get there, empty of water to keep the weight down, and excitedly get set up on your pitch and then realise you didn't fill up it will come in handy. Of course I never did this I heard about someone who's cousinns uncles brothers friend did this, or was it gas?

    Most important thing to take and to bring here is a sense of humour and you will have a great time.:ROFLMAO::Smile::ROFLMAO:
     
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    Bottle opener for the men and fluffy bedsocks for the ladies:thumb:
    We forgot salt for the spuds:Blush:

    Have a safe trip and enjoy yourself, there's always a story to tell about your first trip away:RollEyes:

    Margaret
     
  20. Cardeau

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    Thank you

    All,

    Many thanks for your warm welcome and helpful tips. We are off to Lincoln Farm Park in Oxfordshire for our first trip. It's not too far away as we live near the M25 at Chorleywood in Hertfordshire. It's clear from the weather forecast that I won't have to pack any suntan lotion.:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

    Thanks once again and have a great bank holiday weekend!

    Richard
     
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