After a nudge from Jonno and Jo over at Jwalking I believe it’s time that I explained one of the more important aspects of caravanning for couples and that is “Blue Jobs and Pink Jobs”.
We tend to have our favourite and not so favourite jobs that we each choose to do. Now I’m quite sure that it does vary from couple to couple and of course also depends on one’s own physical abilities.
When we arrive at a caravan park site and have levelled the van we set to work:
- Plug into power.
- Remove load levellers / sway bars.
- Unhitch (undo chains and cables from car) attach the jack, raise drawbar off the tow ball and drive car away from the van.
- Drop legs.
- Attach water hose after determining the length required and what state we are in (location not mental) which hopefully will be a guide as to the size of the fitting required. Wrap with Plumber’s Tape if it leaks.
- Attach sullage hose.
- Put step outside (so we don’t break a leg).
- Put keys in Front Boot, Tunnel Boot and Back Storage Locker (for some strange reason most vans are shipped with no two locks being the same). These lockers hold the mats, the table, the sway bars when camped and hoses.
- Change fridge to Power mode.
- Turn on 12volt switch.
- Unlock the bathroom and shower doors that are locked for safe travelling and generally make the place look homely again including winding up the toilet roll that has managed to roll the full length of the van and is now happily consorting with two stray oranges beside the bed.
- Unpack the coffee machine.
- Test the water pressure and fill the coffee machine.
- Extend the awning.
- Lay the exterior mats on the ground.
- Put out the chairs and stow the sink cover under the bed.
More Blue Jobs
- Attach the awning de flappers whilst standing on the ladder with ones’ arms fully outstretched.
- Attach guy ropes.
- Wind up the TV aerial, point to the nearest Antenna (using AntennaMate app) and tune in.
Pink and Blue Jobs
- Swear at the table whilst standing on the underside and pulling with all our might to extend the legs without getting our fingers caught in the mechanism.
- Pour a drink, put Bandaids on fingers, make lunch and vow to buy a new table.
- Oh, and put chocks behind the wheels so that the whole bloody thing doesn’t roll away.
When packing up to leave its pretty much the same in reverse, the outside heavy, wet, dirty and cold jobs are ‘blue’ and the inside tidying and stowing are ‘pink’.
But I haven’t mentioned the most important job. The one that I’m sure most ladies will insist is a Blue Job – emptying the toilet cassette!