Over a long lunch a friend who is new to caravanning remarked upon wine bottles becoming unscrewed when on the road. This caused me to grin stupidly and drift off into reminiscences. We used to be weekend trailer-sailors so we know the importance of battening the hatches and everything having a secure place, yet with caravanning no matter how smooth the road and how carefully stowed everything is you will still open the door to what sometimes appears to be murder and mayhem. We find pot lids love to unscrew themselves without any encouragement. We have a stick-on soap holder … Continue reading Why do pot lids unscrew on the road?
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: Blue Jobs Plug into power. Remove load levellers / sway … Continue reading Blue Jobs & Pink Jobs
Oct 2012, Approaching Broken Hill, NSW The road signs tell us we are now on Central Standard Time (South Australian Time even though we’re in NSW) and our clever little iPhones suddenly drop back a half hour. We pull into … Continue reading It’s Just a Matter of Time
Having diesel or gas heating in a caravan means that in cold weather you can still enjoy the natural beauty of freedom camps rather than paying top dollar for a campsite in a Caravan Park just to be able to plug into their power. We’ve owned our caravan Priscilla for close to five years and she’s probably around six years old. As her layout and size suit us quite well we’d prefer not to upgrade as we figure that she and us will probably wear out at about the same time anyway. Because of her age we had decided not … Continue reading Seduced by Diesel Heating
After an earlier fracas when our GPS tried to send us up a steep, unmade mountain road with the van on the back, we ignore Gabbi Garmin’s navigation suggestion and travel to Warracknabeal via St Arnaud and Donald and take a route of our own choosing. On the way our mates the Prado’s thought that the van in front of them was ours. El Prado picked up the CB and called “Brown rice boy to ukulele lady?” An amused passing truckie came on the air and replied with “Oh that’s so cute!” Continue reading Call Signs & CB’s
The difficult thing about ageing is keeping up with the strange things that happen to your body. I now have a new problem on hot tropical nights when we have every window and hatch open to catch the sea breezes. You see my arms stick like super glue to my boobs and every time that I roll over whichever arm it is peels painfully away from its corresponding boob half waking me up. By the next morning I’m all bruises and looking like I’ve been in a prize fight. Continue reading Sleeping naked in the tropics
A friend of ours may laugh at this because she calls us ‘trailer trash’ but there are rules and niceties to be observed if we’re all going to live harmoniously on the road. Say g’day. If someone walks past acknowledge them. Say “g’day, nice day, how are you, good morning”, anything to break the ice. You never know you may become great mates or need to help each other one day. Respect each other’s space. Campsites aren’t as big as backyards so don’t encroach on your neighbour. Our friends recently paid top dollar for their favourite beachfront site only to … Continue reading The Etiquette of Caravanning
Keep a checklist of what has to be done when you set off each day, learn the routine by heart and check each other’s jobs, just like on a plane “Doors armed and cross checked”. It may seem pedantic but the last thing that you need is the caravan bouncing off the hitch when you’re cruising down the highway or the awning breaking because it wasn’t properly secured. If you don’t have a self tuning aerial use the AntennaMate app to tune your TV to the local channels. Carry a chargeable drill for setting your legs, much quicker than doing … Continue reading Caravanning stuff – the things you may not think of
Friends of ours recently bought a new caravan, which had me thinking about what one needs other than the basics listed in Caravanning, how do I get started? You know the sort of things that one really doesn’t think about, the day to day ‘setting up a holiday house’ type of stuff. Being the ‘inside things’ I like to think of them as the ‘Pink Stuff’ as they are usually the domain of us women. Caravanning readers out there, is there anything that I’ve missed that you can’t live without? Bedding Carry a full spare set of linen for the … Continue reading Vanning Essentials – The Inside Stuff
Is there such a thing? Being retired we no longer live by clocks but Woody is a naturally early riser (a habit developed over years of being a milkman). Breakfast is not rushed but we usually find ourselves on the … Continue reading What’s a typical day on the road?