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Staycation - Three go to Devon Again

Sixteen days until we set off across to Devon in the Van. We still haven't given him/her/it a name as yet although we did toy with Suki in honour of Paul Merton's wife also called Suki. Still to be decided.

We have one one more shakedown trip next week for another night in the Van. Again locally to ensure that we don't use too much fuel and also are close enough to home to make it an adventure.

We have already got a huge packing list from the internet and there is no way that all of that will fit into the Van! Not unless we suddenly find a TARDIS like storage space somehere.

Any suggestions from experienced RV/Motorhomers are welcome. Comments below! Don't be shy? There must be some experts that want to share their wisdom? No?

Posted by InvictaMoto 17:40 Archived in England Tagged devon brixham back_of_beyond three_go_to_devon_again Comments (0)

Staycation - Three go to Devon Again!

No sooner had we paid out £400 as the balance on the holiday stay in Brixham did we then look at buying a motorhome. We had a look at a few at several different dealers in the south-east of England. We have talked about this before and thought maybe about hiring one for a week.

Had we realised that after several visits to look at one, that on March 12th we would get out the MasterCard and put down a £1000 deposit on one. At the time of writing we are looking to collect it on April 1st - April Fools Day!

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If we had thought about it sooner we may have saved the £400 and used that to pay for sites to visit in the new (to us) van.

It's a 2013 Eldiss Majestic 115. It's two berth and considered a starter motorhome for couples. Although we have seen on a few forums that it is also a good one for those downsizing from a bigger one. If we had cancelled the holiday home we would have lost the £118 we paid as a deposit.

So instead of the car we will go in the van (still to be named) and get used to it. I have to insure it this week before we collect it and it will need to be road taxed for use on British roads. I have already added it to the Dart Charge system to get us across the infamous blockage across the Thames from Kent to Essex. Luckily it is the same charge as a car.

For the trip to Devon I contacted the owner of the holiday home and she is happy for a motorhome rather than a car but she thinks it may be too wide for the gateway onto the drive. There is however unrestricted parking outside the place where we can park in the street.

There is so much to do before we go anywhere and I am looking forward to getting it and having a play. We have been watching a TV programme with comedian Paul Merton and his wife, Suki Webster, where they are novices and have a bigger than van than ours. They were a bit too much like Claire and me! I might have to start calling Claire "Suki" instead!

We have already started collecting some of the bits and pieces we will need to have when we "camp". First thing was a hook-up cable for when we are on a proper site with hook-ups. Plus some lightweight plates etc so we can eat. Gas is a problem. The previous owners kept the two Calor Gas bottles and so we decided to have a pair pf permanent LPG bottles installed. Not cheap but they will mean there's no need to unhook and replace one when it runs out. Apparently there is a shortage of new bottles as the lockdowns meant that more people bought them (I have no idea why!) and there's is a shortage. Now we will have to find an LPG garage to fill them up.

Of course we plan a few days trips to places we know we can stop to test out how it all works away from the experienced campers eyes. I remember being a regular and experienced camper watching others struggling to put up a new tent and wondering if I should intervene.

On the way to Devon I have booked two nights in an adult only campsite called "Back of Beyond" in Hampshire. it's about halfway between home and Brixham. It means our journey will be far shorter each day and or course gives us a chance to try a proper camping ground with electric hook-ups etc.

It might restrict us on some of the drives out in the week we are in the cottage as it is wider and longer than a car. But we'll cope with that as it happens. What it does mean is that we can stop where we like and brew up and not worry about a café or town!

The freedom of the road? We'll see!

Posted by InvictaMoto 17:45 Archived in England Tagged devon brixham back_of_beyond three_go_to_devon_again Comments (0)

Three go to Devon Again!

This time to Brixham.

Another staycation planned for this year 2022. I suppose it is a little guilt on my behalf that I have planned a few retirement trips away with my wife, Claire, and Reggie the dog. I have a trip planned to Czech for a bike rally at the end of May and as I will be going either solo or with a couple of biking buddies, Claire understandably was a little pee'd off.

So to make up for this I have been looking at trips to do all together. After nearly two years of "working from home", not furloughed like the really lucky people, I had to work every day. Online and 8 hours a day right up until my retirement day! Furlough, paid to sit at home and go on holiday!

So this trip in early May is to Brixham in Devon. The last time we "did" Devon was in 2019 and it was nice whilst we were there but a complete and utter pain in the ass to drive. Over 7 hours with only an hour of stops (all calculated by my TomTom 410!) to get there and over 8 to drive back. It was only 270 miles!

So this time the wisdom of regular travellers is to leave at the crack of dawn or even earlier and drive most of the way there and then rest when nearby. Hopefully beating the traffic and the rush hour of people getting to work. It will be a Friday to Friday let and so I expect it to be busy with people getting away for the weekend as the day progresses.

Where to go for days out whwn we are there. I have the National Trust book and there are a few places that are dog friendly. We are there a full week and so we have time. We might be able to get up and see Claire's friend Robin again and see his lovely house or even his restaurant! Dartmoor of course.

I also want to take a drive along the coast and look at the beaches at Slapton Sands and also take in the Kingswear Ferry! I've not been on a ferry for quite a few years.

Updates of course as they happen.

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