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Published: January 27th 2011
Rear Driver's Side
At time of writing, yet to plant this into anything solid in reverse.
By popular request for the van-addicted among you, some piccies and 10 things we learnt about camper-vanning:
1. When going to the amenities block (especially at night), maintain a keen sense of direction and remember what your van looks like (for obvious reasons).
2. Empty any spare fluids before you set off, unless you want to be reminded of them on your journey ('nuff said).
3. Choose campsites near public pools, not with pools. This means: a) you get to swim rather than splash and b) your campsite is significantly less likely to be populated by hordes of screaming kiddies.
4. Never (repeat never) book into a campsite with an inflatable/bouncy anything (in our case 20M x 10M pillow) - as per previous point, many small people. In fact, avoid playgrounds and games rooms.
5. Wedge everything into a suitable crevice before you drive - have you ever tried to re-roll a loo roll, and did it work?
6. Be very nice to all campsite staff, especially when trying to find a powered site during a music festival. They might just take pity on the poor Poms in the 35C heat and find you one,
Lovely assistant models the table and chairs mode for picnic lunches.
so you can turn your A/C on. NB: Does not need to apply in UK for obvious reasons.
7. Pretend you are slightly incapable English people who don't know the first thing about camping - actually performances probably not worthy of an Oscar on this score, but did help us out of a few scrapes.
8. Try not to leave parts of your van behind, as persuading people to post things on can be a little embarassing, albeit not impossible.
9. Small is beautiful. A site near a small town is far better than a site away from a large town or even in one. You should be able to walk from the van to the other end of the high street in less than 15 minutes.
10. Never ever get into a "I've got the biggest/newest/most kitted out etc" van competition - ever, ever. You will be disappointed when the hugest Winnebago with the widest awnings and flashest 4WD pull up next to you - some people spend serious dollars on these things.
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