Thurs Mar 10th- Tues Mar 22nd
10.03.2011 - 22.03.2011
It is hard to believe that we have been living in our wagon for 12 weeks already. We had a great time at the Melbourne Caravan and Camping show and could have quite easily sold both our houses to upgrade to some of the amazing motorhomes that are about. But in the end we decided we are very happy with the one we have and this week I thought I would give you a bit of a virtual tour so you can see what it is like living in a motorhome (Sue, this one is especially for you because you never got to see it before we left)!
Our bed is above the cabin which means we have to be shimmy up and down a ladder (and yes this is a bit of a struggle at 3 am with our eyes half closed but it means that we have much more living space). On one side of the wagon we have two club chairs. There is a small bench there (to rest a cup of tea on) or a larger table can be pulled out from the wall. This is usually where we eat (and play scrabble).
On the other side is a 3 seater sofa, the fridge and the microwave. This whole section of the van can slide out at the push of a button which gives us much more room for moving around. It only moves out about 500mm but it makes a big difference to the amount of space we have and this was one of the big selling points for us. The sofa can fold down to a double bed and underneath that is storage room for our deck chairs and another table that can be set up in front of the sofa. Danny has added a drink shelf so he can rest his glass of wine while he’s watching tv. The fridge is rather clever. It can run on 12 volt (when we’re driving along), on gas if we are free camping somewhere or on 240 volt if we are plugged into power at a caravan park and it can work out for itself what to run on.
The kitchen has a 3 burner gas cooktop and gas oven. We can carry 100L of water on board and that usually lasts us about 3 days. One of our biggest challenges is finding water that is ok for us to fill up with. The kitchen seems to have plenty of cupboard space although we might have the world’s smallest Tupperware cupboard!
When the weather is warmer we tend to cook outside on the bbq. There is a gas socket that the bbq plugs into so that we don’t have to carry an extra gas bottle for the bbq.
The bbq sits in the shower when we travel which might be a bit quirky but it fits.
Outside we have an awning that rolls out to provide shade. There is also a cd player and a couple of speakers but we really haven’t spent too many evenings outside yet. Hopefully that will all change when we get a bit further north.
There is also a shower outside- complete with hot and cold water which we thought was a bit odd but its handy for washing our feet when we’ve been to the beach. Not sure what else we will use it for.
We have reverse cycle a/c that only works when we’re plugged in and ducted heating that runs off the diesel tank from the truck which was a blessing in Tassie.
And that pretty much wraps it up.
We are heading north from here and hope to be in the NT in the next couple weeks. We’ll keep you posted