In some way final yr the husbear and I discovered ourselves the proud new homeowners of a motorhome, regardless of the actual fact we’re a very good ten (or extra!) years away from changing into gray nomads.
A mate wanted to lift some funds pretty rapidly and needed to promote his motorhome, and figuring out of our earlier caravanning trip around Australia and goals of in the future taking up the RV life-style, gave us first possibility.
It wanted fairly just a few repairs, and he wasn’t eager on the hassles of fixing it up on the market. For instance, the electrical step doesn’t work, the new water system for the bathe wants changing, the aircon unit doesn’t work, there’s a tear in one of many dinette cushions … however total it’s fairly sound.
I have to confess, my first response when the husbear informed me was a loud and resounding NOOOOO! It didn’t appear the precise time, we don’t actually have the room for it right here, it wanted work and so forth … however then I heard the worth and started to rethink.
So right here we’re 😉 .
Have you ever ever puzzled what the within of a motorhome appears like when it’s actually getting used, and never simply on show? Marvel no extra!
We haven’t used it practically sufficient (even with out the pesky coronavirus lockdowns), however I’ve realised that there are a variety of issues I like about motorhoming!
1 – Again to fundamentals. As a barely upmarket (and extra snug!) model of tenting, motorhoming is an effective way to get again to fundamentals and what actually issues.
2 – Meals simply appears to style SO a lot better, no matter whether or not we prepare dinner inside on the range, or outdoors on the BBQ or perhaps a campfire (oh, and the husbear appears to tackle all the cooking duties which is such a pleasure for me!).
3 – We additionally discovered that we solely eat once we really feel prefer it, fairly than set mealtimes (and we’ve seen we often come dwelling with a number of meals; we don’t appear to eat as a lot once we’re away).
4 – Campfires. Staring into the flames is mesmerising, much better than TV! We’ve toasted marshmallows, and made jacket potatoes that have been to die for. Nom nom nom!
5 – Birdsong. I assume it’s as a result of there are much more birds, and we’re within the outdoor, however I like listening to the birdsong. The decision of the whipbird, the cackle of the kookaburra, the chime of the bellbird, the honk of geese, to call only a few.
6 -They don’t name it ‘the nice outdoor’ for nothing! We love getting out and exploring the spot the place we’re tenting – strolling alongside the seashore, paddling within the creek, mountaineering the closest hill. We’d throw a line in, the husbear may fly his kite, or I’d bask in an impromptu yoga session.
7 – A part of getting near nature is the animals – and on our motorhoming adventures we’ve made associates with geese and geese, horses and cattle.
8 – The sunsets, and stars at evening, are simply wonderful!
9 – I don’t care about garments, I simply pull on no matter’s snug, and there’s no fussing with hair, make-up and so forth. Oh, and a bra is non-obligatory 😉 .
10 – We will simply ‘be’, with out stressing about doing the washing, house responsibilities, Covid-19, my dad being sick, work, and so forth, for just a bit whereas. After we’re at dwelling, there are all the time issues to be accomplished.
11 – However maybe the primary cause I like motorhoming is that it’s high quality time for simply the 2 of us. Name me grasping, however I get the husbear all to myself which I like!
We nonetheless haven’t fastened issues up correctly, and now there are a pair extra issues that want doing – just like the weekend getaway the place we have been practically knocked over by the pungent scent of ammonia, when the gasoline fridge died. Nonetheless, we’ve made it work for us. We take an esky for our chilly meals, and the husbear has cleverly rigged up a ‘sizzling bathe’ out of a pump spray pack (such as you’d use for killing weeds, or fumigating) which we fill with sizzling water from the kettle.
We’ve stayed in correct caravan parks, different individuals’s properties (due to Youcamp), and in addition loads of free tenting stops which you simply can’t beat if you wish to get away from all of it (to not point out, being the last word in budget weekend getaways!).
We’ve camped within the depths of midwinter; in the course of the pouring rain; in gusty westerly winds; and sunshine in spring (not summer season nonetheless, except the aircon is fastened! I couldn’t cope). We’ve stayed on the seashore; on a farm; by creeks and rivers; beneath a cover of timber; within the mountains; and at a relaxation cease within the drought-stricken countryside.
I’m undecided how for much longer we can be conserving our motorhome. We may get a very good worth for it now, as they’ve turn into more and more standard as one of many few Covid-friendly journey choices!
We haven’t gotten away practically as a lot as we’d have favored. This little factor referred to as ‘life’ retains getting in the best way (additionally why the repairs haven’t been a precedence).
And, the longer it sits in our yard, the extra it’s deterioriating 🙁 .
I do know it doesn’t make sense to maintain it, however we’ve certain had some good instances, created some nice reminiscences, and brought some superior images whereas we’ve had it!