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08/7/2009 at 10:21pm
 Location: Reading
 Outfit: VW Compass Calypso & Various Tents
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I put a deposit down today 17. I will pick up my first motorhome on July 16th 17.

Originally I wanted a van conversion, such as an autosleeper, but when viewing in the flesh I realised just how little storage they have. It didn't help when I got my OH there, he couldn't stand up, and he felt claustrophobic. This is the same OH who has always refused to camp, but he will come away with me in a motorhome, if I have the right one.

So I've bought a 2001 Compass Calypso. It's coachbuilt, but not much bigger than van conversions for the Cornish lanes. It seems way more spacious and there is space to store things such as outside chairs. I got the dealer to throw in 12 months tax, essentials such as hookup lead, water hose and gas canister, and to fit a new cambelt.

I'm very excited!

Jenny



09/7/2009 at 8:42am
 Location: Bude Cornwall
 Outfit: Autotrail Tracker FB
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Well done Jenny!17

Welcome to the wonderful world of motorhoming!17

Looking forward to meeting you on our little Cornish lanes!17

Kernow Camper17

 



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09/7/2009 at 9:14pm
 Location: south wales cardiff
 Outfit: vauxhall arena lwb
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hi jenny what you need to do now is look at kernow,s blog to get some idea of where you need to go for your weekend break,s .

Well done i hope you enjoy it.



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10/7/2009 at 8:37am
 Location: Bude Cornwall
 Outfit: Autotrail Tracker FB
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17delboy! x

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10/7/2009 at 10:31am
 Location: Reading
 Outfit: VW Compass Calypso & Various Tents
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Quote: Originally posted by delboydriver on 09/7/2009

hi jenny what you need to do now is look at kernow,s blog to get some idea of where you need to go for your weekend break,s .

Well done i hope you enjoy it.


I must admit I have been reading it already! It's very good. I need more time off work...


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10/7/2009 at 3:52pm
 Location: Bude Cornwall
 Outfit: Autotrail Tracker FB
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Thanks Jenny17

I too need more time off work!!! 17 The more camping we do the more updates there are to our blog! 17

Sharon17

 



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16/7/2009 at 11:07pm
 Location: Reading
 Outfit: VW Compass Calypso & Various Tents
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I collected it today. I'm glad I insisted on a new cambelt as part of the package as I have a copy of the service invoice - just over 600 inc VAT. I know all the filters, spark plugs, oil etc are new when I picked it up. It'll save me paying for it...

I drove to Tescos and stocked up on a few bits. It easily fits in a car parking space width wise, but is too long. I ended up majorly over hanging the space behind. If this is the case is there a way to avoid paying for two car parking spaces? Admitedly it would be easier if I had someone else with me when parking, but no matter what I'm too long. I did look for a space that had grass I could over hang, but there were prickly bushes everywhere! I just parked a long way from the store...

At home I had to wait for my OH to help me park down the side of the house. We'd measured it and knew it would fit (the drive has a narrow point) but my god did it feel tight. I doubt I'll ever be able to do it alone. However unlike when I first parked it at home, it is now only visible if you look down our drive, and it's blocked in by a car which only moves at weekends - surely that's better than a post!

I'm now partially loaded (dishwasher is cleaning all my camping plates, glasses, pots and pans and a few (cough!) bits I've bought especially for it. I can't wait to get away!



17/7/2009 at 7:51am
 Location: Bolton
 Outfit: Motor Caravan
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 Well done it must be daunting when first getting a longish camper ..we had a 25ft once & i had to help the O/H park & that was on the road in between cars ,you get used to it the more you drive it & we never  park on car parks in towns & didn't care when taking up 2 spaces in supermarkets 17 hope you both enjoy camping 5star

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17/7/2009 at 7:41pm
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well done we have a 2001 calypso, had this one about 5yrs now and had a 96 model before. we average about 34mpg on a long run cruising about 60mph. i have logged fuel down  but it will criuse into the seventies if needed, ours will have to have the belts changed next year,  have changed the tyres this year due to age not wear only got 26,000 on clock, and fitted a new exhaust system complete with cat. they are good vans for a couple and the bed is huge. we use the shower in ours prefering just basic sites, for more room we got a brass net telescopic curtain rod and hang a shower curtain from it and hang the rod from the litle rail over the windows on each side makes a changing room saves closing all the blinds. enjoy your calypso we do.

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19/7/2009 at 7:53pm
 Location: Reading
 Outfit: VW Compass Calypso & Various Tents
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Quote: Originally posted by kbcalypso on 17/7/2009


well done we have a 2001 calypso, had this one about 5yrs now and had a 96 model before. we average about 34mpg on a long run cruising about 60mph. i have logged fuel down  but it will criuse into the seventies if needed, ours will have to have the belts changed next year,  have changed the tyres this year due to age not wear only got 26,000 on clock, and fitted a new exhaust system complete with cat. they are good vans for a couple and the bed is huge. we use the shower in ours prefering just basic sites, for more room we got a brass net telescopic curtain rod and hang a shower curtain from it and hang the rod from the litle rail over the windows on each side makes a changing room saves closing all the blinds. enjoy your calypso we do.

Ours only has 14000 miles!



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19/7/2009 at 8:03pm
 Location: Llantrisant South Wales
 Outfit: Roller Team 740
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Enjoy it, it looks fab!

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19/7/2009 at 11:49pm
 Location: Yorkshire
 Outfit:  Swift Charisma 540 Caravan
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Yes well done my love....bet you are wright chuffed eh ...lol

nannycatch 17



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20/7/2009 at 6:55am
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ours has got airide supension fitted, 50w solar panel, strikeback alarm, bike rack awning, extractor fan in the shower room, all fabrics have been recovered, have just been over to the pickering show and seen something else so now going to start selling this one. been a great van but seen a bigger one we want.

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