| Topic: My first camper - need ideas please!
Message posted by Capt Lightning on 23/9/2017 at 11:53am
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Well done. I hope you have many happy nights in it.
After about 36 years as a motorcaravanner, I still find that I take too much stuff.
Firstly, I'm glad to get away from the clutter of everyday life, so I'm happy to do without a TV,microwave, deep fat fryer etc... I do however have a small DAB/FM radio and Mrs.L sometimes brings her 'tablet' (mainly for reading).
We do take two sets of plates, cutlery etc.. as it saves having to wash up after every meal.
The main thing though is clothes storage, so where possible it's lightweight waterproofs etc, and just enough to last for the trip.
I'm fortunate that the beds in our van are pretty comfy, and we use fairly light, but warm sleeping bags. I expect that you'll have some pretty good kit from your tenting days. Some people use 'memory foam' mattress toppers, but I don't care for them myself.
Two drifters off to see the world.
I don't go away during the school hols. Roll on September.
Message posted by Bridie on 25/9/2017 at 10:51am
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We have a VW Trooper 22 year old camper van ( pop up roof T4.) which we have had for the past 16 years. We go to France for a month every year and a few nights in UK .
We have found the following most useful: the rug sticking stuff ( from poundland) on shelves around top of van, (where roof meets the sides), ideal for little containers of tea, coffee etc . They very rarely get thrown off!
Larger strips of this unrolled and put on floor for washing up baskets, shoes etc while travelling and shopping from supermarkets.
I made a small arrangement of fabric pockets hung from a bamboo stick for personal items, pens, makeup, spare toothpaste, shower ge cream etc and this ha gas on sliding door side over back seat.
I also made a larger set of pockets which hangs over the back f the passenger seat and holds first aid kit, anything you might need once the bed is out, medication, underwear for the next day!!
I have two small folding plastic baskets, originally from Co-op which we use to store shorts and tee shorts in and store behind the back seat in the day and moved to sit on drivers and passengers seat once we are at a camp site.
I have screwed in cup hooks along the side to hold mugs and between the drivers cab and the living area to use for easy to access waterproofs, sweaters.
The wardrobe in our van is not easy to get clothes in and out of, bit awkward so longer length clothes, dress, trousers go in here, stuff we don't use all the time.
The Rock and roll bed can be left made up and rolled back so ne big deal getting it out for a bed at night.
We use the cupboard meant for a portaloo for cooking stuff and pop out to the loo in the night. neither of us fancy sleeping with a portaloo at the foot of the bed!
I made the curtains and with what was left a throw for the back seat ( with hole cut for seat belts to go through if necessary. I backed this with a fleece so it's an extra warm blanket if we need it..
Pillows are stored under the last I boxes of clothes at the back of the back seat.
We don't use the shelf provided at the back but have taken that out.
Folding seats, stools and table are stored behind the drivers and passengers seats.
We think we have this down to a fine art now and it suits us! There is also a long drawer under the back seat for shoes, ground sheets, boules etc etc.
Hope this helps! Enjoy!