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Message posted by alan12609/7/2009 at 3:40pm
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doing 1st trip of the year (dont sl*g me mum has been ill and hasnt been out of the house apart from doctors for 4 months) gawd it is hard graft, tyres checked for pressure and blown up using footpump (i wanna compressor), torqued, checked inside and out for bulges etc (good tip use a towing mirror to see the inside. Brake gear checked and lubricated where required, steadies greased, hitch checked.

still got most of the gear is loaded only food + personal gear, plus car to refuel and load

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Message posted by grant.lyon09/7/2009 at 3:45pm
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I'm just getting ours ready for its third trip out, still ruddy hard graft thouh and I know it will be me getting it in the neck if I forget anything

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Message posted by alan12609/7/2009 at 4:08pm
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of course grant it is the bloke that forgets stuff, i live in a 1st floor flat so the gear has to be carried downstairs 1st.

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Message posted by katieays09/7/2009 at 5:01pm
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Hope you have a great time alan, it will be worth it in the end!

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Message posted by dancinglilly09/7/2009 at 6:24pm
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Have a fab time, when your slugging up and down stairs just think about the beer when you get there and have set up.17

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Message posted by pooliechris09/7/2009 at 7:08pm
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Its hard graft but its worth it. Think of that cold beer waiting for you when you are on site. I have packed up and prepped the van numerous times now but still manage to forget something from awning poles to the worst thing I could think of to forget the bottle opener (surprising what you van revert to open bottles).

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Message posted by stuart195509/7/2009 at 9:55pm
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just finished doing ours,all packed ready for an early start tommorow, off to cornwall staying at wayfarers adult only site, hope its as good as reviews say

Message posted by Jusy09/7/2009 at 10:07pm
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Sorry to hear about your mum Alan, being ill. Have a lovely break. We have only 10 days to sort our van for hols.



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Message posted by Esther110/7/2009 at 8:32am
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We've been away in our a few times this year and only last night when we were setting up I commented to OH about how much hassle it is! We leave our van fully packed so only have to add food and undies and it still seems to take ages then it took over 1.5 hours to set up on site!

It's a lot easier to pack a case, drive to a nice cottage, walk in an sit down.....


Message posted by alan12610/7/2009 at 1:15pm
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it isnt any fun doing that esther, almost ready to go now van is tied on just bits and bobs to chuck in (plus mum lol)

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Message posted by Viggo10/7/2009 at 1:44pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Esther1 on 10/7/2009

It's a lot easier to pack a case, drive to a nice cottage, walk in an sit down.....


Wash your mouth out!  17

Seriously though, glad it's not just me who finds it a slog to prep the van.



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Message posted by JackieandSteve10/7/2009 at 3:39pm
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I always thought it was just us that found it hard work so i'm glad to hear we're not alone.
We're off to Cornwall in the morning and haven't stopped doing one thing or another.
Chinese for dinner i think because i'm knackered

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Message posted by path2012/7/2009 at 12:13am
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We are moving off early next Thursday and I am already putting things in the van. This time I am not doing it all the day before. I was shattered the last time we went.

Message posted by phil7612/7/2009 at 9:25am
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 we take far too much stuff but trying to cut down is difficult, clothes seem to be the biggest problem i bet half the stuff comes back un worn .i have got some spare time before we are off again in two weeks so i think i will weigh every thing that goes in the van just to see what weight we are dragging round .we enjoy getting ready to go its part of the fun. my sister in law takes 3 kettles the electric one they use ,a spare electric and a gas one just in case the electric goes off . why ?.

 

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Message posted by Carolbay12/7/2009 at 9:58am
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I always take too many clothes!  Just back from Cornwall for five days and because the weather forecast was dodgy took 5 summer skirts, tops, cardigan, 3 coats (different weights) three pairs of jeans, 4 light canvas pairs of shoes, one smart pair, and trainers.  Took nearly as much for OH (but trousers instead of skirts17) and in the end we only wore jeans and tops!  Must be because in hotels people seem to wear something different every day/evening and I am still in that train of thought.  One reason we took up caravanning was because you are able to relax and not have to dress up that much, so I need help17

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