On July 14th I drove to Popes Caravans so Chris the sales manager could show me over my, new to me, caravan. He explained where everything was and how everything worked, which for me was quite easy to pick up as many of the systems are similar to those I have had on my camper vans and motorhomes. The caravan looked superb having been prepared to a high standard. Chris had laid out the extras he had agreed to give me so I could have a photo as a souvenir. Satisfied with the time spent going over everything I drove back to the farm where I am now staying. It would be another four days before my Lunar Lexon SE caravan would be delivered to me.
With excitement mounting I spent the rest of the weekend thinking about the new direction I had taken, hoping I'd made the right decision. On Monday morning I bought some new bedding and towels from IKEA and started to sort out the things I was going to transfer from the camper van, including my new TV. Then on Tuesday morning just after 10:30 Chris turned up with the Lunar and set it up on a temporary pitch. At the end of the month I will be moving to a more permanent pitch on the large main field the farm has for caravans, as somebody is leaving on the 28th.
Having leveled the caravan I filled the new Aquaroll with fresh water, set up the waste tank, hooked up to the electrics and made a first cup of coffee in my new home. I was amazed at how much space there was in comparison to my camper van. Lana settled in well and was soon relaxing curled up on her bed. I am sure it will be a happy home for both of us.
After two weeks now of living in the caravan I know I made the right decision. The weather has been fantastic which has meant I've been able to meet and sit outside with others caravaners at the farm, some of whom have been here for a couple of years or more. Lana has met with a number of other dogs and seems to be settling down and becoming more relaxed. With lots of public footpaths and fields I've been able to let her run free when we go for our walks, which she loves.
Despite having bought things for the caravan and paying for my pitch, which includes electric, I have managed to stay just about on my budget for the month, which I am pleased about. I still have a lot to learn about caravan life and will write about my experiences in future blog posts.
It seems I've been travelling all my life. For the past eight years I've been following a simple, nomadic lifestyle full time touring in a camper van and meeting with other like minded travellers.
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