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Adventures in permanent caravanning! 1 month 1 week ago #461723

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Hi again everyone. I've been mega busy but wanted to give everyone an update on how things were going.

As you will have guessed from my previous post about my sisters caravan, I was in panic mode. The caravan was meant to be a temporary accommodation for two reasons. Firstly, to allow me enough time to find the right "permanent" caravan and secondly, to get a more realistic view on whether this was doable for the long term.

When I went to look at my sisters 'van I was in shock. The place was absolutely filthy and nothing worked. I was at a bit of a low point so rather than doing what I usually do and solving the problems I decided to panic instead. After I stopped whining and got myself together I cracked on with cleaning and fixing this van. I am now happy and very proud to say that absolutely everything now works in it (barring the heating which I am using a small electric heater for anyway). It took a lot of graft but like with most things in life, it taught me a lot about the structure/workings of a caravan (with much help from you guys too).

So this is my 2nd night in the 'van. I got in at 2am this morning after a long a gruelling day moving stuff out of my old place and in to storage. Coming back to the 'van was great and it already felt like "home" which is more than I can say for any other home I've been in. The original plan was to bring my dog here with me but I ended up bringing two (temporatily) due to my ex-girlfriends poor organisational skills. Good news is they have been great. Plenty of treats and while there wasn't much room in bed last night, I slept great (until the cows next door, very vocally, wanted to tell me it was feeding time).

Things I've learned so far...

1. 40 litres of water doesn't last very long (mains adaptor ordered)
2. My oven takes 20 minutes to pre-heat and the temperature varies wildly from top to bottom
3. Caravans are WARM. My previous place we lived in we kept at a steady 12 degree's Celsius in winter due to only having electric heating (which cost a fortune)
4. I need way less storage space than I originally thought. This is a small 2 berth and I have plenty of space for more things.

Overall I am extremely happy living like this. Obviously it's still early days and there will be plenty of challenges ahead but it just feels right. I was expecting the start to be the hard part as I adjusted to a new way of life but at present I'm very happy with things.

I had a bit of a moment when buying a small freezer yesterday. There were people in the store buying tonnes of crap (for want of a better word). £1500 on fridge freezers on credit and the latest gadget that will devalue almost as fast as they lose interest in it. The shocking part for me was that it felt like I was looking at myself and my own habits from years ago. Putting all my stuff in to storage was a stark reminder of that also.

This past year has been the toughest year of my life but even with challenges ahead, I wouldn't change a thing. The lessons have been invaluable and while I may have the odd meltdown when things get too much, I now look at any obstacle as a change to grow and learn.

I'm going to live small like this for a while and focus on "cutting the fat". So far though, I feel like some big life changes have been made and what was originally looking like a means to an end is now looking like a blessing in disguise.

Once again, a big thanks to those that have supported me during the move and apologies for the ramble. I wanted to give an update of where I am with things for anyone who was interested or may be interested in permanent caravanning in the future.
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Adventures in permanent caravanning! 1 month 1 week ago #461725

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Thanks for the update, and congratulations on getting the caravan sorted such that you and the pooches can now live comfortably in it. An amazing effort. As they used to say were I worked "Bravo Zulu"
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Adventures in permanent caravanning! 1 month 1 week ago #461726

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I echo clives comment , excellent feed back compared to when you first started .

Well done for getting to where you are now , I hope it gets better and better and you enjoy it more and more as you go on .

Good Luck

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Adventures in permanent caravanning! 1 month 1 week ago #461730

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Well done Tombo....

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Adventures in permanent caravanning! 1 month 1 week ago #461733

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A very good outcome so far Tombo. Stick with it.
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Adventures in permanent caravanning! 1 month 1 week ago #461736

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Fantastic work, and an excellent post. Thanks for the update.
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Adventures in permanent caravanning! 1 month 1 week ago #461738

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Great update Tombo ! - Sounds like things are coming together :P

Not trying to patronise or scaremonger in any way ...

You don’t say what type of portable electric heater you are using, but unless it’s an electric oil-filled radiator, please be very careful with using a portable electric heater in your caravan. I would strongly recommend keeping it as far as possible from flammable surfaces (easier said than done in a caravan I know), and never leave it on unattended, or on when you go to sleep.

Looking forward to the next update !

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Adventures in permanent caravanning! 1 month 1 week ago #461741

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Well done. keep the updates coming.
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Adventures in permanent caravanning! 1 month 1 week ago #461748

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Icaru5 wrote:
Great update Tombo ! - Sounds like things are coming together :P

Not trying to patronise or scaremonger in any way ...

You don’t say what type of portable electric heater you are using, but unless it’s an electric oil-filled radiator, please be very careful with using a portable electric heater in your caravan. I would strongly recommend keeping it as far as possible from flammable surfaces (easier said than done in a caravan I know), and never leave it on unattended, or on when you go to sleep.

Looking forward to the next update !

Ic.

It's not patronising if you're trying to stop me burning my new home down haha.

It's an electric free standing heater. It has some functions like automatic cut out etc but I've never been comfortable leaving these things on when unattended. I've been a bit over cautious if anything as I turn all the electrics and cut off the gas every time I leave. I was just thinking today how I would prefer an oil filled radiator as this one gets fat too hot even when it's on low. I'm going to take a look at the in built heater properly first though. I'm not sure if it's broken or just me not understanding how it works.

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Onwards and upwards!
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Adventures in permanent caravanning! 1 month 1 week ago #461752

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Good luck and thanks for the update Tombo. It's great that you managed the move OK. but don't forget to add your name to local authority housing waiting lists. Steve in Leominster who added much good advice to the permanent caravanning thread eventually moved into a local council bungalow.
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