The Big Day

18 May


On a cold, overcast but, thankfully, dry morning in Derby; the Lamputts took possession of their caravan. Record the event in the history books. Announce it on national television news (perhaps with a warning). The Lamputts are on the move again.

And, believe it or not, so far so good. That’s not to say there weren’t any hitches. In fact we hadn’t gone 100 yards down the road before an alarm started to go off. This is pretty scary the first time you start pulling a 20 foot metal box behind you on the Queen’s highway. Isolating the cause wasn’t helped by the fact that the alarm stopped every time we did. Neil eventually worked out that it was the car panicking, saying the indicator and brake lights weren’t working even though they were fine at the back of the caravan. That will need a bit of research.

Progress after that was actually uneventful. We didn’t do much more than 50 mph and simply had to chill out. As most of the journey was motorway or duel carriageway it wasn’t as if we were holding anybody up.

Again, arrival at the site was straight-forward and Neil soon had the caravan positioned nicely. It was only when we were setting up it started to get more awkward. Getting the electricity to work was the first problem. It just didn’t seem to be reaching the ‘van. This was solved by another Bailey owner who pointed out where our trip switch was and we worked out that the supply couldn’t cope with heating the hot water tank. As this also runs on gas it wasn’t really a problem.

What is very disconcerting is the presence of mice droppings in the drawers. Yes, you read that right. Believe me, as the owner of two cats, I can recognise the presence of mice. Time will tell, I suppose, if they are still around. Not a prospect to be relished.

Now, as the sun sets over the river, we are feeling pretty exhausted. Everything we brought with us is unpacked including all the coat hangers with corresponding clothes. Yes, Neil has managed with his ration of six wire hangers and a drawer. Just as well, really.


3 Responses to “The Big Day”

  1. peteandlu May 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Is there a caravanners equivalent of putting plastic bottles on your mooring lines to stop vermin coming aboard?! Good luck with the mice…and your onward travels.

    • lamputts May 20, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      I wish there was a solution like the plastic bottles. It seems like there are loads of places the little varmints can get in and things like mothballs can act as a deterrent. Then there are mousetraps. Yuk!

  2. Chris Larkins May 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Good to see you have proper car you will have no problems towing with a Mondeo.
    Chris L

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