Remember my little vintage caravan? It tends to be more of a focus of my blog posts during the summer, because I seem to spend most of my time out there when the weather is good. When it’s chilly and windy, like it has been this week, I’ve been rather more reluctant to work outside in my little tin can. Without a lot of heating it can be rather unbearable during the winter. BUT the good news is that I have been giving my neglected caravan a little bit of unseasonal attention this month and here’s why…It’s been on the road! Yes, the caravan that I thought would never move again is actually road-worthy! Okay, I probably wouldn’t want to take it all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats but those wheels do still turn, the tow-hitch is secure and the body is solid. I actually imagined that the walls would just fall down if I ever moved it, quickly turning it into a ‘flat-packed’ caravan. But it didn’t; the walls stayed where they should be and the windows didn’t pop out (quite amazing because one window sometimes slips out when you try to open it!). After holding my breath for about 2 hours while we attempted to move the caravan up the garden, I finally breathed a sign of relief as it smoothly rolled onto the driveway.So, now I know that I actually could go on holiday in my little vintage caravan, I’ve started thinking about the things I’d need to make a trip easy and comfortable. Quite a lot of the usual caravan ‘home comforts’ were removed when I turned it into my home office: all the cupboards were damp and rotten so they were taken out – and this included the kitchen. In fact, everything apart from the bed and table was taken out and we basically started again from scratch. Instead of building in new cupboards I simply found some small cupboards at carboot sales and secondhand shops and upcycled them with a lick of paint.Aside from possibly building a small kitchen unit and getting out the camp-stove, I thought that I would probably need more of the kind of accessories you’d need for camping. It would be just the worst thing to pitch up at a campsite and open the caravan door to find that everything has smashed on the journey. I don’t think that taking my best china tea-set on the road would be a good idea! So I’ve gathered together my melamine plates, bowls and cups (from The Caravan Trail) to see what I’m missing from this set and what I would need for a ‘proper’ holiday. As I was looking at everything I have that’s breakable in the caravan I realised that my ‘princess’ mirror hanging on the wall would probably have to go too.
But I don’t have to go without my bathroom essentials altogether because I found out that it IS possible to get mirrored acrylic. This is a great alternative to a conventional mirror (and probably is a good idea for the home too if you have children) because it’s 17 x stronger than glass, more flexible, shatter-proof and safer. And, even better, I can get an acrylic sheet cut to size to be just the right dimensions for my caravan mirror, or even pick a specific shape. It bet it would cost a fortune to have a mirror cut to size like this, if it’s even possible.Finally, I know that I would need to sort out some ‘bathroom arrangements’ in the caravan. I’m not sure that the caravan actually had a bathroom in the past. I remember that there was a full-length cupboard in the middle of the caravan when I got it (again it was falling apart and rotten) but I’m pretty sure it was a wardrobe space, not a bathroom, because there was no sink and definitely no toilet! Either way, there are no ‘facilities’ in the caravan now so maybe I’ll investigate the options for adding a portaloo or some kind of washing area. I know lots of campsites have all the facilities you would need on-site, but it’s probably a good idea to have an ’emergency’ option on-board too!
So those are my plans for getting my caravan moving this summer and I’ll be taking a look at the electrics, lights and everything I need to make it totally roadworthy before heading away on a road trip. Let me know if you’re a seasoned camper and have any suggestions of the things I’ll need in my caravan before I can enjoy a relaxing holiday – please leave me a comment below or tweet me a photo of your own caravan to @Cassiefairy.
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