7 Clever Gadgets To Save Space In Your Motorhome

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7 Clever Gadgets to save space in your motorhome

Unless you’re the world’s lightest packer, it’s a simple fact that there’s just never enough storage space in a motorhome. Or, if you do have plenty of cupboard space, those cupboards never really seem to be quite the right size and shape to get the most out of them.  Add to that the size of the kitchen work surfaces in most motorhomes, and it’s easy to see that you have to think a little crafty to really make use of every last inch of storage in your van.  This round-up of nifty space-saving ideas should help:

  1. Stacking Stainless Steel Tea & Coffee Canisters

    Stainless Steel Stacking Canisters
    Every camper needs easy access to the tea and coffee facilities – save work surface space with these unbreakable stacking canisters.  Get them here for around £16.00

  2. Stacking Melamine Mugs

    Colourful stacking melamine mugs
    No matter how many times you try, those overhead lockers don’t store many cups – this might be the answer.

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March 26, 2014 |

Levelling A Motorhome

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If you have spent any time at all motorhoming, you’ll know that levelling the motorhome is a skill that needs a little practice, and that it can be quite fun to watch the newbie motorhomer attempting to level their van for the first time (so long as you’re not that motorhomer). 

Here’s a Youtube video, covering the basics of levelling a motorhome:

But that make’s it all look so easy, right?  It does seem to gloss over a few things, so I thought I’d add a few of my own motorhome levelling tips:

  1. Levelling the van is a 2-person job…the driver and the on-the-ground assistant.  Make sure you both know what the goal is, and make sure the driver can hear the assistant (try opening the van windows).
  2. If you’re the assistant, NEVER attempt to move the levelling blocks whilst the van is moving or without telling the driver that you’re going to adjust them.  
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March 21, 2014 |

Camping at West Middlewick Farm

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Cows next to the camping area at West Middlewick FarmBrowsing around for a camping trip recently, we decided to take up our own recommendation, and visit one of the farm campsites we’d featured in our Camping During Lambing Season post a few weeks ago. We decided to go camping at West Middlewick Farm, near Tiverton in Devon, and it turned out to be a brilliant decision!

We set off on the Thursday in order to make a bit longer weekend of it, as we knew we’d have to be up and away very promptly on the Sunday, as we had airBnB guests arriving in the afternoon.   It was an easy, uneventful drive down from Bristol, although if you don’t have a motorhome-specific sat-nav, I’d recommend you make sure that you approach the farm via Tiverton…our sat-nav thought it would save us some time by going along the little Devon lanes. ... Read more

March 17, 2014 |

Funky melamine tableware for 2014

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I popped into John Lewis this morning for some oh-so-typical JLo purchases, sheets and pillowcases. Barely had I crossed the store threshold when I was pulled in two directions at once.  On the right, an array of so very tempting Easter Eggs were pulling me towards them. On the left…a rather fetching display of this season’s new ‘picnicware’ as John Lewis call it…melamine and acrylic tableware to you and me…all jolly lovely for van camping, let alone picnics…

So here’s my pick of the best bits I spied on the shelves today…

John Lewis melemine plate from the House range

House Chain Dot Side Plate, John Lewis:  £3.50

John Lewis’s new ‘House’ range for 2014 is fresh and funky…bold but simple patterns in cool, sophisticated colours. This green circles design caught my eye…it’s available in plates, bowls and tumblers.

 

Yellow Melamine Plate from John Lewis

House Yellow Dinner Plate, John Lewis:  £2.50

Prefer your tableware plain, not patterned? ... Read more

March 16, 2014 |

The breakdown that never was, but became one…

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So…here follows the peculiar tale of the motorhome breakdown that wasn’t a breakdown, but became one in the end.  A curious tale, and one I think, with a lesson in it to be learned…somewhere.

The story starts last week.  We decided to go to Devon, to stay on a farm, milk cows and bottle-feed lambs. More perhaps, of that story next week.  Anyway, as we hadn’t been to see the moho for a little while, we popped over to the storage centre a day or two before we were due to go away, to check everything was OK. Everything was not OK.

Wilma the Motorhome's Inadvertent Breakdown
It seemed we had a flat battery.  Not entirely flat, but with not enough juice to start the engine.  No problem, we thought, being experts at jump-starting.  Up popped the bonnet and we set about attaching the jump leads.   ... Read more

March 4, 2014 |

Camping During Lambing Season

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Campsites with LambsWell, somehow we’ve managed to creep through the winter and even the most cynical of us must surely be thinking that Spring might just be somewhere on the horizon. That can only mean one thing. Yes, in just a few short weeks, Kate Humble and Adam Henson will be back on TV, showing us dramatic scenes in the barns of a working sheep farm somewhere remote.Yes, Lambing Live starts again on March 24th. No doubt the nation will again be riveted to the TV, watching much the same thing happen as we’ve been enthralled by for the previous three seasons of Lambing Live.  It’s hard to work out why we love this programme, or at least why we want to watch it week after week, series after series. Heck, even Kate Humble thought it was ‘a crap idea’ at one time.  ... Read more

February 21, 2014 |

5 Things for Kids at Half-Term in Dorset

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No sooner have we got the Christmas holiday out of the way than we’re rushing headlong towards half-term.  Yes, just two weeks away now,  so still time to plan what you might do with the little darlings.  We’ve put our heads together here at Campingly and have come up with five splendid things to entertain children if you’re thinking of heading off to Dorset.  We quite fancy taking Wilma, our Hobby 750 motorhome, on a fossil hunting expedition…

1  Fossil Hunting on the Jurassic Coast

 Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre run 2 hour guided fossil hunting walks throughout the year, and they have one everyday of the half-term holiday.  Times vary depending on the tide so take a look at their website to decide which day is best for you.

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It costs £7.50 for adults and £3 for children.

 

2  House the Birds! ... Read more

January 30, 2014 |

David Hockney Trees Exhibition

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I’ve always liked David Hockney’s paintings.  For me his Californian swimming pools always looked so sophisticated and glamorous.  I liked that they appeared quite simple but were so vibrant and colourful.  I’m not fluent in art appreciation jargon, I just liked them.  When I bought my first flat the first print I bought for the wall was Hockney’s Mount Fuji.  So I am a bit of a fan, and have noticed that there are a couple of exhibitions I’d like to go and see.  

One is of Hockney’s famous Trees, ’25 Trees and other pictures by David Hockney’  This is at Salts Mill, Saltaire, North Yorkshire.  The other is ‘Hockney, Printmaker’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.  Not helpful that they’re at other ends of the country, but I’m sure Wilma, our Hobby 750 Motorhome, will get us to both exhibitions with her usual good humour. ... Read more

January 29, 2014 |

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

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If you’re planning to take your motorhome, campervan or caravan to Europe this year it would be sensible to start thinking about applying for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).  I’ve got one and I carry it in my wallet all the time.  It’s plastic and the same size as a credit card.

The EHIC allows you to access emergency state healthcare at a reduced cost, or for free in some cases, in any country within the European Ecomomic Area*.  It will also cover you if you have a pre-existing medical condition that requires treatment while you’re away and it also covers routine maternity care.

It’s FREE to apply for an EHIC and you can do this online at www.ehic.org.uk , by telephoning the NHS direct on 0300 330 1350 or by downloading an application form and sending it to the National Health Service Business Authority.   ... Read more

January 21, 2014 |

Campingly’s 5 Best Passport Holders

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My thoughts are turning to planning our next trip.  I want to head to the South of France or the north east coast of Spain in the spring so that I can get a bit of a suntan.  I know sunbathing is deeply unfashionable for health reasons but I feel so much better when I’ve got a bit of a golden colour to my skin, rather than the blue tinge that comes from a British winter.  I’ve started to think about what I will need to take and to check that my passport still has plenty of time left on it.  It does, and it made me think it would look so much nicer with a cover on it.

Here are my *Top 5* in no particular order.

1.  Union Jack Leather Passport Holder

Union Jack Leather Passport Holder

Union Jack Leather Passport Holder

A fun real leather passport holder from Fabretti.   ... Read more

January 15, 2014 |
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