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A comical solo trip to the South West – what I've been up to so far

WelshGas

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I've made space for the potty. Now here's a question... do you put the roof bed down? Keep popped roof up? I'm all so new to this. When people say it's cosier downstairs, I'm assuming they bring the ceiling down, i.e. the upstairs bed?
Lower roof bed but leave hatch open for ventilation. We always sleep downstairs and in cooler weather lower the roof bed.
We’ve mastered the art of tea in bed without leaving the bed, over the past 4 yrs.
 
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We find it can be a little claustrophobic with the roof down and keep the top bed pushed up. Also means I don’t bang my head when I need to get up in the night! Heater keeps you nice and toasty
 
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Are you trying to imply I’m like Frank Spencer!!?
Of course not, although some of your comments could be the beginning of a script for “ Some Mothers do have them and a Campervan.”
 
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I've made space for the potty. Now here's a question... do you put the roof bed down? Keep popped roof up? I'm all so new to this. When people say it's cosier downstairs, I'm assuming they bring the ceiling down, i.e. the upstairs bed?
We are all different.

I keep the top bed up as I like the ventilation and feel of space above my head.

Snuggled up in the duvet (tog 7 all year round except for a couple of Summer weeks) I also wear a light base layer (merino and silk) as pyjama's as the big thing is having to get out from under the duvet when the van can be quite cold.

A couple of things: Make sure the heater remote is to hand, nothing more decadent than a click of a switch and then stay snuggled up in the duvet until the van is nice and warm, and set the heater to a low temperature so if it gets cold at night it can be switched on and left on without roasting you alive whilst under the duvet.

In very cold weather I have dropped the bed, and of course in the teeth of winter storms with the roof down then no choice anyway but I find it claustrophobic.
 
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The pop top material looses heat rapidly, if it was me on my own in my Cali in the autumn, I’d either not lift the roof or as you say drop the top bed and close the shutter and have the heater on 1 and have a winter duvet. Cosy.
Super helpful. You see... how would I know any of this without the help of you lovely lot? Going to lower the bed and close the shutter and see how I get on! :D Thanks again
 
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We are all different.

I keep the top bed up as I like the ventilation and feel of space above my head.

Snuggled up in the duvet (tog 7 all year round except for a couple of Summer weeks) I also wear a light base layer (merino and silk) as pyjama's as the big thing is having to get out from under the duvet when the van can be quite cold.

A couple of things: Make sure the heater remote is to hand, nothing more decadent than a click of a switch and then stay snuggled up in the duvet until the van is nice and warm, and set the heater to a low temperature so if it gets cold at night it can be switched on and left on without roasting you alive whilst under the duvet.

In very cold weather I have dropped the bed, and of course in the teeth of winter storms with the roof down then no choice anyway but I find it claustrophobic.
I'm loving this forum so much. Thanks for the tip. It's cold tonight in south Devon! Bit of a breeze. Tad parky! Sleep well!
 
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The radio runs


The radio runs off the starter battery and switches off after 20 minutes ro conserve charge. Get a little speaker and play from I-pad or laptop whatever .... I have a Bose mini sound link and, much cheaper and convenient, one of these. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01HTH8F3K/?tag=eliteelect-21
Plus one for Bose mini sound dock - great music quality from such a small speaker - still available on Amazon for around £150
 
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I’ve got an Anker. Not as expensive as Bose but still extremely good! :cool:
It was 50th birthday present to myself.
Hope you are enjoying your trip to SW - we hope to do a two week tour of Devon and Cornwall next year :thumb :thumb
 
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It was 50th birthday present to myself.
Hope you are enjoying your trip to SW - we hope to do a two week tour of Devon and Cornwall next year :thumb :thumb
Thank you, GVick! I am, yes. I’m having two nights at this particular campsite. It’s a beaut. Really super quiet with a lovely view towards the sea. I’ll share where I’ve been on my return.

Going to work first thing from my new mobile office... then I intend to go for a nice long walk. I deserve it! This last year has been manic! Hehe.

Night all!
 
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Further update: I've discovered that a lot of people who don't have VW Calis, love to come across and tell you why they didn't get one and what they got instead. It's so funny. It's happened to me four times now.

On one campsite the other day, some older bloke said to me (whilst chatting to some nearby friends), "Oh we're all so nosey, us campers, like we're intrigued by you... We want to know where your husband is, where your children are, how you managed to get that VW..." Ha! I think he thought he was being funny, but my god, how old school is that.

I kept myself quite mysterious. What a weird thing... that some people wonder those things when you're a woman on your own. I was tempted to tell him the truth, (as in I'm an independent free spirit and my gender shouldn't have anything to do with anything, and that I love kids but didn't want any of my own) but I fear his head would've exploded.
 
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Further update: I've discovered that a lot of people who don't have VW Calis, love to come across and tell you why they didn't get one and what they got instead. It's so funny. It's happened to me four times now.

On one campsite the other day, some older bloke said to me (whilst chatting to some nearby friends), "Oh we're all so nosey, us campers, like we're intrigued by you... We want to know where your husband is, where your children are, how you managed to get that VW..." Ha! I think he thought he was being funny, but my god, how old school is that.

I kept myself quite mysterious. What a weird thing... that some people wonder those things when you're a woman on your own. I was tempted to tell him the truth, (as in I'm an independent free spirit and my gender shouldn't have anything to do with anything, and that I love kids but didn't want any of my own) but I fear his head would've exploded.
If it were me i would have told the nosey old git that i was a mobile prostitute and i did discount for caravan club members and was he interested !

The older i get the more i dislike people so good on you for doing what you do and long may that continue
 
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If it were me i would have told the nosey old git that i was a mobile prostitute and i did discount for caravan club members and was he interested !

The older i get the more i dislike people so good on you for doing what you do and long may that continue
Well, exactly. I usually just make a polite joke and say something like, Gosh, what century were you born in? That usually gets a laugh from anyone listening and embarrasses the gentleman in question.

But I might just point out someone’s rudeness next time by asking, Why... can’t a woman be on her own without a husband and children?
 
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Well, exactly. I usually just make a polite joke and say something like, Gosh, what century were you born in? That usually gets a laugh from anyone listening and embarrasses the gentleman in question.

But I might just point out someone’s rudeness next time by asking, Why... can’t a woman be on her own without a husband and children?
Or maybe say to them "Oh? should I have bought a white one to match the rest of the kitchen appliances?"
 
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Further update: I've discovered that a lot of people who don't have VW Calis, love to come across and tell you why they didn't get one and what they got instead. It's so funny. It's happened to me four times now.

On one campsite the other day, some older bloke said to me (whilst chatting to some nearby friends), "Oh we're all so nosey, us campers, like we're intrigued by you... We want to know where your husband is, where your children are, how you managed to get that VW..." Ha! I think he thought he was being funny, but my god, how old school is that.

I kept myself quite mysterious. What a weird thing... that some people wonder those things when you're a woman on your own. I was tempted to tell him the truth, (as in I'm an independent free spirit and my gender shouldn't have anything to do with anything, and that I love kids but didn't want any of my own) but I fear his head would've exploded.
Cali's always get a lot of attention, most of it positive I find, but there can be some crass people out there: normally living in a big white thing powered, or should I say underpowered, by a vintage looking, wheezing, smoking fiat ducato.

As for the gender stereotyper..... my worst was "does hubby let you off the lead often?"......to which my reply, consisting of concentrated wrath of Jen, I'm sure his ears are still ringing with ..... something about "I don't have a hubby, I don't have a lead, I do have a brain which I normally employ before speaking and shouldn't you be off now getting the dishes washed?" , said in a manner that I used to reserve for my most intractably juvenile students who needed reminding that I was boss of the lecture hall, not them.
 
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Further update: I've discovered that a lot of people who don't have VW Calis, love to come across and tell you why they didn't get one and what they got instead. It's so funny. It's happened to me four times now.

On one campsite the other day, some older bloke said to me (whilst chatting to some nearby friends), "Oh we're all so nosey, us campers, like we're intrigued by you... We want to know where your husband is, where your children are, how you managed to get that VW..." Ha! I think he thought he was being funny, but my god, how old school is that.

I kept myself quite mysterious. What a weird thing... that some people wonder those things when you're a woman on your own. I was tempted to tell him the truth, (as in I'm an independent free spirit and my gender shouldn't have anything to do with anything, and that I love kids but didn't want any of my own) but I fear his head would've exploded.
How rude of him!
 
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I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but I’m glad I’m not alone. Going to employ some of these tactics next time. Although I do just give a shrug most of the time.

Further amusing update. I just spent 15 minutes trying to put the awning away. I thought it was broken. Gutted. My heart was in my throat. It kept making weird clicking noises. Only after a while I realised where I was going wrong... I was winding it out rather than in!

Dear god. It’s a good job I’m going home tomorrow! Hahahaha
 

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