TRAVEL: Getting the jitters!
I’m getting the jitters. I may actually buy a campervan! This is the one I have my mind settled on. It's beautiful inside. It's just how I would like it.
It’s a huge amount of money to spend on a vehicle (£25k), but I try to reassure myself that I will be living in it half the time, having fun with it the other half of the time. It has two separate beds, a shower/toilet, cooking and seating and eating areas. I can actually imagine myself living in it.
It’s a huge amount of money to spend on a vehicle (£25k), but I try to reassure myself that I will be living in it half the time, having fun with it the other half of the time. Plus, I can learn loads and get to know lots of different people while doing it. And, when you think about, it, lots of people buy cars that are priced more than that, and all they can do is drive around in them – they can’t sleep in them.
Well, some do, I know.
The logistics of getting the van though are a little weird. At the moment, I’m moving from one part of the country to another. It’s a heck of a journey if I’m doing it on my own. But I know a very good man with a brilliant man/van service who’s willing to go the extra mile for me. In fact, he’s willing to meet me in Somerset to check out the van, pick up my stuff from Dorset and take it to Hampshire, then (if I choose to buy it, which I think I will), he'll go back to Somerset and pick it up with me.
How cool is that?
But… having looked at the place where it is located, I might not need his service after all. If I don’t use it, I’ll pay him a hefty tip for the privilege of giving me all this extra information! I’m grateful to him and don’t want to take people for granted. He’s been good and prompt and very fair.
I’m thinking often now of the question...
"Why the heck do I want to live in a van?"
I mean, what has my life come to, to resort to this standard of living? My sister still thinks I’m mad. Although my step-father thinks it’s a great adventure. He used to go caravaning, so that's half way there.
I mean, seriously, why do I want a van?
Of all things.
Not a motorhome and not a caravan. But a van that’s been converted. A van that may have been worked hard by some hardworking men on a building site at some point.
At least this van has only had something like 24k miles on the clock, so not too many! But I’ve also been told by the Facebook groups that the higher the mileage the better on a diesel van, as it’s been ‘run in’ and it can go on for over 300,000 miles.
I knew that from my own VW Passatt. It had taken me to the far side of Europe and back and was still going strong when I sold it to buy this darned Citroen. The Passatt only gave me two problems – the radiator burst (as I hadn’t filled the damned thing up) and it didn’t go once because I had put petrol in it instead of diesel. Both my errors. Not the car’s fault.
The Citroen on the other hand has had numerous problems. It has broken down on me three times – due to ‘computer error’ and a cracked cylinder. The second one could have possibly been my fault when I’ve tried to rev it up a wee bitty too much when I’ve been trying to ‘escape’ a pretty fast car while on a roundabout, or trying to exit a junction when a car came speeding along at me. But the computer? Nothing to do with me!
I don’t know what the Fiat van is going to be like, as it’s the same as a Citroen engine/chassis, but I’ve been reassured that it’s a good make and model and that it will go on forever.
Praying like a mad man with the devil at his back.
Hope you can help me. I have a bit of a tricky query here. I'm on the verge of buying one of your customer's campervans. Fiat Ducato 3.0 litre. It's a private sale, and I would prefer if someone official was able to check it over for me - mechanical and habitation checks would be ideal.
I can view it from Monday 27th April, as Stuart, the owner is back in the country for one week. Also, if I chose to buy it, I wondered if it would also be possible for you to deliver it to me?
If you could give me a quote for this, that would be wonderful.
Then I waited... and waited...
Kaye is a freelance publisher, author and certified psychotherapist with over three decades of experience. She is also a writer for various blogs about writing, publishing, travelling and health care.
Feel free to visit her BewleyBooks.com site, where you can sign-up to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube.