TRAVEL: Stood Still
It's a week after my birthday and my campervan has been stood on one spot since I bought it back from Worcester.
I think perhaps because I'm frightened of actually, you know, going out in it.
How on earth am I going to maneouver that giant thing around the supermarket?
What on earth am I going to do when I want to reverse it into a parking space?
How am I going to clean it when it gets muddy and dusty?
What am I going to do if birds decide to poop all over the solar panel?
Questions like that surface in my mind. Also, it seems to me that, the longer it sits there in that one parking space under the trees, the less power the solar will give to the batteries and the more of a prat I will appear to be when I try to start it up and it won't budge.
The most important thing for me is to find where I can change my water.
Last week, I put some solution in the fresh water tank to disinfect it. Not bleach, but proper stuff. The nightmares I’m having are ones that show me that solution is going to burn a hole in the tank - it's only plastic afterall - and I’m going to be left with a leak somewhere.
I desperately need to find a place where I can do this. The tap in the Mess is not ‘fresh’ water, i.e. not fit for drinking. Plus, I need to buy a food grade hose pipe! Urgh. I wish the previous owner had had the decency to clean it out for me and fill it up before I took it away. I could have lived in it from day one then.
Instead, a week later, I’m unable to do anything with it.
I never knew that finding water would be so hard. If you’re living at home in your own house, then you have a supply of water ready for you on tap (excuse the pun). But me, the kind of life I live? It’s difficult. I live at my employers base where facilities are hard to come by.
Therefore, I have to locate either places mentioned in Britstops, or the caravan and camping/motorhome clubs, which I am now a proud (if quiet) member of.
Will have to look up online to find the best places to do this. Or, I could ask that nice gentleman on the gate, as he has a motorhome on site. He may know of places to go and where to top up and do things for it.
Wish me luck!
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