We decided to take a trip to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome show at Birmingham NEC yesterday. It was really just for a day out as we aren’t in the market for a new van! As usual we gravitated towards the murvi stand as we just lurve their vans. We owned a Murvi Morello for four years and just loved the spacious simplicity of it. Unfortunately, it had to go as we knew we would be needing extra space for an extended trip in the future which is why we have the van we have today. I’m sure we will return to a Murvi van at some point in the future though.
We found the britstops stand and bought the 2016 book. As we will no longer be staying very much in the UK we have cancelled our membership to the Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club. Britstops could be the answer for us for the few weeks we will be back in the UK when we need to sort out the MOT/Service and visit family and friends etc.
We also paid a visit to Sophie and Adam at motorhome wifi as we will need reliable internet access whilst we are away in order to keep all you lovely people updated on our progress! Sophie and Adam did a year touring Europe in 2011 and have a fabulous website resource here. We have perused their blog extensively and have found it really useful, especially the info on how much the trip cost. There are several bloggers out there who have given really detailed info on their budgets whilst travelling which really helped shape our thinking and gave us the confidence to know it really isn’t that expensive to tour Europe for an extended period.
We, after much discussion, and me putting my foot down with a firm hand settled on a 4G Roof Antenna & E5577 MiFi to keep us connected on the road. The antenna will be permanently mounted on the roof of the van and out of the way with the Mifi secreted in a cupboard. Nice and tidy! Tim wanted to go for the cheaper option of the 3G/4G Mimo Window Mount Antenna but with my OCD tendencies I just freaked out at the thought of Tim constantly fiddling with a roving antenna sticking it to different windows everyday. I brought out my well used mantra – ‘you buy cheap, you buy twice’ which did the trick in the end! We now have to get the Antenna fitted to the roof of the van at more expense but hey ho anything to keep the missus happy! Tim ‘could’ fit it but doesn’t fancy drilling a hole in the roof of the van so will leave it to the experts at Webbs who have been excellent and have fitted an inverter, shelves in the wardrobe, solar panel and a heating element in the water tank with no problems.
So, the van is almost ready to go and I’ve been gathering maps and books together for Spain, France and Portugal for our first year on the road. Almost there………!