Now that I have this site almost as I want it it’s time to start using it for its intended purpose rather than worrying about the decorations, after all it is supposed to be about our caravanning experiences.
Our caravan, a Lunar Clubman SB had its annual general service just before our Easter break, no dramas or bad news from our service engineer Andrew, which was a relief.
One extra job that I asked Andrew to do was to remove the Alko spare wheel carrier from under the van. The spare wheel is now housed in a zip-up bag under the nearside bed, almost exactly over the position it occupied under the van. My reasoning in requesting the alteration was the difficulty of getting at the spare wheel carrier, especially if we had to stop close to a road kerb. Whilst my brain continues to tell me that I’m an 18 year old athlete who can leap a five-bar gate in a single bound; practice proves otherwise! Anyway the wheel is now under the bed in a bag and the caravan is 6Kg lighter because of the loss of the carrier. In practical terms it doesn’t matter much because I doubt that I have the strength to change a wheel preferring to wait for the man with a green flag to turn up to do it for me. There is also the matter of a lack of a suitable wheel jack to be considered, I wonder why these aren’t supplied with the caravan, perhaps it is now time to buy one?
Our van is fitted with an ALDE wet central heating system that is a vast improvement to the blown air system we had in our first van. The only draw backs are the over complicated control system, something that I have so far failed to master, primarily through disinterest (or so I tell myself) and the fact that it now needs servicing. We brought the caravan secondhand and have no idea when, or even if it has ever been serviced in it’s seven year life. It is certainly working well so hopefully Andrew’s forthcoming task will be limited to a straight forward fluid change. He’s due to carry out that task later this week so I should know soon enough.