The thrilling sequel to “carpark campervanning part 1”, this episode sees me drink more tea, eat more food, and sit on hold for almost an hour as I try to complete the UK census.
Being unable to stay away from home overnight at present due to lockdown restrictions, I decided to have a weekend “away” in the van in the car park. This is part 1 of that exciting tale.
At long last, I made an upgrade to the site of the portable Dometic toilet in the campervan, giving it a dedicated space which is easily accessible both for use and for taking the toilet out for emptying. This finally frees up the space next to it for permanent storage too.
This is Part 3 of this project to replace the poor original overhead shelf and corner cupboard with a much better overhead cupboard and new corner unit.
Part 2 of the project to re-route the wiring to the ceiling lights and ventilator fan so that I can remove some plastic ducting which is in the way of my new shelf/cupboard/cabinet thing.
I never liked the corner unit at the back of the van – it was badly made (by me), looked grotty and didn’t hold much in when going round corners. Plus the shelf over the kitchen wasn’t much better. So, I’m re-making them but in order to do this, the job ends up much bigger than planned as I need to re-route some of the ceiling wiring.
The tap that came with the sink unit in the campervan turns out to be rubbish as the pipe junction from the supply tank is just held in with fresh air and hope – in other words, not held in at all, so recently it began spraying water all around the tank area instead of sending it up to the sink. Thus I bought a new tap and fitted that, as shown in this video.
I went for a one-night campervan trip to Billing Aquadrome in the Northamptonshire countryside, meeting up with another van enthusiast as well, whose video is linked below. There I tried out my new pop-up shower tent, with water coming from a collapsible bucket via a battery-operated pump. Did it work? Watch and find out.
The final few days of my New Zealand holiday – before it was cut short due to the pandemic – were spent on a superb trip around with Bay of Islands with Travelling K, as well as exploring the Coromandel Peninsula.
After a few days in a hotel in Auckland I picked up my tiny one-person campervan and headed north. I had watched lots of YouTube videos about places to visit and drawn up a long list. This was going to involve lots of driving. In this episode I see a big tree, slide down some sand dunes, and take a ferry trip.