Wednesday, September 30 2020

First Trip - Done!

We had our test night away in Altea. We stayed at Camping Santa Clara. The site was small, quiet (except for annoying yappy dog!), clean, slightly dated. The road to access was a very bumpy gravel/limestone track. I wasn't sure if the Vito and caravan would get around the houses on the little track. The bathroom was very dated but spotless. There was access to the beach, walking only down a very steep, 500metre, single track walkway. Uphill was very strenuous!

If you wanted to stop and walk most places, it wasn't possible. There was nothing in close distance, apart from down the very steep track, so a vehicle was necessary.

The caravan was fantastic. Beds were comfortable, cooking, done by Simon, was easy, or so it seemed. I was drinking wine at this time. We learnt we need to take water as not all sites have drinking water, including this one. Also car and caravan doesn't include people in price,  but I think that is a Spain thing, campervans/motorhomes include 2 people.

Next trip will be  south to La Manga, depending on when Covid restriction ends, but I think that is now end of January 2021.

 

Friday, September 25 2020

Our First Trip

We are going away next week for a night - test run all the systems work. Going north to Altea.

I am still not working due to Covid-19, end of year now before I go back. We will be having a few days away each month until I am allowed back to work. Going to be taking my paints with me, as well as sketching gear. As it cools down we will head south and inland and start exploring Spain.

Powered up

We have a 12v system installed and working.

The battery runs the water system and lights, when they arrive. 

We also have a 12v power point for the shower system.

The solar panel is keeping the battery charged and managed and it works inside the window so no need to set it up outside when it only needs a small top-up.

I have also put in another mains power socket ready for extended trips when we need more time inside the van.

 

Thursday, September 3 2020

Solar Panel Arrived!

Buenas Tardes,

The solar panel has arrived, along with cables, leisure battery and fixtures and fittings. Waiting on LED lights and we can get the 12v system up and running.

Still waiting on Aircon on Mercedes Vito to be fixed. Should be soon as Spain is back to work after summer holidays.

On a side note. We have applied for and have to collect our TIE (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) cards, which is an identity card for foreigners  and is issued to non-EU residents in Spain. These will replace our residencia cards.

 

Sunday, August 23 2020

Test Run

Saturday, August 22 2020

Inside Our Holiday Home

Friday, August 21 2020

First Steps

Well, we have made the decision! We will be touring Spain and then Europe when I retire.   

In the meantime we will be getting away for short breaks. Going  south in the winter months, and north in summer, exploring Spain first. We have lived here for 5 years and not seen anywhere apart from the South Costa Blanca. With the pandemic, travelling by caravan gives us the best of both worlds - seeing Spain and staying safe.