I am a frugal type of traveller, prefering to sleep in basic hostels or camp and packing a picnic rather than splash out on expensive restaurant meals. So, it seemed to me that the best way to tour Europe would be in a motorhome or campervan: transport and self-catering accommodation in a neat package.
Hiring a motorhome/campervan for up to six months would be very expensive so I decided to buy one. I had a strict budget and some basic requirements.
- Small enough to be maneouvrable – under 6m.
- Big enough to have a fixed bed and shower/toilet.
- LPG gaslow system for heating and cooking (much cheaper and more practical than butane/propane gas tanks).
- LHD (Left Hand Drive) as I would be spending most of my time in Europe.
By some twist of fate the perfect vehicle appeared, and well under budget. this left me enough money to install the LPG gaslow system and buy all the necessary equipment.
What I love most about my motorhome is the bed construction. Like a 70’s bedsit, it folds down out of the back wall. So when the bed is up, the lounge/dining area feels very spacious. I don’t know why more motorhomes don’t have this feature.
The kitchen has a 3 ring gas hob and a small sink with a mixer tap. There is no grill or oven, but as I hardly use these anyway it’s not much of a problem. I did install a microwave, but I can only use this when I have an external electric supply. There is also a spacious 3 way fridge with an icebox.
As the motorhome will be my travel companion for the next 6 months she needed a name. I decided to christen her Trixie as there was a T and X on the number plate.