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Day to Day

Posted 3/12/2013

We've been getting out and about in the local area a lot more often over the last couple of months. It's tricky to find good places to spend the night without worrying that we may be annoying any locals if we need to run the generator for power, but we're slowly getting to know the area better. 

We're currently both working part time at the same warehouse, and the same early morning shift, which has worked out brilliantly for saving fuel and for simply being in the same routine as each other. It's allowed us to spend a few nights in a row 'on the road' so to speak, whilst leaving my car on the driveway (at the in-laws!) for safekeeping. I can't wait to be in the position to pay off the finance I have on the car and get rid of it for good! Don't get me wrong, it's been a good little motor but its another tie that needs cutting.

The Honeymoon was the first real test of living on the road for an extended period of time, and when we got back we switched a few things round that had been bugging us - mostly in the form of where things were kept in the cupboards.

We need to invest in a new LPG Gas tank to run the hob and heating which is going to set us back a few hundred quid. Initially we planned on using the existing one which was still in place from when the original petrol engine was converted to LPG, but after doing some research Ryan has found that unfortunately it is the wrong type. That tank draws the liquid from the bottom for the engine to use but the appliances require the gas from the top of the tank so we need a different type, which is a shame as we want to re-use as much as possible and of course pay out as little as possible! For now, while we save up for the new tank, we're still using gas bottles which are kept in the rear locker. The trouble with that is that they're taking up the space needed for the generator which is being kept in the wardrobe where the washing machine is meant to be...can you see where this is going?

Another issue is that the standard water tank we have under the sofa only lasts us 2 days, though I can stretch it a little further by filling up many 2 litre bottles and storing them in the food cupboard! I prefer to cook with and drink the bottled tap water as they don't require the purification tabs that the big tank does, but it's clear that our plan to spend 5 nights wild camping with 2 on site won't work unless we can find a water supply whilst out and about or get a larger tank. You just can't seem to find outdoor taps for public use any more, and even a lot of petrol stations now only have screen wash available at a hefty price! I think back to my old car with it's leaky radiator and realise that if that was now I wouldn't have made it home! 

Needless to say for the time-being we're still making regular stops back at the house to do our washing and to fill up on water, but then we never expected that we'd make the transition to 'on the road' living overnight. We're certainly getting there and have been enjoying it all the same!

Sarah is a UK artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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