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Improving 'Base Camp'

Posted 10/4/2015

Fiamma Privacy RoomFiamma Privacy RoomWe've adapted well to living full time in our 20ft tiny home, I certainly don't suffer the kind of cabin fever I initially expected to given that I still spend the majority of my time inside writing and working on projects. That being said, there are still things that just can't be done inside Waki and the wind out awning can still be a bit draughty underneath in Winter so we finally bit the bullet and purchased a privacy room to finish it off.

The Fiamma product range is pretty pricey and so we researched suppliers of canvas awning sides etc that we could use to make one 'The Waki Way' but after seeing exactly what you get for your money with a genuine Fiamma Privacy Room we realised that it was worth spending the money on! You definitely get what you pay for and at £630 we consider it something of an investment towards our quality of life. We hope to use it for summer shade, winter warmth and perhaps even as a stall for the future when we get to the shows. We'll of course do a full review sometime soon for the recommended section.

We moved along a few parking spots to be closer to the water point so doing the laundry is now much easier, I can now use a hose to fill up the washing machine instead of carrying an assortment of bottles to and fro (although it was a good arm workout!). We decided to park Waki cab-end in this time so it will feel much more private to sit in the swivel passenger seat as the yard we're in is a busy place during the day. I have that spot earmarked for when the weather warms up as my comfy writing and reading chair.


We've also been allowed to erect a shed, a small second hand one courtesy of Ryan's parents as they were looking at getting another one. It fit's nicely in the space behind the awning next to the cab and houses a borrowed fridge and a freezer, again from Ryan's parents! Thanks :) It's great having a freezer again to be able to buy food in bulk and preserve any surplus. The fridge is only a temporary addition until we can free up some cash as the ancient gas/12v one that came with Waki has finally packed in! Sometime soon we can get a nice new 3 way fridge with a built in freezer compartment too but, like everything else it seems, they're very expensive so it will have to wait.

Male Great Tit (has a thicker 'tie' stripe) deciding which feeder to eat from!Male Great Tit (has a thicker 'tie' stripe) deciding which feeder to eat from!


Since we know we're going to be here a while, I shall be planting a few potted herbs and veggies. I also decided to buy a couple of bird feeders to hang in the bushes and so we now have a continuous parade of feathery friends tweeting away just outside the awning, happy customers so far have been; a pair of Bull Finches, some Gold Finches, Dunnocks, Robins, Great Tits, Blue Tits, and my favourite of all the garden birds some Long Tailed Tits who unlike the others really don't mind if I'm out there as long as I don't move around too fast!


Thankfully the mice seem to be leaving us alone now, it could be that the mere sight of a trap in the gas locker scared them off though it's probably down to them having a few extra seeds around outside that the birds have dropped. I did worry about inadvertently encouraging the rodent population around here and making things worse, but then I figured it's something the local pair of Kestrels will be more than happy to sort out!



Sarah is an 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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