The objective today was to head back to base and sort out a whole lot of admin stuff then head off somewhere else for the weekend - although I had not decided where I would be going. Thing is, there was no way I would be getting back to base. The following pic demonstrates the logic.
Having no form of transport, apart from my feet, I head off for the nearest village. The nearest village was Dial Post. Sure that is weird for a village name, but this is England. England is the capital of humour remember. No doubt there existed a post where you dialled something, at some stage.
Ok, so now back to the gist of this post. "Apple Tree" asked me about the configuration of the van.
Here is a view from the front of the van, from the cockpit to the back. This is configuration one with the back seat folded down to form a double bed. Whenever I take my girlfriend away with me the double back seat is folded down like this to form a double bed. The bed is comfortable but I purchased a foam bed cover, which is about two inches thick to cover over this. With the foam cover, the double bed is absolutely dreamy.
Do you notice all the orange wires in the left hand window? This is the electrical hook up cable. Initially this was on the ground covered in snow. I sort of reasoned that if the snow melted then froze, then the cable would be buried in ice and I would have to cut it to get free. So I have raised it above ground.
Now here is a pic with the back seat in its' normal position. You can imagine that this position is good when I need to transport more than one other person. So for instance when I take my two kids somewhere, one will sit in the front with me and one strapped into the back. But also, when I am away in the van by myself, this is the configuration I will use, since I have far more ground space to live in.
Here is a pic from the penthouse, so to speak. The area I will sleep in when alone, rather than downstairs in the seat that can be converted to a double bed.
So you get the idea I hope. This van only cost me 1600 pounds. It was dirt cheap, but is also very comfortable. You can spend 70000 pounds on a motor home. But why spend so much? Spend that much when you want a hotel on wheels I guess, lol.
Ok, so what did I buy to make life a little more comfortable?
This is what I purchased.
1) Microwave Oven. Very important for heating pre made meals and heating water for coffee and tea.
2) Foam mattress cover - get a good night's sleep.
3) Plenty of disposable cutlery and paper dishes - save on the washing up. I know it's not environmental but I spent 10 years without a car so deserve some leeway, lol.
4) A good torch. Most important item to have for sure.
5) Plenty of puzzle books to keep the mind active at night.