Monday, January 11, 2010

The story so far....

Welcome to 'Motorhoming with NEILMAC', our new blog which is our way of recording our adventures during 2010

It's a year since we bought our motorhome, a 2002 Swift Bel-Air 730 and started our European travels. 12000 miles on we are back in a very cold and snowy UK organising the motorhome's annual service and MOT which is dependant on Swift supplying Autoglass with a new windscreen to replace the cracked original, hopefully this will be sorted before we want to be heading of south again for warmer climes.

Our first year saw us climbing the steep learning curve of motorhome ownership, neither of us had had, or even been in, one before! However, we soon took to the life and absolutely love it. All the once 'complicated' procedures are actually very straightforward once practiced frequently.

We've travelled extensively in France during the year solely using Aires rather than campsites to overnight in. These sites are abundant in France which has a very motorhome ('camping-car' as they say) friendly culture. We've found ourselves staying in some lovely locations varying from town and city centres, beachside, marinas and remote villages. During our travels we have also developed a motorhome enthusiasts 'magazine' style website called Club Motorhome and, on this website, we have many reviews of the places that we have been fortunate enough to stay at.

The extent of our UK travelling has,so far, only been at 3 campsites. The first, a very cold 2 day tryout in Thetford Forest last February, then a weekend in August at a campsite in Wales and then one night on a farm site in Monmouth in December where we discovered that a motorhome that weighs just under 4 tons doesn't cope with deep mud very well! Thank heavens for tractors!

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