It makes me sad when I see motorhomes for sale with really low mileage on them. When the owners originally bought their vehicles, I am sure they had great plans for travels far and wide...but life happens. It’s sad to think that for whatever reason these people weren't able to use their van to its full potential. I feel so incredibly lucky that we get regular opportunities to have adventures in ours.....and with us both working in the campervan industry, we talk and plan constantly! We just love trading stories and experiences with both our customers and colleagues. ❤❤❤
Whilst we are busy planning our next few trips away, we have also been thinking about our last trip away....
This is our first winter with our van, and whilst we had 2 nights away in November....a whole week away, wild camping in the winter is quite different to doing the same in the summer.
This might be obvious...its winter....therefore its colder. But its not necessarily the cold that gives you the need to plan a bit more...
- In the summer in Scotland, the hours of daylight are sometimes 3 times more than in winter. When we are wild camping, we rely on our solar panel to charge our leisure battery, which in turn gives us electricity for lighting and the blowers for our heating. In the summer, the long daylight hours gives us all the power we need.....in the winter not only do we have less daylight, but we also need to use the lights and the heating much more. Driving the van does give the leisure battery some charge, but it does mean that we might need to drive a bit further than planned.
- In order to limit how often we need to empty our toilet, we do use public toilets wherever possible. Now these are getting a rarity in the highlands due to the much publicised closures. But in winter, most toilets are closed! To find one open is a rare find....we certainly didn’t find many on our travels last week! At least we had a toilet that we could use, but I did feel sorry for people who were enjoying walks in the winter sunshine with nowhere to spend a penny!
- Another obvious issue with wild camping in the winter is that when it comes to parking up at night.....its dark.....very very dark! Which is fine if you are familiar with the spot you are parking up in.....but if not, you have no clue where you are actually parked until the morning! In the summer you have the luxury of it sometimes never getting dark....and knowing whether you are parking in a muddy field or not!
These three simple things all seem completely obvious now....and none of these things will stop us going on our winter adventures.....it just needs a wee bit more planning! 😁