Phil Hall of Peake Caravans took one look at our sad and bent awning poles, and the sad and dented caravan sides, and said, ‘That’s no problem.’
Phil imports English caravans, and he is a man with a massive shed, and a relaxed kindness towards us eager but ignorant newbies. Every pole and dent got straightened out, a new tow ball and brake cable were put on , and the gas system was flossied up and certified- another sticker for our window.
But the most exciting thing for the smallest caravan in the village, is that it is now self contained.
Self containment is not a personality characteristic- the INFP of caravanland, but another smart certification sticker which allows us to park up on beach front reserves, riverbanks, pub car parks and probably mountain tops, all for free. And all because we now can carry 40 litres of fresh water in a dinky cylinder and 45 litres of grey water in an even dinkier container on wheels. So we can cook, take a shower, use the on board toilet, with no damage to the environment, and no cost at all. Wonderful.