For more years than I can count, hubby and I have enjoyed great hols in a variety of motorhomes. Before that, when the girls were at home, we holidayed in tralier tents and caravans. The motorhomes were more to our liking in latter years.
Our first one was a
Sooty van! Built on a small chassis/engine, we decided to trade it in for something bigger, when a cyclist overtook us somewhere hilly in Scarborough! We enjoyed a series of new and nearly new vans, but after falling out of the last one, due to worsening mobility mishaps, we had to admit defeat. At the time adaptations for disability were very limited.
So for a couple of years we returned to using a car to get around.
After visiting friends who had just bought a lovely motorhome, our thoughts returned to the pursuit of our own holiday home on wheels and the freedom they give. So hubby set about finding a minibus which could be transformed into a bespoke campervan.
We located a super subject and we planned our own design. i was Project Manager, sourcing and ordering all the necessary bits and pieces. These ranged from finishing screw covers to a 90 litre fridge and a thetford flushing swivel loo…boy are those guys pricey!
I loved going through the catalogues and phoning suppliers, whilst poor hubby sweated blood and tears putting it all together.
13 weeks later, there he was! Our Bertie Bus…he might have been several years old body-wise, but inside was an immaculate fully equipped campervan. He drew so many compliments and looks of admiration. He even had an electric wheelchair lift on the back. We did many miles all over the UK in Bertie and wept when he failed his 3rd MOT bigtime.!
He was replaced with a similar panel van and his contents were shifted over to the new van. Hey, some of you may remember the time we set off on hol in him and he broke down at the side of the motorway…oh and someone kindly threw an empty Red Bull can at me, as I sat bewildered and upset in my wheelchair…it could
ve been a full can, eh? Theres some nice folk out there!
Right, back to today…hubby and I have had a talk about future holidays in Cookie. last year
s holiday didnt go well. I fell inbetween the loo and bed, the bed collapsed with my sis underneath me........shes half my weight, bless her!
Due to using the hoist and electric bed, accessible shower etc at home, I just can`t cope in the van now. Hubby says it isnt a holiday for him anymore…too much involved with my care.
He is happy for me to go away with my carers, as I did in May and am again in September, to suitably kitted out places. Hubby will take a few days away on his own in Cookie.
Quite sad really…but there you go eh?