We are now less than 2 weeks from our leave date and the time has come for the all important test run. Packing the van for the first time was very exciting, it started feeling more real, that this trip is actually going to happen!
This trip was the first time we towed our van and the first big run for our new 4×4. Our chosen destination for a 2 night stay is the Mt Warning Holiday Park in NSW, we’ve stayed there before in tents so we are familiar with the area.
Arriving at the caravan park we were pleasantly surprised it wasn’t busy, even during school holidays. After picking a powered site away from the harmonica & guitar playing folk we had the fun job of reversing, my favorite!
With walkie talkies in hand and my somewhat questionable hand gestures we took only 3 go’s to get the van far enough away from the fire pit, a pretty good effort for only our second time reversing. And no domestic, bonus!
Popping up the roof was a sinch, plugging in power was awesome (it’s so great having power points while camping, a first for us!), water hose in, legs wound down check, awning out, how easy is that! Throw out the camp chairs & table and we were setup ready to relax in a small amount of time.
Our first night we did a small fire, a few drinkies and a beef stew on the cooktop, so easy, I’m loving the usability of the kitchen. Dave got a very weak internet connection on the Next G dongle modem, we tried all metal objects to boost the signal, the microwave in the van gave the best signal inside and the back of the car the strongest signal outside, the things you have to do!
We also tried our camp shower, consisting of a en-suite tent, a bucket and 12V pump/shower head, it was great, we stood inside a blow up kiddy pool to stop the water going everywhere, worked perfect. Our small oil heater got a workout overnight, the temperatures outside were so cold but we stayed pretty warm inside.
Food: Uki Pub (great!) from 12:30pm, also a few other good take away places in Uki (10 minute drive inland).
A great shake down trip, and one step closer!