It’s time to say goodbye

December 23, 2021

Today is a sad day.
After many years of happy memories, it’s time to say goodbye to ‘Casper’, our caravan.


With its four children’s bunk beds, it was ideal for us when we bought it.
However, children grow up. Two of our children are now at university!

Casper’s layout no longer works for us

Casper the Caravan at Sunset
Our caravan at sunset, after arriving late at the campsite!

Casper’s layout no longer works for us. Plus, given all the other things going on over the last few years, we’ve found ourselves using it less and less. But of course, we still have to pay to insure it, store it, and service it.

And so, it’s time to say goodbye and let him help another family enjoy their adventures.

It’s still retained that ‘new smell’ when you open the door. As we take our personal belongings out of the caravan, it transforms from a home from home into back into a caravan, ready for someone else to make it theirs.

A home from home
Someone else also loves the awning

So what’s next?

We’ve been looking into the possibility of getting a campervan, now that our family is three plus a dog instead of five plus a dog.

Shell and I run races (well, Shell does – I plod along), but my lad and I also do plenty of mountain biking. Using a van, even as a day van, could work well for us. Even if it’s just somewhere to change, wash up, and put the kettle on.
And when we want to stay somewhere longer, we’ll tow our camping trailer and say in the tent.

Campervans are considerably more expensive than caravans. And currently, there’s a shortage, so prices are even higher.

So, it’s only tent camping for us for the time being. Which is OK with us 🙂

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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