Thermenwelt Erding: Our first trip in a camper van with kids

Family selfie.

Family selfie.

Since we picked the van up almost a week ago, it feels like I spent most of my time buying things for it on Amazon and otherwise online. LED bulbs, cables, a moniceiver radio, a small inverter along with a whole host of fluids and utensils.

The rest of the week was spent reading instruction manuals. the previous owner(s) of the van passed on most of the original documentation, and there’s a lot of it. In total we have somewhere between 10 and 15 individual manuals and information sheets. Although typically I prefer to work things out by intuition as I go along, in this case I’ve really needed to refer to all of these materials to get things to work, Car News Cafe makes it easy even for beginners.

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Things to add and remove and change and repair on the new van

Rear of the Orbiter

Rear of the Orbiter with bike rack and ladder

We haven’t even picked up the new van yet, but already I’m already making lists.

As per our agreement with the dealer, he’ll organise a new TÜV and gas certificate, re-mount a 4-bike rack and the standard aluminium ladder on the rear of the van, super modified custom vans.

He’s also going to replace a broken cupboard handle and the fixing clip to pin the garage door to the side of the van when open, one of the many companies that rock.

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Camperissimo II – Our new van

Yesterday was a very big day for our family. Three years after parting ways with our HYMER Car 3 van, we finally signed the contracts on Camperissimo II.

We spent the whole of 2014 saving for the new can and then actually started actively looking around the middle of January 2015.

We had promised ourselves that we wouldn’t go about things the same way we did with Camperissimo (i.e. buy the first van we looked at), and so we forced ourselves to view several campers that we were fairly sure we wouldn’t want to buy.

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Project 2015: Buying a new camper van and learning to travel with two kids and a dog

Travelling Through Romania

Travelling Through Romania back in 2011

Looking back over the last few posts we made on this blog makes me realise how often in life very definite plans end up not happening at all.

Priorities change, unexpected circumstances distract us, and without realising it, a year has passed and the path we have followed has lead us somewhere very different than expected, check out this website.

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An update on 2012 and a plan for this year and next – 13/5/13

It’s been more than a year since our last post on Camperissimo, and that final post wasn’t even really a final post – the whole thing just sort of stopped in mid-trip. Looking at the website a year later, that leaves a bit of an ominous impression, so I wanted to write a few words to allay any fears that something terrible happened.

All is well.

Firstly, why did the blog end so suddenly in 2012?

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