Just had four nights at Beechwood Grange just outside York which it has to be said didn't pass off without one or two minor incidents.
First of all we arrived at storage to pick the Orion up only to discover I had left the caravan keys at home.
Fortunately I carry a spare set in the car glovebox so that saved the day.
Secondly,someone who shall remain nameless ( SWMBO ) managed to reverse our twelve week old Passat Alltrack into the caravan hitch,inflicting damage to the rear bumper.
As can be seen it's not massive damage,BUT IT'S A THREE MONTH OLD CAR !!!!
Managed to keep calm,just glad it wasn't me what did it,off to the reapair man after the Bank Holiday
Next,when we arrived on site I proceeded to put the awning up in the face of rapidly approaching black clouds only to find that for some reason some of the awning poles had got stuck inside each other and it took a great deal of effort to remove them,all this while the heavens opened.
Since returning home I have rubbed them down with WD40,hopefully it won't happen again.
Then I came to open our very expensive,top of the range Kamei Corvara roof box only to find that the lock had jammed and the key wouldn't turn.
As the box had within it the grandkids bedding,bicycles etc. ( oh yes we had two grand kids with us ) this was a sticky one,no amount of persuasion was going to make that bugger open.
After tussling with it for a while,SWMBO put in an appearance and I explained the dilemma,she looked at the box and said " You do know there is a lock on the other side",of course I did I was just waiting to see how long it would take her to spot it.
Anyway got the box open and after a few calls and e-mails to the Roof Box Company,it is going back to be replaced/repaired.
Don't you just love it when you spend shed loads of money on what you think are quality goods only to have them break.
Anyway the following day SWMBO was sat at the front of the van and suddenly piped up " Do you know there is a crack in this window ? "
Sure enough there is star shaped crack in the front window which has originated from who knows where.
We are having the van serviced by a mobile chap on Thursday so I will ask if a repair can be done,if not I will put some clear tape over it as it is not leaking water and I am not paying the silly money that a replacement window will be.
After all this everything went smoothly,if you can call being pitched in front of the childrens playground,smooth.
Don't you just love caravanning.