DateSunday April 26th, 2015

Camper update

 

So what did we do for our little motorhome.

Well quite some things:

The new pipe based stowing room in the front is finally installed. As always it took too long and did cost too much, but I’m getting used to the sheme. But finally its done, and any square-centimeter of room counts :).

The new power inverter was delivered (thanks solartronics ) and this time I decided to go with a remote as well. The old power Inverter was removed with a lot of cursing and some pain. The installation was a quick job when we did it in February and I already knew it will be one hell of a job if I ever have to remove this part. I had to because it was dud and it was hell – I now know that major parts of my body fit into a space of 37 by 40 centimeter, although I have 110 kg.

To avoid such jobs which test my claustrophobic senses (I now know that I have no claustrophoby ), I bought some drawer abstracts (is this the correct english word? Google tells me so..) so that I am able to move the new inverter back for like 40 centimeters, which is enough to avoid that I have to crawl in this confined space. I also bought some shock absorbers for the new inverter which are normally used for subwoofers, so it doesn’t get all the hits at full pace when driving offroad.

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Testing Autoroute and a drive to Burgruine Finkenstein

 

One of our first destinations will be Germany, followed by some other destinations in Europe. As we are new to wild camping especially Europe is a challenge, because there are a lot of rules and in many countries wild camping is forbidden. As we don’t want to spend a major part of our budget on camping sites, we had to find a way around those rules and regulations.

Luckily other people already have had the same problems and as nowadays everyone has a GPS device there is knowledge around. The nice guys from http://www.europebycamper.com/ did put a lot of afford into compiling a list with 130.000 GPS spots which are useful for campers like us (wild camping spots, Mc Donalds for the WIFI and so on).

But there is a little issue with this list – its only available for Microsoft Autoroute and Microsoft discontinued this program on 31st of December 2014. But we were lucky and could download a test version I think Microsoft forgot to remove.  To get a better feeling for what is ahead of us we picked one spot labelled overnight parking and drove there. The spot was next to Burgruine Finkenstein,  so I had some idea of the surroundings as I used to be there in my childhood sometimes.

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