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03/04/2014 at 11:01
We are supposed to be camping on my sisters farm for her wedding in June. My Husband HATES camping (have to say, i used to enjoy it when i was younger but i prefer a bit more comfort these days plus its not very practical re wedding & nice clothes etc) so i was looking into hiring a touring caravan ....... its 380quid for a week, which seems like a lot when there are caravans on eBay for 800quid.
My parents used to have a caravan when i was child/teenager and i recall many a weekend spent in it starring out at the rain LOL. My sister and I weren't babies/toddlers tho when they had it. We already have a towing vehicle, and I appreciate 800quid isnt gonna buy us a particularly snazzy caravan but it might be good for a years test run .......
Does anyone have a caravan? How do you find it works with babies/toddlers? Do you go to sites with loads of things to do or is the good old fashioned play-park and tree climbing enough entertainment?
03/04/2014 at 11:20
Yes, we've got a touring caravan and have been going away since isaac was about 8m old. Its been brilliant and its a great excuse to get away even if only for a weekend. Our caravan has a fixed double bed at the back and the sofas can be two singles or one large double. Up until now we've been putting isaac to bed in the back room as the double bed lifts on hydraulics and theres enough space underneath for a travel cot. But we have just made a custom bed guard so we can start putting him on one of the front sofas and I'm going to make a curtain to go around him to black out light and sound. We have an awning too, which I would recommend (it doesn't have to be massive but somewhere you can maybe sit and kick your shoes of and store things in, is very useful. As the weather gets warmer we'll spend most of our time in the awning and then sneak off to bed in the evenings. You have to like to whole camping atmosphere, decent shower and toilet facilities are a must as it saves filling your own all the time. We tend to wash isaac in our shower but then we take it in turns to get washed when he's in bed. It took a while to get efficient at setting up and it also took me a bit to adjust to the camping lifestyle but now we love it! We have been to lots of different sites, some with not much but Isaac is happy playing outside, or going for walks. We've also been to some with decent towns nearby and one had a brilliant indoor/outdoor pool which we made use of. I have completely rambled here but we are big fans! And its great for kids so overall I would highly recommend.
03/04/2014 at 11:22
Its also handy to do things further from home, for example we got to attend Hattricks' DS' christening last year as we stayed local. And I have just booked ITNG live for July and we'll take it down and stay the weekend. Much easier and more fun. L would be the perfect age to enjoy it all too!
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