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Fruitbat
2nd June 2019, 04:35 PM
A localish show to me and the second time I’ve been .

The last time I went 2018 , I’d not long owned my van and it was just a bare van , I found plenty of inspiration at the show which was one of my reasons for going .

Fast foward to this year and I camped out in my van .

Friday evening set up .

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We booked family camping this year as last time we went we were in club camping and it was too noisy for us .

This year Friday night was ok , but last night was atrocious, a big bus was parked two pitches away from us and had music blaring until 6am this morning FFS I though this was supposed to be family camping , why is it I always seem to get some meathead parked by us that spoils it.

The two couples also by us weren’t happy this morning , I also heard others talking that the camping numbers were down as well as the trade stands, I’m not surprised to be honest if this is what normally happens , I’m no snowflake and I’ve got no qualms with people enjoying themselves but 6am in the morning is a piss take by anyone’s standards.

Anyway we had wanted to wander down to have a look at show and shine this morning , which incidentally I was hoping to enter this year, but my vans bodywork is below par at the minute .

Unfortunately lack of sleep and the fact it was absolutely pouring down with rain we decided to pack up and head for home .

We got soaked too the skin taking the awning down , not nice , but one of those things thats going to happen at some point , I’ll take the awning out and air it in the week .

Anyway enough talking , let’s see some pics .

Stunning T4 , I really liked this one and chatted to the owner.


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Nicely converted bars .

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Van of the show for me , the owner runs a restoration business and no better advert than this beautiful split screen .

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Busy site .


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Activ8
2nd June 2019, 04:58 PM
Sorry to hear the trip was spoiled yet again.... 3rd time lucky????

Nice setup - How was the family?

Nice looking van.... I like the headlights in this.
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Fruitbat
2nd June 2019, 05:23 PM
Sorry to hear the trip was spoiled yet again.... 3rd time lucky????

Nice setup - How was the family?

Nice looking van.... I like the headlights in this.
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3rd time lucky , hmmmm, we have talked about it as our 4yr old enjoyed the workshops and kids interactive entertainment , but I think it would be a day visit which is a shame as the van is for camping in .

Family are ok , we left at 10am and they both slept on the way home ,absolutely shattered the pair of them , they are now sleeping on the sofa while I rustle up something to eat .

Van performed faultlessly, it didn’t miss a beat , I’m going to give it a full service soon as a treat .

I also remembered the saucepans this time haha , I’m going to look into getting a better fridge , one of these compressor type ones as the cool box struggled a bit as it was really humid Friday / Saturday .

The blue van was very nice , I plucked up the courage to speak too him and a few others , I feel like a right anorak talking to people about vans ;)

This will make you all laugh , there was aT6 for sale , Mrs Fruitbat spotted it so we went to have a look , the owner was sat inside , we got chatting and he’s selling it because he’s bought a T4 and said their much better built vans !

jo t4
2nd June 2019, 05:37 PM
Love that first van - the colours right up my street .
Shame about the twats that spoil the camping!


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Big al
2nd June 2019, 06:54 PM
Sorry to hear about your noisy neighbours Kev, nothing worse when your trying to get little ones to sleep, at least you weren't the only one getting soaked this morning, I was in work and got caught in it, bloody tipped it down! Dews lake is one of my favourite camp sites but we prefer to go when it's a bit quiter, last time we went we had half a field to ourselves, much more peaceful! Next year I'll def be there, just happened to coinside with missis's 40th this month so I'm a porpor at the mo

Fruitbat
2nd June 2019, 07:02 PM
Sorry to hear about your noisy neighbours Kev, nothing worse when your trying to get little ones to sleep, at least you weren't the only one getting soaked this morning, I was in work and got caught in it, bloody tipped it down! Dews lake is one of my favourite camp sites but we prefer to go when it's a bit quiter, last time we went we had half a field to ourselves, much more peaceful! Next year I'll def be there, just happened to coinside with missis's 40th this month so I'm a porpor at the mo


Cheers , I did have a look around to see if I could see your van ;)

DaveR
2nd June 2019, 07:15 PM
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This made me smile and the blue one you liked, maybe next year this can be our lets meet up place? Nearly brought myself a Batman fire pit in the trade area but I did pic up a cool mate
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Fruitbat
2nd June 2019, 07:17 PM
Looks like it cleared up later in the day :)

DaveR
2nd June 2019, 07:18 PM
About 1 ish it was lovely but loads were leaving


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Big al
2nd June 2019, 07:25 PM
Cheers , I did have a look around to see if I could see your van ;)

Unfortunately not there,I was out and about this afternoon, I did keep an eye out for yours or Dave's van as there was a fair few about today

Jonnybigballs85
2nd June 2019, 07:51 PM
The rear quarter panel windows on the blue one looks out of proportion to me for some reason. Nice vans though [emoji1303]


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Activ8
2nd June 2019, 08:18 PM
This is full of character. Interesting front lights and paint scheme. Sofa (?) / Sofa bed on the roof as an aerofoil - genius ....

Activ8
2nd June 2019, 08:20 PM
The rear quarter panel windows on the blue one looks out of proportion to me for some reason. Nice vans though [emoji1303]


Sent from my iPhone using Just T4sLooks like it's missing the edging trim unlike the opener. Still .... - it's a great looking van despite being a lwb! [emoji38]

Fruitbat
2nd June 2019, 08:27 PM
Looks like it's missing the edging trim unlike the opener. Still .... - it's a great looking van despite being a lwb! [emoji38]

LWB were out in force :)

Activ8
2nd June 2019, 08:38 PM
LWB were out in force :)Well it does allow you to put your Y-Fronts on in the van Kev. I suspect it makes a massive difference if you're 3 up playing musical chairs in the morning. How's the awning working for you? Has it got a sleeping pod?

Fruitbat
2nd June 2019, 08:44 PM
I suspect it makes a massive difference if you're 3 up playing musical chairs in the morning. How's the awning working for you? Has it got a sleeping pod?


I still prefer the look of a SWB , the awning is working well , a bit of a faff to put up but it’s ok , the 3 of us can sit in it and have food and cook inside the awning , it doesn’t have a sleeping pod it’s just one room .

I have seen a lot of people using Sun canopies with a wind breaker all the way around , an effective shelter and easy to put up .

Activ8
2nd June 2019, 08:50 PM
I still prefer the look of a SWB , the awning is working well , a bit of a faff to put up but it’s ok , the 3 of us can sit in it and have food and cook inside the awning , it doesn’t have a sleeping pod it’s just one room .

I have seen a lot of people using Sun canopies with a wind breaker all the way around , an effective shelter and easy to put up .That's what we have. Coleman 5x5 thing with 3 removable sides/windowed door but Mrs prefers the 5 man Outwell.

Fruitbat
2nd June 2019, 08:53 PM
That's what we have. Coleman 5x5 thing with 3 removable sides/windowed door but Mrs prefers the 5 man Outwell.

Just looking now and I can buy an inner tent for the awning that creates a room .