Time to test Ruby’s camping credentials.
When buying Ruby I simply looked around her interior and exterior, went for a short test drive and having never owned a VW Camper before, trusted the owner that she was in fine working order.
Before heading to the campsite I visited a Caravan shop to buy a few essentials:-
Gas Cylinder/ Gas, Whistling kettle, Water Container,
Fortunately I already owned a Picnic Basket Hamper set, sleeping bags and blow up pillows.
The local supermarket provided me with picnic chairs, cool bags, a steamer and a portable camping stove.
I was now ready for my maiden camping trip to Holmsley Campsite in The New Forest, which I booked using my recently acquired Caravan and Motorhome Club Membership Card.
Due to my excitement, I arrived early and decided to eat my packed lunch at a picnic spot where the local ponies & cows decided to join me.
I passed through the campsites gates at my confirmed check in time. Upon entering reception a friendly site warden showed me where the amenities were and advised me to have a good drive/look around the site before deciding upon a pitch of my choosing.
While I was there I spotted a wind deflector which matched perfectly with my set up and treated myself to it.
I found a flat grass pitch with electric hook up looking out to the New Forest.
Enthusiastically I set up my pitch – Raised the pop top, erected the awning (home made from a shower curtain and a pair of bamboo sticks), threw up the tent, laid out the table and chairs and upon completion was pleased to find the electric, gas and water pump were all in good working order. I put the kettle on, made a cup of tea and sat back to admire my country pile.
After a meal prepared on the portable camping stove I watched the sunset and as the moon lit up the evening sky I climbed into Ruby ready for my first sleep…