Day 1 Bourn, Cambridgeshire – Toppesfield, Essex
We picked up the Chausson Flash 03 and were given a thorough briefing by the company’s representative about the interior and exterior features. We were also given a DVD welcome package and user’s manual. Our children were rather over-excited and started investigating the cupboards, bunk beds, light fittings etc so it was tricky to pay full attention to everything; it would probably have been better to send just one adult to pick up the vehicle. You can usually leave your own vehicle at the motorhome pick up point for the duration of the hire period.
We didn’t book a campsite for that night as we had been invited to park the motorhome outside our friends’ house in rural Essex and have dinner with them. This gave us plenty of time to go to a supermarket, stock up the fridge and put on the bedding. As we had just flown into the UK from abroad, we hired bedding from the company. This costs £35 per person and includes a duvet, duvet cover, fitted flat sheet, pillow and pillowcase for each bed, plus a small and large bathroom towel per person. Of course if you live in the UK you can simply use your own bedding. A tea towel, washing up sponge, washing up liquid, anti-bacterial spray cleaner, j-cloths, dust pan and brush and bin bags are also supplied with the hire vehicle.
The Flash 03 has an overcab double bed with reasonable headroom, good-size bunk beds at the rear of the vehicle and a dinette table and bench seats that can make a further double bed if required. We used the overcab bed which was fine and the children liked their bunk beds very much. Simple curtains fitted around the beds gave an extra cosy feeling and a bit of privacy.