Rural Essex to Tring, Hertfordshire. The 3-way fridge and leisure battery.
After breakfast and lunch in rural Essex we set off to Tring via the M25 and A41. It was at this point that we realised travelling with two lively children was going to require some strict and consistent parenting to keep them seated and occupied. It wasn’t really possible to watch a DVD while travelling as we had planned; there was too much road noise and the TV was mounted over the habitation door at an angle that made the picture too unclear when we were sitting down. It would have been more useful to bring an iPad, DS or other mobile entertainment for each child. Comics weren’t so much use after a while and especially after dark.
Our children also tend to squabble (whose don’t?) so it became essential that I sat with them on the bench seats. This left the husband/driver deprived of a navigator as we’d foolishly decided not to buy or borrow a new UK map book, thinking we could use the app on his phone for directions. There were a few arguments later on in the week when we ventured into unfamiliar territory, or it was dark and we were all tired. It was difficult to hear what each other was saying above the road noise and I couldn’t see any of the road signs from where I was sitting. Our Flash 03 didn’t have SatNav and on this holiday we probably needed it. The moral of this story is “Be prepared before you set off!”
We stopped off at Tesco just outside Tring to get dinner and other essentials. In a motorhome the three-way fridge and freezer compartment can be run off the mains supply if you have electricity on a campsite, the gas bottle supply when you are parked and the leisure battery when you are driving the vehicle. The fridge/freezer in the Flash 03 could easily be switched between the three power sources by using its source selection switch which has a touch sensitive display. The display flashes if the fridge is not being powered correctly.
We drove to the Camping and Caravanning Club Certified Site at Gubblecote, between Tring and Leighton Buzzard. This was a great big field, set in lovely countryside, with free range turkeys running about next door. The site can accommodate up to five units (motorhomes or cars and caravans) at a time. The gate to the site is padlocked and the security code is changed regularly.
There are electric hook up facilities, a fresh water supply, a place to empty the chemical toilet and a little hut with a flushing toilet (which we only discovered on our last day!) As it was the weekend there were a few “regulars” already camped on the site and they had bagged the best spots next to the principal electric hook up and water supply. The other electric hook up point was rather too near the turkeys (bearing in mind what I’d bought for dinner) so we decided to see how long we could run the vehicle off the leisure battery and the gas. As we intended to drive the vehicle every day we knew the leisure battery would charge up automatically.
Our dinner was stir-fried chicken with mixed vegetables, curry sauce, rice and poppadoms, all cooked in the motorhome. It’s worth noting that the nearby village of Long Marston has a good real ale pub, called The Queen’s Head.