What’s in a name…

Well there’s been some lovely sunny days here in Portugal, but boy when it rains it pours down and it can get pretty windy in Portugal, it’s currently blowing a gale outside, we even watched lightning through the bedroom roof skylight and listened to the rumble of a big thunderstorm here during last night… but the weather on fine days is slightly predictable, with the day starting to warm at about 8am, by 10am the warm sun’s shining and then at about 1.30pm the wind starts picking up for an hour or so before the day starts cooling and the sun starts going down at about 4pm… I hear that the weather in the UK has been a atrocious so for all our friends and families at home in the UK we hope you stay safe and warm through the storms…

 

P.s I shall just post some random pictures of the campsite throughout the post to alleviate you all of the boredom of my ramblings… Note the height barriers inside the campsite in the pics here? We had to drive a different way through the site to avoid these… They have a sign saying 3.25m we are 3.2m high and didn’t want to risk it as there’s lots of evidence that these have been hit several times in the past so not sure their measurements are correct… But, if you come to this campsite there is a way to avoid these so it’s worth asking at reception…

I’d mentioned to Pete that I wanted to refresh and learn more about the motorhome well just the general stuff really, in case I ever needed the knowledge at some point in our journey, as Pete being the mechanic/engineer usually carries on and deals with these types of things, but it then made me question my own ability, we often hear on groups we belong too, where ill health or accidents have meant that it has left the other lesser knowing person in a bit of a pickle while on a long tour or holiday, and I didn’t want this to be the case for our tour, if God forbid anything happened, so if anything happened to me I’m pretty sure Pete wouldn’t bat an eyelid, he could cope with everything thrown at him, after all he’s been fixing things all his working life… but if it were to be the other way around would I know how to do stuff? Sure I’ve been known to be handy at fixing things and stuff like that and I know I can do many things the average woman doesn’t bother getting their hands dirty with but most of it I learnt through hands on experience, so I just wanted to be confident that I could get us out of any pickle if needed…

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I decided I better brush up on things so, on with my big girl pants and for an hour this afternoon Pete tutored me in the art of all his knowledge, I assured him that this is mainly so that if he ever had to rely on me keeping things ticking over he could rest and  recuperate in a bit of peace, safe (kind of…) in the knowledge I knew what I was doing…

Pete took me through workings of a multi meter (I’ve never used one before, luckily though I am a fast learner!), helped me with going about fault finding etc, showing me where all the fuses are situated, trust me on a motorhome there are 3 large fuse boxes all with multiple fuses to multiple different things (engine fusebox, cab fusebox, then the habitation fusebox not to mention also the solar panel fuses and battery switch (under drivers seat), and Webasto heating system fuses (again 1 of which is also not included in the above 3 boxes but under the drivers seat again, we know this as it took us 2 hrs to find that blighter a few weeks ago!)

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Also we of course have the 2 batteries on board to think of, one for the engine and the other being the leisure battery for the habitation area… this battery sits under the drivers seat (to replace this at any time we have to take the drivers seat out what a poor design decision!), anyway this battery is to supply 12v for things such as our TV (which is 240v or 12v), the interior/exterior hab lights, water pumps, heater pumps etc, then we also have 240v to think about for when on hook-up on campsites etc (this allows us to run normal 3 pin plugs) and also where the trip switch for that is, how to test the electric etc let’s not even get started on reverse polarity (I’ve just chucked that in so that it sounds like I know what I’m doing by the way!!)

There’s the gas and gaslow system to work out, where the cut off valves are situated (all 7) and which refill valve for which country, I have yet to refill our gaslow LPG system myself at the garage and usually just watch Pete from a safe distance… But I will have to get the knack of this next time we fill up the 2 x 11kg tanks we have on board… But once full they seem to last us months luckily…

Then there comes the cassette and chemicals I shall not even bother going into details over this, trust me it’s the much less glamorous side of motor homing….

I now know how to check and fix all the above and also where the power steering fluid, brake fluid, dipstick, oil, water etc go…. but I had to call it a day when Pete started going into detail about how the engine and clutch worked and just gently remind him that that’s what garages are for… And it’d probably be much safer if I just called the breakdown assistance if anything happened to those parts… But now that I am a fully qualified motorhome engineer, I feel much better and it also gave the grey matter a workout and something to do, I shall seriously consider whether or not to include my newly acquired skill/qualification into any future CV’s…

Toffi got to see her doggie admirer “Gumbo” yesterday, although it was a little… ummm… how shall we put it… awkward… when she stumbled across him shockingly admiring and playing with another female doggie near his pitch (imagine her shock & horror at this abhorrent act of betrayal!!!) I don’t think she was impressed anyway, she was a little frosty towards him to say the least when he finally noticed her and came bounding over to see her!!! I’ve had to sit her down and reassure her, that, she is… of course… the prettiest out of them both… And then imagine our horror again after this when chatting to his owner we found Gumbo’s name not to actually be “Gumbo” after all… but Beau, oh dear, it seems we got it mixed up when his owner was giving his dog the instruction to “Come, Beau”… It must have been the French accent… however I personally think the name “Gumbo” is much more fun and suits his personality much, much more… So I’m sticking to it… as it would also seem that again when chatting to his owner, hilariously “Gumbo” had been up to his old tricks again and apparently he had come home proudly sporting a huge steak he’d pinched from someone’s BBQ nearby!!!

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Again we had problems with the contract “three” mifi account so after chatting with them, and explaining that the mifi unit works fine with a PAYG sim but not my contract sim they are now going to send a new Sim out for me, but they are unable to send it to us abroad… so this sim will be sent to our address then forwarded with our mail to Pete’s sisters address and thankfully Karen and Graham have agreed to send it on to us… this now means that we will have to stay at this campsite until we have received the forwarded post which isn’t a problem as we hadn’t  planned on moving for a few more days yet anyway and hopefully when it arrives the new sim will work correctly fingers crossed… Many, many, Thanks to Karen and Graham for supporting us and sorting out things like this for us and forwarding our mail etc, as without this support and help we would be lost!!!

Pete went to use his bike and found he had flat tyre, yep definitely got a puncture, we have no idea where the puncture kit is or even if we remembered to bring it!!! We shall have to search for a shop that sells puncture kits on our next venture out… In the meantime I will gladly share my bike with Pete in the hope that my squeaky front brakes annoy him enough for him to adjust them correctly…

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looks like someone else churned up that 1st pitch too!

Stay safe and warm where ever you may be till next time,

take care,

Donna x

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “What’s in a name…”

  1. haha my brain did start to fry just a little!!! Thanks for helping with all the stuff it is so very much appreciated… we def owe you both a good wonderful fancy meal when we get back lots of love to you all hope everyone is well xxxxx

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