We have finally had our first proper outing in the Elddis Accordo 120, which was a Bank Holiday weekend at Walnut Lakes, Lincolnshire.
On arrival at the campsite we were being shown to our pitch when I spotted the fresh water tap and had the idea of filling up, since I didn’t get the chance to do so at home before we left for the drive to Lincolnshire – basically, we were running late and had to rush to get to the site in daylight.
Stopping next to the cold water tap I instantly ran in to my first water related problem, which was removing the water tank cap. When we collected the motor home we weren’t shown how to fill the tanks, as the bloke doing the demonstration and handover had already filled it up for us to demonstrate how to get water out of the taps! At the time I wasn’t really bothered, but now I needed to do it myself I really wish I was informed. After ten minutes or so fiddling with the cap (and right in front of two individual groups enjoying their dinner outside – a little embarrassing to say the least) the cap finally “fell off”.
I say “fell off” because I didn’t have a clue how I did it. I unlocked the cap and twisted and turned it (in both directions), pushed it in and turned it (in both directions) and pulled it outwards and turned it (in both directions) and I couldn’t get the damn thing out. Then all of a sudden it fell to the floor.
Once the cap was off the next problem was getting the water in to the tanks. We bought a 5m blue hose from Go outdoors with one of those universal rubber funnels on the end designed to fit “all” taps. Well, the funnel did go over the tap however the fit was crap (it was way too loose) and we couldn’t get enough pressure to force the water through the hosepipe and in to the water tank.
We managed to get the water about a meter in to the pipe before the water came out of the top of the hose. It didn’t matter how tightly we held the funnel against the tap we simply couldn’t get a good enough seal to get enough pressure to force the water through. With a bit of begging I managed to borrow a piece of hose with a screw end (which actually fit the tap) and put some water in the tank.
We obviously didn’t put enough water in the tank (even though it seemed like we stood at the tap for ages filling the motor home, and the internal water gauge said the tank was full) because we ran out on the second day. The bloke with the bit of hose had gone home, and everyone else on the site were very cold and unfriendly toward us so we thought we would fill the water tank by hand.
As you’ve probably already guessed we didn’t have a water carrier (there seemed no point when we left home because we had a hosepipe) or any other vessel large enough. Another bit of kit we didn’t have was a funnel so there was no way we would be able to get the water in from the outside. Fortunately, the water tank is easily accessible from the inside under the seat so adding water meant several trips to the tap with the kettle! Fortunately, we didn’t have anything planned that day so had plenty of time to do this arduous task. Even though we didn’t fill the tank completely the water gauge still went hard over and indicated the tank was full.
Walnut Lakes campsite does not have a designated motor home service point or drive over drain therefore we had to get rid of the waste water (and the remaining fresh water) by emptying it in to a bucket and physically carrying it over to the drain. As you’ve probably guessed we didn’t have a bucket with us (all the campsites we stayed on when we hired a motor home from Unbeatable Hire) had drive over drains so we didn’t think we would need one) so it was a case of scrounging a bucket from the campsite owner to get rid of the waste and the excess water.
The first trip out in the Elddis Accordo showed we need a few bits and pieces to make sure we are fully prepared in the future, and as such I have a shopping list comprising:-
Even more expense – we seem to be spending out cash on this thing like there’s no tomorrow.
The next problem is finding room in the motorhome to permanently store the items. Our Elddis Accordo doesn’t have a garage (we opted for the Accordo 120 with the rear lounge instead) so room for the outside bits and pieces is a little tight. I am kind of hoping there will be enough room where the gas bottles are located however I need to buy a second gas bottle first and then evaluate how much room is left to play with.
There is definitely a learning curve with this motor homing lark, and I am wondering if we will ever get to the point where we have everything we need and know what we are doing with it.