During our first proper trip out in the Elddis Accordo (please feel free to read about the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows and the happiness and embarrassment in this blog post) to Walnut Lakes in Lincolnshire I had the most surreal conversation for a long, long time.
Whilst messing around with the gas system the bloke on the pitch next to me, who was in a caravan came wandering over for a quick chat. At first I thought he was coming over to make small talk pleasantries, which is campsite etiquette (isn’t it?) however after a few minutes taking to the bloke I couldn’t work out if this bloke was trying to achieve.
The bloke said he had noticed that we seemed to struggle (probably because of the “water woes”, the time it took to erect the Kampa awning and that we didn’t/couldn’t get it to fit, a bit of blue language and the heated discussions we had) setting up and that we looked ‘new’ to the world of motor homing. All I could do was agree with the bloke, grin and try to make light of the situation, which is what I duly did.
The bloke then started to comment on the Elddis saying how nice it was (it’s always nice when someone compliments a possession) but also unsuitable it was as “a first motor home for a young couple”. This bloke reckons that we should have done what he did and bought something old and “with character” with which to cut our teeth and learn what to do, and only once we had served our time learning the art of motor homing should we buy a brand new motor home. To say I was stunned by what this bloke was saying is an understatement and I virtually bit off my tongue in a bid to remain quiet and not retaliate. Yep, I was the bigger man and let it wash over me, but I have to admit this bloke really p****d me off.
What on earth was this bloke on about – buying an old motor home with which to cut our teeth. What a load of rubbish. I don’t have the technical know how to keep an older motor home on the road, and I don’t have the spare cash available to have a mechanic on hand 24 hours a day. If I had an old motor home and it broke down I would be stuffed. If I had an old motor home and something went wrong with the habitation I wouldn’t have a clue what to do to. In my opinion, an old motor home is perfect for someone who likes tinkering with things, likes the challenge of keeping things going and actually has some technical skill and knowledge. Unfortunately, this person isn’t me.
I know my limitations and what I can and can’t do therefore I bought a new motor home. Okay, I could have bought a trouble free motor home that is four or five years old with which to cut my teeth but I didn’t want to. Besides, why should I buy an older motor home to cut my teeth when the wife and I had the means with which to buy a new motorhome?
Okay, so this bloke started off with an old caravan and slowly worked his way up to the top of the range touring caravan on the pitch next to us (as well as the two year old Range Rover Vogue sat next to it). What am I meant to do – feel sorry that it took him so long? I don’t know anything about the bloke, I don’t know his background or his personal circumstances, and in all honesty I don’t want to as it has nothing to do with me. Similarly, this bloke doesn’t know anything about me, the life I lead, the sacrifices we have made to buy the motor home or anything else about me, and I don’t want him to. My life and circumstances have nothing to do with this bloke and it never will – I don’t go camping to make friends.
After the bloke gave me a verbal battering and disappeared off to his caravan I stood there perplexed, wondering what on earth had just happened. As I said, I don’t know whether the bloke was being nasty, rude or whether he just has a bit of envy. If it is envy I don’t know why because the bloke could easily sell his Range Rover, buy a brand new Elddis Accordo 120 (like us) and have money left over.
Needless to say, I didn’t warm to the bloke and after our initial discussion I decided to give him a wide berth, and given that he blanked me for the rest of the weekend at Walnut Lakes I can only assume he decided to do the same with me.
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