"Never thought I would be so happy to see a kitchen sink"
After spending a week at Pier Cottage campsite (if you want to read about the experience take a look at “A week away in the Lake District” or if you want to check out my full review of Pier Cottage campsite you can do so here) and having to wash up in the Accordo 120 I now realize just how important washing up facilities are. It’s a strange thing to say, and I never thought I would say it but a sink and draining board more useful than you can imagine.
Washing up in the motor home is a faff and full of issues. The first issue is we don’t have a washing up bowl in the van. We have hunted high and low, looked online, looked in every conceivable shop and none of them do a washing up bowl that is small enough to fit in the Accordo 120’s sink. We have found bowls that will just squeeze in the tiny sink but once you put the draining board on top of it (i.e. where it is supposed to go) the glass sink cover won’t close, which kinds of defeats the object doesn’t it? Perhaps Elddis should provide a washing up bowl that does fit with the motor homes they sell? Given that we spent several thousand pounds on a motor home would it really cost them much more to provide a plastic washing up bowl that fits in the sink? It’s not going to break the bank or squeeze the profit margins much is it.
Okay, washing up bowls aren’t always essential however they do make the job of washing up that much easier. There is a scenario when a washing up bowl is essential and that is when you have a plug that doesn’t fit the sink properly, like we do. Yep, the sink plug is so ill fitting the water runs out very quickly which is another added problem.
The other problem with washing the pots and pans, and crockery, in the motor home is the lack of space – there simply isn’t enough room to make it an easy job. Even with the wife being chief pot washer and me on drying up duties things still cluttered. Clean stuff gets mixed up with dirty stuff, I can get around the wife to put the clean stuff where it should go, so it ends up being left on the seats, the end cupboard or any available space on the floor where it won’t get trodden on. Washing up in the Accordo is a bit of a carry on and a chore.
There is another issue I have with washing up in the Accordo 120 and that is washing down food scraps down in to the waste tank where it can sit there and fester, or worse still get stuck in the pipework. It doesn’t matter how well you rinse pots and pans and chuck the dirty water outside, there is always some remnants stuck to the pan that have to be wiped off with a sponge and will end up in the sink water, and ultimately down in to the tank. When we are on vacation we cook with jar sauces (they are quick and easy to use) and will have curries, sweet and sour, kung po, Bolognese etc. and all of them are sticky and pungent. The curry sauces tend to have a high fat content and solidifies. We also eat a lot of rice and pasta, again which is virtually impossible to clean off completely. The last thing I want to do when on holiday, or even when I get home, is pull out all the pipework and clear out blockages. These small food remnants are not an issue using a sink because you can flush enough hot water down to prevent any blockages.
I don’t understand why more campsites have full washing up facilities, I mean does it really cost that much to install and additional sink? Washing up facilities definitely makes a campsite more attractive to me, and I am more than willing to pay more (although not loads more) for it. If a campsite doesn’t have washing up facilities it won’t be a deal breaker, I would just prefer it.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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