I found that my first month on the road was quite tricky. And on that topic, I’m often asked about the challenges I’ve experienced since trading my home for a motorhome. To that, I answer, the weather! Since beginning my trip, the weather has just not been good. To put it lightly, torrential rain – all the time! This, coupled with a smaller living space and being a first-time motorhome owner, were all quite challenging. Also, I had never driven LadyBelle on my own before. My parents came with me to collect her, and the only other time I had been out was for a short test drive to the coast, and my parents came with me on that occasion too.
Once I had the first month over and done with, I found that everything went much smoother. Everything from dealing with the chemical toilet to working out the heating system, plus a multitude of other tasks I had no idea how to do before the trip but somehow managed to accomplish. But, despite offering significant challenges at first, it’s been a great learning curve, and I’m now at a stage where I know most things about the motorhome, I think!
Since 1st of March, I’ve had a few things within LadyBelle that I’ve needed to change, which is not uncommon, so I’m told. It’s a big vehicle and, generally speaking, there is always an adjustment period during which time any issues can go back to the dealership for repair or discussion. But I couldn’t do that because I was hundreds of miles from the dealership! So, my only option was discussion. The dealership was great, and Bailey replaced the faulty parts – none were significant!
To be fair, only a few things went wrong, but I had to repair them myself – that was the problem. In a way, I haven’t minded as it’s taught me so much, and now I don’t think there’s a single square inch of LadyBelle that I don’t know. In fact, the Bailey Owner’s Manual has become my new best friend! I reckon I could recite every page, and when you have nobody to refer to for guidance, it’s your only choice. But, all jokes aside, the maintenance side of things was tricky at the start, but overall, I understand the motorhome much better now.