So I did the journey to Leeds, and went to see a really friendly, 75-year old (“been doing this for 59 years!”) guy called Stephen, to look at a motorhome that was advertised on a trade site, and looked really good.
I spent 3 hours there in the end, most of it just sitting in the motorhome and thinking about working in it, living in it, touring with it etc, going through all the various issues I faced doing that in the summer months with the caravan.
The number one conclusion I came to is that I can do it, but I will have to be absolutely lethal with my minimalist approach and what I take with me (very little) and what I get rid of in my flat (almost everything). There is not much space, and I also don’t want to load her too heavy.
But that’s a good thing!
I ended up paying a (non-refundable) deposit, requesting a few small fixes/wiring changes etc and now I have one major mission: sell my car! I’ve now gone for the private advertising option on a local Spanish car site and have a very interested buyer coming tomorrow. If all goes well, we can do the deal on Tuesday (after Easter) and I’ve appointed a local “Gestor”, a type of administrative service supplier, to do the deal. This is Spain after all, there’s a wee bit of paperwork to be dealt with. At least this way I know all will get done.
So fingers crossed the buyer falls in love with my car tomorrow. Then I can pay for the motorhome, find a Smartcar + Trailer, and co-ordinate the entire move of motorhome, Smartcar, Trailer etc back to Spain into the parking slot of my caravan, which should be moved end of April to a buyer in Hungary.
And then there’s the small matter of me clearing out my apartment as well. Wow, it’s going to be a buys few months, most of it, if all goes well, without my car. I guess I can use the Smartcar here but it’s not much of a transporter of goods 🙂
Here she is….it’s a 2007 Hobby 650 (same make as my current caravan, so I know the quality of the build) and I’ll have to get used to mostly 12v (as opposed to caravan which was mostly 220V plugged into “shore” power). You can obviously plug in the motorhome but internally most things still run off 12V.
She’s in great shape. Some small wear and tear but no signs of rust, major damage or things like that, and great to drive (6 speed manual). No cruise control which I’ll have to get used to!
Big queen size fixed bed at the back above the garage, shower, toiler, basin, kitchen with gas hobs, gas cooker, full size fridge/freezer, and a nice table / seating area. I spent ages working out where my big wide screen will go, but it will fit! I also worked out where my tech stuff (4g router/IP phone etc) will go. It should all fit.
On the flight home I drank a glass of champagne to celebrate this first step, and the gods must have approved since it gave me an amazing sunset on approach into Barcelona.
So it looks like I’m on the right track. #DigitalNomad – step 1, check.