Sunday, 6 March 2011

Today was the Day!

Our six months of being marooned landlubbers is about to come to an end. This morning our Landlord', Mick (bless his cotton socks,) took us by car to Cranham Motorhomes to finally collect our latest acquisition.

Busy yard at Cranhams

Busy yard at Cranham Motorhomes

From the time we arrived it took just under 2 hours to complete the necessary paperwork and go through a basic introduction to how everything worked  before we were on the road back to March.

WowWow, its ours

I was well pleased with the way the Fiat handled having never had a 6 stage automatic gearbox before. Approximately a quarter of a tank of diesel had been put in the Fiat, so our first job was to call in at the local BP petrol station for another 50 litres just to see how accurate the fuel gauge is and give us some indication of consumption.

Ready for off alongside the M25Ready for off alongside the Southend Arterial Road.

Now back at our apartment we have started to check everything over and unfortunately we have found a couple of faults that should have been picked up at the factory or the dealers yard during pre-delivery checks. I can see an unplanned trip back to Cranham’s to have the faults rectified. GRRRRRR.

Home for how long?Home but for how long?

A total of 86 miles, since 5 March 2011


Tom and Jan said...

I would have thought you would be used to "snagging" ? :-)

Jenny and Robin said...

Congratulations on your new arrival! Looks impressive! May you have many happy memories and travel many unevenful miles in it. I look forward to giving it the once over when you get back to NZ.

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Jenny and Robin
Thanks for the kind words, wont be long now just a few hundred miles to cover first.

Unknown said...

Lovely 'New Baby'!

Derek Bird said...

Looks great, you passed only a few miles from where we are on the boat, maybe catch up when you get the faults fixed. See you soon

Pip said...

Congratulations on your new baby - hope she's everything you wish for.
love Pip & Roger xx

Nb Yarwood said...

Yes PDI's, those things that you have to pay a dealership to do when you get a new car. Joe had a new van where the horn didn't work and horn didn't work because a fuse had never been fitted so someone at the dealership had 'ticked a box and taken the money' but not done the checks!! Perhaps the dealership would like to fill your diesel tank in recompense for the inconvenience??
Anyway, enjoy your new baby and see as much in the next six months as you can!!

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Derek
Sorry we were only interested in getting home first time out.

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Jill and Graham, Lesley and Joe, Pip and Roger. Thanks for your comments, its a matter of trial and error with teething problems and ignorance. :-)

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Tom yes well it does become almost to be expected now, why should this be anything different?

Anonymous said...

Hope you get probs sorted soon and have many safe and happy miles. phil and sally.

MDM Searle said...

That sure is a nice looking van. I think the wing mirrors are probably worth more than my old camper lol. Would be great to see some interior pics.

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Nomadic Endeavour
Thanks for the nice comments. Some inside photos were on our blog in November
and a couple of days later

Derek and Dot said...

To Anonymous
Problems sorted themselves out :-) cant wait to get going on Thursday.