Today’s theme is “nothing comes easy”. It feels like every small task we are doing turns into a big hassle taking twice as long as it should! Some people might say that we experiencing some teething issues, since this is still very early days into our 12-month trip around New Zealand.
Problem 1: Getting stuck in the mud
It has been raining a sh*t lot, but the rain has finally stopped for some cruising into Thames township to do a few small chores. The faster we empty the waste water (grey water) from the campervan, get Robin’s TradeMe sale posted, and check the tyre pressure, the faster we can be at the Butterfly Garden we fancied checking out.
So, we hop in the van, start the engine, give ourselves a few revs to get moving, but wait… we are not moving… One of our back tyres is stuck in the mud. Luckily, the Dickson Holiday Park people experience this all the time so had the means to tow us out. Remind us to by some towing rope in town…
Problem 2: When another thing on your cheap as campervan doesn’t work
Next, empty the grey water. This is something we have never done before, maybe you can see where this is going… Robin goes to pull up the lever to release the water and the lever literally comes off in his hand. What the ?!*!?
Long story short, we now need to use a spanner every time we want to empty the grey waste. This is also a monumental moment in our short New Zealand road trip history because it means that LITERALLY no living amenities in this campervan has worked straight away. Remember, kids, always check all the living area and its functions before you buy a campervan…