What is it like in a Caravan while Mobile?.

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Yes I know it's illegal to travel in a Caravan while being towed,
( BUT) have you ever wondered what it's like?, does it ride nice,
does it rattle and shake inside, I know nothing falls out of the
cupboards ect, I know my BEER is safe in the Engel, because that is
in the back of the truck, I asked the Cook if she would like to
try it out, and describe what she experiences over the phone lol lol,
while I'm driving, I was amazed she said NO, I told her people tow
Horses in Horse Floats and they dont get upset, I promised I would
not go over 100ks per hour, no she declined my request, so it looks
like I will have to be the Guinea Pig, the only trouble is, when she
locks me in the Caravan and takes off she wont stop till she gets to
where we are going, maybe I'll have to par take in a couple of
Cold Beers while I am being towed along lol lol. **Just a thought**

Cheers
Daza
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Reply By: wato35 - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:26

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:26
Daza, I am with the cook on this one. No way would I be getting in there while travelling the open roads, not even a couple of dozen cold ones.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:29

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:29
Daza, Depends on the van suspension and the road of course, but we put the breakables in the van for a smoother ride. Looks like the beer is in the wrong place! With the previous single axled van, things got tossed from one end to t'other on corrugated roads. When you try it out, take a bucket - you are likely to get rather sea sick and if you make a mess Cook might never let you out.

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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:37

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:37
Looks like I might set up the Video Camera, inside it and find out the
safe way, dont feel like cleaning up any mess lol lol,
might even put it on U Tube.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:50

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:50
It would have to be a hell of road Daza; your van looks pretty stable. I know you can't beat the ride in a Nissan, but the van would have a decent suspension?

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 16:43

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 16:43
DAZA


why the cook in the van?


is she passing wind in the patrol?


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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:35

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:35
Nah mate I'm the culprit when it comes to that.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:11

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:11
At last a truly honest man!

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Reply By: Member - Michael C (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:31

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:31
Hi Daza,
Yes I have often wondered, but I have never had the guts to ask the question. Also with the kind of luck I have, something would happen, so I guess I will just keep wondering. Cheers and happy travels, Michael.
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Reply By: ross - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:36

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:36
Ive only been short distances but its very comfortable and quiet.
You could easily have a nap in there.

There used to be a story about this some years ago,Im not sure whether its an urban legend but its seems plausible.

It goes like this: Husband and wife travelling a remote road at night somewhere in Oz.
Wife is tired and decides to rest in the van while it is mobile.
Some hours later hubby pulls over to check something.
Wife gets up thinking its a wee break.
Hubby gets back in and drives off leaviing his wife on the side of the road in some god forsaken place in her nightie
Maybe its just a legend,maybe its true. Maybe he even knew she got out: )
My dad was trucky and he picked it up on the road.(the story ,not the wife)
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 16:59

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 16:59
G'day Ross, Yes have heard that story and don't know if it's true or not.

A story I _DO_ know to be true is as follows:

Group of families were travelling the remote roads between Oodnadatta and Finke. Each family had children and the adults found that the kids behaved better if they travelled with their friends in different cars. So at each stop there would be a flurry of activity and kids would car-swap, listening to ipods and watching DVDs etc.

The convoy drove 400 odd klicks before they all realised that one of the kids had been left back at Oodna'..... True story!!!
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:14

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:14
you eh?
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:10

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:10
What a great idea! I threatened to let mine get out and walk on a number of occasions - but not in a remote area though. When i first started school, the bus driver would do that - kid usually came good pretty quick, although he'd given us a visual example (the little toad probably only had a couple of hundred yards to walk).

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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:38

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:38
Roachie
We were at Oodna when that happened to another group, they got to Dalhousie before they realised.
We also on another trip had to get one of our party to chase another group after they left a kid at a rest area, easily happens when the kids are swapping between vehicles.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:51

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:51
I used to count mine - one, two. Oh goody - let's get home quick before the others find us. Got a few horrified looks from little old ladies.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:15

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:15
hahaha
bet it pulled the kids into line as well Motherhen
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:42

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:42
your too kind MH we were threatened with the same but it didnt matter where we were. i remember once challanging the threat

and was put out beteen iron knob and kimba

but no i wasnt left there although mum did start to drive off
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Reply By: Member - Axle - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:39

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:39
Hi Daza, Just make sure she dosen;t unhook and leave ya locked up in some god forsaken hole!!...hahahahaha.



Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 16:07

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 16:07
Dunno about a caravan but, waking up on a 6x4 trailer belting through bulldust, after a heavy night is pretty rough.

Apparently I never made it from the camp fire to the tent the previous evening, dossed in the trailer and my mates thought it would be a great wake-up call.

Didnt see the funny side untill years later.




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Reply By: wallabyjack5 - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 16:20

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 16:20
Don't know whether I should tell this story but here goes anyway.
We where coming back from 4 weeks up on the Ningaloo Reef my wife had a bad back so she decided to have a go at laying down in the van for a while as we headed south.We had 2 hand held uhf radios so that we could keep in touch as we drove.Everything was fine very comfy no problems.I had notice my radio was getting a bit low on power so just connected to the cig lighter to charge it up.But unbe known to me i had knocked the channel button and was on a different channel.Well got about 100ks down the road everything was quiet, I was thinking my wife must be having a good rest.It was time for me to pull over and have a comfy stop{pee}so picked up the radio to say that I'm about to stop then saw that the radio was off channel changed it over and called ,Darling you there ?well what came back as a reply would have made the hardest of truckie blush.{I didn't think you can use that sort of language over radios}.So I pulled over raced back to the van open the door my wife was standing there in a very quiet manner {yea right} that she had been busting to go to the loo could not hold on any longer so the only thing she could find was a M&M bucket to use.
Not easy in a rocking van.
So answer to your question I would say NO
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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 16:43

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 16:43
So the Moral of the story is either make her go before she gets in,
or get a bigger bucket lol lol.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:52

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:52
Funnier than anything Fridays
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Reply By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:11

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:11
i'll go with you...you must have a drinking partner
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:18

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:18
errr..where was this reply supposed to be
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:24

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:24
hey ...whats happened
who was it that was suggesting to drink...no he might need to drink or something similar in the van while the cook was driving.....where has it gone
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:25

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:25
ooops...i'll go get another red..... to clean the reading spectacles
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Reply By: Steve - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:26

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:26
I was filling up a the servo in Mitchell, Qld when the Mrs (unanounced) decided to nip into the van and grab a few things out of the fridge. Thinking she was still in the servo where she was supervising the kids, I thought "i'll just check the tyres" and did a lap of the servo to get there - little did I know the bugger was still inside the van. She wasn't too pleased either. Anyway, she said once she'd got over the shock of the sudden movement, it was a nice ride and she was relieved that I hadn't not noticed she was in the car (as if......) and was going all the way to Barcaldine with her in the van.
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Reply By: Dunco (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:41

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:41
I'd love to have a go...

A lot of you would remember the Movie with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz...The Long Trailer (or similar). It had a scene in it when Lucy was in the van cooking....very funny :-)

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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:45

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 17:45
We were talking about that recently, also when she decided to do
some Rock Collecting, and Desi was struggling up the hill lol lol.
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Reply By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:23

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:23
Daza,

Don't do it!

Out of curiosity I travelled only a couple of km. to see what it was like. You hear a lot of expensive noises and it will worry you when you are up front.

True story, because I was involved. In 1989 I worked at Wyong on the NSW Central Coast. In those days the freeway had a sort of break in it at Ourimbah. At Ourimbah was a large Caltex Servo. This was the first one out of Sydney's northern suburbs, and got a lot of business. Well before the service centre was constructed.

A Dutch couple were in a Winnebago, and Mrs. Dutch Tourist, who was travelling in the back seat, got out unknowingly to Mr. Dutch Tourist, and went to the loo in the servo.

After getting fuel, Mr. got in the vehicle and took off, leaving Mrs. behind. They had been in Oz. since that AM, and though she could speak English O.K. crapped herself.

Anyway the people in the servo rang the cops and I got a highway patrol bloke to go and get her.

They caught up with Mr. up near Morisset. The copper driving the police vehicle put on the lights and sirens, he reckoned that when the driver looked over and saw his Mrs. in the cop car his eyes looked like dinner plates.

Wonder what the conversation was over dinner that night?

True story.

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Follow Up By: Member - Brenton W (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 23:44

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 23:44
Another story goes,

A guy was pulled over for speeding, and when asked for a reason for speeding he told the officer his wife left him for a police officer 3 months ago and he thought was him bringing her back.
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Reply By: DIO - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:50

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:50
If you've ever experienced sea sickness, I've been told experience similar to that.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:52

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 18:52
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 19:36

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 19:36
I've been crook for a few days, but this thread is the best medicine. Like a few threads some years ago when they were lead by a couple of our 'resident comedian' now much missed ex members. Glad to see the talent is still with us. Good stuff Daza and contributors.

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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:54

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:54
Yes lifes to short to get serious,my Cook reckons the older I get
the younger I my brain gets.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:57

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:57
The older i get the more i realise that Mars and Venus are like twins compared to men and women!

Happy travels to you and the Cook. A most enjoyable thread.

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Reply By: obee1212 - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:55

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:55
We were following a caravan out of eighty mile beach towed by a twoby ford. I saw that the caravan door was swinging in the breeze so I sidled up alongside the car and got the driver's attention. "It's ok " he said. "The wife is in there hanging on to the fridge stop it sliding about"

We carried on past and it was some time later I wondered if the wife and fridge had not vacated via the swinging door some miles back.

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