Dolly the Caddy Camper’s first trip

Dolly's first stay at The Meon Valley campsite
Dolly’s first stay

Dolly the Caddy Camper’s first stay – where was it?

A Caddy Camper’s first overnighter is a very important event indeed. My first overnight stay in Dolly the Caddy Camper was at a very peaceful spot in Hampshire.  It was an great experience and  Dolly gave me everything I could ever need in a cosy small-space campervan.

At Scotts Haven camp site in rural Hampshire in the beautiful Meon Valley.

A secluded peaceful camping and caravanning site run by such a warm, friendly and welcoming couple, Mr & Mrs Scott.

This is a no-frills non-commercial campsite with only one loo on site for campers and caravanners who don’t have their own facilities.  I did wonder whether this would be adequate in the height of summer…

And why?

I wanted to kill two birds with one stone.  I was visiting a friend who was staying close by in Fareham, and I wanted a short hop from my home in West Sussex for my very first caddy camper overnight stay.

How did it go on arrival?

A peaceful caddy camper pitch

Excellent.  Mrs Scott came out to the gate to greet me and, after a quick booking in, showed me to my caddy camper pitch – a lovely peaceful spot that backed on to green fields and rolling Downs. Being mid-April, there was a quiet feel to the campsite and it continued that way through the whole stay. 

What were the first things I did with my caddy camper?

1. Worked out how the electric hook up thing worked.

Darren at Vantastic Campers had told me which electric hook up cable to buy and what it looked like.  This was as far as I had got.  I took it out of it’s bag and hooked up one end to the electric hook up point next to my pitch.

What to do with the other end?  I couldn’t see an electric hook up connection on Dolly the caddy camper.  Mrs Scott and I looked everywhere.  I rang Darren and said ‘help’.  He guided me to the connection which he had placed discreetly out of the way underneath the near side rear wheel.

I struggled to get the cap off the connection. ‘Help’ I said to Darren again.  We realised that it must be tough to unscrew due to its newness.  So I persevered and eventually the cap came off.  On went the other end of the electric hook-up cable to the connection and, hey presto, Dolly was all hooked up to electrics.

2. Put a bowl underneath the waste water outlet pipe

Don’t forget to buy a small bowl to catch the waste water from the sink.  I had bought a plastic bowl, but guess what.  The bowl had holes in its sides.  Doh!!

Caddy Camper bed – how was it?

The caddy camper bed

Perfect.  I got the bed ready when it was still light and then went to meet up with my friend at a local pub in Fareham.  By the time I got back to Dolly for the night it was dark and I was SO pleased I had made the bed up beforehand.  Luckily I had remembered a hot-water bottle…I needed it…it was a chilly night.  Dolly bedspace is very cosy and comfy and I slept really well for my first overnighter.

And how did breakfast go?

Excellent.  Making porridge and more tea on my one ring burner in the cosy nest of the caddy space was fab.  I love the feel of ‘slowness’ that an overnight stay in Dolly brings.  The world simply…. slows down….

What was the BEST thing about my first Caddy Camper overnight stay?

The morning.  What a joy it was to wake up in the morning, to slide back the curtains, to put the heater on and feel the cosy caddy space heating up, and to look out on a lovely view of trees and green fields.  I made at least 3 cups of tea while relaxing on my cosy caddy camper bed.

Caddy Camper pack up

The beauty of a small campervan is the ease of packing up.  I mentioned in Why a VW Caddy makes for a great campervan that I keep Dolly packed up with everything all the time so it’s just a matter of hopping in, starting the engine up, and off I go.

Hence, the ease of packing up.  I washed up, cleaned the mini sink and gas ring, emptied the rubbish at the campsite rubbish bins, swept the floor, and that was it….

The only things left to do when I get home is empty the fridge and give everything another quick wipe down ready for the next trip.

Thank you Dolly. Where to next?

Oxfordshire…and Bridge Villa …