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Low power/boost on Ford TDCi engine On our last trip to France, our van experienced what appeared to be a major fault, such that it struggled going up hills which is unheard of for these vans! It was as if the turbo wasn’t working properly, or for whatever reason the van was sluggish as pie. […]

Blimey! 2012 was an amazing year, with the first 3 months spent in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, and then 3 month house hunting trip before we moved in in June.  Then the last 6 months of 2012 were busy catching up with friends, settling in our new home, and doing DIY…  Oh – and […]

(See the rest of our tip index here) In the past I have tried some devices that enable you to watch TV on a laptop and I had mixed results.  Flakey quality, high power consumption, and unreliable software.  So I gave up and bought a Meos 13.3″ TV unit which has served us well for […]

After 7 years our first van had its first real component failure, which can’t be bad.  The water pump seems to have failed due to a seal going between it and the power steering pump. resulting in coolant leaking very slowly down and over the starter motor.  Getting it changed at a garage was quoted […]

Well, as you may have seen, we’ve not updated our blog since we came back from Asia.  Amazingly, we came back on 25 March, then after sorting some bits out we went area/house hunting with a HUGE area of the Cotswolds, Wiltshire and Dorset.  So the little camper has been used heavily since then. But, the […]

At last, the camping and caravanning club 2012 data is available.  See our main GPS download page here to download it. You obviously need to be a member to use the facilities.  The .csv and some of the [adrotate banner="84"] files (not all) are available direct from CCC.  However, the data here is just formatted in […]

Well for those wondering what we’re doing after returning from the fabulous Asia trip, well, back to reality I guess! Its time to buy another house somewhere and get our stuff out of my (very kind!) parents garage. Not sure where, but we like places like Chippenham; Cirencester; Gillingham; Salisbury; Highworth; Melksham to name but […]

See trip index here, Cambodia index here, and more photos from Cambodia here Our positive view of Cambodia and Phnom Penh continued after going out for a beer at 50p a glass and then to the local night market for tea.  You can’t get more authentic than joining pretty much all locals sitting on rugs […]

Vietnam Costs and Review See our general tip page here.  Note the costs here do not include external flights, vaccines and insurance etc – this will be detailed at the end of the trip.   Total per day   VND gbp VND gbp Accommodation 7,056,000 £225.49 415,059 £13.26 Trains 0 £0.00 0 £0.00 Taxis/Buses etc 1,512,000 […]

Well we’ve made it to the half way point, 60 days out of 120.  Sadly this means we’re slowly heading back home I guess. As this is our first ever backpacking trip we thought we’d summarise how things are so far. Places We love Southern Thailand and are really looking forward to seeing the northern […]