Here in the UK, once a year, all vehicles over three years old are put through quite a strict Ministry Of Transport test to check their roadworthiness, and each year it appears to get stricter and stricter. Granted some of the items checked are major, but others I will admit to finding quite petty.
A full list of failure items are listed here for anyone who wants some bedtime reading.
If you have taken the time to read the list, you will understand why, most folk sit in the test station biting their fingers for forty minutes, remerging into the daylight either jumping up and down and waving a piece of paper in their hand or……head bowed, sinking into a deep depression with ££££ signs flashing in their eyes.
Well yesterday was Happy camper’s (still not been given a proper name) day of reckoning.
It had been hibernating under its dark green cover since November, circumstances had prevented us trundling off to the few campsites that weren’t under water.
Our plan was to take it for a drive to make sure all moving parts were….err moving, and that nothing had seized up anywhere.
T unveiled it, pulling the cover off as a motor manufacturer would unveil a new model, the cover proved to be worth every penny, as there in the dull grey light stood our shiny pride and joy 🙂
Last year before we collected Happy Camper, we had re-aranged the front garden by putting a couple of tons of chippings down so we could keep it at home. This had proved a bit of a disaster, what with the weight of the Motorhome and the downward slope to the house, we had found it impossible to drive off the chippings, even with paving slabs under the wheels, so Dougal had been brought into action every time. A bit of a pain, yes, but as T has pointed out……..it is an excellent anti theft device
Yesterday was no different.
T hooking up the tow rope.
A couple of seconds later and T is rolloing up the tow rope…..
…..and we are on the road and ready to set off.
………first stop was the local Tesco to check the tyres, which amazingly had only lost one pound each.
It was wonderful to be travelling in it again, and it wasn’t long before we started reminiscing about last years wonderful holidays, and where our plans would take us this year.
We did a round trip, Evesham, Tewkesbury, Upton on Severn, Worcester and home.
Lost in conversation, though still with camera in hand, I’m afraid I only managed a pic of Evesham
The main street through the old market town of Evesham, the Town hall is the old building in the centre of the photo. Turn left in front of the Town Hall the pedestrianised Bridge Street, takes you down to the River Avon, which has flooded many times.
Happy Camper ran perfectly, so once home, T took it for the dreaded MOT.
To be honest, we hadn’t expected any problems, but we were both elated to be presented with our piece of paper, stating it’s roadworthiness for another year.