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Magical Orkney

Orkney has a special place in our history , it is where  Lee and I got engaged, where she spent many of her holidays as a child and has been a regular location for memorable holidays for us as the kids grew up. So an obvious location for one of our shake …

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Kit list for Nelson

PACKING LIST FOR NELSON  10 Oct 2016     Inside This trip Packed tick OUTSIDE TRUCK               SIDE OF TRUCK               Sand ladders and padlock       Awning and awning poles       High lift jack …

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Suspension and Adventure Overland Show

The next phase of the upgrade of Nelson has been completed thanks to Gemm 4*4 in Fife, the main part of the work was fitting locking differentials and upgraded suspension and then a few minor tweaks to improve power in the engine.  This took about a week and the full …

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Tour of Scotland

Nelson is beginning to look the part now that the modifications are nearly complete, still a trip enough package when it is in driving mode, but very comfortable when we stop for a few days with the full awning out giving a bit of a bigger living space and decent …

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Phase 2 upgrade

Having completed the modifications which changed the Defender from a farmers wagon to a Camper van body, in itself a big job mostly done by Coastline Campers.  The next stage is to sort out the running gear to make it robust for the long trips we have planned, in this …

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Farmers wagon to Camper van

The first phase of the work was intended to make Nelson into a camper so that we could gain experience running around Europe and the UK with the camper set up, but keeping the cost phased by not doing the modifications to the running gear and the engine as this …

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Morne Mountian Run

The preparation runs continue this time with a trip to Ireland.  The trip started with a run down to Stranrar visiting friends in Dumfries with an overnight stop in a senic layby overlooking the Solway firth to expand my wild camping experience, that worked well but a tip for the …

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Belgium and Holland

Just back from the shakedown trip to Belgium and Holland. Route for the trip was Edinburgh to Hull to catch the Ferry to Zeebrugge, drive to Antwerp for the Marathon festival and then relocate to Brugge as a base for cycling in Belgium before relocate to Den Haag for cycling …

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Shakedown Trip No 1: Crail in Fife

First proper trip out in Nelson is half way through, a four day trip to the East Neuk of Fife as the first test of the set up for the camper, and a good test it turned out to be. First night saw me arrive in the dusk, with 25mph …

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