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    Pep talk needed please.



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    I'm really struggling. I've been full time for getting on for 2 months now. Quit job/career after 15 years so I could travel with my dog who died 2 weeks before I left the flat. I've spent my entire savings that I was hoping to travel for a year on fixing things on the van. Everything I touch breaks and everything I try and fix fails. I'm staying at Mum's for 2 days, just popped out to the van and the fridge isn't working (again) and the roof light is leaking. Quite a lot. This is on top of existing power issues that mean I've been managing without lights or any unnecessary power use for the last 2 weeks. Apart from checking a fuse, I have no idea what to do or much money to throw at it. I'm sorry for moaning, but I'm just so fed up. I have no one I can talk to in the real world about it, they all think I'm an idiot for buying the van in the first place. Maybe they are right.....
    Can someone please just say something nice to me?
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    There are loads of people who'll help fix things for beers / doughnuts.

    I'm electrical - where are you?

    You can also earn a few quid to fund things quite easily if you put your mind to it. What are your skills.

    You'll be fine

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    poor lindsay - sounds like my van !!! i bought a dog of a van and have been fixing it for 4 years now !! but i dont regret buying it..... old things do break down and wear out - whatever part of life you are talking about. But one thing i have learned now is that i will no longer accept repairs from well-meaning folks who tell me they know what they are doing - until you know for sure that they do. i would rather save money for a proper repair, or work round it. For example in France last year for 3 weeks i had virtually no water as i thought i had damaged my main water tank... when i got it home it turned out that the plug had come out !!!! so an easy cheap thing to fix... made me laugh i can tell you....

    being on the road has its up and its downs - its fab days its lonely days its happy days its quiet days and its hard to get out of the blues... but... use your van to move to a different location if you can where you will see different things and get a different perspective - l look out for a big green "W" sticker in a vans window - that will be a member of this forum... stop by and say hello.

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    Quote Originally Posted by st3v3 View Post
    There are loads of people who'll help fix things for beers / doughnuts.

    I'm electrical - where are you?

    You can also earn a few quid to fund things quite easily if you put your mind to it. What are your skills.

    You'll be fine
    Thank you, that helps.
    You're right, I can work if I get desperate. The point was to not have to for a bit but of course I will if I need to. I was also in too much of a state after the dog. I did do a few days last week to get a bit of money and food so at least now I have diesel. It was something I agreed to a while ago but worked out well.
    I'm in Berkshire at the mo but leaving for destination unknown tomorrow. I'll probably head west and north a bit but haven't made anything resembling a plan yet.
    Beer, the international currency! I'm rather ashamed that mine is currently warm :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by delicagirl View Post
    poor lindsay - sounds like my van !!! i bought a dog of a van and have been fixing it for 4 years now !! but i dont regret buying it..... old things do break down and wear out - whatever part of life you are talking about. But one thing i have learned now is that i will no longer accept repairs from well-meaning folks who tell me they know what they are doing - until you know for sure that they do. i would rather save money for a proper repair, or work round it. For example in France last year for 3 weeks i had virtually no water as i thought i had damaged my main water tank... when i got it home it turned out that the plug had come out !!!! so an easy cheap thing to fix... made me laugh i can tell you....

    being on the road has its up and its downs - its fab days its lonely days its happy days its quiet days and its hard to get out of the blues... but... use your van to move to a different location if you can where you will see different things and get a different perspective - l look out for a big green "W" sticker in a vans window - that will be a member of this forum... stop by and say hello.

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    Thanks Delicagirl :-)
    You are absolutely right. I don't really begrudge looking after the van and I don't blame her. She's a good van really, solid and lovely but 15 years old so you have to expect things to break. I'm just shocked how many things can break in such a short space of time and how expensive it is every time!
    Thank you for reminding me, I need to request/buy a sticker so hopefully people like you will say hi if they see me x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheerful Charlie View Post
    Don't let it get you down as we have lived in vans for pretty much the last 10 years, Ok we slept in my Mums house for about 6 months as she kept falling, then slept in our bungalow for 5 months last year .
    We've had posh vans and tatty caravans and most in between.
    We have the 100k PIG now !
    At the end of the day it doesn't matter much if nothing works, we really only need a bed and somewhere dry and warm.
    The PIG is horrible to drive and falls to bits but it's somewhere to sleep , as Steve says get to a meet and the idiots on here will gladly help bugger up some more stuff but it's fun to watch
    Thanks Cheerful Charlie, you are just what I needed, great name :-D
    I'm normally quite positive but my positivity has just completely deserted me at the moment. I've just been looking through the meets section, I think that would be a good idea. Just what I need! If the idiots buggered up some different things it would help take my mind off the fridge and leaking roof :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindsayH View Post
    Thanks Delicagirl :-)
    You are absolutely right. I don't really begrudge looking after the van and I don't blame her. She's a good van really, solid and lovely but 15 years old so you have to expect things to break. I'm just shocked how many things can break in such a short space of time and how expensive it is every time!
    Thank you for reminding me, I need to request/buy a sticker so hopefully people like you will say hi if they see me x
    ANY spare part with "campervan" in its title is triple the price !!! my van is 25 years old, japanese and very rare, so its a dog to get parts for... but i somehow manage.....
    i love it now really i do.... lol !!

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    Know how you feel, we bought an old Bedford Daeuville, (38 years old) because of some problems we have had SWMBO has named it the Deville, had it for 5 month's driven it for 4 weeks. Still in garage having repairs done for mot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roamingman View Post
    Know how you feel, we bought an old Bedford Daeuville, (38 years old) because of some problems we have had SWMBO has named it the Deville, had it for 5 month's driven it for 4 weeks. Still in garage having repairs done for mot.
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    You are part of a wonderful family of like minded eejits with a multifarious range of talents. They go from wrecking stuff all the way to creating magic. I've had a few problems whilst being a member here, and the help and advice has been terrific, it's got me started with solar power, saving me 1,300 on bodywork repairs, coming to our house and repairing a none functioning heater and much more recently advising on my fridge which wouldn't work when we were driving------a 3.50 relay, beer tokens or a bottle of red is usually the asking price. Just ask and ye shall receive, and get a sticker, you'l find the membership pack listed on the right
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