Cutting down the “to do” list

This past week has certainly been a busy one.
For starters we had arranged a thank you BBQ for all our family & friends who have supported us in one way or another. We booked the date about a month ago when it seemed that we would definitely have the motorhome back and we’d have enough time to clean it out, pretty it up and start packing it ready for its maiden trip.

The engine that caused so much angst has come back

Well, it seemed a reasonable time frame at the time. We weren’t to know that it would still not be here until the day of the party. The engine reconditioning has dragged out to be a much more complex job than everyone expected and to top it off the poor specialist doing the job collapsed at work and has been in hospital since. So the company had to find another person to finish the job.

In the meantime, Rob did other work especially around the house in preparation for leaving for several months away, such as slashing the paddocks, clearing the gutters and downpipes, clearing the leaf litter under the windbreak etc.

Even without the motorhome, he was able to work on the Grand Vitara which is our towed vehicle. He put up a person barrier (like a mini bumper bar) to guard shins from the hitching point for the A frame towing bar as well as a stone guard frame he made himself and I sewed up the screen part.

Getting the stone guard frame set up on the car

So obviously with a big BBQ party to cook and arrange, I had my work cut out for me before the party. Since the party, I had the inevitable clean up to do and then the exciting part of starting to pack the motorhome. I would not manage either the party prep nor the packing if I didn’t rely on lists to keep me on track.

My very comprehensive RV packing list

I am now half way to getting everything into the motorhome. I have forgotten just how much stuff we had kept ‘permanently’ in the caravan let alone the foodstuffs and clothing etc that need to go in each time.Thank goodness I had made a packing list and modified it each time we did a trip. It covers pantry staples, soft furnishings, toiletries etc.

Next is the shakedown trip! Believe me there's more drama ahead!


  1. Lists are probably the best way to be certain that you don't forget things. But even once you get on the road you are sure to find something that you have forgotten.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. That is why my list is constantly evolving. It is a great starting point. It also matters by the destination and the duration of the trip. Eg my last trip was to a city for a week so had more dressy clothing and I didn't need to buy much staples as there were many shops nearby. As it was we ate out a lot more than we would normally!

  2. Hi Robbie and Michelle
    Have been following your blog for about a couple of months.
    You have done a great job in a short amount of time.
    Had bought the same model bus a few months ago already fitted out.
    Will be doing a North QLD to WA trip and back again in about 2 months.
    Would like to correspond with you regarding mods to your bus.

    Kind Regards
    Brett and Diane


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