Those moments just after you pull into a campsite with a caravan or camper are perhaps the most formative ones when it comes to who wants to know you or the highest level ‘Hero Status’ you’ll ever reach in the eyes of those around you.
I’m not talking about the reverse park here or how level you get the trailer etc etc. I’m talking about the erection of the annex roof and the walls – not to mention all the poles and guy ropes. Have you ever tried to put the rear wall where the front wall should go (duh!!). This is when the neighbouring campers start bringing their deck chairs out and start Happy Hour early.
Make camping life a little easier
My solution to making this task a little easier and knowing where everything is (well almost everything) when I need it. I put the pieces of the annex in bags and label them with Nikko pen.
You’ll probably find that when the ‘Big Cloud Fairy’ gave us annex walls and roofs he made them so that they’d fold up neatly to about the size of a pillow case.
So, pop on down to your nearest cheap shop or raid the rags box and get yourself a handful of pillow cases.
The only tricky bit is deciding on the label names – is the Front Wall the Side Wall or do you have two Side Walls and a Front. I have ‘Side’, ‘Front’, ‘Rear’ and ‘Skirt’ and it works for me – just don’t ask me when I’m busy putting them up.
Packing up the tent annex and tent
When it comes to packing up, I know where every goes. With this little tip you are well and truly ready for that next trip, because your annex pieces are there packed away and ready to go.
There is nothing more frustrating than looking for something that may not be there. Systems ensure we leave less to chance which also goes to storing and packing up our gear. For those of us who don’t use the annex on every camping trip, the annex may be stored at home in the garage, shed or inside the house. I love knowing I can lay my hands on the equipment I need for any trip I have in mind. I know all the annex pieces are in the same place and when they are removed for assembly my “Hero Status” won’t be on the chopping block.
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