Olpro sent me some cleaning products for the caravan, so I thought as some of my readers are caravanners and some aren’t, I would combine a review and a tour in one.
First things first, we bought our van in 2010, a Swift Freestyle, but caravan decor got left in the 80s somewhere and much as I wanted to re-upholster and make it a funky modern space, I ran out of time. Regardless, it’s a very cleverly designed family caravan, a place to be together, to relax. We live in suburbia all week, at the weekend I need to escape it.
Lots of people think caravanning is not cool, mainly because of that bloke off Top Gear, but after talking to lots of people who had a family caravan as a child, we realised everyone who grew up with a caravan couldn’t stop talking about the adventures they had as a family. We had a campervan before this, but we outgrew it and it was chilly outside of July- August. Our caravan is very toasty, so we can go away all year round, but L still likes to take her slippers and her best PJs.
A small space means the kids have to be creative about how to play, but they spend most their time outdoors exploring.
They have bunks at the back which they love, and a table at the back to themselves with a cupboard full of treasures they love to rediscover each trip. This layout of this family caravan is brilliant – we knew instantly it was what we wanted. There is a concertina door so you can separate back and front of the caravan.
Max the greyhound sleeps wherever he finds a quiet corner, on the sofa, under the back table, on the floor, on the bed if we don’t get there first. For a big dog he fits in brilliantly. Mugs take on new significance when camping. These dotty ones are perfect for the first huge cup of the day. But I like proper china ones too, as tea just tastes better in proper cups.
We have a fridge, an oven and it even came with a microwave. We don’t have a telly, but we do take some cartoons on the iPad.
The front sofa area converts to a dining area by flipping out the extra work surface on top of the small table. A track of wooden slats pulls out from under this table, between the sofas making a double bed at night.
L did a tour about two years ago, which I have been meaning to post.
Outside – The Olpro Test
We store our caravan on a campsite locally, the storage is outside so it does get really dirty – algae, muck from trees, bird poo. Every year we kick ourselves for not getting a cover or indoor storage – turns out, as well as cleaning products Olpro make Winter Long – a biodegradeable product that makes a biostatic film to protect your caravan like a cover would do – result!
This weekend marked the grand clean out. Olpro sent us these fab products to test.
We put Fresh and Clear into the water tank to sanitise the system as we knew we would be flushing through lots of water to wash the van. We got to work with Inside and Out, which, as it says on the ‘tin’ is an all purpose cleaner that can be used to clean outside and inside surfaces, windows, fabric, floors, wheels. No need for lots of products which take up precious space.
The muck came of really easily with Inside and Out, there was no need for hard scrubbing or elbow grease. I would recommend marigolds and microfibre cloths – they really make the job easier too.
Look at the results, one setting sun shimmering in the reflection of one shiny caravan.
We need to get some steps so we can properly reach the roof, but hey, as Mr A says, no-one can see that bit 😉
Good as new!
It may not be Winter but I decided to cover the caravan in Winter Long anyway, as I know what we are like, and that come October it will be the last thing we want to do. One caravan needs half a bottle so I can always top it up with the other half. I will report back on how it goes!
The chemical toilet fluid Bottom and Top Plus, is also more environmentally friendly than the one that came with our van, and has a handy measuring device – so that’s another result. The benefit of this product is that it can go in the bottom and top of the chemical toilet unit, in the bottom of the tank it keeps things fresh and at the top it appears when you flush the toilet – again no need for separate bottle of fluid.
The practical stuff
Apart from the practical stuff, Olpro supply a wide range of rather cool camping, glamping and caravan gear. Their shop is here.
The caravan is clean and sparkly and I can’t wait to go away again now.