Milly's home - Renovation begins
Trip Start May 29, 2009
22Trip End Mar 05, 2011
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After a fantastic introduction to caravanning at the Crows Nest Tourist Park, it was time for the nervous new parents to bring their 31 year old baby home.
We checked the hitching connections (about a thousand times) and with the well wishes of the Crows Nest folk, set off slowly down the mountain.
We didn't care if oldies driving Volvo's overtook us, or teenagers driving Hyundai's made rude hand gestures.
Our only objective was to make it home safely; with car, caravan and relationship still intact!
Happily settled in the left (otherwise known as the slow) lane, we wound our way through some beautiful Queensland scenery as we headed down the Great Dividing Range.
The three hour (two, when you're not pulling a small house behind you) drive went smoothly as we got used to the bumps and grinds of caravan towing.
Despite our nerves, the trip was a breeze - until we got home.
We had just got the hang of going forwards and suddenly we needed to move her...backwards. No-one mentioned reversing???
After a few tense moments (which felt like hours) we got Milly unhitched from the car - success!
Except that she was now parked across the front of our house like some gigantic, rectangular garden gnome!
"Think anyone will notice?" Um...yep
Not ones to give up easily, we pooled our combined weight of 130kgs and pushed our 1tonne caravan into position. (thanks to the good neighbour who stopped laughing long enough to give us a hand)
With Milly safely home, it was time for an extreme caravan makeover!
We spent the next few weeks scrubbing, painting, gluing, tiling and polishing to restore Milly to her retro best.
We said goodbye to the yellow counter tops and brown geometric lino floor tiles and hello to timber-look flooring, dark slate benches and a new HD, flat screen T.V.
No longer a drab seventies has-been, Milly is now a fresh, funky fixture on the Queensland caravanning scene!