Mellerud Product Review

So very recently we were asked if we wouldn’t mind taking a look at some new cleaning products due to hit the market by Mellerud. I mean who would say no to trying something new out and telling everyone about it? One snag, our Caravan was clean and as two of these products were exterior cleaning agents it meant we had to be creative…

Mellerud Products

Now one thing all kids enjoy doing is getting filthy, I bet you can remember a time as a child when you went out and got covered head to foot in mud?! (Please tell us your best stories in the comments below). Well this sparked an idea of how we could try our best to try and stage a caked in mud Caravan (albeit without getting covered head to toe!). We started off with a muddy water rinse, then asked the kids to do their best to smear mud on the side. They loved this and took pleasure in not hearing me when I said “not that far” and carrying on to do much more fictional muddying that I had intended.

 

A pause in the dirtying for 10 or so minutes to try and let the mud dry was enough time to stick the kettle on but most importantly gave my neighbour time to finish cutting his lawn. He must have thought I was going mad seeing the girls in their wellies and rain coats smearing mud along our once semi clean Caravan. With grass now groomed, the car interior was for a valet – I swear I saw him doing this last weekend and was purely elongating his outdoor time to see what other hair brain idea I might have….

Still, with ten or so minutes passed and Yorkshires finest now consumed it was time to apply the concentrated cleaner and get it to work its magic. Applying cleaning solution using a pump action spray is most definitely the best way to fully coat an area for a minimum amount of effort, starting at the bottom and moving to the top allows for even coverage. Now leave for another 10 minutes as per the instructions.

With a quick check on the kids to make sure the world was not about to end it was time to get the brush out. I’ve always been an advocate of having the right tools for the job, using a sponge to clean a Caravan or Motorhome makes for a long afternoon – which is fine if that’s what gets your rocks off but for me, a wide, soft brush, extendable at that is my weapon of choice. It made an easy job of it as I’m sure you were expecting. It was not the truest or most research oriented test conditions – only time will tell after testing from some proper caking that comes from a few hundred miles of towing in delightful autumnal weather. However, the water beading when rinsing was impressive. Old product still protecting or awesome cleaning and protection from Mellerud? Let’s see in a few months time.

On to the black streak remover. It’s always amazes me how you can scrupulously clean your pride and joy, use wax or polish and yet still a few weeks later have black streaks emerge.

Despite us washing the ‘van after we returned from a trip away at August Bank Holiday there was some evident of streaking. Something which was easily washed away with our concentrated cleaner. Time to find another challenge, this came in the form of the plastics outlets from the fridge and oven which despite our best efforts of cleaning before had some ingrained dirt on them. Mellerud Black Streak Remover is applied neat and we opted to do this through from a small hand held bottle. The instructions advise to work in a small area, apply to the surface and leave for a couple of minutes before cleaning. I couldn’t believe how easy this cleaned our plastics, with very little effort and only using a sponge it did a great job! We were really pleased with how things turned out.

Clean Plastics

If you want to see how a video of how we tested these products please visit our YouTube Video.

We will be reviewing a couple of other Mellerud products soon so look out for those. For now, we’d like to say a huge thanks to Mellerud for giving us the opportunity to look at these products! I can’t wait to see how the perform over time.

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One year on and the ‘vans not gone!!

So, Andy has been asking me to write a blog for the past year. As a working mum of three, four if you include Andy 😂, life is very busy. I would however much rather write a blog than see my self on a vlog! I can’t believe it has been almost a year since we purchased our beloved Elddis. When buying the caravan last year we had originally intended to put the caravan in storage for the winter months and use it during the spring and summer. For those of you who have seen our vlogs you will know that this hasn’t been the case. Possibly due to the fact that the caravan was sat on our drive, reminding us of the fun we could be having instead of staying home doing household chores and homework! It’s funny how you can be three miles down the road in your caravan and feel like your a million miles away.

Winter caravanning has its benefits, in that the sites are quieter, you spend time outdoors where you may be more inclined to stay indoors if you were at home. Also, there is something very cosy about being warm inside the caravan with your hot chocolate and marshmallows when it’s freezing outside. For those of you who have children above the age of four you’ll also appreciate the opportunity to lure them away from their electronic devices and have an actual conversation that involves more than just grunting! I’m actually struggling to think of any draw backs, possibly the lack of other children for our ten year old to befriend and the fact that when you’re not out walking, you are confined to the space inside the caravan ( which is ok if you like each other , and your pre-pubescent child isn’t stating, ‘uh, worst day ever!’ Of course our son never says this 😏), unlike during the warmer months when you are able to spread out into the awning.

To date…..

We have had 12 trips away in our caravan. We have climbed hills, splashed in puddles, squelched in mud, made sandcastles on the beach, kayaked down rivers, caught tiddlers in our fishing nets, cycled numerous paths, paddled in the sea, made new friends and perhaps most importantly, strengthened our bond as a family whilst making memories that will hopefully last a life time.

So what have we learnt……

-Don’t put the hot water switch on before bleeding the system of air as you will get no hot water.

-That having a mains water adapter allows for a more relaxing holiday (one less job!)

-How to load the caravan effectively to permit a pleasant towing experience.

-That condensation on the caravan ceiling is perfectly normal during the colder months.

That’s Andy’s technical bit mine is more practical:

-Don’t put your largest child on the top bunk, they’ll keep you awake bashing the top of the caravan every time they turn over.

-I need a cutlery draw, something I don’t have in our Elddis Explore 556.

-More work top space, just a sink cover would make a world of difference.

-I’d like a u-shaped lounge, the little bit of seat than cannot be used, other than for propping cushions on seems like a waste of space (unless of course you use the seating area as two single beds, which we don’t. Still early in the marriage, I like to cuddle up to my husband 😉)

-We need a good memory foam topper, two weeks in France really highlighted this.

-A separate shower and toilet would be good in the winter so that your hair doesn’t freeze when running back from the shower block to the caravan.

Best purchase…..

For me this has to be the Cadac. This has reduced my cooking time almost by half as my husband thinks he is the ”Afrikaans King of Braai’ 😂 He loves a BBQ whatever the weather.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. TTFN 👋🏻

Why buy a Caravan?

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Welcome to our first blog….. I’ve never written one of these before and well English Lit was never a strong subject of mine but here goes.

Owning a Caravan was not something either Kate or I had in the plan for 2016… In fact, the last time we discussed such things would have been back in 2010 having returned home from a camping holiday in France. At the time we didn’t feel we could justify the cost and had other expenses pending. However, since then, things have moved on, our family has grown and buying a caravan seemed like the right thing to do.

During the summer we took a 10 day holiday camping in France, we had a great time and enjoyed the campsite so much we booked to stay there again in 2017. Being a family of 5, our problem with camping was always going to be space. How were we to get a large family tent, clothes, cooking equipment, toys, bikes etc into a car (albeit a large family estate) and roof box. We managed by literally closing the boot and loading from within! There was literally no room to move let alone space to bring any wine home, unless of course we’d left one of the kids behind!!

So we had a decision to make, buy a small trailer or a really big one! Well you gathered what we did. But why, what was it that made us part with the cash that we did. The convenience of being able to go away for the weekend whenever we want. More space, comfort, your own toilet. But you get all that when you book a hotel don’t you? Yes, of course you do but it’s not the same. We love camping, the atmosphere of a campsite and being outdoors and want to share those things with our kids. They grow up so fast, it’s such a cliché I know but we want an excuse to go away, spend time with them and make  memories that will last a lifetime.

Considerations for buying a used Caravan and all that comes with owning one will come in another Blog so look out for that. Thanks for reading, please leave a comment!

Andy