OK, a final few bits to do before my friend Ollie and I were going to push-off and head to the VW show in Ninove in Belgium. I had managed to get most things on my ‘to do list’ done, but as it was going to be a fair old drive, I was keen to make the most of my newly installed leisure battery, and get a few bits of audio kit installed into the camper so I had some music to listen to on the journey
I had some old skool Rockford Fosgate and Alpine components that I had used over the years, and some bits that I had been saving for when I had a camper on the road again, so I was keen to get some kind of system put together for the trip, plus maybe a few mix CD’s to keep things rocking on the journey! I managed to get a working system installed in the end, although some elements are installed in a temporary manner and location initially, but hey, I now have music for the journey!
As always, a bit of a mad rush to get everything sorted, but finally I managed to get everything sorted and packed, ready to head off for an overnight stop near the Folkestone Euro Tunnel, this way it would make the 6am booking a bit easier to make! So time to fill the tanks and do the 45 mile first stage of the journey to our overnight stop near Folkestone…
I had done some previous research and found a great old pub just near the Euro Tunnel terminal that had facilities for camping, or just for a simple overnight stay for those catching early trains or ferries. So we had booked a stay and a meal there as it had a unisex shower and toilet room separate from the pub which were available 24/7. It also provides 7 electric hook-ups, 14 touring pitches plus tents pitches in the summer. The site is mainly designed for people looking for a stop over before or after going across the Channel as the tunnel is only 5 minutes away (perfect for us!) and the Dover ferries 20 minutes away if you were towing a caravan.
We had a great welcome, nice food and some great local beer, so the trip had already got off to a perfect start! Highly recommended!
Next time I head off to Europe via the Chunnel, I will definitely be staying there again!
The Drum Inn, Stone Street, Stanford North, Ashford, Kent, TN25 6DN
Now all we need to do is get up on time in the morning, start the campers and head to the Chunnel, Ninove, Belgium, here we come!