Chez Vince

For our 40th post I’m taking advantage of some rare French 4G coinciding with a supermarket visit to give you a quick tour of our home from home. Gill says she gets the shopping done much quicker if I’m not with her…so (rubs hands) my cunning plan has paid off, mwah-ha-ha 😉

Feel free to ask any questions if you’re in the market for a motorhome or curious or just plain nosey – we’ll answer as honestly as we can. Click on any pic to enlarge.

This is the business end where all the driving takes place. The sunroof has a dark mesh blind to keep my ever-increasing forehead cool. You can just see our checklist poking out of the seat pocket - it's saved us on many occasions from driving off with skylights open or electric cables attached...
This is the business end where all the driving takes place. The sunroof has a dark mesh blind to keep my ever-increasing forehead cool. You can just see our checklist poking out of the seat pocket – it’s saved us on many occasions from driving off with skylights open or electric cables attached…
And this is the same shot in lounge mode with the seats turned round making it surprisingly roomy. The chrome circle between the seats is where our little coffee table fits in, we also have a folding free-standing table if we have guests.
And this is the same shot in lounge mode with the seats turned round making it surprisingly roomy. The chrome circle between the seats is where our little coffee table fits in, we also have a folding free-standing table if we have guests. The two settees have sizeable storage underneath so that’s where the outside chairs live and the picnic basket, books, fishing gear and…and… The two sofas can be converted to a second double bed for when I’m in the doghouse.
Moving down the van, the kitchen is on the driver's side. There's a 4-burner hob (one ring is electric for when we are hooked-up to save gas) a grill, oven and behind us above the fridge is a microwave, which also only works on hook-up. There are two slidey-out work surfaces too (not pictured.
Moving down the van, the kitchen is on the driver’s side. There’s a 4-burner hob (one ring is electric for when we are hooked-up to save gas) a grill, oven and behind us above the fridge is a microwave, which also only works on hook-up. There are two slidey-out work surfaces too (not pictured).

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Broom-cupboard bathroom but compromises have to come somewhere. We felt as we’d spend more time in the lounge that we could live with a poky bathroom. And it’s not much smaller than the bathroom in our first flat! We keep our water barrel and spare coke, drinking water and so on here. But we do remove them when showering! Mostly we shower on our campsite days and just go filthy the rest of the time…
The bedroom! A bit of a squeeze, as one corner is lopped off to allow you to open the bathroom door, but very comfy with a memory foam mattress, storage pockets and lockers above. There's a cavernous storage space underneath beside the boiler, which can also be accessed from outside. Not pictured is our mifi which is attache to the wall at the foot of the bed with the aerial suckered to the window.
The bedroom! A bit of a squeeze, as one corner is lopped off to allow you to open the bathroom door, but very comfy with a memory foam mattress, storage pockets and lockers above. There’s a cavernous storage space underneath beside the boiler, which can also be accessed from outside. Not pictured is our mifi which is attached to the wall at the foot of the bed with the aerial suckered to the window.
Just by the side door is the TV, currently held back by the red strap otherwise it would flap about when we’re driving. We don’t watch much (apart from Holby obvs) but it’s handy for a downloaded movie or a catch-up with the news.
Moving outside, behind the side door are the fridge & microwave vents, then the boiler exhaust, a 240V socket and the gas barbecue point. Behind those is the external hatch for the under-bed storage. Just above the bedroom window you can see the – ahem – satellite dome, the dish inside auto-seeks your satellite of choice so we never miss an episode of you-know-what. There’s a large, wind-out awning running the length of the van above the door.
At the rear we have our bikes on the rack then moving forwards you can see the loo cassette hatch and above it the flush tank filler. Further forward still are the electric hook-up point, the LPG filler and the water filling point.
At the rear we have our bikes on the rack then moving forwards you can see the loo cassette hatch and above it the flush tank filler. Further forward still are the electric hook-up point, an external aerial & satellite connection point, the LPG filler and the water filling point.
And who can resist Vince's smiley face? He's taken us over 1400 miles so far this trip and we've stayed in 20 different locations. What a hero he is :)
And who can resist Vince’s smiley face? He’s taken us over 1400 miles so far this trip and we’ve stayed in 20 different locations. What a hero he is 🙂

If you’re still awake after all that, we’ll be in Nantes tonight and hopefully updating again tomorrow evening. See you soon!

12 Comments on Chez Vince

  1. Wow, he’s a real beauty! Thanks for the Grand Tour, including all the facts!! Reminds me of the caravan we had for a few years. We loved the freedom, especially touring on the NW coast of Scotland. Have a great evening!

  2. Thanks for the tour around Vince
    love the great big sunroof
    also love the triumph cap discreetly placed in the over head locker
    question…..how’s the old boy doing in the mpg performance figures

  3. Hi Ken, I was delighted to read the details regarding the van, it just so happens that myself and partner were looking at purchasing the exact same van to start our travels in 2017, I have been watching a few, the one concern I had was the amount of storage, we plan to be away for at least a couple of years, given there is no garage how do you find the space available, I have to say we have looked at lots of different makes/models, this does seem to have a great layout, come well equipped, great spec, and looks fantastic, do you wish you had more storage?

  4. Thanks for sharing Vince. He is very similar in layout to our Bailey 75-2, which is also built on a Peugeot base, has a very spacious lounge and lots and lots of light

    • Thanks Sally! It means so much to us when somebody takes the trouble to get in touch. We’re hoping to get abroad again soon when our pesky house sale is all done so keep checking in for new posts 🙂 Take care, K&G&V x

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