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Reader Story: Our New Motorhome

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  • Readers: Gideon and Cheryl Meiring
  • Motorhome: WJ Pacer
  • Bought from: Tygerberg Caravans & Campworld

What made you choose this particular motorhome?

We had done a lot of research to find a suitable motorhome, and even researched whether to get a caravan instead; but we came to the conclusion that a motorhome would best suit our lifestyle. We wanted, initially, to custom-build our motorhome, but struggled to get our hands on a Fiat Ducato chassis. The waiting lists were all so long, and the prices seemed to escalate monthly.

After regrouping, we decided that the WJ Pacer was the one for us, since it had been recommended to us by several motorhome clubs. So, when Tracy (from Tygerberg Caravans & Campworld) gave us a call to let us know that they had one available, we were over the moon.

Have you owned a motorhome or caravan before?

No, this is our very first motorhome. In the past, we used our 2008 Volkswagen Transporter double cab as a custom camper when visiting the KKNK in Oudtshoorn, and on short trips to the coast and around the countryside. We also own an old Jurgens Magnifique caravan, parked at Tshipise, which we use as a spare room for our visitors.

Have you customised your motorhome at all, to make it right for you? If so, what have you done?

Apart from an extra tap in the bathroom, an extra exterior light on the right-hand-side, a security handle at the door and a camera which gives you a full view behind while you are driving, we have kept our WJ Pacer exactly how it came – and we couldn’t be happier.

What are your must-have items when on a motorhome holiday?

Comfortable camping chairs and an outside table are always important, as well as binoculars, and a camera to capture all those holiday moments. And, of course, a rugby ball or two can provide some great outdoor fun.

What luxury item can’t you do without in your motorhome?

If we had to pick one essential luxury item, it would have to be our 140-litre fridge/freezer.

Have you travelled anywhere in your new motorhome yet? And, if so, where have you been?

After receiving our WJ Pacer, we drove back all the way to Tshipise via Port Elizabeth. At the end of a 3-month stay at Tshipise, we left for Port Elizabeth via Gariep Dam. We booked in at the Willows, which turned out to be one of the neatest caravan parks we have ever seen.

After an extended period at the Willows, we departed on a 40-day tour down the East Coast… eventually making our way to Cape Town. We visited just about every coastal town along the way.

Next, we took on the West Coast and travelled as far as Lamberts Bay, revisiting some of our favourite spots along the way − Paternoster, Yzerfontein and Leentjiesklip Caravan Park in Langebaan, for example.

 

Gideon & Cheryl Meiring
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