The caravan shelter:

In one of our blogs we mentioned we,d bought a carport for the caravan. Well it’s up and we’re very happy with it.

Toby let us use some of the back packers on a wet day to help put it up, so with the help of Lauri, Kristjan and John it only took us 4 hrs.

Putting the cover on.

Putting the cover on.

We chose our new site because, being 8m x 6m in dimensions,  we would have stuck out too far into the camp’s parking area for other cars to maneuver around and now our view is over the peaceful bushland that surrounds the camp.

The shelter also protects the van from the sun so hopefully the van will be a lot cooler during the summer months.

The main reason for getting the thing though, is to protect the car and the Aussie Wide from the elements, (which can be quite harsh out here), for the coming year that we’ll be here.

Securing the roof.

Securing the roof.

Hammering in the ground pegs was the hardest part.

Hammering in the ground pegs was the hardest part.

The only down side of relocating is it’s further to walk to work, we now have to leave 3 sec earlier, haha.

We had the structure shipped out to Goondiwindi, and borrowed Martyn’s ute (flat tray) to bring it out to Koramba.

We then used the fork lift to remove it from the ute – how easy things are with the proper tools around!

The parts all fit together beautifully and the only hard part came when the large pegs needed to be sledge hammered into the ground. These anchor the whole structure to stop it sailing off to Moree in the next storm.

Luckily John used to work on the railroads and had his “eye in” laying railway sleepers. He made it look easy, which it definitely was NOT.

The new cover for the van.

The new cover for the van.

Chris laid the pallets back down leaving room at one end for the car to be driven under cover. Since it has gone up we have had rain and westerly winds to test the cover and it has come out with flying colours. It’s pleasant to sit out on our veranda with a coffee over looking the bush.

Pallets down in the front with plenty of room to get most of the car undercover.

Pallets down in the front with plenty of room to get most of the car undercover.

 

An extra 3 sec to walk to work now. Hope theres no traffic jams.

An extra 3 sec to walk to work now. Hope there’s no traffic jams.