We weren't going to go and look at a caravan, but in the end Dad and I decided that we would drive down to Auckland to have a look at a 1980 caravan. Things are changing daily at the moment, but we're quickly running out of time. The caravan has had a lot of work done on it in the last two to three years so we thought that it might be a good buy and could save us on cabin costs.
Luckily I was on classroom release today so was able to leave a bit earlier. I hadn't planned it like that, but it worked out well. I met Dad at Pop's house and we all went down together. Dad and I wanted Pop to come as he's had caravans and campervans for years so has a lot of knowledge in that area. Paul wasn't able to come because he was working. He's working on the house next door to Gran and Pop at the moment. I stopped at Ye Korner Dairy on the way and picked him up a cold V.
The caravan was out at Hibiscus Coast, just past Orewa. When we arrived we went up to the deck and spoke to the owner. He basically left us to it so Dad and Pop had a really good look over the caravan. Overall it was a really tidy caravan and had been looked after. Unfortunately when Dad lifted up the squabs on the seat at the front of the caravan he discovered that there was a water leak. The floor was spongy and Dad could easily press his key into it. We decided not to take it because although Dad said he would be happy to get the floor repaired, his main concern was not being able to find the water leak. Then we could end up running into more extensive problems. It was disappointing, but I guess it just wasn't meant to be this time round.
This week I was also contacted by Cabins to Go (the original cabin company that I'd wanted to hire a cabin from). The Northland guy - Royce had a Kestrel cabin available for us to hire. Originally I put off confirming that we would take it as I had wanted to see how things went when we went down to view the caravan. We also had a Highlander cabin lined up. However; once we knew the caravan wasn't going to be a go we knew we would need to get a cabin. We ended up cancelling the Highlander cabin, because we preferred the Kestrel cabin available from Cabins to Go. I felt really bad though because the guy from Highlander cabins had gone out of his way to organise a cabin for us. I did feel a little bit better knowing that there were other people wanting to hire it also though. I hate mucking people around and letting them down, but everything has been really up in the air over the past couple of weeks as far as accommodation while we build goes. You really couldn't have asked for better service from Highlander Cabins.
So in a nutshell we now have a Kestrel Cabin from Cabins to Go that will arrive on Saturday morning at Three Mile Bush Road. We have to pay $150 for the cabin to be delivered, $500 for bond and a weeks rent in advance. It's going to cost us $155 per week and roughly $100 when we move it to Miro Road (a lot cheaper than what we had originally thought).