With the ink dry on our agreement to purchase the property, the fastest way we can establish a permanent base at our city escape is to move a caravan on site and once again Trade Me has answered our call.
We have found a 15 foot Sprite Major caravan that is in need of some repair and renovation and sleeps four people. Sited at Goat Island, it used to live at a campsite somewhere on the Coromandel Peninsula. We have now relocated it back to Auckland using a massive flatdeck trailer in the hope of avoiding any chance of a mechanical failure stranding us on the road home.
We could not predict that the caravan would be fine, the hire trailer would be fine but that our trusty ute would breakdown after the radiator was struck by a rock from a passing vehicle and overheated when it lost the cooling water. Nevertheless, with perseverance we got Major Sprite home after organising an alternate tow vehicle then repeating the trip to recover the ute on the flatdeck trailer before our hire period expired.
It is truly amazing what can be accomplished in 24 hours when you commit all of it to the task at hand, complete with twists and turns that you did not expect.
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Uawa County existed for 45 years from 1 December 1918 to 1 April 1964 before merging with Cook County. Click on the map to download a copy.