Our 2008 Trigano Tribute 650 – taking a well earned rest int the Pyrenees on the way to Dunkerque and the UK
In January 2002, we bought our first motor home. It was a 1982 Volkswagen T2 hi-top, and it was a money pit. However, we were hooked on motorcaravanning, so when Martins of Exeter offered us a good deal on a Toyota Hi-Ace at the Bath and West Motor Home Show in 2003, we snatched their hands off. They actually offered us more in part exchange than we’d paid for our old VW, which helped to claw back some of the cash we’d spent on keeping it on the road.
For five years, we travelled most of England and a fair bit of France in our lovely little home on wheels, but little was the operative word. We needed something bigger and more comfortable, and when we bought our place in Spain, and we knew we’d be making regular trips back to England and hopefully touring Spain too, we decided to trade her in for something bigger and newer, because by then she was 10 years old.
We went back to Martin’s, because they’d done us a great deal on the Toyota, and we’d never had a moment’s trouble with her. She’d sailed through every MOT since we’d had her, and all she needed was the occasional replacement windscreen wiper and a couple of new tyres. I felt guilty parting with her, to be honest, but you have to be practical about these things. and when I spotted the beautiful Trigano Tribute 650 on the forecourt, it was love at first sight. When I saw the full size fridge freezer inside, it was a done deal, and once again Martin’s came up trumps for us.
The day we collected our new motor home – and it was as good as new, because it was only 4 months old, and the previous owner had done just 1500 miles before discovering it wasn’t big enough for them – was bitter/sweet. I cried as they drove our faithful little friend away to be readied for her new owner, but once I got behind the wheel of the Trigano, I just knew we were made for each other.
Our faithful Toyota Hi-Ace, parked up on the banks of Loch Lomond in June 2007
Since that August day 6 years ago, I’ve clocked up over 26,000 miles, driving through Spain, France, Germany and England. I say ‘I,’ because I do all the driving these days, but it’s no hardship in my beautiful Trigano. And I’ll be telling you all about the highs and lows of our trips, and maybe offering some tips on travelling through Europe and sharing some good camp sites.
So look out for more on our travels in the Trigano – I have some great tales to tell, and some good photos to share too. However, our plan to travel Spain hasn’t made much progress yet, but it’s going to happen. The problem is, we love it so much here in Algorfa, and there are so many lovely places to visit locally that we feel we should do that justice first. Still, there’s always tomorrow – or next week – or next year. We’ll get around to it some day soon, that’s for sure.