Tuesday 20th November 2007, Bridport.
The tests on Sunday were worth while as I now know how the caravan is riding on ‘Tilly’. It is probably a little high at the front as a result of me guessing that the tow ball had to be raised a little, but I am happy with it at this stage, and will have another look sometime in the future to check if the suspension on Tilly may have settled or something. I was also impressed with how the caravan brakes work, they have never been so good. This could be due to my insisting that the wiring for the brake controller was to be of a large size, or it could be the new controller I purchased, but whatever it worked.
We are now at Bridport, see map, and will be here for two days before going to Kelso. We have chosen this route for testing purposes because the roads should be an example of collectively some of the worst we can expect on our travels, so it should give me some idea of what fuel economy we can expect in possibly the worst case scenario. We also chose this route as there are people we must visit before we head back. These are Linda’s sisters in Beaconsfield, and an ex-work colleague and his wife, living at Bridport, whom are also setting out on regular travels, they too have just bought a new truck. We went for a short visit to see them yesterday afternoon and ended up getting home about 10:30 last night. It turned out a very enjoyable visit talking about old times, and also about things to do with travels and our life styles, once again very enjoyable, and we do hope to see more of them during our travels.
So far I am very impressed with the performance of Tilly Truck, and even though the panel-van did a splendid job over the years I do have to say Tilly does out perform her in many ways. The extra pulling power is tremendous, being able to maintain a constant speed on a fluctuating road level, and after learning the different characteristics of diesel than that of petrol I find Tilly will pull up hills at a much better rate, and hopefully give me a better economy than running the panel-van on gas. By the time I get to Melbourne I should have some idea if this is the actual case.