Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


So here we are our New Toy, its a Raclet Quickstop Folding Camper. We had a Conway Corniche Trailer Tent before this, which was very good and big but was very hard work to put up/peg out. This is not as big but is just so easy to put up and down, even standing free , no pegging. We have been looking for a Folding Camper for quite some time now, even been to see 8 different Campers all over Devon/Cornwall/Somerset. Eventually we went to a large Caravan/Camping shop to look at a few used ones they had in stock.While we were there one of the Salesmen was putting up (in an undercover area) one of these for demonstration, he said it had been up outside while the weather had been dry. We stood in amazement as the whole unit went up in around 4 minutes. Sue, being a woman asked the price of this, he said they had 4 2007/8 models in stock that they had bought at the right price because of the new 2009 model was due in. These were being sold at approx £750 under retail price, also throwing in an awning, delivery, Number plate, Spare wheel,Curtains, and a Mains converter unit. Only trouble was, even after this it was still around £500 more than we wanted to pay. Oh well never mind we said, then he said if we wait three weeks or so(till the new models come in) we could have this ex demo one for the top price we had thought of paying. So obviously after looking around it (not a mark) and agreeing for us to check it before delivery we bought it.
The pictures below were taken from the Raclet brochure.
Please click on any picture to enlarge it.
These pictures speak for themselves.

When enlarged this picture below contains a frame with a diagram of the interal layout, two big double beds, storage spaces and a two ring cooker with Grille. With this and the erection speed it makes it ideal for our long weekend trips.
This row of four pictures show just how easy it is to erect with just one person. The last picture shows where the cooker is stored, it can be used in this position for a cuppa on route, or lifted into its spot inside the Camper.
This last set of pictures is the front cover of the Raclet Brochure. They are a French company so with the financial situation like it is 2009 models (with minor improvements) are set to be around £4,500.
So there you are, we believe we have done the right thing, (spent on our top limit) only time will tell, roll on April lets give it a try.
Joke of the day.
Japanese scientists have created a camera with a shutter speed so fast,
They can now photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

A boy asks his granny, 'Have you seen my pills, they were labelled
Granny replies, 'Fu *k the pills, have you seen the purple dragons
In the kitchen?!'

Little Billy asks his dad for a telly in his room. Dad reluctantly Agrees.
Next day Billy comes downstairs and asks,'Dad, what's love juice?'
Dad looks horrified and tells Billy all about sex.
Billy just sat there with his mouth open in amazement.
Dad says, 'So what were you watchin'?'
Billy says, 'Wimbledon.'

A woman standing nude in front of a mirror, says to her husband,'I look
Horrible, I feel fat & ugly, pay me a compliment.'
He replies, 'Your eyesight is perfect.'

Wife gets naked & asks hubby,'What turns you on more, my pretty face or
My sexy body?'
Hubby looks her up & down and replies,'Your sense of humour!'

An elderly couple was attending Mass.
About halfway through, the wife leans over and says to her husband,
'I just let out a silent fart; what do you think I should do?
He replies, 'Put a new battery in your hearing aid


Blogger Akelamalu said...

That looks great, though I've never been a camping fan myself. I remember my youngest son and his wife splashing out on a huge tent and have a practice putting it up in our back garden - they fell out for a week! :(

7:57 pm  
Blogger Shammickite said...

Looks like you'll have lots of fun with that camper. perhaps I'll come to visit next time I'm in Berrynarbor.

11:58 pm  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob, your camper looks very comfortable, and very easy to put up when you arrive at your destination...

Im still having trouble reading your blog. its black on cream till about halway down first pic then its black on brown,,I also tryed relaoding your blog twice...

Take great care Jen

7:03 am  
Blogger Changes in the wind said...

I hope you have many wonderful times in your new camper....looks wonderful.

3:23 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Oh Bob, this post and accompanying photos brought back memories of the folding camper trailer that Ken and I bought to go on our honeymoon 30 years ago! It was smaller than yours - a two-person version, no-frills kind of thing, but we had years of fun with it.

2:52 pm  
Blogger JackieDave said...

Hi there. Been owners of Quickstop for many years. Present one is 2002 model and been up and down at least 50 times. Drove from Torbay to Wokingham yesterday to see 2009 model. Don't bother. Found more minus points than plus. Now trying to update by finding 2008 model but unused. Where are all the camping outlets in the south-west?
Glad you enjoy your Quickstop, happy camping.

6:35 pm  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi all,
Thank you all for your comments, as far as putting it up goes, as a unit (without Awning)it couldn't be simpler and it possiby takes 5 minutes tops to erect,......but.....when you have to put up the Awning thats at least another hour.
Jackiedave, we used "Highbridge" to view and buy our Camper Although you could try either e bay or here hope this helps.

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