This time we were heading for the Vantage factory in the centre of Leeds. We decided to spend the night at the Premier Inn in Knottingly a 20 minute drive away. We were due at the Vantage factory at 8.30 am the next morning to meet our newborn a Vantage Neo who had already been christened Krystal. Why Krystal? Well, the diamond shape on the Vantage logo was a clue and because we had gone for the silvery grey colour, she would be new and shiny, just like a crystal. A twist on the spelling so Krystal it is!
Our brand new van was waiting expectantly while we were introduced to the Vantage team and Dan who was doing the handover. We were given an over view of the day, so we knew what to expect. We also had our own list of things we needed to be covered.
So Krystal was ready for us.
A Neo with:
- 180 bhp with C matic gearbox
- Cab air con
- Cruise control
- Reversing camera & Monitor
- Front & rear mudflaps
- Alloy wheels & all season tyres
- Fixed rear pod
- Leather trimmed upholstery
- Fiamma 4m awning
- External BBQ point & 240V socket
- Tow bar
- Cool air fan
- Music port & amp
- Avtex TV 21.5"
- Ariel & Booster
- Additional 100W solar panel
- 800W inverter
- Flyscreen for door
- Shower room turbo vent
- We also added a 240 & 12V point to seat base.
Quite a comprehensive list but everything was present and correct. We decided to have an alarm and tracker fitted later by Vanbitz in Somerset, as our insurance would not accept a tracker fitted by OSTT, which Vantage usually fitted.
So there we were with Krystal in all here newness and glory.
We thought we knew all about PVC conversions and that we would easily understand all the controls BUT we didn't. Dan went through everything, masses to remember! One minor niggle our chairs wouldn't fit into the boot space because of the external BBQ point which had been boxed in. The chairs Vantage stocked wouldn't go in either, we would have to find another solution.
Following many cups of tea we were finally done. We moved our bedding and bits into Krystal, said goodbye to April our IH, the Vantage crew and then hesitantly taking control, it was straight out into the Leeds rush hour. A relatively painless experience though somewhat entertaining, we made it out of the city. Our friendly Madam SatNag did the business and Den soon learnt the controls and the beauty of an automatic. We were on our way to Moor Lodge and our first night away.
Moor Lodge on the edge of Leeds around 20 minutes away they were expecting us. A lovely campsite with a beautifully kept pristine loo block and facilities. Just down the road a great pub The Bingley Arms. Haunted it is said and with two priest holes! That night we really deserved a drink! Just happened to be "Two for Tuesday" night a welcome bonus and a good meal. This was followed by 40% off Wednesday, the next evening. A double whammy and two meals out. What could be better?
We spent a lovely two nights getting to know our new friend Krystal. Everything worked well including the TV, once we had worked out the controls. The wash basin in the loo was perfect and my new super magnifying mirror which Dan had fitted for us was just like at home.
The extra work top space in the kitchen was so useful. We were doing one more night stop in Cheshire to visit family before heading home. Then the fun would begin at home fitting everything in.
Minor adaptations in Part 2 to follow.