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May 01 2014

Brodie on UK soil again

With Brodie on his way back to UK soil I needed to look into where to park him when he arrived. We had made our decision: we were going to store him as we do not rule out the option of taking some time off in the future to travel again. Brodie is such a good vehicle that it actually makes better sense to store him than to sell him and then replace him in the future.

The UK has a number of places that offer storage for vehicles, both short and long term. I researched¬†about 15 of these places, narrowed it down to five, and sent out requests for more information and quote to these five. I received replies from four of the companies, with one standing out in more ways than one. Manor Car Storage are close to main roads so easy to get to, their price level is good, and my strange requests for tent airing and fridge running was answered by Anna with a ‘no problem’ attitude. Above all, communication via email has been very friendly, and to me this is very important.

At arrival in the UK Brodie cleared customs no issues. Manor then picked him up and transported him to the facility where I had booked him in for an MOT. Moment of truth. How would his condition measure up to UK regulations after 18 months out of the country, 43,000km, 21 countries, and lots of dusty and bumpy roads? Pass, of course. And not only pass, but no advisories! Awesome.

Brodie will now spend his time amongst other vehicles, most of which he could probably drive over if he wanted to. He will be taken out for some air every two months while all his working parts are pressed and pushed to ensure he keeps working as intended.

Meanwhile, we keep looking at the calendar and assessing our options for taking him out on the road again – even if it is only for a few weeks.


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