No room to publish it all, but here are some extracts from a few of the emails received - some have interesting tips of their own!
Hi Sid & Sandie, we received our copy of Cooking for Blokes and had to make a cuppa and sit and watch the DVD straight away. We loved it and had a good laugh at you two mucking around and it makes cooking more fun. Well done Sid on taking the job on, most blokes would've waited until the cook was back on deck. Hope Sandie is back to normal now and hope to catch up with you guys if and when the next Perth caravan show is on. It was awesome to see my recipes on the DVD and we look forward to trying the other recipes that you made.
Jenny & Jim
This next one is Sandie's favourite, for obvious reasons (not the least of which is that her name got spelt right)!
Hello, I met Sandie today and bought your Grey Nomad 101/102 Triple dvd pack. She was wonderful, so you're a lucky man!! Have been watching your 1st dvd and it's very helpful . . . thank you Sandie, I'm very glad I bought your DVD's. I saw lots of other sales people there today who were basically no better than con-men, but you were great. Oh, and the old boy does a good job on the dvds!
Kind regards, Deb C
Sid & Sandy - My wife and I have enjoyed many hours (14 in fact) watching your videos and have come utilised a number of your ideas. the idea of the stand instead of the jockey wheel was one and the fire tub is another. we haven’t hit the road yet but we have tried the ideas in the back yard. as you will see from the photo attached the fire tub worked a treat. Greg & Judy
Robyn and I have decided to try out this caravan holiday lifestyle for a while after selling our business in Gladstone Queensland.(last holiday 1979) Purchased your triple DVD pack in Rockhampton at the caravan show and now wish we had purchased it before we purchased our rig but I am sure that after trying out the lifestyle and gathering more knowledge an upgrade would be possible.............. Please let us know if any further DVD editions become available.
Thanks for a great resource
Hi Sid & Sandie, We met you today at the show and purchased Caravan Cooking 101, Grey Nomad 2 (to go with GN1) and Dream Machine. I have just finished watching GN2 & Dream Machine and as a newbie (no caravan or tow vehicle yet) these DVDs are helping enormously. Having retired only 3 weeks ago, investing in a caravan & tow vehicle is a huge outlay and one that is filled with some trepidation. I know that watching your DVDs will help me to make good decisions for the future. Thank you Sandie for spending so much time explaining the DVDs and other stuff. Really helped. Cheers, Cam.
Hi Sid, The DVD's have been so informative as I'm an absolute novice when it comes to caravanning - there's so much, I need to watch them over and over, make lists of what I think I need and look for at caravan shows/camping grounds etc. I will avoid many unnecessary pitfalls and embarrassing moments - not to mention the cost savings! (And be safer). Geoff S.
Hi Sid, I watched your dvd 'Grey Nomad 101' last night. Just wanted to say it was really excellent. Very informative and to the point. Videoing was great always giving a clear perspective of your subject and its relationship to the surroundings. A few high profile recording companies could learn a thing or two from you. They get caught up in fancy camera angles and extreme close ups to the detriment of delivering clear information. Love your layed back and humorous approach too. Look fwd to more. Cheers Vance
Just received my DVD today and watched the first few chapters..very impressed so far! Exactly what we were looking for as we are gearing up for early retirement and want to start planning for “The Big One”. Actually, I’m hoping we’ll love it so much, it will turn in to “The Big 20” as we plan to travel over many years... Paul
Have to say the DVD is worth its weight in gold, (we brought one on the weekend) partner and I have looked at it twice and slowly perusing it with a notepad close. Thanks, and will recommend it to all we speak to. One thing, you mention a few ways to light a fire and all are valid but if you have trouble with the flame throwing white sugar on it cranks it up, thought you might wanna know that. Karin
I watched the DVD last night and was quite impressed with what you have done as a "one man production"! Very easy on the ear conversational style and quite interesting, even for someone like me not really contemplating doing this sort of thing. Kate (who now stocks the DVD in her shop).
Hi Sid …just a quick line or two about the DVD I purchased at the Show last w/end…I thought it was great and very much look forward to number 2?? I’m a relatively younger Caravaner at 43 y.o and I find it quite amazing the “Lack of” information DVD’s available….so I found yours great! I spoke to you at the show and mentioned how I watched all the Kedron dvd’s…and can’t wait for their next adventure. I’m finding that Caravans are becoming more popular with the younger folk … Ken (Gall Boys have just returned from their latest adventure to Arnhemland and Canning Stock Route - in a caravan???? - stay tuned! - Sid)
We’ve nearly finished watching the DVD and it’s great. We found that a lot of what you learnt with your first van we had actually thought of and rejected, so we’re well on the way down your path. We love your fire bucket and I remembered that we had to replace the washing machine drum and the service man suggested to store it “just in case”. Well, the “just in case” is on its way, but I don’t think it’s how he envisioned the drum would be used! Thanks for producing such a factual and useful DVD. Jules & Stu (People say the sweetest things! - Sid)
Just to say that we found a lot of tips that make sense and useful hints thank you. The best thing is you told us in simple language which for beginners is always good . . . . . Suggestion - In your DVD you use fire lighters and kerosene for starting your fires. We had a wood chip heater in a guest house we had and fire lighters were expensive compared to a we were given. The tip was "Save your tea bags and allow them to dry then put them in a container with kerosene, this works we found as well as fire lighters" . . .. . .More info on the coffee would be good in next news letter or sooner . . . Thank you again for a very interesting DVD. Brian & Lyn
Hi Sid & Sandie. We have watched your dvd 3 times now and taken a lot of notes from it, we are doing our home work and the dvd is spot on for us. We are going to retire October 2010, early next year will look for a second hand 20ft caravan simular to yours but on road only as i need to keep the tare weight to 2000kg or less as my Prado has a towing limit of 2500kg. We have looked at a couple of vans and realy like the east/west bed set up with a tiolet/shower combo as we dont think we will use the shower very much, that combo set up makes for more wardrob/cupboard space where the separate shower would be.
There are a lot of different vans out there and are a lot cheaper to buy in the eastern states when you look on the internet.
You wouldnt beleve it, we have just replaced our front loader washing machine and was about to toss out the old one so i ripped out the tumbler as soon as i saw yours on the dvd.
Thanks for the dvd it is a must see for any one buying a van and heading off to see this great land of ours. Take care and happy travelling, Geoff & denise.
P.S. I get the same as you got from Sandie the dreaded finger when I stir her mate or have a go at her hahahhaha.
Richard & Linda Kemp
I have just finished watching your DVD 'Grey Nomad 101' and was very interested in the things you had to say about setting up for long term travelling. I wish something like this had been available when we first started living on the road in 1997. We travelled for a total of 12 years and have only just come back to a more settled lifestyle. We had our own trials and tribulations as we wandered round and I have to say that I am in total agreement with everything you said on the DVD. We did things the hard way, total green-horns with no practical skills, but we survived and had great times on the road. Marc
Have recvd our DVDS Grey Nomad 1 & 2 and were really impressed with all the tips and info that was given.Also places where you had been were also very interesting. Hope you are going to do some more. Thankyou
Hi! Sid, Just to let you know that we were thrilled with the DVD'S. We're hoping to do some travelling now that we have our Caravan. We were heading off to Townsville to see our family over Christmas but due to the weather we cancelled the trip.
Hope you both had a lovely Christmas.
Hi Sid and Sandie --- Thank you so much for your reply. Had a play around with the DVD and not only did it start to play on our laptop but I also found the ‘camping-equipment-checklist’ and ‘copy of our stuff’ documents. The link you sent us was very helpful. We are half way through our second viewing and enjoying every minute. Anne & Garry
Hi Sid and Sandy,
We purchased your video set last weekend at the 4wd expo. After watching the three videos, it would not be right if I didn’t tell you how much my wife, Kaye and I enjoyed watching them.
Over a beer or wine, there is still many questions that I would love to ask you but it is quite amazing how much info that you have fitted into 3 discs. If there is such a thing as an email list, please remind me as your new DVD’s become available as I am a very likely customer for the new ones.
As a North Qld cattle station jackeroo, who became a surveyor, who became a mining foreman, who became a retailer at 35 years of age, who planned to retire at 50 but then started up a race horse agistment property at 362 Johnson Road, Wellard WA, I am, at this time, ordering a new Toyota Landcruiser that will hopefully be delivered in March. That is the next step for me to hopefully retire, so the info that I gleaned from your videos may actually be used, to some extent, anyway.
This leads me to comment that I just LOVE that Great Australian Spirit and your obvious entrepreneurial talents, drive and persistence that has led to your “GREY NOMAD” business. I find it absolutely GREAT. Thanks again, Cheers Bob & Kaye Baxter
. . . Very impressed with the quality of the photography, and you’re easy to listen to commentary. The best of it all is to see the places you and Sandie have visited. I actually think there as good and interesting if not better than the professional ones on commercial T V. So thank you very much. I will be keeping my eye out for any future Grey Nomad Productions at Caravan Expo’s for the entertainment value alone . . . Barry
Hi Sid and Sandy,
we are just starting out caravaning, we watched your 3 part DVD package and loved it.
It was really great & had a lot of great tips. Hope you bring out a lot more. . . . Linda and Geoff Turner
Have just purchased your Trip Notes, excell spread sheet.
This exactly what I have been looking for, easy, simple and gives info in basic user friendly format.
I have The xxxxx xxxxx and find it the MOST user UNFRIENDLY software I have ever used.
Thanks, Regards, Peter (Other software brand xxx'd out for professional reasons)