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22/12/2021 Merry Christmas to all our customer. Please note we are now closed until 4th January 2022.
Janet Prior Southdowns Receptionist

Kevin Raine

Motorhome Technician

Interviewed in Spring 2015

Kevin re-joined Southdowns in September 2014, having spent six months working as an electrician. He is now pleased to be back and taking on a new role as part of the workshop team.

Q What made you want to come back to Southdowns in a different role?
A I spent six months working in the Southdowns shop in 2014 but I was always keen to join the workshop. There weren’t any vacancies and I needed to earn more money so I left and worked as an electrician for a few months. When I left the Army in 1999 I did a number of different jobs including plumbing, electrics and driving and then got the job at Southdowns. I got on well with everyone in the company - especially as there a few ex-services people working here so we all have something in common - and so I was really pleased when Mark Derbyshire (Southdowns’ parts and accessories manager) let me know there was a job vacancy.

Q What are your key responsibilities?
A At the moment I work on all the motorhomes, so I never know from one day to the next what I’ll be doing. I carry out habitation checks and damp proof testing, do UVIs, electrics and any other internal work that’s required and I’ve just learned how to change a radiator so I’m definitely on a learning curve.

Q What is the best thing about working for the company?
A I like the fact that I get to work on whatever motorhome comes in, so there’s plenty of variety in the work and there is a really good atmosphere in the workshop - plenty of banter and camaraderie with the others. I also like the fact that Southdowns is close to home so I don’t have far to travel - I can even cycle in the summer. There is no weekend working and no call-out rota.

Q Do you have a personal interest in motorhomes?
A I’m not really interested in owning a motorhome -I’m more of a boat person but the systems are very similar. I certainly wouldn’t buy one but I would be happy to borrow one for the weekend!

Q If you could take a motorhome anywhere in the world where would you go?
A If I got the chance I’d take a motorhome to France, do some touring and visit some of the WW1 and WW2 battlefields. I’ve done a lot of camping under canvas and spent a lot of time on campsites and caravan parks. I like it because it’s simple and you don’t have to worry about the problems of travelling with a large vehicle. Life is easier with a car and a tent!

Q Finally, what is your personal philosophy?
A Life gets me out of bed in the morning - I believe in living it to the full.

Kevin lives in Portsmouth with his family. On weekends he has a second job - as taxi driver for his teenage children!

Janet Prior Southdowns Receptionist