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Any Motorhome Owners On Here

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Chandelier man, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Chandelier man

    Chandelier man Donator

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    I’d rather buy a new one for 40k than an old banger for 25k ... I also thought about towing a caravan but I’d probably forget it’s there :facepalm: .... I am hoping to get my Vivaro finished ready for the summer ... we will go to France first and see if we like it before splashing out on another one ... but having said all that ..:: I am looking on eBay for one now lol if I see a good deal I will buy it
     
  2. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    A piece of advice. A motorhome will always drink fuel, you are basically running round in a fully loaded van at all times. Also they are a sod to find car parks for when you are out and about as quite a few seaside car parks have height restriction bars on them to stop itinerant travellers pitching on them for the summer.

    A decent caravan can be found for as little as a few hundred quid, will be usable all year round. It has the advantages of being a ruddy site more economic when you are onsite as the weight is suddenly removed from the vehicle. Also has the advantage of being much easier to find a car park when you are at your locale as well.
     
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    oedbachgen Major Poster

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    005.jpg Here's mine, it came with all the mod cons, gas bottle grill and hob, two bench seats that turned into a bed, and a canvas bed that slung across the the front over the front seats, elevating roof, one small cupboard and if you done more than 60mph the heater needle went up to 60:D, bough a self standing awning for it:cool:, inside lights off the battery, and it cost me £250, done a few holidays with it, then someone decided come out of a side road and take me out.
     
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    True enough but when towing a caravan a car will almost certainly do less than 30mpg so will use as much as a motorhome and maybe more. Most cars, according to the reviews, run at about 25mpg on mixed roads while my motorhome returns 29mpg or over 30 if I travel at no more than 55mph. I can park the motorhome on my driveway which wouldn't take an equivalent van so it's ready for use immediately, I don't have to go and get it out of an expensive storage yard with restricted opening hours. In the end it depends on the individual circumstances.
    If you have a caravan you'll have a car available for travelling when you're on site somewhere but it's cheap enough to hire a car for a few days and they will deliver/collect to your site if required so there's options. Most motorhomes will have a better payload than a car+van especially for bulky items so it does require a fair bit of consideration before deciding. There's plenty of information and apps to help find suitable parking and I don't find it to be much of a problem.
    Most people apparently change their first motorhome/caravan quite soon after buying as they find things they would like to change so the hire before you buy can be a sensible option.
     
  5. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Unless you use it as a daily drive it also sucks money for insurance and vehicle excise duty too, two things a caravan does not...
     
  6. Chandelier man

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    5B7B2421-8171-4A90-9C12-CA4C9C05E497.jpeg I will be looking at getting something like this ..: this is on a 08 for just under 21k ... advertised as a 5 berth ... someone will be sleeping above the cab ..... I have a car so won’t be using it as a daily driver
     
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    Just do some quick sums with that one. See if you'll go overweight. 600kgs is not that much.

    Dave
     
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    I would invest in a damp meter and test every motorhome you look at. In particular test the areas where there are seams and panel joins e.g. around windows, where roof and sidewalls meet, where floor and sidewalls meet, the floor itself, check if floor is spongy - has it delaminated. Water ingress damage can be repaired but the cost is often more than the van is worth. I would recommend Damp meters made by Protimeter such as the Survey master.
     
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    Pete2 Engaging Member

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    We have a smallish Eldis 100. It's a 4 berth, overcab bed, rear converts into a huge double. Toilet/shower, kitchen.
    We love it.
    If our drive was bigger we would have a larger van but not to be at the moment.
    Downside is its not fully winterized so gets a tad fresh in mid winter.
    It's only about 5.8m long so can park in a normal space.
     
  10. Chandelier man

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    Parking space is not a problem for me as I have got a big drive way and I have some land where my workshop is but i don’t want anything too big anyway..... I want something that is “just right” .... one of my neighbours has a massive RV parked on his drive..... it is there for 50 weeks of the year and away for the other 2
     
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    Interior layouts vary a lot and have a big effect on the way you'll live so a good look at some 'in the flesh' may be advisable. We had decided that a fixed bed layout was ideal for us as we really didn't like the idea of making up a bed every night using a load of odd cushions - I can't see how they can be comfortable! With large families a big lounge area might be more important but as a couple we find that ease of use and comfort are high on the list of desirables. Another factor that is easily overlooked is the size and layout of the washroom and how usable it is with the door(s) closed, often there is little or no space around the loo or in the shower. Of course some people never use their on board facilities but, especially touring in Europe, you may not have the option.
     
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    I want everything I need on board ...I plan on eventually touring to Italy and doing a few stops on the way ....I looked on the map and it says 18hr drive ....I will probably only take my granddaughter as she is 9 and the other one is 18months so the last thing I need is my van smelling of sh1tty nappies ......I will look at a few different ones before buying one
     
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    Many years ago I had a Type 2 VW, a proper air cooled one before they became fashionable. I let it go for £1500 to which you could add another 0 now.
    I had to use it as everyday transport for a while which was not good. As someone else has said, a fully loaded van drinks fuel and the old VW is bad enough to start with. I did love it though.
    In my admittedly old days experience foreign campsites are a lot less anal about things than most British ones. Same with the attitude, (in those days) to motorcycles.
    I have a few mates who have converted vans now and they don’t have problems as long as they look ok and don’t have chimneys sticking out of the roof.
     

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