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motorhomes whos had one ?? advice needed

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by whitevanman574, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. whitevanman574

    whitevanman574 bell target champion

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    I know about caravans but never had a motorhome so who knows about them?
    where to look for damp? what to generally look for ? whos best for insurance ? can I get say 3 month cover? things like this would be appreciated .

    regards and thanks in advance .


    mike
     
  2. rynner

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    for insurance i use adrian flux,try the website motorhome facts,adam
     
  3. Beachcomber

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    Best bet is get an idea of make you like then join a specialist forum - I did before we got a Mazda Bongo and it was very useful in finding out what to look for, possible problems and customisation ideas.

    Was a great van, now sadly sold on as it wasn't getting used enough to warrant keeping it.
     
  4. Alex.B

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    This is my advice ,

    Really think about how much you have to spend , anything motor home you get what you pay for ! Do not buy cheap and old . The older petrol ones drink fuel , when you get to a site remember you only have one means of transport unless you have a tow car or bike . If you go out in the camper remember you need to find a big enough parking space . You have also lost a large chunk of your drive and the awning that you WILL need will have to be looked after.

    Then keeping the bloody thing clean, serviced taxed mot 'd ,insured . Keeping the seals on the roof lights in good condition and the list goes on .

    And whatever you do don't lend it to a mate who fills the water tank with fuel !

    It really is a minefield , buy a big tent :D
     
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    Think about how many nights B&B you could get for the same money.:D
     
  6. nobbybonez

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    ^^this. don't be a cheapskate.

    and the added bonus is you won't be blocking up the roads, just think of all the abuse you'll get for doddering about at 30mph EVERYWHERE :(
     
  7. Tazz

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    You don't say what type of motorhome, so I presume you mean a coachbuilt.

    The body is constructed in a similar manner to a caravan so the same issues about seams leaking; aluminium oxidation will apply. Also. as with your caravan, special care needs to be taken over water supplies i.e. purity of drinking supply and winter protection of all water sources. Pay good attention to the chassis and box sections for rust. Engine wise I would never buy a diesel which isn't turbo charged, unless you like having to change gear on motorway hills (despite what many think about French cars the peugeot cab/egine is popular and very reliable.) As with many caravans the manufacturers use children to determine the number of berths so if there are four of you, get a six berth.

    Current trends are for fixed berths, which are great when it comes to bed time, but in Britain's climate are a serious infringement upon living space on those wet and cold days. Bizarrely, you can buy a 5 berth motorhome which only has enough seats with seat belts for 4 people. Check that you have enough belted seats for the number of passengers you intend to carry.

    As others have suggested, you need to be really honest with yourself about how often you intend to use it. If it's for main holidays only, then I would urge you to think again. £10k doesn't get you very much, but it a lot of money to pay for a drive ornament. £25k is an even more expensive ornament, and if you don't have a drive then you have to think about paying for storage. You also need to think about security. Motorhomes are nearly as popular as Land Rovers with vehicle thefts and I would recommend upgrading the alarm immobilser, fitting a tracking system and, if parked at home additional mechanical security. So if your plan is to use it for only three or four weeks a year, save your money and hire one when you want one.

    But, if you plan to use it most months between February and November, one or two weekend per month then they are an extremely liberating form of holidaying. Most towns have camp sites locally, a motorhome can be self contained so running water and electricity are not essential, and no worries about not being able to find a B&B.

    Finally, if you've actually sold both your kidneys and are thinking about buying a new motorhome then you could consider joining one of those companies which will help you rent out your motorhome for the week you don't need it. It can bring in a fair chunk of money in the high season (£600 net per week for a four berth) but you have to be comfortable with others driving your motorhome and all the drawbacks that brings.
     
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    ^ good post :)
     
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    Best option is Hire one when you need it!;)
     

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