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Any advice before we take the plunge?

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Old 26-03-2013, 21:35   #1 (permalink)
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Default Any advice before we take the plunge?

We have a young family, 2 kids, and are thinking of taking the plunge and buying a 2nd hand motorhome in the hope we'll get more quality time together.

Although we hired a MH in New Zealand a few years ago, the thought of shelling out for our own is a little daunting. So any advice would be much appreciated.


We have our eye on a Swift Escape 624, 2009 plate. Is there anything I should particularly watch out for or be mindful of? Does anyone have any experience of this model? I've read that this is at the budget end of the Swift range and wondered how this would affect any haggling. Any ideas on a reasonable price to pay, and/or similar models to look out for?


One thing I'm a little apprehensive of is using the MH for everyday tasks whilst we're on holiday, parking in Supermarkets, tourist attractions, that sort of thing; what are people's experiences?


Generally, any advice for a newbie would be great. Thanks!
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Old 26-03-2013, 21:46   #2 (permalink)
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Hi and welcome

The 10 membership is well worth every penny and you get discounts on motorhome shows and lots of other things like insurance too.

Jim our leader does a good motorhome buying guide.

Why not come to the Peterborough motorhome show, there will be loads to view and you can meet those funsters attending. You will know funsters by their yellow smilie badges xxxx

As for buying advice there are loads of threads and posts on here so have a good read through.

I would suggest that you make sure you vehicle is LEZ compliant by using the TFL website.

Make sure you try everything out in the motorhome before you buy, including the beds as they do vary in size

Good luck
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I know it can be exciting but I would say don't rush into a purchase. Next to buying a property this will probably be your most expensive purchase. Try and research everything you want from a van. Try and see as many vans as possible and draw up a shortlist from that.
Nothing worse than spending all that money and then realising you would have preferred a different model.
The advice from Ourcampersbeentrashed is worth following.
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My Brother in Law has the model you mention. He loves it although I understand the fuel tank is small.

I was asking the same question 8 years ago, We took the plunge and my oldest at 16 doesn't come with us any more.

However, we have had such great family times its been worth every penny. It aint cheap, you always need a tool box but still worth every penny for that quality time.
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Hello Foo, most people buy three vans before they settle on one for a while, its an expensive caper. Most people swop vans because the layout is not right for them. So get a layout you can live with and you'll save loads.

There is so much to look out for when buying and it can be a bit daunting, but don't rush in, and do ask lots of questions. As for general driving, most people hold their breath the first couple of miles in a large motorhomes But with just a few miles experience it just appears to shrink around you, and you'll be squeezing it into supermarket carparks without even thinking about it.
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take your time
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and sell the kids
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Hire one!
Find a layout, brand, model you think you need/want then hire it (or similar model).
You may think spending a few hundred in a week is expensive but its a lot cheaper than buying the wrong one!
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