£1 a mile? is it worth it?

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  1. chrisgreen

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    Took the motorhome for its mot today and we did the grand total of 538 miles since i last took it,with insurance road tax and mot fee that's about a £1 a mile just to own it,not forgetting AA fee and diesel and depreciation,aint worth me owning a motorhome,but things should get better at the end of the month as we wont be so busy,house iv been modernizing is almost finished and then sell that and sell ours then we are retiring down the coast somewhere.:party2:
     
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    Same here!!
    Don't do many miles in a year.
    Bloody work, mortgage and bills
     
  3. Chris

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    Nows the time to keep it Chris if you are retiring.

    Good luck(y)
     
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    Not sure motor homes are ever worth it if you look at it in just cash terms

    Most of us, especially with a newish van could buy a reasonable hotel room for the cost of the few days we are away

    We are away touring around six months a year and it still worked out quite a lot of money per night on just depreciation on our new Autotrail when we sold it

    But for us the motorhome gives benefits that are not quantifiable in pure cash terms. I hope I am never without one :)
     
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    Looking on the bright side, it started, it got to the MOT station and back, and I'm guessing it passed.
    And by the sound of it, you'll use it a lot more soon(ish)
     
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    Still cheaper than hiring (y) ;) :)


    Slightly OT but still relevant to the thread...
    The majority of us buy these vehicles at great expense (relatively), pimp them with all sorts of accessories... then moan about the cost of running them :confused:.

    Any vehicle isn't really an economic option.
    I really don't see ownership as being a 'cheap' holiday option (generally speaking).
    It's for the style & type of adventure surely?
    So why the focus on a few quid here or there when we're lumbering around in an aerodynamic brick usually costing 10's of thousands?
    Gumpy old git'ism presumably :D.
     
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    Nah, give it to someone who'll use it. :)
     
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    Always worth it, freedom when you want it at a moments notice.
    I do hope you will do many more miles in the future.
    We some times only go 20 miles from home for a Sat night, ITS HEAVEN.
     
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    wont be moving just yet as the wife dad is still alive bless him,when he goes we will be off,and i honestly dont mind if its 10 years time,but we will not be doing much work wise once we sell the other house so hopefully get out in the van more,might even venture into Europe with it,Spain and Portugal seem like a plan.
     
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    Isn't it more about the number of nights you've spent in it, rather than the mileage? But perhaps that's a low figure anyway...
     
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    what bothers me more is seeing it sat there and we aint got the time or to busy to use it.
     
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    i think a good few of those miles are maintenance miles to keep the wheels turning,think we used it for about 5 nights in all,yes it passed with no advisories.(y)
     
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    I sympathise Chris.
    I lost my licence for 6 months due to a" brain Fart" ((Epileptic seizure)) so its been a while since we were "away"..
    But as the saying goes,,, "this too will pass"...
    We are off to Croatia 6th Sept for a month-ish.
    Good luck to you...
    Mitch.
     
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    cheers mitch.good luck to your self and partner have a great time away.
     
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    What part of moving South are we talking about... ????

    Not got to sell this place have... :Eeek: :RollEyes: or am I safe.... :wink::rofl:

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    wife just informed me she has to work on the Saturday of the bank holiday,but she's off sun,mon,tues,weds so looks like we might get away somewhere(y)
    might go to old mo's :LOL:
     
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    house nextdoor to you mo,you know you want it:LOL:
     
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    Since we retired last year our mileage has gone up a bit from 6000 to 8000 but time away has increased now have 2 two month breaks and a one month one away and a few festivals.
    I don't think Motorhome are that expensive our last one only lost 5% a year far less than a car. Now way could we afford to go away for that sort of time in hotels.
     
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    MHs - as I've discovered in my search for our first one - have to be one of the slowest depreciating vehicles on our roads today. Even so, to get true VFM out of one you have to use it. That means you need to be either retired or in a business / job that doesn't demand your presence 5+ days a week. Can't think of anything worse than having 10, 20 or 40+k's worth of vehicle, costing £500-£600 PA to keep street legal, languishing on the driveway and barely turning a wheel for 48/9 weeks of the year. Then the viability of ownership does come into question.
     
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    We too, are limited users of our MH, however the pleasure of using it when we do far outweighs any costs of ownership & when you retire you'll no doubt use it more often & derive more pleasure from ownership (y)
     
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