1st time motorhomer

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    hi folks, just put a deposit on our 1st motorhome after ascending through the ranks via a tent, trailer tent and caravan. It's a relatively new van and from posts I've read it seems that an alarm may be an essential- why didn't it come with one? Seems mad. Anyway- what else do I need? Looking for any tips you have- what would you do differently if you were just starting out? Looking forward to your replies
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    We came along the same upgrade route as you Motorhome has been the best by far. Not all insurers demand an alarm but we got one through vanbitz.

    You could use most of your caravan bits for your motorhome. After you have used it for a bit you will know what you need. Maybe leveling ramps if you didnt have them with your caravan.

    What motorhome did you buy :)
     
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    You've now arrived at the premier league of camping. We had caravans for years & never thought we'd change but we finally bit the bullet & just love the pure freedom that a motorhome gives.
     
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    We caravanned for years before buying a MH.
     
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    Hi and welcome to FUN. If you want an alarm one of the best is fitted by @eddievanbitz and you even get a Funsters discount. :)
     
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    We've gone for a roller team zefiro with fixed bunks- difficult choice- so many variations!!
     
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    Welcome! May you have lots of fun with your new toy.

    If it doesn’t have an alarm, that suggests that one is not essential. Insurers tend to require an alarm to be fitted if the market value exceeds £50k. I’d spend my spare cash on something other than an alarm unless I had to and you only need enough to satisfy the insurers unless you feel at risk. Your van will already have an immobiliser.

    Don’t rush to buy extras. Spend the money on your adventures instead. Having been a camper, you will already know what you can get away with so carry on in that vein and wait for experience to tell you what extras are really needed.
     
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    I like the sound of that. Ok- what about awnings? Less space in this than my caravan but it doesn't have an awning or rail fitted- any advice?
     
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    I’m not bothering with an awning on my next m/h because I’ve rarely used the ones I’ve had before and they’re quite heavy. Before you go wild and add loads of extras in your excitement, I’d suggest that you temper your enthusiasm and buy only what’s really needed in the light of your own experiences. You will become aware of payload – the amount of spare capacity for your personal stuff. Payload is limited and best ‘spent’ on the items that are important to you. Only you can decide that, once you tried it a bit.

    When you go somewhere that might require shade, you can always take a garden umbrella with you (with water-filled base). Then leave it behind and save weight during the seasons when it won’t be used.
     
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    You are very wise. I'll do that, thanks
     
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    Awnings on motorhomes can be a nuisance since you can't nip off to the supermarket to restock, without dismantling it or at least rolling it in if it's a roll-out one.

    If you know you are going to be on one place for X amount of time, and not want or need to move, then fine. However if you need to empty your 'grey' water tank - then you will have to move to drive to the drive over drain probably! Or use a bucket repeatedly. (Unless of course you have kept your Waste hog and you use that.)
     
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    On our new motorhome we took the decision not to have any awning. We had a roll out sun shade on our ladt one and used it rareley. So bought a tiltable umberella for £23 :). We are having an alarm and reversing camera fitted though.
     
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    Extra Hab battery if your kids are into there electronics :D:D:D:D, and getting the weight limit re-plated by V-tec if you licence will allow.

    PS welcome
     
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