5 years of Fun Today

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  1. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

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    Well who’d have thought, it’s been 5 years since motorhome fun was formed! I can’t quite believe it. If you had told me just 5 years and one month ago I’d one day run a successful motorhome forum I’d have laughed, I struggled then just to operate my own PC, (which I thought had a mind of its own.) I won’t go into why fun was formed or how it was done. You can read all about that here.

    Last Monday on a return from a rally in Shrewsbury we realized the 5 year anniversary was upon us and were chatting and reflecting on this time. We were happy but knackered we’d just had a packed couple of weekends on the trot operating a hospitality gazebo offering free beers, wine coffee and cake to passing Funsters. We had lots of different Funsters sat in the gazebo, the majority who were not even rallying with us but just visiting the show for the day. Lots of chatting and laughing, sometimes about something or somebody on the forum, but mostly about anything and everything. The days passed very quickly (and the nights partying even quicker) This meant that opening up the trade stand feeling tired, but as soon as other Funsters arrive its just fun.

    We’d had quite a few new Funsters at both rallies and I was very proud of the way they were looked after by more established members. Lots of warm welcomes and smiles. When these newbies thank us at the end of the weekend I feel a bit of a fraud, it’s the members that gave them such a good time, not us.

    Anyway I digress, we were chatting about Fun, what it’s become, where it is going and the journey we’ve had with it so far. We agreed that every now and again it feels like a job, but mostly its just fun, and something we feel privileged to be a part of. It’s been hard work at times (and the cause of more than one marital row) but we’ve thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, we’ve made lots of real friends and have had loads of laughs along the way.

    We reflected on the vast army of members who have totally embraced Fun and also given lots of time to it, either helping people on the forums or selflessly organizing and running rallies. I daren’t make a list as there are so many of these fantastic Funsters and I would hate to miss someone out, we thank you all very much, you are very much appreciated, we all know who you are.

    We have had a ball and we are really are looking forward to the next 5 years of fun and Funsters.

    Happy Birthday Funsters, you're 5 years old today! :birthday:
     
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  2. Brisey

    Brisey Funster Life Member

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    Congratulations Jim
    We look forward to the next 5 years.
    Long may the Fun continue.

     
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  3. ourcampersbeentrashed

    ourcampersbeentrashed Funster

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    Happy Birthday Motorhome Fun

    Thank you for the years of fun
    and looking forward to many more to come
     
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  4. JJ

    JJ Funster

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    You soppy bu**er... you have made my eyes water... :cry:

    JJ :Cool:

    Congratulations and Thanks...
     
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  5. Viennese

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    Terrific Fun

    Long may it continue, congratulations and happy birthday! Well done Jim:thumb:


    Now, how do we get some extra pitches at Malvern?????????????:Wink::Wink::Wink:

    Catherine
     
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  6. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    Wow, isn't it amazing how quick time flies....

    I was in my 30's with two young kids back then :Laughing:

    now im in my forties with two grumpy teenagers :Smile:

    I remember when we joined a few months after it was formed, it was still all knew, but I came from a site that had lambasted me for daring to ask a newbie type question.

    Within a few months we were sat at Newark in floods of water having brought across Tick59 Dingray and Nikki's dad (sadly passed on)

    From then on we often looked for the next fun meet, some excellent ones by Suzzy & Pammy, whom talked us in to doing the first Bring and buy which will be 5 years next time round.

    We have been on a Meet in France in the summer at Parc verger, we have been Skiing with 10 other Funsters.

    When we were looking at our Wedding anniversary list for a party , over 50% of people actually had motorhomes that we were fortunate enough to call our friends.

    I hate the forum being part of our life, but yep, you dragged us in kicking and screaming and the goodwill and happy bunch of funsters kept us here. I lost count of how many times I was inpolitely told to go away whilst handing the cards out and manning the stall at Newark that first year.

    But it's all been worth it.:thumb:

    So happy birthday fun and well done Jim, Bryan and of course Sian and all the others that either have or continue to make it a success.

    Here's some pictures of the first meets,
    In one you can see ourcampersbeentrashed's van :Rofl1:
     

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  7. Gromett

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    Happy Birthday.

    Wish I had moved across sooner :thumb:
     
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  8. alan

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    Happy Birthday Fun:Cool:
     
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  9. PenelopePitstop

    PenelopePitstop Funster Life Member

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    WOW and what a fun packed 5 years it has been!!

    Thank you Jim and Sian for all your inspiration and hard work!

    We've made lots of good friends on this forum and continue to do so :Smile:

    Life wouldn't be the same without FUN!


    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    :birthday::birthday::birthday::birthday::birthday::birthday::birthday:
     
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  10. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    aye, we've made some bad ones too :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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  11. PenelopePitstop

    PenelopePitstop Funster Life Member

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    Anyone in particular Paul??

    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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  12. dylan

    dylan Read Only Funster

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    In November 2007 we asked if some of the Funsters would come to our newly made campsite for a meeting of ideas as to how we could make improvements for the site. Several people replied and we had a meet mostly RV's. I provided a curry night all free but the lovely people insisted on paying money for the electric. We have always been grateful for those funsters that helped us. So Jim congratulations on 5 years and many thanks from Mark and myself for that early help in making our site successful.
    Photo from that meet in 2007
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  13. Chris

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    I think a big well done goes to you Funsters who got the site up and running and supported Jim in the early days.

    On the other hand I only joined two years ago..a few weeks before subscriptions were introduced:Doh::BigGrin:
     
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  14. champers

    champers Funster Life Member

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    Happy 5th Birthday "Motorhome Fun "
    Thank you Jim n Sian for creating such a warm and friendly place to be at always
    We are looking forward to many more years of Fun with you all :thumb:

    :party2::party2::party2:

    :birthday::birthday::birthday:

    John n Kath xx
     
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  15. jackierals

    jackierals Read Only Funster

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    Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday to You
    Happy Birthday to You
    Happy Birthday dear Motorhome Fun
    Happy Birthday to Yoooooooouuuuuu

    Hip Hip Hooray :RollEyes:

    Jackie & Steve
     
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  16. highwayman

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    Someone's got to say it, may as well be me :thumb:

    Time flies when you're havin fun :Doh:

    Thanks for the last five, here's to many more :beer:
     
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  17. Brian and Jo

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    well done and congratulations Jim & Sian:thumb::Cool:
    best wishes brian jo and josh
     
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  18. Diabalo

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    As they say "Build it and they will come" you built it Jim and they came and keep coming thanks to yours, your family's and severel helpers efforts.

    Well done and thank-you.

    :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
     
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  19. Bryan

    Bryan Read Only Funster

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    ...and talking of 5 years ago...

    (Please note that this picture is pre-health & safety regulations concerning marquee erection :Rofl1:)

    And you've got to admire Jim's ethos...

    "If you can't send 'em up chimneys, they can bleedin' well earn their keep another way!"


    :Wink:

    (Does anyone remember the date/location/event?) :Cool:

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