About time i said hello!

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  1. DiggerJon

    DiggerJon Funster

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    Having enjoyed, and contributed to the forum for a few months now, I've finally got round to saying HI,

    I started loving motorvanning back in 1991 when my new wife and I borrowed a VW beetle bus for our three week honeymoon in California - and we were bitten! Teenagers and car requirements meant no motor van until they left home, but as the door closed behind the last one, it was into the classified ads and a Bedford CF based hi top was bought. It was fun, but leaked, unreliable and THIRSTY at 17 mpg and was appropriately named Brian - from the Magic Roundabout. We traded it in for a VW Holdsworth Villa and had many happy tours around Britain and Europe, but rust and horrendous repair bills saw a trade up to a Swift Sundance and 10 more years of memorable touring. Fiat reliability was dubious (rebuilt gearbox, new radiator, alternator, fan relay, rusted sump, rusted front cross member etc. etc. ) and the awful quality of the coachbuilt build and fittings did not detract from our love of the life, and it was a sad day when it had to go. A delaminated caravan door at £1200 to replace was a bill too far! We crossed to the dark side but the caravan was short lived; smashed to splinters by a careless driver and killing my wife in the process. 5 points and a £1200 fine..............! It was no good, despite this horror, I needed my motorvanning fixes and bought a Nu Venture Sand and had two year's fun in that, but the rear door severely hampered carrying a bike - and I did miss an on board shower when it was horrid outside! My trade in against my new Tribute T620 was what I had paid for the Sand on eBay two year's previously making it a no brainer! Two years down the line now, I have explored the UK and early on this year I had four weeks in Morocco with Blue Camel tours - highly recommended! I hate seeing it sitting on the drive during the pesky summer holidays when roads get crowded and everywhere is filled with "little people"......!
    Next? Hopefully winter sun in Spain..... Now, did I tell you about 7 months in Western USA in a fifth wheeler?
    Hope to meet some of you Funsters at a meet next year. Cheers!
     
  2. Mel

    Mel Funster

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    :welcomefunster:

    How interesting and sad yet very possitive all in one.

    Welcome to the Family Fun.

    Mel & Lieve
     
  3. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

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    Welcome to the Fun Jon:thumb:
     
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    Hi Jon and :welcomefunster:

    Motor-Home Travel, on Tarmac or Gravel

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    Welcome to the bestest Motor Home forum on the interwebbythingy
     
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    Welcome to FUN Jon and that's the way to do it, spend the kids inheritance. :thumb:
     
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    bobandjanie Funster Life Member

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    Hi jon :welcome: to fun. :thumb: Bob and Jane.
     
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    Hi and welcome :thumb:
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    flatpackchicken Funster Life Member

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    Hi and welcome to the fun site Jon, always good to hear about others jaunts in life, although sad at times, but good you have spoken up now, hope to see you around sometime, Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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    welcome

    Welcome aboard:Wink:
     
  10. Carol

    Carol Funster Life Member

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    Hello Jon, Welcome to Motorhome Fun , good to have you join in, did you see the fun thread on the trip to morocco, well worth a read. :Smile:
     
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    Hi and :welcomefunster:

    Margaret & Bill (south of Scotland)
     
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    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Hi Jon

    Welcome to Fun:thumb: If your ever down Sussex way, pop in and have a browse

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    Hi Jon and a big :welcome::thumb:
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