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  1. Mollyandme

    Mollyandme Read Only Funster

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    Hi,

    I am retiring in the New Year and plan to buy a second hand 2 birth motorhome to spend two three month periods traveling each year. I lost my dear wife and best friend Vie in August and so it will be my dog Molly and me travelling together but Vie will be with us in my mind and heart. I am considering buying a Romahome R30 because it is small and yet has a toilet and shower. Any suggestions as to other suggestions? Should I buy privately or from a dealer?

    Bye for now

    Regards

    Alan
     
  2. Popeye

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    Welcome to the Fun, Go for it, you and the dog, you'll have a cracking time.

    I don't know the Romahome that well, but all you need is a place to lay your head and a loo for when caught short, should do a treat........Griff :thumb:
     
  3. Chris65

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    Hi Alan, I am totally new as well but wanted to welcome you. Myself and partner have just bought a panel van conversion, second hand from the original converter. We feel that buying from a motorhome dealer has given us peace of mind and someone to fall back on. This website is also a wealth of knowledge. Enjoy your searching.


    Ps we have taken our dogs touring and they loved it so Molly will be so happy.
     
  4. Reallyretired

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    Welcome. :welcomefunster:

    Can't help much with the romahome. I have looked at them at shows and they are pretty neat, very compact and presumably fuel efficient.

    If you are of a taller persuasion such as myself you need to check the beds are big enough, and this applies to most motorhomes, as some converters skimp on the bed sizes to fit more of other things in.
     
  5. hilldweller

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    Second person tonight. Solo. Going for 2 berth.

    Don't do it. Do the job properly, give yourself some space. Three months is a long time. You need "things". A bit of comfort. Too small and you can blow your dream away.
     
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    Hi Alan,
    Welcome to Funsters and to the joys of motorhoming and most of all to your retirement; I have another 15 months to go before I join that happy band and Sue and I plan to do exactly what you are going to do.

    With regard to buying your motorhome the first and basic rule is layout, make absolutely sure the layout suits your life style. Sit in the seats, make the bed and lie on it. Find out if things like an oven or a grill are important to you; it's too late after you have bought it.

    Then don't buy a motorhome from anywhere till you have read a book like this or similar.
    http://www.motorhome-buyers-guide.com/

    You might feel buying from a dealer will give you peace of mind; if you buy from a dealer like John Cross you will have peace of mind but there are as many unscrupulous dealers in motorhomes as there are in cars. Remember too, unlike cars, warranties will need to be served by the dealer who issued it so if you buy a motorhome from a dealer at the other end of the country a warranty will not be a lot of help.

    Buying privately will be cheaper but the risks will be greater, especially if you do not have a friend "who knows" to accompany you. In either case a full service history, a proven mileage and a habitation report are all necessary before you buy any motorhome.

    If in doubt post a thread as you have just done there are lots of people far better qualified than I who will give you all the assistance you need. And finally remember there is no such thing as a silly question, only silly answers and you will get loads of those to add to your fun here.

    Happy hunting.

    Norman
     
  7. jhorsf

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    HI and welcome to fun
     
  8. EthnGeoff

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    Hi Alan.
    I applaud you for your courage, 'life goes on' as they say and I'm sure that the future holds many happy times for you and Molly. Take your time selecting the right van, you're in good company here.
    Geoff.:welcome:
     
  9. shunter

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    Hi and welcome Alan :thumb::welcomefunster:
     
  10. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Hi and welcome Alan :thumb::welcomefunster: but as others have said you will find a Romahome whilst excellent in many ways will become a rather cramped for long periods of use.

    Far better a 4 berth coachbuilt with plenty of room and maybe a friend in times to come.

    Peter
     
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    Hi Alan:welcome:

    Firstly welcome, my friends have had the romahome in the past and traveled from Aberdeen all over the continent and enjoyed the van, they now have a 4 berth no longer than what they had and now realise what they have missed all these years, but the final choice is yours so what ever you choose enjoy. Pete :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Agree entirely.

    We spent 3 years in a 7.3m motorhome but found after about every 3 or 4 months we needed a little more space, so initialliy stayed with friends or relatives for a week or two as we had sold our house.

    Our ideal solution was to buy a 26m barge with enormous accomodation, use it as a houseboat and ventured forth on our MH adventures from there. The every 3 to 4 month need for a bit more space still occurred though but we had our expansive apartment on water for when we felt the need.

    Think that a Romahome is brilliant, and in particular if you want to make a long long trip without too much cost or bother, but spending months in such a small space would be difficult I think... but there are advantages.
     
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    I have looked at a lot of different Romahomes at Shepton Mallet show. The lastest with shower and all facilities looks great, but , never had any motorhome so can't tell the cons, and I am only 1,48 tall :Blush: can fit anywhere indeed:BigGrin:

    Whatever you're doing , I am sure that you will be given good advices , but above all... you'll find careful friends, who will cheer you up a bit eventually .....

    Bienvenue:Smile::Smile:


    Amicalement

    Frankie:thumb:
     
  15. Hollyberry

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    Hello Alan
    I also started out looking at the very small vans, thinking there' just me and 2 dogs. After advice on here I realised a small van would be too small. Best advice I was given here was, imagine it's an really awful day, wind, rain, can't go out for a day---is there enough space to prevent cabin fever? You also need more storage space than you firt think.
    Sue & Norman's motorhome looks perfect to me--I really covet it but I live in France :Sad:
     
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    Alan,
    Welcome to The Fun. I commend your plan of buying a motorhome for you and your dog, but like others I believe you will very soon find the Romahome just too small for comfort. There are days when you don't want to go out and the weather is too lousy to sit out. It is at times like these that having the room to entertain a friend or two for a couple of hours gossip and coffee in warm and comfortable surroundings will be much welcomed. :Smile:

    Peter's suggestion of having a look at Norman and Sue's Ravenna is a good one. I don't know their actual van but Mrs. JayDee and I have spent a few pleasant hours in the company of Pam and Brian (Brisey) in their Ravenna which we found to have plenty of room and it is also quite a pleasant vehicle on the road.

    We owned an Autosleeper Amethyst (1995 model) - same size but different layout from Brisey's - for a while and found it nice and roomy and cosy. For us the only disadvantage was having to make up the bed each night and put it back again in the morning, but that's just us and will be the same (I suspect) in the Romahome.

    In the end, of course, the final choice will be yours, but a rule of thumb says that it takes three motorhomes before you get the one you like. Hopefully this discussion will reduce that to (with a bit of luck) one.

    All the best.


    John
     
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    Hi Alan welcome to the fun. The Romahome is great for the odd weekend away. But for a longer period of time you need to store more clothes, food, books, computer, TV, BBQ, extra bedding, someplace you won't be tripping over the dog etc etc so please think again about such a small space. A number of rromahomes have a shelf above the window that tends to catch your head when sitting back so you end up reclining all the time. So do watch out for that one. The Romahome will also carry less water and waste. If you intend using sites all the time that may not be a problem apart from the inconveinience of filling up and emptying out every day. The ravenna advertised in the Classifieds is an Excellent buy and Norman a reputable funster, he may even help with delivery so don't be put off by the distance.
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/classifieds/showproduct.php?product=1063&cat=1

    It is a really excellent price as well.
     
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    And a very warm welcome from me too :Smile:
     
  19. Carol

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    Hello Alan and welcome to Fun, can't add a lot to the replies you have received already, but whatever you decide welcome to a wonderful way of life.
     
  20. Terry

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    Hi Alan,Just posted this on another thread but it is relevant to you
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    go for comfort in your van. It is not a lot of use having a drop down bed if you cannot climb into it or perhaps get out in the middle of the night if you had too much wine LAYOUT / comfort is the single most thing you should be looking at We have tied all sorts of layouts from 2 / 4 berth to 6 to 4 again then 6 again and now in a 2 witch suits us great. Get out and look / try out as many bed layouts and don't be scared to put up climb in etc, etc, before buying Use one of the shows or a dealer to try this and get a good idea what is going to suit you then look for what you want.
    Also try hiring one for a weekend or mid week this will give a good idea as to what you want :thumb: ----------------------------------------------------------
    We found it very useful to be able to use the kitchen (tea coffee)and loo while the bed is up so that if you need the loo you can hop out of bed and back into it :thumb: A small PVC may give you this and extra room for longer trips
    terry
     

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