american or european ? newbi

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  1. iceman

    iceman Read Only Funster

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    hi guys
    do i buy a American or European motor home,never done this motor home thing before but the time is getting close.
    It looks like you get a bit more bang for your buck with the American, dont want a BIG one maybe 25 feet not woried about driving it as i have a c1 hgv and well used with that.
    is there any probs getting spare parts ect i know the mph wont be so good but we plan to on long slow trips not short fast ones.
    Just like your thoughts as you seem to be a very friendly and knowledgeable bunch
    ps i know very little about this computer things threads tags all new to me

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    I'm biased....American all day long :thumb:
     
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    the majority of spare parts (chassis) are readily available on eBay and from the various uk RV dealers but it aint the end of the world if you need to import something yourself....and possibly cheaper as well.
     
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    Go on RVOC, sister site to this one, all RV owners.
    Will get your answer there.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. At 25ft there are a lot of Euroboxes out there that will give you twice the mpg of a yank tank. German built vans are also better insulated for year round living if you plan long trips. Yanks have more space usually due to slide outs at the expense of fuel economy. I suppose it really depends on how you will use it and where you want to go. Tailor the van to your expected lifestyle and pocket, if fuel cost is neither here nor there then a Yank does offer lots more for your initial outlay.
     
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    For style and quality of finish - european everytime:Smile:

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    Not biased.. owned both.. and did a lot of touring in my RV , had it for five years, three living full time in it .. but much depends on what you plan to do with it.. for touring long distances IMO a European is way better.. for long stays and comfort go for an RV.. it's like a bungalow on wheels ..

    Just bear in mind the fuel costs.. an RV will cost roughly double to run.. and when a fill up costs an eye watering three hundred quid.. the shine soon wears off..
     
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    yip.. that's how I looked filling up .. :Laughing:

    300lt tank .. x £1.4 = £420

    range about 800 miles..
     
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    Prices have gone up a bit Jim...

    from empty mine costs (or would if i could afford it) £419 :Eeek: and another £100 for the engine LPG :Eeek::Eeek:
     
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    indeed John.. it's not funny.. as I said..

    if you plan long range trips it's a serious consideration ..
     
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    Once you are used to it, the length of the motorhome will rarely cause you any real problems, but the width is a different matter, once you are over 100 inches wide then it can be fun at times.:BigGrin: That said, there are plenty of US RVs much less than 100"

    IMO for spontaneous touring (without proper route planning) of the European countryside then the narrower European is king. However, if you full time and don't do many miles a year, then a large RV is hard to beat. That said, people do full time in very small euro vans and RVers do go touring in the narrow lanes of Cornwall. We've followed the tiny beach lanes of France and Spain in a 34Rv towing a trailer, you just have to be brave (and travel early in the morning)

    I'd forget about the country of manufacturer. Decide on the style/type of touring you want to do and then look for the layout that will accommodate that best. Best of luck:thumb:
     
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    you posted as i typed Jim :Doh:

    i havent put any petrol in since buying mine two years ago, it had 3/4 tank already, but used 1/2 a tank (35gallons) just starting and waiting until lpg kicks in and running generator from time to time.

    if it wasnt for LPG at 70p-80p ltr i couldnt afford to run it.
     
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    VW camper all the way for me. :thumb::thumb::thumb:

    120mpg all the comfort of an RV but in a tardis

    Sorry coudn't resist it, just getting in before buttons comes along :Laughing:



    In seriousness, its a pretty hard question.

    No one (or not many) that own an RV are going to say get a european and visa versa.

    RV's are definately more for your buck,,, but they are pig ugly compared to a more refined British made Bessacarr :reel::wooo::hardhat:
     
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    Couldnt agree more Paul...:Laughing:

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    Go for what suits you. If you fancy room, and all the gizmos, have an RV. If you are ruled by mpg and the cost of fuel, have a eurobox. It's horses for courses.
    I had a Winnebago 32ft V8 diesel, spacious, comfortable, beautiful to drive, and it was not a lot of mpg behind my friends diesel VW autosleeper auto. Believe it or not.
    I now have an American 5th wheel trailer and truck. I still have the space and comfort with the convenience of a truck to run around in. As it runs on lpg, I will be interested to see if I am on a par with him now. Pound for pound.
    If you listen and take in what everyone tells you, then you will stay at home. If you want to tour and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, listen to yourself.

    Never regret things you have done, only the things you haven't.

    Craig
     
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    wonder whether Bob ever sold his 23ft 9in Winniebago?:Rofl1:
     
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    yes indeed..

    cheap to buy.. expensive to run..

    that's why is ebay full of gaz guzzling gin palaces with low mileage .. most rust away on the drive before they do 50k

    :reel::reel:
     
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