Apologies in advance for the newbie and probably obvious questions...but..

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  1. Caramammal

    Caramammal Read Only Funster

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    Why did you buy a motorhome, and is the reality of owning one what you imagined?

    The reason i'm asking is that in my imagination i can see hubby and me, our 2 small dogs, (and every now and again, friends and family) hitting the road at least once a month (hubby and i work full time). I can see us touring the length and breadth of the UK and during longer holiday periods, exploring europe.

    I'm trying to find out as much as possible before we buy (see my newbie intro), and i'd be grateful for any initial advise you have. Are my expectations doable? Did the novelty wear off for you, or are you making good use of your MH throughout the entire year? (if that was your intention). I'm not suggesting this is just a novelty for me but it's easy to get excited in the beginning.

    Also, how do you find cooking, washing up etc, do you generally spead out into an awning or is the MH sufficient space. I guess a lot depends on hobbies, uses etc but im just thinking in general terms at the moment.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Jim

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    I would suggest that you hire one for a few days, this will give a you a really good idea about what you like (or don't). Then I'd get along to a few motorhome shows where you can see hundreds of models on display and in every price range, sit in all of them, stand in the shower, lay on the bed etc You'll soon get an idea of what you want. I can guarantee that once you have the bug for travel, you'll be away from home more often than not :)
     
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  3. scousebird

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    Everyone's reasons for buying a MH will be different. We had caravanned for 20 years with kids from very small through teenage years and into uni and beyond but they eventually stopped coming with us :D so 3 years ago we decided to buy our first MH - we haven't looked back and we're on our second one. We still both work full time but to get away most weekends we make use of rallies with the Caravan Club centres & Camping & Caravan Club DA's so that we can get away locally. In the winter when there are very few rallies we also use club sites so we have electric hook-up. Our holidays are mostly spent in France where MH's are welcomed with open arms.

    We use our MH completely - cooking, washing up, showering, toilet etc. - you have to on a rally field with no facilities :LOL:

    I hope you enjoy looking and planning but then enjoy using one much more when you get it. (y)
     
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  4. BreweryDave

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    Some of us even live in them full time(y)
     
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  5. Ralph-n-Bev

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    We had several caravans over the years , and did regular weekend trips with the kids , plus the odd holiday meet in the school holidays. We still Holidayed abroad.
    I had to persuade Ralph to get a Motorhome , when he'd had a particular good run of work a few years ago. Best thing we ever did.
    We traded our 2 year old caravan in for the same Motorhome that we have now. That was 5 years ago. We got it right first time. One of the few, we are led to believe.
    It's a perfect layout for a family . Fully winterised so we use it all year round. Though Ideal for a couple wanting plenty space and an open comfy lounge area too.
    The only thing that let it down was the dated upholstery. So we had it all professionally refoamed and upholstered to our taste.

    Now our style of motor homing has changed and we are wanting to go smaller now there's only the two of us. So Ralph's going to do a panel van conversion , on a brand new boxer van. Bespoke to our exact requirements.
    He's chomping at the bit.
    He doesn't want to sell ours yet though, as we don't want to be without one whilst the PVC is converted. We would really miss our regular weekends away, plus were booked in for the new year up in Moffat Scotland. I doubt it will get as cold as -17 like up in Aviemore, but we are looking forward to a cold winter Scottish new year . We can't miss that!
     
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  6. JJ

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    Welcome to the Fun, Ms Caramammal.

    There appears to be a slight problem with your avatar.

    It makes you look far, far, far too young to be joining a group of old age travelling Folk who roam around in glorified caravans drinking, playing mini guitar/banjo thingies and scoffing bacon rolls on Sunday mornings.

    Photoshop might solve the problem though...


    JJ :cool:
     
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  7. TerryL

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    We chose to buy a motorhome as we became dis-illusioned with hotels, villas etc. We much prefer to do our own thing and it's that that makes a M/H our obvious choice. And being retired we can, and do, do just that!:D

    But everybody's lifestyle is different and Jim's advice is probably about the best you can get, Just a note of caution, will your ideas match your current (intended?) lifestyle - are you prepared to make the effort of actually using it? There are still too many vans bought with the best of intentions but are now left languishing on storage sites or tucked away in the back garden quietly wasting away.:cry:

    Sorry to appear to be a wet rag but you could easily make a very expensive mistake. On the other hand it more than likely will be the second best thing you ever did. T'was for us! Take your time making your choice.(y)
     
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  8. mariner

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    Don't do it, you'll get hooked and then, when you're not in the Motorhome, you'll be on here.:doh:

    Your life and the lives of all those around you will, never be the same again.:crying:



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  9. PP Bear

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    You old smoothy, you took the words right out of my mouth :)

    Great minds I'd say (y)
     
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    Hi Caramammal and welcome to the Fun! (y)
     
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  11. RS_rob

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    Kayaking.
    Park by the river go paddle get out put boats on roof & jump inside for shower, food, drink & bed.
    No van emptying, no tent to errect, no muddy bog to walk through to go to the loo.

    In effect Glamyacking simmillar to Glamping & Glamottorhoming :rofl:
     
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  12. Soozywoozy

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    Got our first one in March, work full time ( and 20 years until retirement)and have managed 8 trips so far and 3.5 k miles already. Only ever camped before when children were little but yearned for the freedom - and my goodness we've got it. Cannot believed how relaxed hubby and I are when away, and getting fit as cycling all over the place, especially Europe which is fab for getting around by bike and embraces the whole m/h ethos. Have visited parts of uk that hadn't been to before ( and some pretty close to home). Off to swizerland, Germany and French alps in August , Christmas markets December, skiing in February - that's just the planned trips, many spontaneous to come.
    No regrets, just enjoy and welcome abroad
     
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  13. Puddleduck

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    Our first camping van was bought just because of that - but it didn't have a loo or shower so we upgraded. Now the kids have gone (no, we didn't drown them) we have down sized, bought cycles (electric assist) and will probably swap our touring kayaks for smaller day boats in the spring.
     
  14. lorger

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    We started of with a tent then folding camper before moving to a caravan which we loved but hated being stuck in the one place for to long so we changed to a MH and have loved every minute of it. We are now about 6 years into our motorhoming and now on our second MH, like you we both work full time me working shifts and have a daughter who's has just turned 17. She doesn't tend to come for the weekends with us as much but still comes quite a bit, she has loved her time in the MH visiting loads of different places and has got the travelling bug as she is currently planning her 6 week tour of Europe next summer.
    We use our for loads of different things sometimes just a day out by the sea and sometimes over night just 20 miles from home and as I do a wee bit of running its ideal for that too.

    We are currently in Noway just now on our annual holiday and would never have seen some of the things we have on a package holiday.
     
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  15. magicsurfbus

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    It's pretty much as we expected, but that's because we dipped our toes in the water with an old cheap VW for seven years before deciding to upgrade to something bigger. Making use of the available space has never been a problem because we've always been camping in some way or other and we've got used to the compact lifestyle.

    We don't use ours as often as we should - our full-time jobs leaked into the weekends as a matter of course, and now we're both self-employed it's not a lot different. However, we don't keep ours on the drive, and even with a storage site only 10 minutes away it makes it harder to be spontaneous or keep it permanently kitted out for a quick flit to the coast. If it was just a case of unhooking the electric cable, filling the fridge and starting the ignition we'd probably be using it more.

    The novelty hasn't worn off at all - it's like having a second home in any location we want. Obviously the UK will be your main destination for short trips, but you'll soon find that Europe is a much more motorhome friendly place.
     
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  16. Caramammal

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    thanks so much for your replies, (and your compliments, i'll get my avatar photoshopped asap) :)

    A MH is definitely for us. For sure we will hire one, or two to check out the layout. I'm hankering for something with a rear lounge and overcab bed, plus a dinette but not sure if all that will be too big for us, so hiring will give us some perspective. I fell in love with the Scout, and i'm sure there are many with a rear lounge configuration that i need to see too. Luckily there is a dealer in Holmes Chapel, not far from me, so we've been there a couple of times already.

    I'm very much looking forward to researching, not only the type of MH but life touring and all that those weekends away can bring.Whoever said i might not be able to wait 2-3 years is probably right ;)
     
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  17. magicsurfbus

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    Presumably Spinney. If you should need to store it away from your home address, the Byley Freemans site near there is spot on.
     
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  18. Mattyjwr

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    2-3 years searching is too long IMHO. Visit some shows, join motorhomefun and hunt out some end of season bargains.
     
  19. ourcampersbeentrashed

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    When we were younger and I had better health, we used to stick a tent in the back of our car on a friday night and end up wherever. The time came when I just couldnt do the tenting and we ended up with one or two holidays and the odd weekend in a b&b or hotel.

    The motorhome gave us freedom again and saved a fortune during school holidays too. I wouldnt be without it.
     
  20. Caramammal

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    thanks everyone :)
     
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