Are motorhomes predominately owned by 'older' (retired?) people?

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  1. Chockswahay

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    I'm just wondering, are most owners of motorhomes 'of a certain age' ? and if so are they retired?

    Do younger people drive 'campervans' and older people drive 'coach built' or 'A Class' ?

    Of course the answers will be biassed by the age of forum members.

    For the sake of transparency I am asking the identical question on 'Wildcamping' and 'Facts'

    Just curious.............. Oh and for starters I'm 55 with a Panel Van Conversion and about to stop work and set off on a grand adventure throughout Europe.

    Chox :Smile:
     
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  2. rainbow chasers

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    We bought our first c -class in our thirties.

    I guess many are retired due to the kids leaving the nest/downsize/disposable income/at last let's live again types that have that new freedom in finances and time that allow them to do so.

    I also think many younger ones enjoy the adventure it brings to them and their children much more, and are possibly buying younger, rather than saving it for later.
     
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    Yes they do....:Laughing: Older people also drive RVs:BigGrin:
     
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    I was 33 when I got my first and it was a coachbuilt Hymer.

    I am now almost 42 and have a self build panel van...
     
  5. Chockswahay

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    Gromett, that chucks a couple of theories into a cocked hat :Eek!::Rofl1:
     
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    Hi , I put together my first camper from an old commer mini bus ( conversion to a sort of camper ) back in 1978/79 then only 33 years old after borrowing and renting several camper vans , now on my 8th which is a small coachbuilt at nearly 67 years young, doubt it'll be the last .
    Terry:sin:
     
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  8. Popeye

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    Well I had my first Camper when My kids were about 4-6 so I must have been around 29-30.

    It always seemed that where ever I parked up, all the surrounding vans were owned by old fogies,

    .............................and now I am one......
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    First MH bought when I was 47 & OH was 54, after 20 years of caravanning :Smile:
     
  10. Chockswahay

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    Thanks Jim, I wonder how the figures might look now (as there are clearly a lot more members now)............

    Vote anybody ?

    :Smile:
     
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    I bought my first VW Dormobile when i was 25, tents, trailer tents prior to that, then work and mortgages took over, Winnebago a class when i retired, and now a 5er.

    Craig
     
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    Yes indeed, that is an old poll... but still open as far as I know..

    try voting and commenting to test ... if not working start a new poll :thumb:
     
  13. Chockswahay

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    Well, the problem is I do have enough grey hairs to be struggling a little but I will have a look and see if I can start a poll :Blush:
     
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    Why not start another poll?

    I and nikki are 44 now and bought our first van when we were 35. We own a large coach built.

    We have always been the youngsters on meets etc, there is definitely less families now than when we started :Sad:
     
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    I 56 years old, left it a bit late but now have x2 little ones. :thumb:
    Motorhomes are perfect for long uk weekends or European trips.
    Had a MH for a year now :thumb:

    I tried airports with kids :Eeek: never ever again:Angry:

    Load up, drive anywhere, pull in , book in , release kids to play area , have a beer ---easy :thumb:

    Most places seem to have older retired couples in MH`s and familes use tuggers .
     
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    I chose a caravan for many years and changed to a motorhome about 8 years ago.

    I don't know but my feeling is that most motorhomers are older.

    Possible reasons:

    Cost - motorhomes are very expensive and perhaps unaffordable whilst bringing up a family.

    Style of holiday. We love touring, when the family was young we usually stayed longer at places which meant a caravan was easier.

    Time. Now retired we can spend weeks touring, previously we could not.
     
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    At 156 years old you did leave it a bit late :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    My first van, homebuild VW in my 20s. I have had a MH of some sort ever since except a couple of trailer caravans at intervals. Being retired now helps to get out more, and I could not have justified buying a motorhome that cost 5 times as much as my first house when the kids were young
     
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    Fisrt ever van was a VW camper(bag of shit-my view although camper was in very good nick :BigGrin:)which I swapped my car for with the idea of trying camping when kids were young IE late 20s.Got rid after 8 weeks that could not come soon enough :Rofl1:
    Left camping alone until I got to early 40s when we borrowed sons small tranny camper that he bought only to find no one would insure him @ under 25 :BigGrin: His loss our gain :thumb:
    Now 56 and on 4th self build with a few CBs etc,thrown in just to sell :thumb: but prefer latest Self build Ambulance:Wink::thumb::BigGrin:
    terry
     
  19. Wildman

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    a lot of us started in dual purpose PVC's though I had a commer highwayman in the 1970's which suited a young family better. As I grew older I wanted even more space and went back to van conversions based on larger commercial vehicals, these days I have an A" class prior to my final box.:thumb:
     
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    I'm in my forties with 2 primary school age kids and decided to switch from the caravan to the motorhome this year (always liked the idea of a motorhome but did 't think I could afford it, got what I think is a good trade in for the caravan and 0% finance for a good part of the total so decided to go for it). We loved the touring lifestyle with the caravan, and into our second week with the motorhome (school holidays) and enjoying it, definitely easier to move on with than the caravan and easier to manoeuvre. Currently on a Park Dean site, only £20 a night and the kids are having a ball In the kids club. Would definitely recommend motor homing to families.
     
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