Brew A Cuppa, I'm saying 'hello'!

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  1. Langtoftlad

    Langtoftlad Funster Life Member

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    Hello – my name is Steve.
    I’m not sure where my first post should be – introductions, beginners, solos ???
    Probably a section of my own, entitled disjointed rambles! :Rofl1:

    I’m a singleton, no trauma no drama, just prefer to live my life on my own… yet I see a dog as a faithful companion in my future, probably a retired greyhound!

    I’m what you might call a pre-beginner because as yet I have no motorhome, neither any experience of.
    I can’t claim to be a camper nor a caravanner… but I have a plan.

    I shall be 54 this year & expect to be able to retire in a couple of years time. I love to travel and my job has been ideal as I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world from San Francisco to Sydney – yet I know little of my own country, Britain. I’ve never been to Devon or Cornwall; I’ve never visited the Lake District. My experience of Scotland is limited to Glasgow & a day trip to Edinburgh… you can see where I’m going with this.

    I first thought about a Motorhome but I doubted I could afford one & colleagues persuaded me that a caravan was better. I agreed.
    I did my research and found a couple of caravans which met my criteria, and which my current car would safely tug. I had a towbar fitted & even went on a caravanning towing course… yet when an endowment matured allowing the financing of said ‘van, I did not buy it – why? I’m already part time so have plenty of time to venture forth. It doesn’t have to wait until I retire.

    Then about a couple of months ago, I had a bit of an epiphany.
    I’m not sure what came first, reading various “Caravan or Motorhome” threads, or learning that both Tribute & Escape do a range of entry level MH’s at £35k-£40k which for me is achievable.

    The idea of the fun being the journey is much more me than the notion of trekking to a spot & setting up base & exploring from there. The idea of travelling light and moving on appeals immensely.
    I fancy CL/CS sites or perhaps a bit of Wild, if I’m brave enough, rather than the larger regimented camps. I also fancy dropping in on some of the rallies & get togethers as I pass along.

    I’m immensely appreciative of everyone here who takes the time to share their wisdom & experience. I’ve learnt so much already. So thank you one & all.

    I would like to know, how one chooses your MH. There are so many variables. The normal law of economics doesn’t seem to apply… a two berth panel conversion campervan can cost more than six berth coachbuilt.
    But I’ve learnt that getting this choice right is the most cost effective thing any motorhomer can do.

    My list of “must haves” is short and not too helpful.

    • A fixed bed – but I don’t have a problem scrambling up ladders to overcabs, nor claustrophobia.
    • A toilet and a shower!
    • Less than 7 meters in length to fit on my driveway
    • Budget £35k to £40k new or used.
    • Probably cab aircon.

    So not many to choose from! :Cool:
    I did go to the P’Boro (local to me) show last month and got myself totally confused by salesmen telling me I didn’t want this, I did need that.

    Only for me (and a dog), yet I’m looking at six berths because of the space – and thinking about my mates who promise to come and ‘visit’.
    I’m liking the look of the Tribute T-720… six berth on a Ford, end lounge for err, lounging, separate diner, overcab fixed bed, great layout for visitors, in budget and just about fits on the drive… but where does all your stuff go? The outside table & chairs, the BBQ, but hang on, I want to travel light, get up and go.
    At the show I saw a Chausson Flash 04 and was left distinctly unimpressed because there was no lounge area, just a dinette. I didn’t swallow the salesman’s patter, why do you need a lounge? All you’ll be doing in it is driving, eating & sleeping.

    Yet over the last couple of weeks, the layout has wormed its way into my affections… compact, 6m with all the benefits that brings. Huge garage for all the clutter I don’t want to be burdened with! What about the lack of lounging space? Well, I’ve realised that when I’m on work trips, in fairly luxurious hotels, I lounge about on the bed. My last hotel had two sofas, a desk, table etc – where did I relax? On the bed!

    So perhaps the Flash 04 (or similar) would suit me better? The dinette converts into a single bunk for me should any of the threats of visitations materialise.

    Happily I’ve discovered I can rent both layouts – so can try before I decide, even if I just park it on my drive for a week & live in it!
    Financially, I have to wait until a second endowment matures before I can invest in one – so plenty of time to work out the contradictions raging in my noodle, and plenty of time to discover more.

    It’s exciting innit! :BigGrin:
     
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  2. callumwa

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    It’s exciting innit! :BigGrin:[/QUOTE]

    Absolutely Steve, finding the "right van" is all part of the FUN, and thats just the beginning....:Laughing:

    Welcome to you...:thumb::thumb:
     
  3. lorger

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    Hi Steve well thats some introduction its normally just a hi :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Only thing i would say is look at loads of vans old and new until you get what is right for you. Think hard about what your going to use it for, what i mean is if you plan to go in and out of town you might want a van conversion as easier to find parking space. Think hard about the lay out again where your using it if its only you and the dog you will have loads of choice.

    As for the make for that money you will have a good choice you could buy a brand new entry level van ie elddis (which i have) few more also or you could go for a good quality second hand van such as a Hymer.

    Have fun making up your mind and feel free to ask any questions.

    Gerry
     
  4. Jim

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    Hi Steve, great introduction, welcome to the Fun:thumb:
     
  5. con-tiki

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    Hi Steve

    Welcome to the forum. I am sure you will find the right van for you..so many to choose from. I love my 'vintage' 1991 Swift Kontiki as its so roomy for my 2 Irish setter delinquents and new addition yorkie puppy. As your budget is generous you should have plenty of choice....Good hunting

    Shirl
     
  6. sedge

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    Hi Steve

    I think the van finds you. You just go in and out of as many vans - new and used - as there are motor home dealers but don't speak to any salesman until you are really interested in one. They all have their pros and cons. Fab washroon (who cares how luxurious it looks actually? - is it big enough to shower in without contortions?) but upholstery you couldn't possibly live with - whatever!

    I have to say - you can't "chill out" on our luton, there isn't enough headroom to sit upright and OK you could read for 10 minutes but then - we have nowhere to put a watch let alone a book and defo not a mug (or glass!). But we sleep on it and OK yes we make the bed but then just fold it away and firget it. So we have an L shaped lounge with two long settees that we can both recline on because that's what we wanted.

    But sooner or later - you will find the van that speaks to you and you think, I like this, I could be happy in this one! so it chooses you ......
     
  7. Reallyretired

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    Hi Steve and welcome. Is it Langtoft Nr Driffield N.Yorks, because if so you are in the same village as my brother?

    Keep looking, its all part of the fun, and don't rush into anything, particularly on advice from a salesman, after all they want to make a sale and don't really care what you want or need.
     
  8. tofo

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    hi young man

    two ways to look at vans
    panel vans fit most roads as they in commercial guise
    are used to deliver goods all over the country
    some(transit high top) fit through 6ft 6 inch width restrictions

    coach built are a bit wider can be difficult on narrow roads and lanes
    but a bit more space to lounge more often with a fixed shower and toilet
     
  9. rob kinnear

    rob kinnear Read Only Funster

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    I now have a vision of 2 big dogs bouncing around and a puppy chewing !!:thumb:

    Hi Steve enjoy looking and enjoy your self with your van, and welcome to the fun. With an intro like that I can not wait for your forum posts.

    All the best
    Rob
     
  10. EthnGeoff

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    Hi Steve.
    Take your time and get it right, you've a good budget to play with and it never ceases to amaze me how low the mileage is on a lot of the nearly new models available.
    Good Luck.
    Geoff.
     
  11. mogbl

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    Welcome Steve

    Choosing right is very important. I picked one with a curtain behind the seats so it looks empty whilst parked in the street. This enables me to park in a town in a quiet back street for a night without being disturbed. It is a large tag axel over cab bed model with garage. I had a race van before this same idea. but have found that as long as you can't see inside the van people assume its empty and leave you alone. I carry two small motorbikes inside for the wife and I for local transport where ever we maybe. Seating wise you find you spend a lot of time sitting outside of the van so lounge was not high on my list. As with everything the more you do it the more you learn. At the end of the day I am sure you will enjoy this change in life style.

    Good luck

    Richard & Mo
     
  12. Dalek

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    Hi and welcome Steve

    Good intro so looking forward to more when you've trawled round the dealerships. You went to P'boro so you know there are lots of layouts etc to chose from, the next step is what works best for you. Good luck

    Dale
     
  13. movan

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    Hi Steve, There are lots of solo travellers on here or just in whichever field you choose to park when you want to get away from it all. A dog is a brilliant idea and also a great way to meet new friends too when out walking it.... a real talking point on the way round the camp field.

    welcome, and look forward to meeting you at some point in the great out there. I am sure the van will call you to it when you see it ... you will just 'know'.

    Joy x
     
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    Hello Steve :welcome:
    I totally agree with Joy in that you will know the m/h that is right for you as soon as you see it:thumb:.

    I hope you find it soon and look forward to meeting some day.


     
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    Have a look at Jim's reply - 3rd book from the left may help.
     
  16. JohnM

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    Welcome to the fun :thumb:

    :flyingwelcome:
     
  17. Stephen & Jeannie

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    Welcome !! (that's over) !

    You MUST, MUST have a rear lounge !!!! When you are wilding up in Scotland or on a remote beach in France or Spain, then you recline with your feet up and a glass of malt to hand looking at the view and just sigh with happiness of it all ! I too am a singleton and this is my view of things ! Unfortunately, I have to wait a further 7 days until I catch the ferry to Le Havre and put my feet up at various places in Normandy, Isle de Oleron, Isle de Normoutier and The marvellous beaches and pine forests of Aquitaine, poor me !!!
    :Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1:
     
  18. yodeli

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    Ah well you'll have a frog hanging around during quite all august:BigGrin::Wink:.... Hope you'll stand the "croa croa croa" noise.... :Laughing:


    OOOPs and welcome from me too BTW


    Amicalement

    Frankie:BigGrin::BigGrin::Wink:
     
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    Thank you all for your warm welcome - and all words of advice are taken onboard...
    See, I can do short posts too :BigGrin:
     
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    but then I do more of them :Wink:

    I see that Jim's books are Ebooks... can anyone tell me what format they are in?
    I have a Sony E-reader.
    And can anyone comment on whether they have many illustrations or photographs - the one failing of electronic editions is the limitations in the way they handle pictures.
     
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