Budget Motorhome

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Khany123, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. Khany123

    Khany123

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2015
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Lancashire
    Hi Guys,

    Hope you all well,

    A few of the lads are going to chip In and buy a Motorome, Just wanted advice on a good reliable one.
    Wanted one that sleeps 4 with toilet/shower.

    Budget Is about £7,000, can you also advice us as we never purchased a Motorhome before.
    How much will Insurance cost, what If we are going abroad etc.

    Much Appreciated
    Khany
     
  2. Popeye

    Popeye Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2011
    Messages:
    7,709
    Likes Received:
    16,905
    Location:
    New Forest
    A good reliable Motor home usually costs a little more than your budget but you might strike lucky. As regards insurance the cost will be irrespective of the value of the MoHo in which case it really all depends on the driving history of you and the three named drivers. If it is all clean licenses then it will likely cost between £300 and £600.

    You'd do well to spend a tenner and join this forum for sound advice.
     
  3. TheBig1

    TheBig1 Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2011
    Messages:
    7,219
    Likes Received:
    9,600
    Location:
    Dorset
    thats a bit of an open question, loads of old vans about £7000, but by that age all will have some faults. the early ducato chassis and engine are very good.
    as for insurance, it will really vary depending on ages and experience of drivers and area where the van is stored/parked as well as anual mileage. european cover varies by insurer, anything from 6 weeks to 12months cover included.
    for an example a friend in his early 30s insured an old coachbuilt motorhome last year for about £700
     
  4. chaser

    chaser Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2013
    Messages:
    7,138
    Likes Received:
    7,717
    Location:
    uttoxeter
    Your price is a bit of a dodgy one, you could get a bargain but more likely to get an overpriced cheapy, only my opinion but I would be looking around 5 grand , something on a tranny or old merc , which leaves you money left over for any repairs , but depends what you are planning on doing in it if you want a better class one you should be looking for a bargain one around 10 or 12 grand.
     
  5. Bacchus

    Bacchus Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2015
    Messages:
    423
    Likes Received:
    4,275
    Location:
    Staines
    I think you could do a lot worse than a 1990+ "classic" hymer like my old 544. It's not the sharpest looking thing on the Aire, but it seems to be doing a good job, have a look on eBay but don't bid blind, take your time, and remember that engines and mechanicals are "only" van parts so can be fixed relatively cheaply, leaking habitation or damp will be pretty much terminal on a MoHo of that age, so use your nose wisely, any hint of damp and i'd walk away

    (edit - also, also anything that a dealer claims is an "end of season bargain" is probably just something that he hasn't been able to shift, but at this time of year you should be able to negotiate quite hard)
     
    • Like Like x 3
  6. Khany123

    Khany123

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2015
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Lancashire
    Do you have to pay to Join this forum ?
     
  7. Bacchus

    Bacchus Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2015
    Messages:
    423
    Likes Received:
    4,275
    Location:
    Staines
    It's a tenner, worth every penny!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Khany123

    Khany123

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2015
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Lancashire
    I think a VW 1.9tdi would be Ideal for fuel, Insurance, reliability, or can you recommend something similar ?
    What about the peugeot's 2.5 are they good ?

    We do need a toilet/shower, as for sleeping we could compromise.
     
  9. Judge Mental

    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,782
    Likes Received:
    6,034
    Location:
    Sarth London
    Insurance dependent on your ages and where you live and what you buy! Impossible to say to be honest. Think better off increasing the budget as well....
     
  10. TheBig1

    TheBig1 Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2011
    Messages:
    7,219
    Likes Received:
    9,600
    Location:
    Dorset
    the peugeot, fiat & citroen vans of that age were built in the same factory so near identical. great workhorses and reliable

    vw 1.9 not so great, but has a cult like following. the vw t3 and early t4 vans are potentially rust buckets plus as a van, much smaller. coachbuilt t4s with a shower etc are rather underpowered for the weight
     
  11. jollyrodger

    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2012
    Messages:
    3,443
    Likes Received:
    6,691
    Location:
    Plymouth
    If you were this end of the country I could put you in touch with a mate with a Classic (1994) Mercedes Elddis Autocirrus ,similar to this:

    Autocirus.JPG

    He's just bought a much larger ,Bursner for his growing family. how much he wants I haven't a clue but know it's only less than 50,000 miles .
     
  12. Bacchus

    Bacchus Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2015
    Messages:
    423
    Likes Received:
    4,275
    Location:
    Staines
    That is a very nice looking van, but makes sure the parking tickets are paid, it's been clamped :eek:
     
    • Like Like x 3
  13. TheBig1

    TheBig1 Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2011
    Messages:
    7,219
    Likes Received:
    9,600
    Location:
    Dorset
    superb old plodders the old mercs. built like a tank
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. jollyrodger

    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2012
    Messages:
    3,443
    Likes Received:
    6,691
    Location:
    Plymouth
    top speed 60`ish but up hill down dale like you say a plodder I think from memory a 107 / 8 ? :unsure:
     
  15. chaser

    chaser Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2013
    Messages:
    7,138
    Likes Received:
    7,717
    Location:
    uttoxeter
    • Like Like x 2
  16. jollyrodger

    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2012
    Messages:
    3,443
    Likes Received:
    6,691
    Location:
    Plymouth
    Similar ,but older ,but right end of the country for op
     
  17. Khany123

    Khany123

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2015
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Lancashire
    Sorry for the late reply guys, I just paid my subscription (y)
    Are the Peugeot's Elddis 1997 any good, reliability Is main question.

    Also If going abroad do ferry cost etc these cost more If you have a Elddis than a campervan ?


    1) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1995-Peugeot-boxer-4-birth-motor-home-/171915830165?hash=item2806fb6395

    2) http://motorhomes.autotrader.co.uk/...d40a8d014ed90ce3976657/makemodel/make/peugeot

    3) http://motorhomes.autotrader.co.uk/...1bf22e014f74a378e038bc/makemodel/make/peugeot


    What you reckon guys.
     
  18. TheBig1

    TheBig1 Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2011
    Messages:
    7,219
    Likes Received:
    9,600
    Location:
    Dorset
    The 1997 Elddis on a peugeot chassis is good for reliability. just need to watch out for damp in the motorhome part. buy a cheap damp meter and learn how to use it. particularly in the corners and in lockers
    ferries cost per metre in length over the set price and plus any trailer for motorbikes etc. those you linked to would all cost the same
     
    • Like Like x 1
  19. Buzzy-Beans

    Buzzy-Beans Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 21, 2015
    Messages:
    113
    Likes Received:
    207
    Location:
    Kerry, Powys
    For the OP, why not take the option of building one from scratch and then it is more than possible to have a very good one withing that budget.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. Khany123

    Khany123

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2015
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Lancashire

    Yes we did have that In mind aswell.
    A Merc Ambulance or a Sprinter MWB
    Any other recommendations ?

    At least everything will be nice and clean.

    Can anybody recommend someone/company that would do a good Job at a reasonale price.

    How much will a conversion cost roughly?

    Thanks again guys
     
Loading...

Share This Page