Coachbuilt plus campervan, but no car?

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  1. Candapack

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    Love motorhoming, and have a 7 metre coachbuilt which is great for long trips to Europe. Comfy, space, storage, love it.
    But, we don't feel like taking it out for the odd overnight, or even 2 or 3 days, now and again.
    Have been thinking of selling our car - 2013 Skoda Yeti - and replacing it with what would have to be a much older camper, as a multipurpose vehicle.
    Anyone done similar?, this is my idea and I need some ammunition with which to persuade OH. ;)
     
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    We have a 7m van and use it for day trips as well as 2/3 nighters and continental touring with no problems.
     
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    Sorry, I can't give you ammunition, since we use our 7m coachbuilt all the time for overnights! :D

    I'm sure you'll come up with a convincer :D
     
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    We use our 7.6m fifth wheel for 2 or 3 nights
     
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    Sorry @Candapack , I feel I must offer a translation (as I understood it) for the rest of the forum members :D

    Candapack does not NEED a campervan, he WANTS one! He is hoping that we can offer him some sage words to convince his OH that the opposite is true ::bigsmile:
     
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    Buy a 5.5m or 6.0m PVC. You can do both things then, long trips and short trips.

    Anything much smaller and you begin to have to compromise a lot on kitchen and loo space.
     
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  7. Candapack

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    Ah well. Getting ours out and in requires organising neighbours and their cars and it's all a bit of a faff, but they're always very good about it.
    We're probably being too reticent about it.
    Thanks for your responses.
     
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    Move house - we did when we bought ours. :)
     
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  9. Candapack

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    This is very frightening, are you some sort of powerful psychic or what?
    Yup, what I want is some sort of small camper that I can use to go hillwalking, just me and the dog, and don't have to spend 2 days filling with toiletries, cosmetics, and clothes that are needed in case we get a random invite to a Royal Garden Party. :D
     
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    mazda bongo is ideal as a run around . the rear seats make a bed . i used to slip a two burner and grill under the very back of the seats . wash in a bowl .
    we cheated as well ,
    put a roof tent on and sometimes pulled a teardrop.
    but for two of us just the bongo worked .
     

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    What? You have a Skoda Yeti and you're willing to sell it? Incredible!

    Actually we have a 7 meter motorhome and are thinking of moving to something smaller for precisely the same reason. I wouldn't sell our Yeti though.
     
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    You've only just bought that van ????

    Ahhh... You mean getting a smaller van as well as the 7 metre one ???
     
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    when in a similar position I converted my work van as a basic camper. all it needed was a loo, a bed and a basic galley kitchen. In my case I could use the van for work then spend the night down the beach fishing etc. followed by a few hours kip, a wash and back to work
    the bonus is that you get a newer van at a lower cost. if you cannot do the basic conversion yourself, find somebody like @Terry then you get exactly what you want and need
     
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  14. Candapack

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    Yup, big van and wee van, no car. Just need to persuade OH. (y)
     
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    Hi DBK.
    Are you related to the "Legal Eagle" that used to come on the JY Prog ? Radio 2 of a morning.
    It would appear that Candapack has super neighbours,but on the JY prog,people would ring in about troublesome neighbours,after a while,suggesting that they all get together over a cup of tea,and getting nowhere,he started to say....Move.....Next question LOL.
    Tea Bag
     
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    Get out and use it, we VERY often just go 25 miles for a Saturday night away
     
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    We have also thought of doing this, a couple of places we cant get the Mizar to. I fancy a doblo/peugot partner/ citroen whatever conversion, would be fine for 1 a bit of a squeeze for 2.
     
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    I had a VW T4 pop-top camper van as my only vehicle for 5 years. For the past 3 years, I've had a 6.4m PVC as my only vehicle. The T4 was a great all-round vehicle - goes under almost all height barriers & fits car sized parking bays. We had to go up a size because of my wife's mobility problems.

    Our situation is slightly unusual. We live in a small town, where everything is reachable on foot, on a bike, or by electric wheelchair, as appropriate. I don't have to commute to get to work. So it's not unusual to not need to use a vehicle or 7 to 10 days at a time.

    There are very few places left in this country where the added performance of a car over a small to medium sized van can by used to any great advantage or enjoyment. The relaxed driving style a camper promotes, coupled with the independence associated with having a bed, loo & coffee all available on demand, is a real bonus. It's done wonders for my stress levels! :)(y)
     
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    I have an Elddis Encore 254 when we go on longer trips but also have a VW T4 that i use almost daily,great for short breaks up the west coast of Scotland or the VW rallies in Britain.
    best of both worlds !!
     
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    We have a Hymer B564 but can't bring it home as we live in the LEZ, so when I retired last year and returned the company car I bought an old but tidy Autosleeper Rambler, no big body, just a Talbot van sized camper with a 2ltr petrol engine to use as my "car".

    We park it outside the house and can jump in at a moments notice and have short or long weekends away without the bother of driving for 90 minutes to the Hymer, have had some nice times in her, she is as well equipped as the big'un, lacks a loo but we have converted the shower room to a toilet as we always stay on sites for short trips and use the facilities available.

    All this for just a few grand, amazing.

    Hymie
     
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