Do we get a motorhome??

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  1. eclaire

    eclaire Read Only Funster

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    Hello, this is my first post as we are currently caravan owners. We have a really nice, top spec caravan with radiator heating, fixed bed etc but its too big for me to be happy towing., This means that when we go away OH has to tow it to the site and back. We usually go away Friday- Monday so he has to take 2 days holiday. We are now looking into swapping it for a motorhome so that I could drive it down and set up and he could join me on Friday evening after work with me packing it up and bringing it back on Monday.

    I think I would be Ok to drive it as I drive a big 4x4 anyway and have driven horseboxes etc.

    We are looking at a Winnebago Brave from around 1992-1995 ish having seen some for 10K aprox. I know we would loose the radiator central heating but as long as we kept the fixed bed and proper shower that should be ok

    Any opionions or advice to help us decide if we should make the change would be much appreciated!!
    Thanks
    claire:-}
     
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    hi and welcome we had a caravan for a long time then we got a camper van and its been the best thing we have done:Smile::Smile:
     
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    Do it ASAP, you'll wish you did it years ago:thumb:
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi Clare

    provided you have factored in the extra cost of an RV then losing the radiators will be small price to pay .. :Smile:

    They can be expensive beasts if things go wrong, so buy wisely and have it inspected by a competent mechanic .. tyres, brake pads, exhaust, suspension, steering, etc can be expensive to renew ..

    Check everything works, and take no excuses from the vendor, including, genny, central heating, water heating and pump, charger and batteries, etc etc etc and, most importantly ... a new MOT

    Consider the cost of

    Insurance, (get some quotes) .
    Road tax
    MOT
    Storage ?
    Servicing

    Also think about where you may use it, some sites aren't suitable and others don't permit RVs

    good luck

    JIm
     
  5. vindiboy

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    Hi we have had both Caravans and Motorhomes over the years and currently have a Motorhome, it all comes down to choice in the end, in my opinion one is not BETTER than the other, it depends on life style etc. I sometimes miss having a car when in remote places and would never consider towing a car as I think that is Caravanning in reverse, no slur on anyone who does tow a car thats their choice.We use bikes a lot and that is fine and with the now cherished bus pas getting around is so much easier. You might try hireing a Motorhome for a while to see if it suits you as you are going to loose a lot of money changeing either way if it doesn't suit you.:thumb::thumb:
     
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    We were in a simular situation this spring, allthough our van was old (1993) over the last 5 years we had hardly used it, I allways had some excuse, but truth be told I had got feed up the "all the performance" of van towing, in my case I had to do everytrhing as my wife has a partial disability and must not shove or carry etc, even though we had the van fitted with a mover it was all too much hassle, so for five years it was on the plane with the rest of the crowd. This Jauary we decided we want camping again and a motohome was the way to go, after a couple of near mistakes with ther "wrong for us" layouts we bought a scout about 12 weeks ago, we used it five time allready this year with lots more planned inc going over to france. The just roll on site and plug in setup is great for us, but remember if sometimes you have no car to run around in, its totaly differant to vanning and if your buying a large unit it harder to find "day time" parking when off site..but if you allways have your car thats not a problem

    Our unit is 7.3mts and my wife loves driving it, which is a pain because so do I:cry:

    I cant advise you, you must think it through, but for us it was the correct decision

    hth
     
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    Hi Clair and WELCOME:BigGrin::BigGrin:

    Know what I would do having done both, I would go for a motorhome every time.
    We went to a motorhome when the company car I used for towing was changed to something not suitable on changing jobs. I now wish that we had done it sooner.
    I think the best answer is to hire one first and see how you get on with it, after all it is a big expence to change and if you don't like it you could lose on both deals.:Doh:
    You will recieve a lot of advice from the people on this site, hope it helps you make an informed decision.:thumb:


    Dave
     
  8. nomadic

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    Do we get a motorhome

    Hi Claire and welcome to the "fun"

    May I suggest you establish if your driving licience permits you to drive a vehicle up tp 7.5 tonnes, would'nt want you to buy a winne and find your licience restricts you to 3.5 tonnes.:Sad:

    Ask yourself if you need such a large rig, if you are only doing short breaks, or is this the start of "full timing" ....etc.:Cool:

    Good luck with your project:thumb:

    Nomadic
     
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    Have you considered a smaller euro van, one that can double for sight seeing at the same time. 8-10 MPG of the winnie wants taking into consideration with the cost of fuel these days.
     
  10. eclaire

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    Thanks for that everyone, will look into the insurance etc. We pay for storage anyway so that wouldnt change. We like plenty of space so TBH I wouldnt want to go away in a smaller motorhome. Its usually only the two of us and two large dogs but they do take up a lot of floor space....lol. Plus we want the fixed bed/shower.
    Winnebagos seem to be the only ones that fit the bill....so far
    cheers
    claire:-}
     
  11. eclaire

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    hmm - getting an idea of insurance isnt proving very easy...lol
    I keep coming up with sites that say full uk spec only (ie no lh drive) or want a registration number which we of course dont have as we are only in the 'looking' stage!
    I am 40, OH is 50, both full uk clean licences, anyone able to give us an idea of insurance costs?

    The other thing is fuel - what do these big winnebagos do to the gallon? My cruiser towing the caravan does about 16-20 depending on the roads so I am hoping not shockingly less than that.....

    claire:-}
     
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    as I already said Claire 8-10mpg, that is eight to ten miles per gallon
     
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  13. eclaire

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    oops sorry - should read more carefully - so much information going in at the moment I am loosing things...lol
    claire:-}
     
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    if you see a van that tickles your fancy
    enter the reg no as if you owned it for insurance costs
     
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