Do we need additinal transport to enjoy motor homing

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  1. Robertdrinkswine

    Robertdrinkswine Read Only Funster

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    Well we have done it....
    After all these years as a caravanner we have gone to the other-side..
    We have purchased our first Motor home.
    Now the big question.....
    can we enjoy it without additional transport or do we have to go the extra and include a motor scooter to enjoy or can we rely on push bike and public transport at home and in France.
    Please advise
    Robert & Maureen
     
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    We used to take our bikes with us, but now we take the dogs, we drive somewhere and walk, then drive somewhere else, etc. Good exercise and we still get to see everything.
    We did think once to get a van that we could tow a car behind, but that just seemed like having a caravan in reverse!

    Allan
     
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    Couple of pushbikes,,,, or a small light two seater scooter....

    Little 125 or similar... But watch your Kerb Weight... :thumb:

    PS..... And welcome... :thumb:
     
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    Hi Robert and Maureen

    Well it depends, when we had the caravan we used to park up and then cycle so never used the car, the change to a motorhome has been quite painless.

    When we are away in good weather we are out on the bike and when the weather is not so good we can still go for walks or we overnight near public transport.

    So it quite easy to manage without the car or scooter to get around and indeed it can be quite relaxing just parking up and not driving, take the bus and you can have a couple of glasses of wine with lunch:thumb:.

    Martin
     
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    Do we need additional transport

    Thank you for your reply Allan
    we are not in a financial position to even think of towing a car.
    What sort of sites do you use to get the best of enjoying both the site you are on and visiting the surrounding area.
    Robert & maureen
     
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    :welcome: we just take our bicycles but then we are big fans of cycling :Rofl1:
     
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    We probably don't have as much motor homing experience as most but we do know what we are like.......we took the decision to buy a large M H because we like the internal space, we don't want to just drive all the time .... In the past we have driven and driven and driven far too much .... we decided that instead we would take a different tack and look at the detail more, walk around, cycle, kayak and get fitter and hopefully live longer!

    Drive somewhere stop a couple of days explore then move on. Needs a bit more foresight for shopping etc but thats not a bad thing probably much healthier than jumping back in the car and off to the take away.....:RollEyes:to be honest we were just getting fatter and lazier.

    Only one day so far when weather just too bad to get out and we just went to pub for a nice sunday lunch and then had a drive in the MH!!! Wouldn't want to faf about with a tow car but suppose it might be different if you full time and stay in one place for a long time or if you were ill or had a disability.

    Depends on your situation....... Looking forward to cycling to the villages and markets in the summer.

    Might very occasionally hire a car but don't mind local transport or the odd taxi
    Think it would be cheaper to do this than have a tow car on the back all the time.:Smile: just my thoughts.
     
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    We are too idle to cycle, and our dog can't ride a bike.

    In UK we tow a small car but we don't stay in the UK much anyway. Anywhere else we usually find parking is no problem (we are 26ft) and then we walk. We find most places we want to visit either have an aire convenient, or else we visit between aires as we seldom stay more than 1-2 nights anywhere.

    Now I have my shiny new bus pass I may give that a go sometimes, pity you can only use it in UK.
     
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    its a personal choice.

    If you want to see places far away and remote then a scooter would be ideal.
    More local/a few miles then bicycles are fine.
    Public transport is ok but only runs on designated routes....which may be nowhere near where you want to be.....so then its all down to shanks pony to finish the journey to your chosen destination.

    Personally, if i dont have extra transport i dont go anywhere off site....but then im bone idle :RollEyes:
     
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    This is a bit of a dilemma that we are facing. Spent many years in tents, folding camper, caravan and motorhome.

    Whilst we cycle extensively it was handy to load the bikes on the back of the car and explore further afield from a fixed base.

    Now a bit different in that the fixed base is no longer fixed and tend to spend much shorter stays at any one place. So not a problem other than a supermarket run can be a bit of an effort.

    However planning to carry a 125 scooter as parking the MHF particularly in uk towns has it's moments.
     
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    The simple answer is no you don't.
    If your van is 6m or less you will have few problems at least that has been our experience over the last thirteen years. (sometimes our height is a problem)
    However we do on occasion take bicycles or one of the three motorcycles we own.
    Little one 110cc goes in the boot or one of the bigger ones on a trailer.
    Why take the motorbikes ?
    Simply because there is little pleasure riding in the UK these days and riding abroad with usually little traffic pleasant country roads, gorges, the Alps, Pyreness and Massif Central, few cops and hopefully sunshine takes a lot of beating.
    If I needed to take a car I would buy a caravan and a Chelsea Tractor.
     
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    We try and select sites in the area we want that are
    Near a village / town that you can walk into if you want
    Always take the push bikes so can cycle if need be
    Also look for one on a bus route
    But if all else fails then we just take the MH and never had an issue with parking
     
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    Disabled wife therefore need to tow a car, lots of people have different needs so it's all down to personal choice.
     
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    We use a 7mtr motorhome like we use a car. Sometimes you may need to park a bit further out than you would with a car. In 6 years we have used the bus twice, and park and ride 3 times. Try Grahams motorhome parking for suitable car parking
     
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    Bikes and public transport are good. In France, and many other overseas countries, the availability of camperstops (aires) in towns and some cities makes visiting very easy. If we want to visit a large city that does not have a handy aire we usually visit by train.
    In the UK, campsites (including CS/CL sites) are generally badly located for visiting towns and cities. For example, whoever in the C&CC thought that calling a site 'Winchcombe' makes sense when it is about 7 miles out in the sticks, or 'Oban' which is even further from the named town, must be on another wavelength to most of us. So in the UK we tend to use a bus.
     
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    Cycle cycle cycle...Before i started using one 11 years ago i could hardly walk..Now i can walk and ride miles. Couple of years cycling did me more good than 10 years at the hospital seeing specialists....BUSBY:BigGrin:
     
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    Quite a few winter campers in Spain, who have larger motorhomes, higher a car for trips out.
     
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    I mostly walk or cycle. It makes you focus on your shopping if you have to carry it back in your rucksack.:BigGrin:
     
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    We are in our second year of MH ownership after many years with a touring caravan. We found the transition hard, being that we like to explore the outer reaches of the country and finding 'Hide away' sites is our main pleasure these tend to be miles from anywhere, however we have just modified our holiday expectations and now plan a route from site to site so we get to see just as much as we did before but get to try lots of sites.

    So I agree with most that you do not need other additional transport. This is especially true if your MH is 6m or under...
     
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    Electric bikes

    We migrated from tugger to MH 2 years ago and faced the same dilemma when some of the sites and wildcamping spots were miles from anywhere,

    Solution? Electric bikes have been a major boon for us allowing us to travel up to 50km (not in one go I hasten to add!). This has given us the freedom to go to virtually any site confident that we can sightsee to our hearts content and get a little fitter into the bargain. I try to pedal as much as I can but when the going gets tough ................ I bottle it, twist the throttle and before you can say "Home James" we're back at the MH.

    Simples!:thumb:
     
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