first motor home????

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  1. skipper Phil.

    skipper Phil. Read Only Funster

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    Pam and me are looking for our first motor home.
    Yesterday we visited Lincoln show ground. Had loads on show, we had no intention to buy (although I had a good deposit in my pocket, just in case) the idea was to look at what suited us best.

    Out of all the ones we liked was an Auto Trail Arapaho. U shaped lounge to the rear, dinnette for 4 and
    a double bed over the cab.
    We are concerned about the tandem
    wheels at the rear, do they rub tyres out quickly?
    Should we be worried about anything else? The ones we've looked at and that are within our budget are 2006 models.

    We have 2 dogs and 2 cats, Pam, myself and daughter Montana this is why we're looking for a good sized motorhome to give our pets plenty of room. I've always driven large vehicles so size isn't a problem.

    Our needs are, double bed to rear, double over the cab with 4 seat dinnette, if you guys have other motor homes with this layout please let us have the make and model so we can check them out.
    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Welcome Phil. Sorry can't help you much due to my limited experience, but O'm sure you will get a lot of opinions on here
     
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    Hi there Phil,and a warm welcome to MHF(y) We now have a tag axle Arto and we love it,a good few years back we had an Autotrail Cheiftain same Motorhome as the Arapaho only different layout and really liked that as well.dont worry about rear axle tyre wear ,we have never had a problem but then most Motorhome don't do big enough mileage a to worry about that . A big plus is that you get a good payload,and we love the extra space to move around .good luck with the hunt.(y)
    Brian & Jo
     
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    Thanks Brian and Jo, very useful, I've never driven a tag axle before and was worried about tyre rub.
    I figured they would have a good pay load. The 3 we looked at, at Lincoln, each sales man told us these motor homes will do about 30 to the gallon, do you find that about right?
     
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    Welcome aboard;)
     
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    It will always depend how you drive it. Heavy/light footed and traffic situations welcome animated smiley3.gif
     
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    Steady 60 most of the time. I lived at 7 knots on the boat so I'm no speedy merchant, got over 80k miles out of van tyres.
     
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    Many times we say on here "new is not definitely better". Some of the most sort after MHs are 10/15 year old Hymers. Proper job build quality and an unbelievable amount of space inside.
     
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    After seeing the prices for new yesterday, it's got to be second hand. With the low mileage on these MH they'll not be worn out. I'm really looking forward to getting on the road.
     
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    We bought a 4 year old one with 4000 miles on the clock. Makes no sense. But we've put 63000 more on in the last 10 years. Some great times in those miles. All over Europe and Morocco twice. Loads more yet to do. Not been as far south as Sicily yet.
     
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    Yes, probably like most (I think IMO) the tyres will need changing well before worn out tread wise.
    My truck is limited to 52mph and generally I feel comfortable at that speed and when in the moho, I'm never in a rush.
     
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    I think 60 is fast enough, keep in front of hgv's.
    What sort of mpg do you get please.
     
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    Maybe not but it gives much more peace of mind !
     
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    Hello & welcome
    My only advice is don't be like me!
    Spent months researching all the pro & cons of various types & layouts...
    ...then promptly ignored all my own knowledge & advice to buy a MH within 30 minutes of walking into the PBoro show :eek:.

    ...but I did abide by my ultimate proviso -
    "Buy the Dealer"

    And its worked out very well - the inevitable odd problems have been sorted quibble free - and I've enjoyed 18 months hassle free travelling...

    ...so much so, I've just done it again with a brand new van from Wildax... though what I've bought is not exactly certain yet :rofl:... I trust the end result will be as good as it can be
     
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    couldn't agree more.

    Motorhomes are motorhomes. They all have faults, some more than others. It us the attitude of the Dealer that makes the difference when things go wrong.

    Enjoy motorhoming. Don't worry, be happy . ( Seens like a cue for a song!):)
     
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    63k Nice :) , i'd hate to add up how much in fuel that cost :D :D
     
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    I would think 30mpg on a tag axle is optimistic
     
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    Horrifying.

    63,000/25= 2500 gals = 11,500l so more or less £11,000. Which for ten years holidays transport is not a lot.
     
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    Really ?

    Have you not read what FUNsters have gone through with new vehicles ?
     
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