First motorhome - buying a friends a good idea?

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  1. Emily

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    I'm a complete newbie to motorhomes but we are looking to buy one to follow my husband around the country doing his hobbies. We have two dogs, no children, but would want the flexibility to take two more passengers. It is likely to be used around 2 or 3 weekends a month, 8 months of the year. with the potential for longer trips around Europe.

    A friend of my husbands has offered to sell us his old motorhome. It's a burster a647. Around 20,000 miles. 55 reg. He has offered it to us for £21k. We don't know if this is a good deal or not, I can't find many for sale on the Internet. He was the second owner.

    I think because it is so big I would likely need to take a test to get a c1 added to my licence but my husband would be fine. Any idea how easy these are to pass/recommendations for schools I could do over weekends?

    Thanks :)
     
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    Welcome aboard;)
     
  3. The Dude

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    Can't answer your questions but ............
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    :hiya2: & :welcome3::):)

    Our thoughts are that buying off your friend may compromise the friendship if the MH turns out to be a pig in a poke. :)
     
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    Emily,
    See http://www.gocaravanning.com/motorhome-specifications/model/burstner-a647_162.html for a few details. Looks like it is a 4000Kg model so you will need a C1 licence. I've seen something recently that it costs about £1k to get this, assuming you pass 1st time - but I've not had to do this myself so I cannot be sure this is correct.
    Note that most people make a mistake when they buy their first motorhome in that they get the incorrect layout - so think through very carefully whether the Burstner layout suits you. Think about each part of the day and how the layout would work for you. Everyone has different ideas so there is no BEST layout, just one that is the best for you personally.
     
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    My brother has been buying and selling cars for decades.
    His rule no. 1
    Never buy or sell a car to someone you know.
    Having said that, he sold me a classic Rover....complete pile of shit.
    Must be a family thing?(n)
     
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  7. Tea Bag

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    Hi.
    Only you know the bond/friendship.
    I bought a Mk3 Land Rover,from a mate who was night foreman and good fitter,of a quarry garage,whenever i went in (Night hawking...LOL) it was in the warm and dry,and having little bits done here and there,so,i thought,up to scratch ?
    NO! It would have failed an MOT on the spot!
    First check out.."Juddergate problem" I know nothing about this,but someone on here will advise if this model was liable to suffer this
    So,depending on how far you can go,with out spoiling the friendship,might i suggest you ask them...Nicely. If you paid for a "Habitation check" and nothing untoward flags up ,will this money paid out,be knocked off the price ?
    The "Oily bits" are not a problem,only the cam belt if fitted,this HAS to be changed at "X miles,or ...Five..years".
    Bargaining..
    Could be,if he is approaching 70 yrs,he/they,may not be able to pass the medical for above 3.5 ton. "SOME DEALERS"...(Note!) can spot a person downsizing,either bald or grey,and rub their hands with glee .
    Best of luck,i do wish you and your friends continue to be just that,wether you buy or not.
    Tea Bag
     
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    I once bought a car from a frend twenty years ago.
    Our franship was never the same agane as he ripped me off my no 1 rule never sell or buy from family and friends
    Bill
     
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  9. bubble63

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    Simple question should I buy from a friend ?

    Simple answer no :)

    Welcome (y)
     
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  10. DanielFord

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    No, never buy or sell anything to a friend. Although, you friend may be accommodating and allow you to borrow the van for a weekend. Then you'll know if that is the van for you.
    I have lent ours out to VERY good friends! You never know until you ask! :D
     
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    Hi Emily and a big :welcome3:,you have two dilemma's here.To buy from a friend,possibly could be OK or ruin the friendship goes wrong.
    The other is do you really want this van so much that you are prepared to take another test to get it.
    As you say you are a novice why not hire for a trip and see how it goes,your friends van could still be available on your return.
    Perhaps if a good friend and you are determined you could give an undated,unsigned deposit cheque to hold it for when you make up your mind for sure.Good luck,life is full of decisions!!
     
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    A saying that I adhere to:

    You can be friends with the people you do business with but you can't do business with your friends. (y)

    There are lots of MHs for sale out there, go and look at loads then decide on the layout (but don't take too long about it or you'll be missing out on all the fun). There are also many people who got it right first time and are very happy with the layout they have.

    Welcome and best of luck.

    KH
     
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