Had a rethink

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  1. Cat53

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    we have come to the conclusion that Motorhoming has too many problems for us to overcome, so we have decided after a day of full on soul searching, that a caravan will suit our needs better. One of the biggest problems being lack of a smaller vehicle for going into cities etc ( we didn't want a trailer as too heavy for me to deal with). The huge costs involved was another factor in the equation. Neither of us was happy with a£97k cost that loses goodness knows how much as soon as you drive it away. This suits us better in so many ways. We like the Hobby Landhaus with the Ssangyong Rexton as a tow car. But seeing as we've paid our subs, hope it's ok to stay with you as a wasgonnabebutnolongerable! :)
     
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    movan Funster Life Member

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    Look forward to seeing your new caravan ... you are still a camper and lover of freedom. :)
     
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    One of the most useful things I get out of this site is information on places to go and stay - and you can do that in a caravan as well as a MH. So please tell us where you go in your engineless motorhome, no where is too small or to close or far away - CLs, laybys, car parks, in this country or in places further afield. I doubt Jim will be upset if we gradually gather tugging members - if that doesn't sound too rude.
     
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  4. Cat53

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    Dream of it all the time. We stopped when the kids got older. Then Steve had his accident and life changed dramatically for us. We found South Africa and adore the place, we may even end up there, but in the meantime the desire for an adventure, a change of scenery and adventure is very strong and if not now.......when? Still lots of research to do, but very determined. :)
     
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    Many motorhomers, if they analysed their needs properly would come to the same conclusion.

    It makes no sense to me to tow a car ( in the past on an A-frame ) so wearing out two vehicles, paying two taxes and insurance and then parking up for weeks on end.

    A caravan gives better accommodation at a fraction of the cost.
     
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    we quite often think that the MH is too big but usually manage to get parked somewhere, quite often look for sites within walking distance of small towns or with bus stop near by.
    But the main thing to keep in mind, its what suits you both best and whether that a caravan or MH just make sure you use it and enjoy using it
     
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    Best advice ever given "Do it now". Many say later, then regret it later.
     
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    Good luck with the Rexton.....load of xxxx.

    I had a Korando a few years ago and apart from the (extremely thirsty) 2.3 merc engine it was nothing but expensive trouble.
     
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  9. Cat53

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    Buses are often not wheelchair accessible and what is a short stroll for able bodied people can turn into a marathon with the wheelchair. Cambers are awful. High kerbs, big drainage channels, cobbles are all a nightmare in the wheelchair. Its why we like to park as close to where we want to explore as possible. Otherwise it's hot sweaty exhausting work...for me! M yes we have a motorised wheelchair, but the number of times they have broken down is unbelievable and its me that has to walk back to wherever to get the manual wheelchair and then push the broken motorised one back to the car. It's really no fun at all. Blisters and backache! Not too mention grouchy. ;)

    We plan to use it 24/7 for 365 for three or four years. Then we might decide to settle down, or we will keep going! There are a lot of places we want to see!
     
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  10. Cat53

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    If motability have an option with a lot of pulling power then we may stick with them. It's peace of mind motoring.

    We had a Renault espace that was c**p . Another reason to opt for a caravan. At least if the vehicle has problems we still have a nest to hole up in and cry.....;)
     
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    There are a few tuggers who frequent this site. Some of them even drag their tin sheds to rallies and are welcomed just the same. (y)
    Enjoy your caravan and your travels.
     
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  12. Cat53

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    So is the correct terminology tuggers and chuggers? ;)
     
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    Makes no difference what you have you are still a funster, good luck with your search for a caravan, always best to go for the best solution for you, let us know how you get on
     
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    Now there is a plan. Not suited to a caravan, drive to SA.
     
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    good luck andgoodtravel enjoy
     
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    Funny, but the reason we gave up with caravanning after nearly forty years, and switched to a MH, was the hassle of towing on today's roads, setting up taking the best part of two hours, then packing up again in the rain.....We find it so easy and non stressful, just to park up, plug in, and relax.
    However, even though I will never go back to pulling a van again, can only wish you both the best of luck.....Enjoy! (y)(y)
     
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    The grass always looks greener on the other side.......

    Most find motorhoming far more convenient than caravans. With a disability you just need to research where you intend to stay more carefully. And if staying in one spot there is always car hire if public transport not convenient. But really it's all down to the planning.
     
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    We changed from a large a class Winnebago, to a fifth wheel outfit. Not dissimilar to a caravan. It suits us fine at the moment, arrive, push button for legs down, push button for slide out, plug in, done. That leave us with a truck to move around in. Ideal for us. Nothing is perfect.
    Sometimes we hanker for an A, or B class, but, not just yet. I think.

    Craig
     
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    I'm with Tootles on this one. We tugged a caravan down to Sicily last year and it was a nightmare. The whole of France and Italy seem geared up for MoHo's rather than caravans.
     
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    A very good friend of ours has this summer changed from a motorhome to a caravan, they bought a brand new Bailey.
    After their first summer they confessed it was the biggest mistake they had made, yes they have a family saloon to travel around in when they get to their destination but the hassle of loading and hitching up then the stress of towing only to have to unhitch and set up the caravan when they arrive is just too much.

    They would often go away for short and weekend breaks in the motorhome, now with all the hassle of setting up the caravan they don`t do that anymore.
    A real shame as they lost the excitement they had with the motorhome, they also think the caravan build quality isn`t as good as that of a motorhome, everything just feels so much more flimsy.

    One size certainly doesn`t suit all.
     
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