Hand Over

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  1. Barbara Hughes

    Barbara Hughes Read Only Funster

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    In a couple of weeks we will be picking up our new motorhome
    Before driving away is there anything we must check or make sure we have /have not before our long drive back to Cumbria from Somerset.
    It's our first van and being such a long way from the dealer we must get it right
    Thanks
    Barb.
     
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    Just make sure they show you everything is working as it should...

    Not to just tell you how things work..... but see them working...(y)

    And make sure all the manual`s are with the vehicle, a lot of NOT Working`s can be sorted by reading the manual`s.... :nod::nod:

    Good luck and have a safe enjoyable drive home.. (y)

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    If it's possible video the hand over as you probably won't remember all that is said.
    You will have something to refer to later.
     
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    If you have the time spend the first day/night at a campsite close to the supplier.
    Play act a typical day: cooking a meal, loafing, making the beds, having a wash, filling and emptying water and the loo.
    If there is anything you can't remember I bet someone on the site will know. If not it will only be a quick call / trip to the supplier.
     
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    Hi Barb,
    Make sure you know how things work, and are happy with it. Have some water on board, and a few essentials for making a sandwich, and a drink. Then if you are not in a hurry, wander up home, partly off the motorway and enjoy the scenery and your new found joy.

    Craig
     
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    Enjoy the learning curve!! My top tip, having taken possession of Lizzie 8 weeks ago, is make sure the water system is full and primed!! A relatively minor task, but I simply heard the pump running as the system had been drained down, then when I did fill it etc I discovered a cracked filter bowl which then caused the system to cavitate. £12 and 20 minutes to remedy, but an inconvenience nonetheless. Oh and check the toilet flush too!! Enjoy
     
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    hi enjoy van,i did opposite way round somerset to kendal, stayed night before did px next day, gary at kendal could not have been more helpfull then we continued holiday ,you will learn to get to know your van still learning after 6 months regards. ps probalby live close to where your picking van up regards steve
     
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    From a comparative newbie so recent mistakes to learn from! - As above:
    • get them to show you everything working
      • awning light; fridge set on gas as well as electrickery; water and heating system etc
    • video the handover
      • if you're like us, the handover was so detailed that we couldn't remember how anything worked
    • stay very near the dealer's for at least one night, preferably 2
      • in case they need to get a part in to fix something - we found on our first night in a brand-new van that when we turned any water tap off, the whole electrical system also switched off
    • make sure you've got a EHU cable and the relevant water hoses
    Have fun!
     
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    Can you camp near the dealer for a few days, both on and off electric?
    Some dealers have a place you can park up.
     
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    where abouts is dealer
     
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    The dealer we bought from (Chelston Motorhomes in Somerset) gives 2 nights' camping at a lovely little Tranquil Parks site within easy reach.
     
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    if your near chelston you could stay at eddies place at cornish farm couple of miles from chelston fellow funster;,vanbitz, he will look after you
     
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  14. Barbara Hughes

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    Thankyou very much everyone for your posts ,our dealer is West Country motorhomes at Brent knoll ,highbridge Somerset .
    We will travel down on the train have the handover then probably stay one night close by just to get the feel of everything ..I feel very nervous about it all, knowing what they tell me will go in one ear and out of the other:giggler:
     
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    In the excitement it is all a bit of a blur especially if, like we were, you are new to motorhoming. Don't let them rush the handover, take your time, take sandwiches, get them to make you a drink & have another look over on their forecourt after they have done their bit! With the distance, strongly recommend staying a night or two & trying everything out before your journey back. A good dealer will appreciate that you may need some advice & be on standby if you do find any problems - generally swifter attention on weekdays when more workshop staff are in. Hope it all works out fine & don't forget to book some Fun rallies (y):)
     
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    Caravan site half mile away just google sites nr burnham on sea regards steve ps get off train at highbridge .if you get a problem mail me and iwill come and get you if im around.i live about 20 mins away
     
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    Just what everyone else has said, I travelled from Dumfries to Guildford and stayed the night on the dealers forecourt. Also I asked him to go through everything before handing over the money he didn't have any problem with this and we did find a small fault that he had to order part for, very minor so wasn't an issue.

    Just make sure your 100% happy before driving off and good luck
     
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  18. mike mcglynn

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    Hi, Barbara when we picked our new van up from dealers we found that salesman had bumped it whilst moving it I noticed a black scuff on the front bumper after he had admitted he had done it he filled the fuel tank up foc only fair, I polished out the scuff later so inspect your van closely.(y)
     
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    If you could be a good idea to stay near the dealers for a few days, so any snags you find can be put right, long way to go back for any work on your van and a lot of dealers don't like doing transient work if you haven't bought the vehicle of them, good luck with it and enjoy.
     
  20. Barbara Hughes

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    Thanks Steve I will have a look at the sites ...Max the co owner has offered to pick us up at the station so all is good at the moment ..but thanks for your offer .
     
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