Have We Done Right

Discussion in 'The Beginner' started by Cliffy38, May 26, 2015.

  1. Cliffy38

    Cliffy38 Funster

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    Have we done right ,our new motor home is sitting on the drive ready for the off now someone told my husband what a lot of money we have invested for the next ten years ,we had to do fiancé as we did not have that sort of money (who does) anyway this person reckons what with fuel , camp site fees and the monthly repayments it's not worth the investment , now all I can say is we have not gone into this lightly for three half years we have had a much older motor home and along with our beloved 3 dogs we have had some fantastic breaks and for me especially it's where I feel at my happiest , so although I take people opinion with a pinch of salt sometimes there always that thing that twirls around my head that says have I done the right thing xx
     
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  2. Charlie - Minton

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    One life Live it ...
    You did the right thing(y)
     
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  3. Hollyberry

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    What price can you put on happiness?
    Regular holidays, where you'd probably have to put your dogs in kennels, don't come cheap.
    And as you know, in a motorhome you can go 10 miles away and feel you're away from home.

    I don't drink or smoke so have no qualms keeping 2 vehicles on my one income. I reckon your friend/neighbour/relative is possibly just a tad jealous.

    Enjoy your motorhome, go anywhere and everywhere you can and make lots of happy memories---can't put a price on that!
     
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  4. DavidG58

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    you have done the right thing, because it is your choice, as you say you have spent time making that decision, the green eyed others may say otherwise.

    personally I went down the upgrade option and couldn't justify doubling or more the value of what we already have to effectively just have a newer version of the same, but that was my choice, we are both right

    probably :)(y)
     
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  5. chaser

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    If it's what you want and you can afford it without sacrifices, it's got nowt to do with anyone else, probably just jealous anyway.
     
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  6. Cavs

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    If you've done your research, made your decisions, like the way of life and leisure, who cares what someone else thinks? Your investment is of value to you, not him/her and presumably you haven't done this for a financial return - it's a hobby you enjoy, so crack on and enjoy it!
     
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  7. Mattyjwr

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    Let us know in 10 years - my BIL tries to equate the cost of our van to the cost of b&bs, hotels etc. So far, it has cost us £200 a night excluding fees. So far, the wide grin on our faces as we enjoy what we do is worth far more and we've been to far more places than could be provided by static accommodation and even Mr v Careful with Money is coming around to the idea of enjoying life while you can and would like his own mh.
     
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  8. chaser

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    Motor homing is not cheap holidays it's what you want for your holidays, some go skiing some fly planes some go motor biking , whatever we motor home
     
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    Enjoy yourself! Leads to healthy
     
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  10. SMB

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    I stopped caring what some people think a while back, its only money and you work to live not the other way around. They say money doesn't bring happiness, well my motorhome does :)
     
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    Go for it, enjoy it, you're a long time dead (y)
     
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  12. mickyc

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    Well we've just swapped our van after 10 years and received 10k less than we paid for it.

    For 1k a year we have the following memories

    Visiting the continent for 4 weeks per year (family of 4)
    Camping at airshows, concerts, motor racing events
    Skiing 1-2 weeks per year
    Visiting the coast 10 weekends per year
    Days out with full cooking/resting facilities
    Christmas dinners out in the country with my elderly parents

    And hundreds of other priceless memories

    One life live it how you want
     
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  13. CandC

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    You did the right thing! It's not about the investment. It's not about how much the "fuel , camp site fees and the monthly repayments" cost. It's about the decision you made to have your holiday where you want, when you want, how you want with the freedom to change your mind and go to a different holiday destination after a couple of days if you don't like the first one. It's about having a mobile picnic table with you if you go out for a run for the day. :smiley:

    Enjoy it :clap:
     
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  14. Allanm

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    If you bought your motorhome to make a profit, then, no, you have not done the right thing.
    If you bought it to use, have fun and spontaneous trip away, then you have definitely done the right thing. The more you use it, the less you think about the cost. We have had ours for 2 years, bought it new and haven't looked back. No idea how much it cost us now......
     
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  15. mjltigger

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    So I think he is right. Motorhoming is an expensive hobby and if I can misquote it is a hole in the road you pour money into.

    Even thrifty vanners like us spend a fortune relatively speaking on fuel insurance maintenance and the vans themselves. Not to mention upgrades and toys for the van.

    Then there are rip off site fees, ferry costs, storage for some. It all adds up and for that sort of money you could have some serious sunshine beach time every year.

    But....

    doesn't that sound a bit boring? Motorhoming is an adventure from the moment you pick a day to go away to the last time you tell the story...
     
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  16. Cat53

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    And whose business is it anyway?......just yours. ENJOY every minute.
     
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  17. dotsontour

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    I will bet that if you said to this jealous jerk " would you like to borrow our van for the odd weekend " he would be all over you like a rash. Your money you know what your doing forget what he said and enjoy your new van
    Regards June & Dave dotsontour
     
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  18. Allanm

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    On a good note, the heavier the van, the less car tax you pay!
     
  19. westy77

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    As you had a van previously and know that you enjoy motor homing then you have done the right thing. Your friend could save loads of money by sitting in the dark eating cold Lidl beans. We all like different things.
     
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  20. DiggerJon

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    What price happy memories? There are no pockets in shrouds and I aim to die in penury with a smile on my face and £0 in my account. Mind you, I'm in no hurry to go. Of course you made the right decision!
     
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