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  1. jomel

    jomel Read Only Funster

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    Hello everyone, after much deliberating my hubby and I are taking the plunge and going to be full timers in a couple of months time. We have spent every spare minute visiting all the motorhome suppliers in our area and checking out all the vans. Now they all look lovely and functional but the more time we spend in them the more we get confused. We have narrowed it down to wanting a fixed rear bed, garage, wet room and space to chill out and plate up. Our biggest dilemma is ..firstly...New? or used? and we need ideally an automatic one the reason being that we want to share the driving and I can only drive automatics cos I have a disability. Ha! thin on the ground are them from what I see and to get a new one means waiting till next year (not much chance of that as we are eager to get going) We read possibly every magazine going thus confusing us further any advice would be greatly appreciated. Sorry to jump straight in and ask for help, I shall now browze around this lovely site. Thank you:RollEyes:
     
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    :welcome::welcome: to MHFun. Loads of friendly folk on here to answer all your questions.:BigGrin: :thumb:
     
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    Hi jomel and:welcome:
    We have been f/t for 5 years now and we love it, best of luck with your
    new life:thumb:

    regards
    bald eagle
     
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    your new home

    With all respects to European motorhomes, I think your only way forward is an American if you are going to live in it full time. With the yank, the slide out totally changes the lounge area and sometimes the bedroom, plus automatic gear change, and they are built to last. All the gizmos are standard. We are going to spend winters south in about three years and we have done a lot of research, the Americans are way ahead of the field with regards to comfort & general usability. That said happy hunting which ever road you go down. :Smile:
    P.S. We would buy second hand every time- too much to lose on new:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Hi Jomel welcome I agree with Griff for all the bits and the space RVs are great, but you would pay a price in economy and rare limitation on where you can park although with a bike or toad no problem.
    Good luck
     
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    hi and a big welcome:BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    Used.

    You don't know what you are doing yet. Buy new and you are sure of a massive loss if you find it's not the one for you.

    The cheapest used one that look right would seem to make sense to learn on.
     
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    Thank you for your warm welcomes :Smile: The RV's are something else arent they? We came across one at a motorhome place nr Highbridge. Fantastic amount of room, and all the mod cons. I threw me arms about the thing and shouted 'this is it' this is what I want! But my hubby frowned and pointed out that as we want to tour Europe and would be doing a huge amount of mileage that perhaps it would be better if we looked for a smaller engine. He eventually managed to peel me away from it and like a petulant child I followed him to the car. I do point out lots of RV,s in the mags but I get the eyebrow, so unless theres one that runs on LPG or something I cant see him changing his mind. Having said that if we ever go sateside we may hire one.
    I agree 2nd hand looking the way forward. Just to find an Auto.
    Shepton Mallet? Well be there! :RollEyes: Thanks again.
     
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    Good morning Jomel, we bought our RV following two 3 week hols in RVs in the US the first from San Fran ( alcatraz ggate etc) on to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Hoover,Death Valley, Grand canyon Las Vegas and back to LA.
    The second started in hotel in Manhattan then up coast to Cape Cod whale watching trip then to Canada Toronto CN tower then Niagara and back to NY

    perhaps the romance of such trips convinced us.
     
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    See - you do need us men to control your hormones !

    Think 10mpg - every mile is going to cost you £1 when you take servicing into account. One of the nicest places in Europe, Lake Garda, will cost you £1000 each way from Calais. Or you can pay Ryanair £30 each.

    Then the size, unsuited to Lake Garda and loads of campsites won't accept RVs.
     
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    Hi Jomel WELCOME to the fun

    Hope you find what you want


    Dave:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Welcome to fun.
     
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    Hello and welcome,

    You need to work out what you want first before getting the Van,

    A RV may be more expensive on fuel, but the pay back with the space and all the luxuries in my opionion more than make up for it.

    As for the fuel usage you need to work out what type of travelling you would be doing if full time i take it you would not be moving on every other day and would spend time exploring area's that you are at, by using a toad then the fuel issue would not be a major concern.
     
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    Brian is not wrong , we will be changing our RV in November, and in recent weeks have scoured the dealers and websites for the ideal MHome. We still cannot find anything near the space and comfort of an RV but want to travel far and wide in Europe. So far the best of both worlds looks to be the Four Winds/ Monaco/Winnebago etc based on the Dodge chassis with 3l Mercedes diesel , 25ft with slideout, genny, different floorplans and all the yankee bits.
     
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    I'm not being confrontational, just tossing ideas as I see them as a small MH owner, but you just brought in another layer of problems - toad - so even more expensive on ferries, even more difficult to find a pitch and even lower fuel consumption.

    The idea is fantastic but I don't think the reality would suit us even if we could afford such an outfit.

    Being a biker, a bike in a garage my dream.
     
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    do come and find the fun site and introduce yourselves, better still borrow a Motorhome/caravan/tent and book in to the site for the whole weekend. We look forwar to meeting you, If you are able to stay the weekend do let me know and I'll add you to the list of attendees
     
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    If you look at Merc Sprinter based vans you'll find most of them have 'Sprintshift' in them. Whilst not a full auto it should suit you, 2 pedals only. :thumb:
     
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    Hi Jomel

    Nigel and I have been fulltiming since last June and did it in a previous life for 6 years.

    Good luck to you both. We would be more than happy to have a chat with you about the in's and out's of f/t, can you make it to the Western Motorhome Show at the 3 Counties Showground, Malvern on the weekend of 13th - 17th August. Motorhome fun have a meet there, unfortunately, you are a bit late to book in with us, if you have a way of camping you can get into the general camping area and then come over and join us for a bit of fun, or even visit for the day.

    There'll be plenty of motorhomes on display at this show for you to have a look at.

    If you can make it and would like a contact number, send us a pm.

    Nigel and Pamala (Marshalls at this meet)
     
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