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  1. wiley

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    Hi all,

    Am an experienced tent camper but with retirement looming am looking at getting my first motorhome.

    Am looking at something that will provide comfort for extended travel in both uk and beyond . Looking at a fully winterised fixed bed( Island type hopefully) to allow all year round travel. Would love to " full time" eventually, children having left home!

    The variety of motorhomes available is confusing me now but would love a Winnebago. No restrictions on driving licence as have Class 1 HGV.

    Any tips/ help/ advice gratefully received.

    Kind Regards,

    Mark.
     
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  2. Mel

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    Good evening Mark & welcome to Fun

    Mel & Lieve
     
  3. pops

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    Hi and Welcome from South Glos. :smiley:
     
  4. trekkin

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    Hi

    And welcome,

    By Winnebago I guess you mean RV, there is advice here and also over on the sister site RVOC.co.uk, the site for RV. Plenty of experience and help. Any questions just shout up

    Welcome again

    Adrian
     
  5. Tootles

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    Welcome mate. (y)(y)(y)(y)
     
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    C200JK Read Only Funster

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    A warm welcome to you.
     
  7. Puddleduck

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    hello.jpg and welcome.jpg .

    There are a lot of different motorhomes around and it does get confusing.

    When you go looking take a camera and notebook as things very soon start to blur.........

    You will get a lot of advice as to what to look for etc etc. I will add my few pennies worth here, it's all about the layout and what works for you.

    Make a list of what is important - must haves, would like to haves and hates.... that will narrow down the list.

    Also remember that although you have an HGV licence now as you get older more restrictions apply - that may or may not be a factor now but could well become an issue in the future. I'm not saying forget the RV (not at all they are fabulous) but it is just something to be aware of.

    Whatever you decide there will always be a compromise - what that compromise is depends on you.

    Treat the fact finding missions as part of the fun - hope you find your van soon and look forward to meeting you in the future.
     
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  8. irnbru

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    Hello and welcome :hi:
     
  10. Momo

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    Hi Mark and welcome to the Fun!:welc::party:

    You've definitely come to the right place where you will get a load of information whatever your choice!(y)
     
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    Hi and welcome to FUN. (y)
     
  12. DonA4000

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    Hello and Welcome :)
     
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    Hello and :welc:

    I see you're from one of our favourite destinations(y)
     
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    What more can I say???? This is all good advice.
    Welcome to the forum Mark :welc:
     
  16. Live Life Now

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    Hi Mark,
    Nice to see you on the forum. I can from experience say, read the following, my article on the dealer review page, buy Jims book and go for it.
    Best of luck. David.
    (y)(y)(y)

    Having lived and worked abroad for the last 20 years it was always my intention to purchase a motor home on my return to the UK when I retired. I spent a lot of time and effort to find the right vehicle and eventually settled on a Devon Tempest, 2 years old and with 1500 miles on the clock. What I should have done was completed the purchase after the dealer Dolphin Motor homes had done the habitation check. my mistake!. The van was sent off to their Southampton branch for the habitation certificate to be issued and in my opinion that is what they did, issued the certificate because they certainly DID NOT DO THE WORKS SATISFACTORY, the van was delivered to me with a faulty fresh water tank, waste water problem, toilet badly functioning and other jobs either done badly or not done at all.

    The waste water tap was ceased and needed renewing the electrics on the fresh water system were faulty there was a bolt missing from the strike plate on the rear door the swivel seats would not swivel the radio and Sat nav system did not work along with other problems. All of these problems I was assured would be corrected but the van had to go back to Southampton as the Iford branch only has a valeting bay and not a mechanics workshop, image my surprise 3 days later when I phoned Southampton to be told “NO” we do not have a bay to lift the vans and our man has taken his tools to Iford to carry out the faults there, (I assume laying on his back on the floor)

    The offending problems were all done bar the radio/sat nav which apparently 3 people had tried to correct, the main dealer had been contacted , who was not prepared to give free advice and eventually the MD fiddled with the system (his words not mine) and after 15 minutes did manage to solve part of the problem. I have solved the remaining fault with a friend. I now intend to have the gas check done by an independent engineer All of the running about has been at my expense and I feel that the company had no interest what so ever after my monies had been banked..

    I started by explaining that I had been abroad for twenty years and am aware that the UK is named RIP OFF BRITAIN; service like this only adds fuel to the fire. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY:(:(:(:(:(:(
     
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    Hello and welcome :welc: plenty of people with RV experience on here . good luck .
     
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