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  1. Phil_Mart

    Phil_Mart Read Only Funster

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    Good morning. Ive been browsing the forum for a couple of weeks, so I though it was time to pay me sub's and introduce myself.

    Throughout the years the wife and I have often considered getting a motor-home but never quite got round to it. A few years ago I returned to my love of motorcycles and eventually the wife and I started weekend camping with all the gear on the back of the bike. This was great fun until a month or so ago when one cold, windy and wet Monday morning we had to pack up the tent in the pouring rain and howling wind and make our way home from the Isle of Arran. Just a little 200 mile ride!! By the time we got home we decided that we were getting a bit too old for that lark and with my health problems becoming more and more significant it was becoming just too difficult. Time for a new plan!

    So we have now brought a little motor-home. It's a 25 year old Talbot Talisman Auto-Sleeper, got 63K on the clock and runs really sweet, got all the home comforts we need and is very tidy inside. The new plan is to fit a tow ball onto it, already got a tow bar fitted and to trail me Triumph T100 behind us. This way we can get to wherever in comfort, park up and then explore the local area on the bike.

    Ive already added an 85 watt solar panel on the roof, charging a nice big 180 Ahr battery inside the van and a TV aerial to it. Cant wait to start getting away at weekends now. We have also decided to take the rig over to the Isle of Man next year for the TT races, so if anyone has any tips for places to park over there I would be happy to here them.

    Philip & June Martin.
     
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    hi Phil welcome to the site I know your brother Wal:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  3. laneside

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    Welcome aboard sounds like you have the job sorted so you know what you have to do next







    get out and enjoy it Lynda and Alan
     
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    Hi Philip & Jun, welcome to the Fun:thumb:
     
  5. hilldweller

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    It was Loch Ness in our case.

    Then we toured the dealers on the bike and at every stop we parked next to a bike. It seems bikers get the message in the end.

    Loads of bikers in here, you can't become a non-biker just like that. The bike is still here when I feel the need.

    Boring as hell in a van but it is warm and dry and we'd never have considered Morocco on the bike. However we did queue up behind a few Brit bikes at the border.

    Now where are you going all warm and dry ?
     
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    :welcomefunster:
     
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    Welcome to the Fun.
     
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    Hi ya welcome

    We did the exact change three years ago and havent looked back.

    We did a lot of motorbike touring, spain,Portugal, France, Italy, Switzerland, down to the Balkans. Sometimes we camped and sometimes in hotels. It was hard going I hated unpacking and packing all the time. Hated the fact that I could not get a good bed when camping, specially if we had been out on the bike all day.

    I love the fact that yes we have a comfortable bed, a wardrobe full of clothes (only a motorcyclist or backpacker can know what that feels like). Ice cold drinks in the fridge, a shower and toilet on hand. Comfortable seats plus all of the usual creature comforts.

    We towed our motorbike on the back of a trailer sucessfully. However this year we have also gone to having a scooter on a rack at the back of the motorhome, which was a godsend and more cost effective on the ferries to Greece and some of the islands, it just wouldnt have worked with a bike a trailer.

    We tend to choose the bike to the circumstances, if were going somewhere with fantastic bike roads we take the motorcycle , but if its maybe just short hops, or aires and wildcamping then the scooter comes into it own.
    We did choose a Honda 300cc scooter and it has splenty of welly even for us heavyweights.

    Regards

    Pat and Neil
     
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    Nothing like trying to carry two 45l Givi panniers up a spiral Campanile staircase.

    But we do miss stopping in Campaniles. We love DIY food.
     
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    Hi Philip & Jun and welcome to Fun. You'll find theres a few bikers on here:Smile:
     
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    hi your only regret will be why did we not do it sooner:Rofl1:
     
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    Hello and welcome to FUN sounds as if you are getting well sorted flyingwelcome
     
  13. Phil_Mart

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    Can I just say a big thank you to all the posters/funsters, welcoming us to the board.

    Looking forward to a long and enjoyable association with you all :thumb:

    Philip.
     
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    A but late but :welcomefunster:
     
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