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  1. Moggie

    Moggie Read Only Funster

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    I have never stayed in a motorhome but think I would like a campervan (if that is the correct term for the small ones). I don't even know anyone who has one but I have discovered what a lot there is to learn. Will probably try to hire one a couple of times first, but at the moment the wish list includes a Volkswagen T5 and the Hyundai. If they are not too cold in winter, the rising roof ones seem to give better headroom than the hi-liners. I would sell the Honda CRV and keep the 'Sunday car', relying on the van for daily use. Stunned at how expensive they are, even secondhand, but at least that means depreciation is reasonable.
    Looking forward to learning from what seems a super forum.
     
  2. DESCO

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    Hi Moggie
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    Welcome to MH Fun

    Spend plenty of time looking, to be sure you get what you need, or else it can be an expensive mistake.

    Hiring can be a good idea it gives you an insight into the pros and cons and to see if you really like it, or just the idea.

    Personally prefer a high top solid roof easier to keep warm, but not ever ones choice.
     
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    Hi and welcome.
     
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    Welcome to the forum
     
  5. Dafodil

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    Hello.......

    I'm new to it too...... I have a lovely little ole Bambi....May not be big & fast......But she's brought & paid for & gives me alot of fun & pleasure :driving2:
     
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    :Smile:HI , I def recommend you hire before buying as it can be expensive mistake:Doh:, some company's let you hire (at a cost) then if you decide to buy they will deduct hire cost. Think carefully about what size and layout . Enjoy this site. Terry:thumb:
     
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    HI and welcome:thumb::thumb:
     
  8. Brian and Jo

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    hello

    hi there moggie and a big welcome to MHF.great forum especially if you are a newbie.lots of advice, data and knowledge on here.take your time in making your decision but if you do go ahead im sure you will enjoy what is not only a hobby but for many a lifestyle:thumb:regards brian jo and josh:Wink:
     
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    Hi and welcome. Try to do a lot of research on line and visiting some of the Motorhome Shows so you can have a good look round before you buy. Hiring is an excellent way to go when you have narrowed the choice. If you want to use it all year round, a pop up top will be too cold ,in my opinion. We bought one 3 years ago but I spent 6 months on line first looking at type, layout, prices length,width, before looking at photos on line. Good luck with whatever you choose.
    Lucille
     
  10. Moggie

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    Many thanks

    Thank you for the welcome, chaps and chappesses, very much appreciated.
     
  11. wivvy's dad

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    As you are in West Sussex, check out Johns Cross Motorhomes (weblink to the right ------------->>>>>). Peter is a member here, and is very knowledgable and helpful.

    Bilbo do VW's, and also are not too far away...... http://www.bilbos.com/home/
     
  12. gozomike

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    Pop up roof

    Hi and welcome.


    I have had a Autosleepers Mezan LowLine (pop up roof) since August 08, I have now done about 25,000 miles and 210 nights in it taking it into Europe several times and down as far as Malta three times. As you have indicated this type of vehicle is great for general use such as shopping as it fits into car parks easily and goes under the 2 metre height barriers. It also fits into a garage which is important to me. As for use as a motorhome it works well for me one up, you may find space too restricted for more than one.


    As for insulation it is obviously less than a fully insulated coach build but I have come back through the Alps in November without a problem, I have also been on a Caravan Club site in December when most of the site taps were frozen and we were looking around to find a free one to get water. I find a fan heater running on 1Kw is fine to keep the van warm but this does mean being on a site with an electric hook up. Whilst the heater fitted into my van, which runs on diesel, does a great job in warming the van I would not like to run it for more than one evening when camping without electricity as the fan will take quite a bit out of the leisure battery.


    Basically I think a pop up roof is fine for most of the year but would not go on a ski trip with it.

    Mike
     
  13. Moggie

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    Thanks Mike - interesting. The 'supermarket run' is pretty key - I can't see me keeping a 'proper' motorhome on the drive just for trips away. I wondered whether it was feasible to drop the roof at night once one was ready for bed if it got very cold? Would also be interesting to see how much it would cost to have a rising roof fitted to an existing vehicle. There appear to be one or two good value campervans without raising roofs available.
     
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    I have W.W Topaz.and use it for Camping 8 months of the year, it has everything i want, toilet shower, which i must confess i have never use , as use on sight facilities, it does a reasonable 35 p.g. and it is my only vericle. the only downside is car parking as will not go under barriers, but ok for using Superstrores, and it fits into a parking space. Hope you find what you are looking for, see avatar pic for idea,..........Regards Del and Welcome to the forum Maggie:welcomefunster::flyingwelcome:
     
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