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  1. hazelandjohn

    hazelandjohn Read Only Funster

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    Hello everyone. We joined the forum a couple of weeks ago and have been reading and digesting as much as possible. We are life-time (virtually) caravanners, but soon to be virgin motorhomers. Thank you to everyone who takes the trouble to post on here, the information is invaluable. :thumb:

    We have paid a deposit on our new to us 4 year old motorhome and are counting down the days until we take ownership around the 23rd of this month. Is it just me or is this process as fraught as buying a house?:Eek!:

    We have already booked a couple of ferry crossings for June and end of August, so can't wait to get going! Don't know where to yet, but that's the point isn't it. :Smile:

    Will no doubt be asking lots of questions as we try and learn the ropes.

    Hazel.
     
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    For a start welcome to MH Fun.

    Don't forget what you have learnt caravanning, it's a good start, and has taken you years to build up. Motorhoming is similar and a lot will be handy.

    Any questions ask away you have a wealth of hard won experience on this forum, and people willing to help.

    Best of luck in your new venture.
     
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    Hi and :welcome: to the FUN :thumb:
     
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    Hi and welcome from France. :france:

    Enjoy your new motorhome.
     
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    Hello welcome to Fun all the best with your new Van
     
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    :welcome::welcome::welcome:
     
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    Hi and Welcome.Enjoy your new motorhome:thumb:
    John and Carole
     
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    Thank you everyone for your kind welcome. :Smile:

    Hazel.
     
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    You are indeed buying a house - with wheels.

    But I don't think there is any significant difference to a caravan so no problems for you.
     
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    last but not least, Welcome from us up in SWEDEN, enjoy your motor home travels, MHing is roughly the same as caravaning only it as a engine in it, and your more quickly mobile, if your travels at any time up here in scandinavia and we can give any adviice just drop us a post!!!, again Welcome to FUN Enjoy!:thumb:Alf&M.
     
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    Welcome Hazel & John!


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    Peter & Caroline
     
  12. hazelandjohn

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    Well that's we thought, but it's surprising how much difference there is. The caravan was relatively straightforward to our eyes - you choose your site, get set up and that's that. The systems are fairly straightforward. But when you want to move around more and be self-sufficient, then the systems seem to get more complex - solar panels, inverters etc. It does seem like a lot to get your head around, but we are learning!

    Hazel.
     
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    Thank you alfandM! We will indeed be travelling around Scandinavia, but probably not for a couple of years yet. It is at the top of our list of places to explore. But we will wait until we can travel for longer periods and really get to know a place. The most we can be away for at the moment is 2 weeks - not long enough really, but we may well be dropping you a line when the time comes. :Smile:

    Hazel.
     
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    :welcome:and congratulations on your new van, picking it up on

    ST.GEORGES DAY:beer:

    Rob & Jane
     
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    Well spotted, we're so wound up about getting everything in place, insurance, storage etc., we hadn't even noticed! Makes a change for us, as we normally seem to make any major purchases on the 13th! We bought our house on the 13th and we live at no. 13! Good job we're not supersticious!

    Hazel.
     
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    Welcome

    We're coming to Lincolnshire soon for the first time - I hope it's nice! :thumb:

    Catherine
     
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    Hello Catherine,
    Probably not the best person to ask, lol! We live in South Lincs just north of Peterborough on the border with Cambridgeshire. So our local stomping ground tends to be Stamford, Rutland, Cambridge and the North Norfolk Coast. I’ve only been to Lincoln itself a couple of times, but it has an impressive cathedral and is well worth a visit. On the coast there are the seaside towns like Skegness – ideal for families, but we enjoy hill walking, so escape to the Lakes, Wales and Scotland whenever we can! It’s very flat here on the edge of the Fens, but it has its own charm – big skies, mainly!
    Hope you enjoy your visit. :Smile:
    Hazel.
     
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    Actually, there is.......

    For any given length there is much more space in a caravan, no engine, no cab.

    I've pondered this long and hard. You get so much accommodation for so little in a caravan, are they the better solution ? The answer is in how long you stop. If you want to burn the miles obviously a MH wins but if you want to wander and chill out a week at a time ( called "holiday" ) then a caravan gives you more room and transport. I've often said to myself, "all I've done is drive". When we did Morocco I drove something like 15 of the 40 days. Was that a holiday, no, it was an adventure and I needed a holiday afterwards.
     
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    Yes, I know exactly what you mean! The reason we sold our caravan and bought a motorhome, was so we could have more of an adventure. We are explorers by nature and when 'on holiday' in the caravan, we were still driving every day - just not able to sit around doing nothing for long. We used a lot of fuel doing this as we were always driving around in a four wheel drive vehicle.

    The way we see it, with a motorhome at least you have the choice whether to roam from place to place, a night here, a night there but with a caravan, it is much more difficult to stop, so going on to a site is the only real option.

    I must admit, that we expect to use the motorhome in Europe more than the UK, but with the realtively cheap price of ferry crossings at the moment this doesn't seem like an unreasonable proposition. To use in the UK, we probably see ourselves towing a small car in the long run, but with the added advantage of having a small economical car to run around in rather than a thirsty 4x4.

    So its horses for courses, as they say - we've thought about it for long enough and the only way to find out is to try it.

    Hazel,
     
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    you are right, as we say you only get out of life what you put in, and it is horses for coarses, some like MHing rather than towing a caravan, your be surprised how many iv'e met on our travels who can't reverse even a caravan, so yes it is horses for coarses, like us you seem to like the great out doors, thats why we moved up here to scandinavia, plus its a great place to be on ya own when wild camping! so enjoy your life in your new adventures and one of these days we might meet up. Cheers Alf:thumb:
     
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