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  1. admiral halsey

    admiral halsey Read Only Funster

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    Hi everyone, my name is Rich (known on several internet forums as Admiral Halsey, after a Paul McCartney song!)

    My wife and I have just committed to buying a W reg Fiat 2.8 Auto-trail Arapahoe.

    Until today I hadn't driven anything bigger than a 2.0 Ford Sierra! My test drive took me, briefly, onto the M25 (in fierce rain and much spray!), the A's 12+127 and then through Harold Wood. At 27', I have to admit some initial nervousness at taking the wheel. However, it wasn't as scary as I had imagined it would be. Also, the conditions were not such as I would have volunteered to have my first drive in the vehicle, so I feel it was quite a challenge.

    We're off to the NEC on Saturday. Hope to get a chance to take the maneuvering opportunity being offered there.

    With luck I'll get to take it for a test night away before the year is out. So now the fun begins, kitting it out and planning a trip to France next summer(this has been our big dream for some years now)

    AH
     
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  2. daisy mae

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    Hello and welcome from a rainy Leicestershire, :thumb: a bit daunting your first drive. I hadn`t driven my new to me MH until I collected her last Saturday, 2 hour drive home, on a mixture of motorways, A roads and country lanes, first sun, then pouring with rain, was confident by the time I reached home, :BigGrin: really enjoyed it.

    Exciting times ahead, enjoy.

    Margaret
     
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  3. ourcampersbeentrashed

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    Hi and welcome to fun

    We are having a meet at Waldegraves, Mersea Island in a few weeks time why not join us and come and meet some of the funsters.
     
  4. Carol

    Carol Funster Life Member

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    Hi AH, welcome to Motorhome Fun, lots of good times ahead read as much as you can on the forum forewarned is forearmed, I could just imagine myself going to the NEC having just bought my first van, would be like Christmas, take care, but good for things like 12v Electric Kettle, adapters , find out about Camping Cheqe and ACSI and maybe French Passion, make a list, but it is amazing what we all end up with that we do not really need.

    PS. Best £10 you could spend is the £10 for fun, information and discounts it is invaluable .:welcomefunster:
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    as long as you remember you are a bit wider than a car and considerably longer then as you have found...nothing to worry about.

    i bet you clip a few left hand curbs when turning left though. :RollEyes:[

    just remember to swing a little wider when turning left and check your left hand mirror for cyclists....they have an inability to notice indicators and swinging wide gives them the opportunity to sneak up the nearside
     
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  6. admiral halsey

    admiral halsey Read Only Funster

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  7. davidbaldam

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    Welcome to FUN, this is a great site for all advise you might need and as Carol said the £10.00 subscription is well worth the money. :thumb:
     
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    Hello and welcome to Fun :thumb:
    Enjoy your new van and get out in it has much as you can!
     
  9. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    next thing Rich, is to cross the bosses palm with silver (£10) and become a full member.

    believe me, it will be the best tenner you'll spend and will be recouped in help and advise in no time, just one piece of advice to rectify a fault, given for free here, can cost a fortune at a dealers

    full members also get a discount at many accessory stores ....Johns Cross Motorhomes, Vanbitz etc.
     
  10. grasscutter

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    Hi and welcome to Fun :welcome:
    Hope that you get more than one night away before the year is out.
    There are very many of us who use our motorhomes all year round. Some of the best times are in the winter months. Sites are quiet.
    Nothing nicer than finding somewhere with great views and parking up, put heating on and enjoy. :thumb:
     
  11. cruiser

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    welcome to the house of fun.we are going to the nec on Friday.so we will not get to see you.but get to a meet asap.you will make some great mates.:thumb:
     
  12. Brisey

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    Hi AH, welcome to MotorhomeFun.:welcome:
    :flyingwelcome:
     
  13. Granjan

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    Welcome and congratulations on your new van we got our first MH about 6 weeks ago a 30 footer ... like you we were worried about getting it on the drive, country lanes, bridges, car parks, traffic, etc etc.

    Husband now loves driving it, we have had 5 trips out so far and put 1300 miles on the clock, we have been on all sorts of roads, stayed on different sites at different budgets and wild camped. We have been to kwik fit for a puncture repair and been on a ferry to Arran.

    We wanted to practice in the Uk this year to prepare for bigger trips next year. Just take your time, keep your cool, and swing wider / further. We were told that driving a large MH would probably make you a better driver, i think this is very likely to be true.

    We also found at the handover there was too much information to take on board all at once especially when you haven't had a MH before, so last week we went back to our dealer and had another induction. Our dealer has been very helpful.

    Enjoy! :thumb:
     
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    Hi and welcome to the fun. Do try to video the handover as you will never remember what everything does. Make sure they demonstrate everything and show you every single light working, how to connect to an EHU and how to charge the batteries, check that the gas works and all manuals are present. Identify all switches and taps. Ask how to drain the water down.

    Before you buy any extras use the van and ensure you need them. 12v electricity is a limited resource, don't expect to use leccy like at home. Any thing that uses 12v to heat is a no no, so not curling tongs or leccy kettle, that's what the gas is for.

    You will soon get the hang of everything any questions ask away, if you need a quick chat try the chatroom people tend not to get there until late but it costs nowt to try.
    Drop in and say hello at least.
     
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  15. Peter & Elaine

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    Many people on here mention videoing hand overs
    Wouldn't it be a good Idea in manufactures provided one with a new van :thumb:
     
  16. Armytwowheels

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    Hello and welcome. May you have many happy miles in your motorhome. :BigGrin:
     
  17. Allanm

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    Welcome to the funhouse. If you are going to France soon, then a good buy is the All the Aires book from Vicarious Books in Folkestone ( on line and on Amazon). You won't need campsites and will save yourself a fortune. There are lots of aires close to Calais to get your breath back after the first drive on French roads.
    Most of all, have fun
    Allan
     
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    Hello,
    One of the best bits of advice you will see is to spend a night in it at home if possible, with it set up as you would being away. It not only refreshes the handover talk, but also tests and familiarises you with everything and how it works. This time of year, it will also test winter shutdown procedure when you have done it.

    The £10 is well spent just for the search feature on here.
     
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    Hello, enjoy your new toy :thumb:
     
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    Hello and welcome :Smile:
     
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