Hi, I am Mick

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  1. Mickrik

    Mickrik Funster

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    ............... along with my wife Pauline, we are researching to buy our first motorhome together. It could be a one off purchase as I have some money coming my way. I want to by something that will give us at least 5 years comfortable good use.

    We are looking for something not too big so that Pauline can drive it as well, she has never driven a van before though I drive a Luton on a regular basis with my work.

    We are being drawn towards either an Autocruise Stargazer or an Autotrail Tracker EKS as these seem to be the size and layout that we like and looking for something registered around 2008 to 2010.

    We will be purchasing towards the end of this year or early next year, in the meantime research into running costs, maintianance and storage and advice from the good people on here.
     
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    Howdy M&P :)
     
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    :HelloThere:. Welcome to Fun.

    Will be well worth you're £15 subscription to be a full member here as you can then ask all the questions you want, get any advice you want and later join in rallies when you have your motorhome.

    Exciting times ahead, enjoy them.
     
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    We've just arranged to buy an Autotrail cheyenne. Same layout as the tracker. Bit different for us as we've always been used to the rear lounge layout. Seems more roomier than our current one with only 2 inches longer than ours now being 6.7 metres.
     
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    You will get all the advice your need on this site no matter what questions you have, ask away.

    Enjoy

    David & Gill
     
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    Hi and welcome to FUN. (y)
     
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    Hello and welcome, if Pauline feels confident about driving this size of van you shouldn't be too restricted, bigger ones are just as easy to drive.
    Would advise hiring the type of van you like, as the reality might not match the dream, could save a lot of time and money if the van you chose proves not to be suitable. Our first joint (as in together not make) van did us proud for nearly 6 years, only changed because J wanted to take a motorbike with us.
    Great way to spend time enjoy your search, try the beds for size and make sure your payload is sufficient.
     
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    Hi and :welcome3:Mike and Pauline,as said you will get all the help you need here!!
     
  11. Mickrik

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    Hi all,

    thanks for the cheery welcome.

    and advice

    I think this will be fun :)

    I will need to store the vehicle when not in use as my drive is only short, so I am looking at storage facility this afternoon.

    Mick
     
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    Hello :hi: We,ve got the Starblazer and the thought of driving it terrified me, but you soon get used to it. Hope you find the one that suits you best. Good luck :smiley:
     
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    Hi Mick and Welcome......(y)
     
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    Hi. I'M JOY. I'm a motorhomeaholic. Welcome.
     
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    Hi and welcome.
    When we changed our camper last year we bought Motorhome manoeuvring courses for each other as a joint Christmas present. Even though we are both confident drivers, we considered that we were not too old to learn.
    Very pleased we did it, we did learn new things even though during the "on the road" assessment we were both told that we were doing everything right and that was in itself confidence boosting.
    Would recommend to anyone especially when starting out with a larger vehicle.
     
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    Just read that you are looking for storage, so my second tip is to check if anything will drain the battery whilst unused. We had never had a problem with previous camper so I was not prepared for the drain made by the alarm on new one. Flat battery not what you want when you have travelled to storage to collect for a nice weekend away. We now have solar panel fitted.
     
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    A big :hiya2: from Devon
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    Storage is a great idea. We've had ours at a place 5 miles from home for 4years now and it means it's not sitting in the drive all the time and no one knows when we're away in it. Our storage place has electric gates,we have a pass card that opens them and we come and go as we like. £250per annum
     
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    Depending on the postcode area (and therefore the Theft risk from motor insurer's point of view) site security is as important as 'other' things may be to you. Unless they (insurers) regard the site as being a 'Secure' one according to their industry stats - they can even at times refuse to insure vans in them. The storage industry also has standards too - CASSOA 'Gold' is supposed to be the best - however as long as there are scrotes in society - if they are determined to get past security - then they will.

    OK they may not be able to steal a whole vehicle or caravan - but armed with nothing more threatening than one nail it is possible to do one helluva lot of damage. And provide a brick, lump of rock or in our case the once with a caravan locked behind an apparently secure high fence and gate - a piece of pristine but broken brown earthenware drainage pipe - straight through the window and about £1,000 went - awning, portapotti, freestanding Flavel enamel stove, all sorts. Plus the £350 for a new window from Eeco. And there was us, nothing valuable ever left in the van .......

    So - do take care! It was insured, Phew, cos we were a bit skint at the time - but are both fairly conservative (though not entirely paranoid LOL) about insuring things, to say the least!
     
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