Hidden Costs

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  1. motor roamin

    motor roamin Funster

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    What hidden cost's did you inccur after buying a motor home?

    Now I am sure that all on this site thouhgt about buying their motor home and the cost's of owning one before purchasing, no one woke up one morning and thought I fancy a motor home and popped down the local dealer and parted with anything from £10-150k.

    I was conviced I had covered evry thing, well almost till a young man called sloberdoberbob told me I would buy more bit's and peices I didn't need and he was right, I thought I would be able to resist:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Because I try to use my motor home in all our spare time, I have now had to employ people to do work I would normaly do myself:

    1, A gardener this one I don't mind I hate gardening and find it a chore.

    2, A decorator I don't mind decorating.

    3, We need all of our patios re doing this is somthing I would have done.

    4,I have five trees that need felling, I would have done that too.

    5, Now Rosie is talking about a new kitchen, dont quite understand this one, I only fitted the one we have 25years ago, something else I have to pay some one else to do.

    There must be more I havn't thought of.

    Crikey owning a motor home is a lot more expensive than I thought.......but I am soooooo glad I did.:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  2. ShiftZZ

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  3. shirlandy

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    hidden cost

    more beer!!!
     
  4. Swift

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    Well I paid good money for mine fully loaded, well I thought it was but I the first week I bought it spent another £6k or so on nonsense, I don't know where it all went but here are some bits I spent it on:

    Full heavy drive away awning
    Lightweight drive away awning
    Ground sheets x 3 (diifferent types)
    New XC Camping tyres
    New cab radio
    Full alarm
    10" or so DVD tv
    15" DVD tv
    TV brackets & fitting
    Full service & cam belt
    Wow motor tune
    K&N air filter
    Cruise control
    External shower point
    External gas BBQ point
    Gas check
    External 240v outlet for awning
    Reverse polarity switch
    Cadac BBQ
    Xtend & Climb ladder
    Foldable bucket
    Battery booster pack (heavy duty)
    Refit of satellite controls
    Foldable portable 62w solar panel to supplement existing 80w roof panel
    Portable awning ceramic heater
    Awning lighting
    Full set of Alloy wheels
    Full valet & polish
    Awning furniture (4 chairs, tables by Lafuma)
    Bedding
    Clutch claw
    Tidying up of reversing camera wires
    New plastic end caps for side panels
    New grill
    Silver screen thermal cover and summer one way see through screen
    New external facias for Dometic grills
    Summer (beach) set of Turtle mats for interior
    Waeco 80ltr freezer 12/240v
    Waeco CDF25 freezer
    iPad
    Wifi
    3,500w portable suitcase generator
    Wind breaks x 4
    Microwave
    Awning curved adjustable centre rafter
    3rd 110amp leisure battery
    3 x cycles & accessories
    Full winter cover
    Membership of Caravan club
    Refurb of tow ball & electrics
    Thule tow ball fitting bicycle rack (used flat as a base for m/cycle) for 3rd bike when no m/cycle
    Full internal change to LED lighting

    And the list goes on, that is just what has sprung to mind and I am sure I
    spent more than mentioned, just trying to come to terms with the ready to go
    van I bought and how on earth I found all of this 'necessary' extra stuff I needed.

    So never think you have everything, even today I had to buy more rock pegs as we are on a gravel pitch.
     
  5. Snowbird

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    Cant and wont even begin to add up the thousands I have spent over the years on unesisary must have junk I have purchased that I thought I couldnt live without.
    What amazes me is that for many years I lived very comfortably in a truck cab with a coolbox,primus stove and suitcase the size of a briefcase.
    Had a box under the trailer that carried food,water and fold up stool.
    I have cooked Sunday lunches at the side of the road as good as any resteraunt and have lived very well and very comfortably for months on end.
    Why on earth I have fallen into the consumer trap of buying absolute junk that I do not need for my RVs I do not know,I should have known better.
    One thing I have noticed in the last couple of years is when I go to a motorhome show,I cannot find anything that I realy need or for that matter want.:BigGrin:
     
  6. ShiftZZ

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    Oh yes just been reminded by Mrs ShiftZZ another dealer that I have used was Conrad Anderson in Bham, great company, lousy locationm stunning garden..
     
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    Well I woke up one morning and realised if I didnt sell my house I would loose it as, I had been unemployed for 12 months and despite applying for hundres of jobs, not had any replies. It's an age thing!!! So, sold the house and bought the van which, I lived in full time for 18 months. What extras did I have fitted?

    Heres the list

    Awning and side screens
    Clock, barometer and temp gauge - for hab area
    New cab radio
    Full alarm
    12v DVD
    15" LCD tv
    12v Vax
    Hoses for water
    Naturepure filter
    TV brackets & fitting
    Wow motor tune
    Cruise control
    External gas BBQ point
    GASLOW
    Cadac BBQ
    Foldable bucket
    Battery booster pack (12/24v)
    Satellite
    Airide
    60w and 80w solar panel panels
    Portable ceramic heater
    2 chairs by Lafuma + tables
    Bedding
    Reversing camera and sensors
    Silver screen thermal
    Wifi
    Wind breaks
    Microwave
    Awning curved adjustable centre rafter
    2 x 110amp leisure battery
    tow bar & electrics
    Central Locking
    Blutooth for my phone
    SmartCar
    AFrame
    LED lights for hab area
    Pots, pans, plates, cutlery etc
    1000w inverter

    If I had known how much it was going to cost before hand, I would have still done it.
     
  8. ShiftZZ

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    Essentials....

    iPad
    Wifi

    :Rofl1:

    Now I know its a wind up..
     
  9. Swift

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    Interesting spot, you would never dream that was behind it, as you say nice garden and big kitchen onto it. Not far for them to go to work :BigGrin:

    Top people though, very knowledgeable and great workmanship.
     
  10. Swift

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    Well I think I fell in that trap, but not over years, in one week :BigGrin:

    I guess starting from zilch means some up front investment, I think I am about done apart from the fuel cells :Rofl1:
     
  11. hilldweller

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    Great idea until you delve into the fuel and running costs.
     
  12. Swift

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    Your right, Conrad Anderson sell them, but not cheap.

    They also import and sell a small generator that fits under the belly of the vehicle and keeps the batteries charged, so use of inverters would be fine, but that was around £3k fitted I think, it is on their site.

    I think my accessory shopping is over for the moment, I have enough manuals to read :BigGrin:
     
  13. JJ

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    Fray Bentos Steak and Ale Pies.

    Fray Bentos Steak and Mushroom Pies.

    Two stroke mix for Velosolex.

    JJ
     
  14. Terry

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    Hi Swift, from that list you must be doing a self build ? :thumb: any pics of your van ?:thumb:
    note I say your van & not some other that you pull off the net :Rofl1:
    terry
     
  15. slobadoberbob

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    and you thought I was bull sh***ing you

    See Rick

    You have started. I noticed you have not listed what you purchased at Bath & West? was it somesort of safari room and a large cook house unit?


    Now why do you think I had a box of free stuff on the floor... you will get there one day my friend. we all do it.

    But I read with interest all that some have purchased. Yes been there done that and so far in the last year and a quarter I have spent the better part of £14k on everythiong from Saterlite to Alarms to solar lights. The list is long and varied. But I have it all recorded and a binder that is busting (3") plus every item marked Winnibago on my MS money programe.

    I have not included the fuel, road tax, insurance or the euro tunnel charges, or camp sites or shows.. this is not a cheap hobby.. even £51.99 yesterday for the folding ladder.

    Rick it becomes a bug and I know what you were saying about the kitchen.

    see my post of the Kenwood Mixer.. 34 years - I want my money back:Blush:

    Bob:thumb:
     
  16. Swift

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    Hi Terry,

    I am happy to take some pics, but better still I see sloberdog is only a few miles from me, maybe We could meet up and get introduced :BigGrin:

    I am still in Battle, lovely site, great walk down through beautiful countryside to a pub, past a great big bull in a field :Eeek: got a late 4pm checkout so making the most of it :thumb:

    By the way Robert Dyas has a bargain £14.99 folding table at the moment, I bought one yesterday :BigGrin:

    Oh, and check out the mini 1500w digitally thermostatic controlled ceramic heater made by Dimplex, I bought 2 @ £19.99 each, tried one this weekend, (was on mains hookup so saved gas) fantastic, also oscillates. :thumb:
     
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    we are in Tunbridge Wells.


    We are Tunbridge Wells based, were are you?

    Bob aka Sloberboberbob, or sour puss Bob (long story) aka m'lud and some not printable on the site.:Eeek:
     
  18. Terry

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    Don't forget the camera Bob :thumb:
    Swift want base van are you converting ?
    terry
     
  19. Swift

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    Bob, leaving Battle at 4pm today, happy to meet up on route back to Sevenoaks if you are about. :thumb:
     
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    Now I would have to question the necessity of a collapsable bucket but everything else looks reasonable
    spongy
     
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