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  1. Hippo.

    Hippo. Read Only Funster

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    Hi everyone...

    I'm Hippo, and live near Newcastle. I've always wanted a motorhome...ever since I was knee high to a Calor gas bottle! It's only now that I am in a position to buy.

    Anyway, I've been doing a bit of research and I've decided my ideal 'van' (is that the right word?) is a 6 berth with an overcab bed, a couple of travelling seats and a lounge area to the rear.

    However, due to medical reasons I'm not allowed to drive anything over 3500Kg...my budget is only £25000 so I will be looking at a used model.

    I'm a total beginner at this and would welcome any advice on any aspect of motorhoming.

    Thank you in advance.

    Hippo.:Smile:
     
  2. Phill D

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    hi and welcome.:thumb:
    not sure you'l get a 6 birth under 3.5t if you do you may not have much pay load if any.
    i just put in my 6 berth overcab which was 4T.

    but i could be wrong. good hunting theres a few good vans on the market for yor budget.:thumb:
     
  3. stcyr

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    Hallo Hippo and :welcome:. Good luck in your search. Plenty of choice up to 25k!
     
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    Hi and welcome:thumb::thumb:
     
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    welcome

    WELCOME TO FUN:Smile::welcomefunster:
     
  6. Ralph-n-Bev

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    Hello Hippo Welcome to FUN.:welcome:
    You need to look in and try out as many motorhomes as you can.
    This is our motorhome. [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvMXvbZPWf8[/ame]
    Well its the same model as ours , not ours, as in ours :Smile:
    Its got what you want but the lounge isn't at the very back its behind the driving seats . These swivel round making a nice big lounge , without going too long or twin Axel .
    We found this better for us as it meant more lounging space. The over cab bed ( luton ) is like a king size bed. We sleep up there.
    Its also very solid , winterised , with diesel webasto heating , and we love it . You can pick them up for around £25k now. They are a lot more solid than some newer motorhomes too .
    We have had ours re - upholstered and plan on keeping it a long time , as it ticks all our boxes. Happy hunting.
    Bev
     
  7. mikkidee

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    Why eye man, hello hippo and welcome to the FUN and good luck with your search for a van, yes that's the word we use:BigGrin:

    Mike:Smile:
     
  8. Stewart J

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    There's quite a good choice of sub 3500kg vehicles about, especially if your not buying brand new.
    As mentioned , the payload is quite low, in some cases under 500kg .
     
  10. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Welcome to Fun Hippo,

    I have a 2008 Swift Lifestyle 590RS Motorhome which would suit you and in your budget range.

    If you do phone tell them I sent you and its £25k

    We are down south but might be worth a phone call.

    Peter
     
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    hi and welcome to the fun.
    just remember that the vans payload includes all passengers and luggage,food, water , bikes , chairs , BBQ etc.

    at 3500kg you will be pushing on a 6 berth thats actually useable as some of the smaller vans max plated at 3500kg are very close to being over weight with just driver + 1 passenger , fuel and water never mind all the other items you will put in it.

    avoid any Tag axle ones as most are 5000kg gross weight.
    and some twin rear wheeled ones are also over 3500kg.

    good luck and happy hunting.
     
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    Our Carioca is 3.5T and 6 berth and 21ft.

    However we have bunks at the rear, not the lounge.

    Love our van, winter in Scotland regularly.

    We are in Durham if you want a look.

    Happy Hunting
    June
     
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    Hello and welcome to motorhome fun, a bit of a nosey question but do you need a 6 berth are 6 of you using it, if yes fair enough but if not, you could probably give your self a wider choice and a better pay load if a 4 berth would suit.:welcomefunster:
     
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    Hi Hippo and :welcomefunster:


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  15. EthnGeoff

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    Hi & welcome Hippo. Good luck with the search, our ideal layout changed 4 times in the 2 yrs we spent looking at vans, but thankfully we're very happy with what we got. Brownhills at Birtley may be worth a visit too if you haven't already been.
    Geoff.:welcome:
     
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    So which layout do you have now?.............Griff
     
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    Bargain and a nice chap too by all accounts:thumb:
    Geoff.
     
  18. EthnGeoff

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    Front lounge, fixed double over garage. How does anyone cope without a garage?
    Geoff.
     
  19. Hippo.

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    Thanks for the friendly welcome guys...:Smile:

    Nice van Bev...was it expensive to be re-upholstered?

    I have been to Brownhills, Tyne Valley and Geist up to now...I've not heard of ESHartley and their website seems to be down :Sad:

    I think I've now decided on a layout and maybe even narrowed it down to make and model. I had 3 criteria (overcab bed, more than two passenger seats, and a rear lounge) and the 6 berth seemed to be the only way to go. Thanks for the advice up to now...I'll let you know when I get it and maybe even post a few pics.

    Hippo
     
  20. motorhomelover

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    Hi Hippo :welcomefunster:
    we all started of as newbies but soon learn for our mistakes

    i have had three euro motorhomes coach built & a class
    all were ok but left me feeling that i needed some thing a bit more robust
    older euro vans tend to shake them selves to bits over the years
    the fitting being lights weight are easy to damage

    i now have an American RV built to a far better standard than euro
    plus have much better comfort too

    i have yet to find a euro van that feels like home from home and not camping

    i had limited budget and secured a nice low mileage RV for less than £20K
    only had 38Kmiles when i get it in 2009
    now done 48K and still as good as new

    if you do buy an older unit check the tyre dates as you need to have good tyres even if they look good the UV will diss-troy the rubber

    my tyres where 2004 dated but at only 38K looked ok
    your first blow out can and will catch you out
    over 5 years old look at new ones

    get yourself a moisture gauge and test for damp
    if found walk away no matter how good it may look
    or what a good deal it may seam it will cost you in the long term
    (some dealers will not let you damp test your self so be aware)

    good luck in finding your MH :thumb::thumb:

    yours Ian F
     
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