How many vans?

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  1. Chris

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    How many motorhomes have you owned?

    Just reading Haganaps thread about his new van and I think he said it is his 4th van in 10 years.

    We are on our second van since 2008.

    So who has owned the most, and what were the motivating factors for change?
     
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    2nd MH since 2012. First one was a "budget" van bought brand new. After 2 years we knew we were loving it so upgraded :D
     
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    We are on our 4th van in 5 years.
    1st - a self converted ambulance called Geoffrey,
    2nd - Hymer B564 called Herman,
    3rd - Hymer B644 called Dora (still currently owned but a deposit has been taken)
    4th - Dethleffs Eprit called Nessie the Monster van.
    Motivating factors - bigger van = more space = more comfort

    We started full timing in Dora but knew without doubt we were bitten by the motorhome bug by the time we finished our first trip in the 1st van.
     
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  4. Chris

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    4 vans in 5 years - that's going some!
     
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    We changed from a caravan to a motorhome in 1988 new on an F plate. Picked it up loaded it up and was off to Spain for month within the week sold that with 90k miles on the clock. Since then I have had three new vans all totally different as my requirements have changed. It pays to measure twice and cut once when buying a new van.(y)
     
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    So top of the list on our current van was a bed! Rapido7090F
    Next was payload big engine auto and good storage, left hand drive was a bonus.
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    1: Sprite 4 berth caravan, OH took FIL to NEC for his first Van, saw the sprite for £4,100 as a dealer ex demo called me and said did I fancy a caravan. Wow yes, it seemed like a little palace after the frame tent. We had to press a floor pump for the water and buy a porta potti for the bathroom. Hard work too small upgrade
    2: new sprite musketeer, 5 berth. Hot water, flushing loo, enough beds for 3 growing boys. Got terrible damp ingress where the "musketeer" logo was riveted to the side of the van.
    3: new eldiss wisp 2 berth. Luxury without the kids. This got damp all around the front windows. Saw a dealer (bargain?) at goodalls, New R reg swift 590
    4: new swift 590 4 berth. Briefly, had about 7 fridges fitted, and the damp was unbelievable. This van spent more time in repair than on site. We sold after moving to Cumbria and didn't have time to use it. After a few years "vanless" we saw an
    5: Ace jubilee 2b caravan only 9 months old, we had settled down a bit after moving house twice in 9 months. Strangely kept this the longest but used it least, spent most of its life in storage. Bumped into a tree on a French holiday which opened up a large crack and let in a lot of water. Swapped for a
    6: new 2b end bathroom challenger sport. Had this 2 years and as we were now retired unexpectedly early, used it a lot. Got sick of making bed every night, too small and we moved about a lot more having more time.
    7: bailey 740, only had 2,900 miles private sale. Sorted. Maybe could do with something with a garage though.......,..
     
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    8 vans over a number of years. Initially a converted old ambulance that gave me loads of fun (and expense!) then onto more modern, better facilities, more space, then reduced size for more ease of touring. The most research I have done was for my current van which is the only new one, and I don't intend changing!

    1 ambulance
    2 Compass Calypso (petrol/lpg)
    3 Swift Mondial
    4 Hymer
    5 Hymer (fixed bed)
    6 La Strada
    7 Autotrail
    8 Autocruise Alto - current van
     
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    [QUOTE.... Cal54................................... and I don't intend changing![/QUOTE]

    Now where have I heard that before? :)
     
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    Two since 2008

    1st 2008 Hymer Tramp 654 SL Gold Edition brought new.
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    With the pound being so strong against the Euro trying to persuade the boss to let me buy a Carthago Chic
     
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    4 vans, all new within 18 months. A good reason (or so I think) for changing each time, but this really is it for now. Next stop the poorhouse!
     
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    HI, Now on our 10th, check them out on my photo's in the showcase section.
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    Hi Greif, love the new avatar , you there with your daughter !! Jackie
     
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    First van was an old Commer with lift up roof, after some years a Camalot on a Talbot Express (both petrol!) and a year ago we bought an Autocruise Pinto on an Iveco Daily (diesel and pre Swift take over.)

    The first one was in the 1970s then after a gap the second was in the 1990s. Used to tow a stock trailer with the Talbot. This was followed by a gap of some 12 years when we went boating and then in 2014, having sold the narrowboat, we got the Pinto - the best of all.

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    Watcher buddy, it's only you, Anne and the passport Office that know Jackie's real age and the Fact that I'm into the older woman......

    .....lets go off at a tangent shall we, @Chris won't mind
     
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