How practical is a 6.8m MH?

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  1. bellabee

    bellabee Funster

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    Hi
    Flushed with the success of gaining useful responses to my previous post, here I go again. Looking at the Burstner Delfin for the two of us and our two Dalmatians. It seems to tick all the boxes - fixed bed, low profile, non-Fiat base, plenty of floor space for dogs. As complete beginners, though, we're wondering whether there are any problems/difficulties in the day-to-day driving of a 6.8m vehicle as opposed to a shorter one? For example - what's it like to park on car parks? Any problems driving in towns abroad or in UK? My OH has test driven the Delfin, and liked it, but are we being needlessly cautious about the length? Swings and roundabouts, I know. In order to get the floor space in a fixed bed vehicle we can't really go for anything shorter. Our only other option would be 'A' class - or leave the Dallies behind! (Only joking). All views and comments gratefully accepted.
    Bella
     
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    If you are a competent car driver you should be able to adjust to the extra size very quickly. The main difference is not so much the length but the swing of the back-end when turning, for example; if you are parked close to the curb, when you pull away there is a good chance that your back-end is going to cover the pavement so beware of items on the pavement.

    You will find a reversing camera a big help but you will not the the pro. commercial drivers don't have them.

    good luck. Doug...
     
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    Have you thought about an RV??

    They are not all huge 40 foot long 9 feet wide monsters you know. I love the B+ class of RV

    Have a look at this

    http://www.lazydays.com/rvs/Motorho...liday-Rambler-Augusta-Gas-Motorhomes-006.html

    Only 26 feet long narrower than a Eurovan with 2 slide outs and every luxury you could wish for and automatic transmission and power everything, with an on board generator.

    We had a 30 foot 3 slide B+ and it was brilliant, you do need to book ahead for site due to the length but at 6.8 mtrs you will need to consider this anyway. :thumb:
     
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    Hi

    The size will be fine, I always think that 6metres is perfect for travelling but hard to live in, more so with animals. We ended up getting 7.15 metres and usually have to pay more on the ferry etc., but tend to do longish breaks and its perfect for that.

    I also think you get used to what youve got pretty quick and when you travel about you will find a lot of people have larger motorhomes. Only you can make that decision, but I dont think you will regret it.

    Good luck

    Pat
     
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    As long as you use your mirrors and get a reversing camera you will be fine.
     
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    Mine is 8 mtrs and is def no hardship to drive/park

    Yes, you have to be AWARE, but never had any real difficulties apart from in Pisa where I messed up HUGELY and ended up in the hospital car park ! :BigGrin:
     
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    At the moment mine is that size and it posses No problems what-so-ever,
    We are now looking at other vans a little larger around 7.5 meters which could in some Aires could be a little tight and restricted ? ....so it is a good size you are looking at.


    Mel:thumb:
     
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    Why excluded all Fiat base vehicles?:whistle:
     
  9. PenelopePitstop

    PenelopePitstop Funster Life Member

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    Ours is 6.83m (22ft 5") and we both love driving it.:Smile:

    We can take it just about anywhere - never found a campsite that we can't get on although we've found plenty that our friends with a 25ft one can't get on!:Sad:

    We got to Tesco in it but try to avoid VERY busy ones! We try to take up 4 places so we've got plenty of room for back end swing and opening garage doors for loading.

    All in all it's a very manageable length!:thumb:
     
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    Hi

    Do agree you should have no problems with this size, and do agree on the camera you can manage without, but find it so much easier with one, go for a good wired in one you wont regret it at all. we have a smaller van but no rear visibility apart from mirrors and find the camera a real help as good as a window.


    Dave :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Hi Bella , some good advice so far but have to disagree about the parking.

    IMO a 6.8mt van isn't suitable for day to day use or as a sole means of transport, you won't be able to park in a standard parking bay, so that rules out most city car parks, even those without height barriers.

    Supermarket parking is generally ok during the quieter times when you can use two bays end to end .. For sites and aires it will be no problem.

    We would all love a tardis, but what ever van you buy it will ALWAYS we a compromise.. there is no such thing as the perfect or one size van that fits all scenarios.

    I would love a motorhome that I could use day to day, park anywhere, had the economy of a car, four berths, toilet, shower etc etc .. but sadly, it just doesn't exist.

    and yes I have owned a camper van ( VW) so I am well aware of their benefits and drawbacks.
     
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    Many thanks for all your useful replies. I can't believe what a helpful site this is. The wonders of the inernet! Where would we be without it? I feel much reassured.

    Bottons - We're not excluding all Fiat bases, just that we've got a 'wish list', and would prefer to go for other bases, all things being equal. I'd describe us as being 'cautious beginners'. Maybe 'over-cautious' could be a better description.
     
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    6.8 isn't particularly big.

    Length is a bit of a problem, you need to find supermarket parking where you can take one and a half slots length wise.

    And as Doug said, watch that overhang.

    White van man does it every day, so a FUNster can.

    So no problem, go for it.
     
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    Just go for it, You will soon pick it up. As Jim says, it could be a problem for day to day use, but, in essence you soon get used to it. there's always the option of a scooter, toad, bikes etc to get around.
    Love the choice of van, although as said, do not exclude a fiat base because if you do you will severely limit your choice/
     
  15. Dodgey

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    We're 28 ft, and obviously that restricts where we can take the 'van, BUT, we're learning still that there are lots of places we can go, just requires common sence, and a spot of luck!

    Our first van was 22ft, which after appling a calculator:Doh: , is about the length you're talking about and really, as he said (I'm agreeing with Brian again:Doh:) just go for it, to much fun to be had to worry about these things:thumb:

    Supprising amounts of places can accomodate MHs, sometimes it may be that one of you has to stay with and be ready to move, but we're generally talking supermarket type trips, equally it's unusual not to be able to use 2-4 spaces out of the way and take your time.
     
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    From my point of view completely Impracticable:Doh:
    I started out with 22foot and found they shrink very very quickly:RollEyes:
    Now can just about manage in my 34 foot (11Mtr) RV:Eeek: even take a cat to swing around:thumb:
    Geo
     
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    My van is 26' (8m) and and would say that it doesn't cause a big problem with regard to driving or access etc however I do have to think in advance. Plus tend to use out of town supermarkets at quieter times.

    I would say the biggest nuisance is not being able to park in main town centres, but that would be the case with any motorhome except the smallest.
    We are not very experienced yet but when approaching smaller towns we just pull over before parking restrictions apply and then walk.
     
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    2.8 metres is about half a metre longer than our Dethleffs(it is an A class) which is not a huge amount more. My rule of thumb (or rather arm-span) is to try to keep the overhang at the back at around 5 feet. My own feeling is that much longer would cause a few problems particularly where we live but also where we tend to drive (small roads, out of the way, with passing places). Also, where we live and the layout of our house means that we would be unable to get anything over about 3 metres parked up.
    We have found that by being a bit strict with ourselves we have no difficulty with living in ours for several weeks at a time and are very comfortable. Parking a couple of fairly large dogs might create a bit of a challenge, but your extra half metre would go a long way to solving that. I suppose we could always give the fixed bed over to the hounds and sleep in the pull-down. We have it on good authority that it's very comfie.:BigGrin::Doh::Eek!:. Also, if you choose decent weather you'll probably be living outside anyway - so how do you choose decent weather?:Nowink::Confused:
    I have always like the Burstner Delphin except for the way they put the oven about five feet above the floor (bloody dangerous in my opinion). Do they still do that???

    Go for it. It sounds like a good-un.

    BUT before you do make sure that there is enough payload for all your (and the dogs') needs. You may be surprised how much stuff weighs.


    John
     
  19. barryd

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    Piece of cake driving a big motorhome. Ours is 7.5 metres and I just jump in and drive it like a car. In fact the distance from the stearing wheel to the road is less than on my Golf. Never had an accident but seen loads in my rear view mirror.

    sorry.
     
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    Our MH is 7.3m and is not a problem to drive etc. the main thing to remember is the overhang particularly when manouvering in car parks but you soon get used of it and using your mirrors all the time.

    We have two dogs and all share the fixed bed!

    regards

    Kath & Howie
     
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