Is this really a good idea??

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  1. Dave F

    Dave F

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    Who are we:
    Dave & Marion - Used to go camping when kids were young, but gave up as they got older. Now we've got grandchildren and we're moving into retirement, thought this might be a good idea ...
    What have we got:
    A 2001 CI Carioca 10 - Dave bought this from a second hand car dealer last October while Marion was away for the week. - On reflection, that probably wasn't the best way to go about getting a motorhome, and he now has the task of convincing her that actually it probably was a good idea.
    Where have we been:
    Warwick in October. - We learned that

    (1) If you drive away from your site and don't leave a marker that someone else will turn up and park in your spot when you come back later that night :(
    (2) That some campers are not very forgiving to newbies and make an (I think excessive) fuss if they think you park too close to them (we weren't that close...you could park a car between us). It's not easy to reverse into a space late at night in the dark if you've never done it before :(

    Hopefully we'll find friendlier campers, otherwise I'll have a real job on to convince M this really is a good idea....

    Bridlington, November
    Just wanted to get this van out for a second time before its too cold to go anywhere. Booked a Caravan & Camping Club CCL. No unfriendly campers this time, in fact, no other campers at all!

    We found that Motorhomes get stuck in mud easily, and landed up eating our breakfast for supper in the middle of a cold lonely windswept field, :( instead of going out for the steak meal we'd promised ourselves in the nice pub a few miles away :mad: .. Next morning we managed to slide our way to the exit...

    Still need to convince M this really is a good idea....
    What else have we done:
    Service & MoT, Washed the curtains and covers; fitted reverse view camera, bike rack and swivel drivers seat; reordered inside and cleaned it up to make the whole thing look and work more like M would like it to.

    Joined motorhomefun and planning on going to the Stratford Rally in June- Hopefully you guys can convince M this really is a good idea....​







     
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  2. DavidG58

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    Hello and welcome

    same name, same issues, but I got there, keep at it

    but avoiding muddy fields is a must

    I hope to meet you at Stratford (y)
     
  3. davidbaldam

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    Get yourself over the France, that will convince SWMBO. (y)
     
  4. Baldeagle7470

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    Sounds like a really good idea to me!!
    A big welcome from :france: sounds like you are doing pretty well so far:clap2:
     
  5. Baycott

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    I'm sure you will get there Dave. What's not to like :rolleyes:
    Welcome to Fun where all your questions will be answered....... Some may even be sensible answers :rofl::rofl:
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  6. Photo4x4

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    Congratulations and welcome.

    You broke all the 'rules' when buying you first MH, however the MOST important thing is that you now HAVE a MH. :)

    I have seen quite a few postings on here from people who have been following the 'rules' looking for their perfect first MH for years and still haven't found it! They have missed out on quite a lot of MH'ing.

    You however have purchased one and have begun to tweak it to your satisfaction and in the meantime have been learning and enjoying (apart from the unfriendly experience in Warwick).

    Life is too short to keep putting things off until every 'i' is dotted and every 't' crossed.

    You lived up to my motto - GOYADI.

    Get Off Your A**e And Do It!

    Well done.

    KH
     
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  7. scousebird

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    Hello :hi:. You're learning and we all had to do that - keep going, you'll get there (y)
     
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  9. Hogan7777

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    Welcome , we are on our 5th motorhome and still not found the perfect one.
    Not sure that meeting other funsters at a rally will help, they are a odd bunch on here and may put you off for life. :pinocchio:
     
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  10. Electraglide

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    I set off on my own to buy a Reliant Scimitar, we had seen it when the dealer was closed. Did not like it when I drove it, came home with a bay window VW instead.
     
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  11. FIDGET

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    Hi & Big Welcome from the Isle of Wight,
    Well done for sticking with it , Most (in my experience) mo/ho owners are usually friendly , some are shy or reserved (perhaps thats why they didn't seem friendly) others do tend to camp in groups so tend to look a bit clicky , we've always found them helpful if you have a problem and ask for help ( because most of us have similar problems in the past) they will offer there experience & help.
    Get yourself along to the funsters area at Stratford, you will definitely have a much different experience.
    Terry & Ann
     
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    Hi and welcome from Glasgow.
     
  13. Rob and Val

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    Hi.gif On your next trip take Marion where SHE wants to go, even if you don't. If it's a town then buy her a small gift as a memento. In the evening take her out for a meal so that she can relax. And remember the most important thing: - A happy wife means a happy life!
     
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  14. Debs

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    Hi and welcome...:D

    I wouldn't worry too much, don't let a couple of bad experiences put you off, we all have been there (and I'm sure there will be more to come:LOL:).

    Summer is on it's way........a good suggestion from Rob & Val though:D
     
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    Well done, I too have a reluctant OH & just got our first, a Hymer last month. Not been anywhere in it yet but like you been giving it a good clean and getting it as I want it. Hope to get away after Easter for a few nights. and hope to get to a rally or two, maybe Stratford. She's coming round slowly. Must make a note though to avoid the muddy field, that would be a real downer!
    Can recommend France though, we hired last year and loved Brittany.
    Chris
     
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    Hi Figaro , where in brittany did you visit or could recommend, as we are off in sept.
    Terry
     
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    Hi Dave & Marion and welcome to the Fun!:welc::party:
     
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    Hi & :welc:
     
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    Hi Dave & Marion....a warm welcome to you both!:)

    :welc:
     
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    If Stratford does not do the job you are stuffed, dead, ex-motorhomer, extinct.
     
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