Large Family, limited finance - wanting MH!

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  1. clairebentley40

    clairebentley40 Read Only Funster

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    Hi,

    Enjoying reading all the info on Motorhomefun and making endless lists of what I need to think about before buying a MH. :thumb:

    We are a large family, with four children and two adults and have (unfortunately) a limited budget. :cry:

    We work in the hotel industry and plan to use the MH to travel between our various jobs (probably next job will be in Morocco or Tunisia).

    1. Is there a price guide for MH's and what is it called? It feels strange 'buying blind' and having no idea of what is the right price.

    2. Is it possible (in your opinion) to find a MH for up to £10,000 which is 6 berth and has a fixed bed at the rear?

    3. Any suggestions for MH sales in and around the Sheffield?

    Would appreciate any help and advice.

    Claire
     
  2. BigJohn

    BigJohn Read Only Funster

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    I deal with, and can recommend, South Yorkshire Motorhomes at Dinnington.
    Their prices are not the cheapest, but they give a good honest service, and their guarantee is worth something.
    They have a good range of moptorhomes, although it is a bit depleted at the moment due to the way sales have boomed this year.
    Try them
     
  3. ourcampersbeentrashed

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    Welcome to motorhome fun and good luck in your hunt xxx
     
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    Unlike buying a car there is no real price guide as to what you might pay for a particular mh.

    You are on a very limited budget for the berth size you are looking for. You may have to forget about the fixed rear bed and make some compromises. A good starting point to buy is the online Auto Trader ads. You can set parameters such as make/type, maximum price, and distance to travel. Go and have a look at a few.

    One major factor to consider when buying any motorhome is availability of parts. If you have a friend who has some experience of owning/buying a motorhome, so much the better.

    Final point.....don't let your heart rule your head.
     
  5. scotjimland

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    You might try looking over here in Spain there are some very good deals around here now.:Cool:
     
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    hi welcome to the fun. how about ebay,,250489159532..may not be what your looking for but could be a good cheap outfit .little bit of work. well proven engine known all over europe spares every where. cheers alan.
     
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    Hi Claire

    We're doing the same as you - making endless lists and going out to visit dealers all over the place to see what's available. Completely confusing isn't it?

    However, all the advice and looking through all the magazines, ads and discussion groups does seem to help and we've managed to come up with a hitlist of makes and models to try and hunt down.

    Ultimately, we found that nothing beats just clambering all over dozens of models till you find they layout you feel comfortable with. It didn't stop me waking up this morning and the first words were about 'what would we do if...'

    So we probably know the van we want and the layout we want but sadly haven't yet found one that combines both! We'll keep trying...... Must try to remember that, amongst all the stuff that you don't want and looks too old and tired there will, one day, be just the gem you want!

    Don't give up - you'll find it, I'm sure.

    Mike
     
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    Claire - you have a private message
     
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    Hi clairbentley40 and :welcome: good luck with your motorhome search:thumb:

    regards
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    reading through the discription to thhe end you get the Q & A's and it has no rear seat belts and this is not as the seller says "looks easy to do" lack of photos also a bit odd....

    I think you need top spend a little more...Money is cheap at the moment if you can get a loan that is!:RollEyes:
     
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    Good luck with the Hunt for the MH,like you we are looking ,one thing would bear in mind as mentioned,most main stream MH will have parts availability,in the end it will still cost ££ on repairs but sourcing used parts will be easier ,also as you have metioned some will let you know if you intend being away for a long time abroad inurance could also be a deciding factor on which MH:thumb: as well as running cost mpg etc
     
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    The OP didn't specify seat belts in the back .. there are 12 pictures and the dealer invites viewings before bidding .. don't see why that's odd

    Agree that if you want seat belts they are not easy to do ..
     
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    Looks nice 'n shiny Jim..........BUT it's '93 Fiat engine and box etc and we've not long had a poster on here with the identical engine who was having difficulties obtaining a camcover casting.

    Another Fiat owner who couldn't even get a replacement fuel filler cap for a five year old motorhome! Thats unacceptable.

    Personally i put spares/parts availability at the top of the list. The 'shiny bits' or impressive looks can come way down because no matter how attractive a motorhome may be, it ain't much use when it's sitting in some Garage waiting for a simple nut or bolt to be sourced.
     
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    You could consider buying in Europe, we bought ours in Germany from a very reputable dealer and got a good price. Also if you are doing a lot of travelling in North Africa and Europe, then a Left hand drive could be a better option.

    Space/berth wise, you should be able to get a 6 berth, maybe with overcab bed, dinette/bed and maybe bunks at the rear? Also consider an awning to create extra space especially with the kids, some have a separate sleeping section and you could use inflatable beds for the kids.
     
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    Couldn't agree more, I'm always harping on about choice of base being more important than the chintz .. but it often falls on deaf ears, it's floor plan first with the latest graphics and don't care what it's sitting on.

    However in the example you cited I think the chap has been unlucky, sounds like it has been poorly maintained .. the older Fiat engines are usually very good, many an elderly Fiat engined Hymer is still going strong..


    jim
     
  20. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Buying a MH from a dealer for £10k leaves little for after sales service, insurance based warranties in the main are not worth the paper they are written on unless backed by the dealer.

    We steer clear of larger MH's in that price bracket as the potential for grief is not worth the hassle.

    Best to buy privately in my view.

    Peter
     
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