Large MH (poss Tag) vs RV

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  1. Spawn_e_git

    Spawn_e_git Funster

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    ok so it's in the future but Mrs and I are getting fed up with putting the bed together every night and looking at upgrading to a fixed bed model

    Not loaded so looking at Round £15-20k.

    Both working for a long time yet so this is for a max two weeks at a time.

    Looked at a few MH this last weekend at the place in Wells Bridge and whilst some where ok a lot had terrible layouts which are massively compromised by the fixed bed. Most had a functional dinette but no lounge area. Either sit at a table or lay on a bed.

    So RV... they are around the same price, most have gas conversions, have more space, all the toys (ac, cruise, levelling, separate shower room, massive bed) .

    So why would I not go for a RV?

    Things I think I know:

    1. More cost on ferries.
    2. Parts might not be as quick to get.
    3. Bigger and more difficult to drive in places like Cornwall, but coaches go there.
    4. 3.5 ton driving limit, I can drive 7.5 ton and I'm 30 years away from 70 and by then the driving age will probably be higher.

    5. Left Hooker. Can't see that as a big issue, I'd soon get used to it and many MH driver prefer to buy LHD from new for European travel.

    There must be lots I've missed out on and it would be great to hear from those that own RV's or have owned and switched back and the reason for this.

    Many thanks
     
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    biggest difference would be fuel consumption and parts availability.
     
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    Have you got room to keep it at home?
    Fuel consumption?
    On road costs(tyres. Tax insurance,Etc)
     
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    Hi thanks for the replies, keep 'em coming

    fuel consumption.. Yes it might be more but with a gas conversion if it achieved 15 per gallon it must be close to a large MH which can be purchased for 20k so that is before the new gen diesels.

    Storage. Ours is in storage now and it might be a bit more but not a huge amount.

    Tyres + tax. Not sure, I though commercial vehicles (>3.5t) is cheaper for tax. No idea about tyres. Will look into this.
     
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    Expect nearer to 10mpg for a 7ltr v8 or v10.
    Road tax is the same for all 3.5t plus private heavy goods vehicles, which an rv is classed as, and its currently £165pa.
    Tyres.... Rvs run on proper heavy commercial vehicle tyres and average cost for Goodyear etc is £300ish each but are much less susceptible to damage and very hard wearing.
     
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    In much the same situation but have decided to convert an old library bus . At 7.5 Tonne fuel is the main issue . Tax insurance have been the same as has recovery . Running costs ( x fuel) are much the same . Most filters can be matched though a new air box may be needed ( from scrap yard)
    Parking is easy . You can't park in town End of. Scooter or electric bikes . You will have to watch for road restrictions . Europe means the tunnel Ferry's measure length height . Tunnel you are a Motor home . Same price as a small motor home . On the up side you get a motor "Home" which you can carry what you like . Not a motorised box looking to save weight where ever you can. Did I mention just pressing a button to level up on a sloping site.
     
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    We've had several A class RVs (32ft) and now have a A class Hymer tag 7.5 mtrs (25ft).
    RVs are great but consider fuel mpg your 15mpg is unrealistic single figures is normal despite what some trying to convince you otherwise.
    Length is not such a big deal driving but is a very big deal on campsites as most are limited to 8 meters.
    Width however is a very big issue as RVs are very wide and seem even wider in Europe.
    Height again an issue especially in Europe as tolls increase massively over 3 meters and most campsites have low trees for shade even our Hymer at a smidge under 3 meters can struggle with height clearance.
    Not knocking RVs as we really loved ours but it restricted our ability to travel spontaneously so much that it had to go as we hate to have to plan ahead too much.

    The tag Hymer is 25ft long has double floor so amazing insulation. It also has a massive payload approx 1300kgs being 5000kg gross we carry a 650 Kawasaki in the garage. Fuel consumption average 25mpg and cruises all day at 60mph very comfortably and quietly.
    Big enough to seat 6 for a meal comfortably fullsize bathroom with a proper shower and massive fixed bed in the rear. Yet still small enough to tour anywhere in Europe and always find a pitch.
    We were really worried when we sold our last RV as we loved the slides and space and weren't convinced the tag would suit us.
    Now nearly 5 years and 60000 miles later we both agree the best decision we ever made. There is no possible way we could have visited even half the places we've been in the Hymer in a RV or have afforded it either.
    Hope this helps, whatever you choose enjoy.(y)(y)
     
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    I have had loads of both over the years.

    I always miss the space when I have a European van, and the payload. That and everything you want is standard.

    I am getting about 8-9 MPG on LPG which is cost 49.9 pence a litre when I last filled the tank two weeks ago, so about £2.25 a gallon

    Spares, never waited more than a few days from the States if the excellent specialists in the UK haven't got the bits I need/want

    Not for everyone, ours is 33' and we tow a boat behind it, normally to the South of France, normally in August lol

    Best trip? Summer time took a previous 36 footer to Corsica and had a great four weeks exploring the Island, and winter? probably this Christmas/New Year break, Edinburgh for Christmas, then up to the Highland touring around for New Year
     
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    My RV had the 6.5 chevvy, old technology 12/14 mpg, being a short one there was poor lounge area plus side the loo and shower had huge tanks, down side trying to find somewhere to empty it! The 3 litre Ducato in our tag perfoms very well 26mpg cruise at 65mph, 750/800 kg payload and island bed. Plus big lounge area, so no sitting at tables. For us it was the best decision to go European.
     
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    Hi again, thanks for great replies, any chance the Tag owners can post a few pics of the lounge areas?

    Whilst we were at Wells Bridge, there were a couple of tags but the layout of one awful with no fixed bed but two lounge areas.

    There is only two of us but plans mean we MUST have at least two seat belts in the rear.

    A class not a concern regarding the over cab bed. Would prefer storage over cab from using fixed over cab bed area like we do now.

    If Vanbitz gets 8-9 on a gas conversation at 50p a litre then that's equivelent to 16-18 on diesel.

    Campsite access a big deal though. I don't want a van that nobody will accept. This needs careful consideration as we like to just jump in and an hour north be up around Huntingdon area and in the Fens.
     
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    Cant post a pic in Croatia on poor wifi.
    3 seater sofa against left hand wall 2 large captsin chairs at front small table with a pull out on right hand wall and another large captains chair other side of table.
    All captain chairs belted.
    Overcab bed which we only use for storage unless grandkids come along.
    We travel for up to 3 or 4 months at a time so need plenty of lounging space and a big payload.
    This setup is almost perfect.
    Look up Hymer B694G 2oo2 to 2005 you should find it. Mind you the double floor versions with the extra big garage are very rare. Cost £100k back in 02 I've got the original receipt in the paperwork.
     
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    Hi Spawn_e_git. :)

    Ours tandem axle MH is the same layout at the front as Forestboy's, (bar kitchen and lounge) however, the rear fixed French quarter bed means that we only have the half garage, as opposed to the full size garage of the B694.
    There isn't anywhere I won't take it.............despite the protestations of SWMBO. :LOL:
    Sorry, no photos available whilst on this tablet.

    We are on the edge of the Lincs and Cambs Fens. :)

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
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    Tag axle burstner i821 3ltr 160 bhp 24/25 mpg 9 Metres long 3 metres high double insulated, big garage, alde heating, two king size beds,big lounge,separate shower/ toilet the list is endless. Have had a Winnebago journey34 loved it but prefer this one, been to more sites in this than we went in the Winnebago.
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