Left hand drive - offputting?

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  1. marksmith

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    Hi folks,

    First post here...

    Girlfriend and I are considering buying our first motorhome. We've hired a few before and enjoyed it, but we're not completely sure how it would be to own our own, so we want to make sure we don't pay over the odds for one which we lose a lot of money on if we decide to sell on in a year or so.

    We have found one nearby which looks great - the size and layout we want, sensible price, sensible mileage. The only issue is that it's left hand drive.

    I don't mind driving a LHD particularly, but is it going to be a problem to sell later? Do LHD models generally sell for less? We'll be doing most of our touring in the UK, but I suppose if one were going to be spending time in Europe it would be an advantage...

    Opinions and advice gratefully received!

    Thanks!
    -Mark
     
  2. Deckard

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    LHD do sell for a bit less...so you pay less and sell it later for less...

    However, LHD in UK is less of an issue than RHD in Europe...


    I personally wouldnt be put off by it, but each to their own...just remember you will have to adapt how you drive, fit extra mirrors etc...
     
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    and welcome .....:welcome:
     
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    Agree with Deckard.

    Our first mh was a LHD, and in the UK it was only at left hand turns that you approached at an angle that caused a slight problem. But either you hang back so you can see right, or your passenger tells you. I confess it was probably the lower price of the LHD van that got us into motorhoming in the first place!

    And, of course when you cross the channel, it's perfect!

    Steve :Smile:
     
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    Oh, yes, and at the risk of repeating everything Deckard says, :RollEyes: Welcome!

    Steve :Smile:
     
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    Never found it a problem driving a RHD in Europe in fact I prefer it unlike driving a LHD in the UK but you pay your money and take your chance. If the van suites you go for it, you will adapt to driving it here.
     
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  7. JeanLuc

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    LHD is great in Continental Europe and no real problem in the UK - we chose one deliberately. I must admit I have never noticed a discount for LHD Hymers. When we bought ours the dealer had two identical models on the forecourt of similar age and spec but the other was RHD. They were on offer at the same price.
     
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    Ours is LHD and although we've only had it since February, it's easy enough to get used to. We are going to use it most in Europe though. Go for it if it's the van you want and the price is right. (was that a tv show?) :Eek!:
     
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    Was in Germany a few weeks ago looking at German motorhomes(didn't buy so expensive to change)but I was surprised to be told new right hand drive new motorhomes are the Same price as left hand. Presto
     
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    I have had numerous LHD vehicles, cars, trucks, and RVs, never a problem.

    Craig
     
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    No problems - in the UK it is easier to follow the curb as the driver!

    Extra mirrors and a fresnel lens on the offside helps ...

    Cheers
     
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    I've always said I prefer to drive RHD in France but we are considering changing to a LHD - only because it looks like another perfect layout for us!
     
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    Lots of replies, thanks very much. Most of them answer a different question :Laughing: which is "are they a problem to drive". I'm not really worried about that at all.

    My question, in case there's another round of replies, is whether it will be a problem to sell on - either hard to sell or fetch a significantly lower price.

    Thanks all for the replies and welcomes though. Early indications are that they aren't a problem to sell...
     
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    Hi Mark & Girl friend and welcome to Fun...

    You've answered your own question really. Thing is, no one can give a def answer. But if your looking at it now, doesn't mean to say there won't be someone else looking at it if its up for sale in the future. As already said, you pay your money you take your chance. As with everything else in life No Guarantees. But if its right for you with the here and now, then don't be put off by something that may or may not happen down the line.

    Carpe diem (however its spelt)
     
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    In case this gives any further reassurance, I attach a link to the dealer where we bought ours. I realise you may not be looking for a Hymer but that is the brand I have direct experience of. A scroll dow his stock list will reveal many LHD models and I would not say they look particularly discounted.

    http://www.edgehillmotorhomes.co.uk/page/motorhomes
     
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    Hi Mark

    The make, model and quality of van is likely to be more of a factor than L or R hand drive. So for example, if you bought a Hymer, Rapido, Burstner, Laika, or one of several other brands which are both recognised as higher-end and also far more commonly seen long distance touring, then when you eventually decide to sell on, you should get a good deal.

    Hopefully the resale question won't come up for several years yet, by which time you'll have enjoyed the freedom of travel that only MHs can bring so much, that you'll have forgotten all about cash values!

    If you really need to nail this one down though, I'd suggest you trawl the net to compare L and R hand values for a small selection of vans, making sure you pick as close a spec match as possible.

    The dealer we bought ours from always has a selection of L and R H vans in stock and will happily trade either, but my personal guess is that if you asked him his opinion, he would say there is a bigger market for RH in England. That's probably stating the obvious, but bigger market usually means higher values.

    There is a lot of fun to be had in hunting down the right van, so enjoy it!

    The dealer we used (and will return to, even though we now live a long way away) is Edgehill Motorhomes in Mansfield.

    Gary
     
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    No problem at all with LHD. I was completely agnostic when buying and ended up with a LHD RV. If anything it makes it easier to pull in to the side on country roads. The main issue is that the hab door is into the road when parked somewhere busy. Of course, any European touring and you're back on the "correct" side.

    Also, you may wish to upgrade the mirrors if they are rubbish; otherwise merging is horrible. For example, early Fiat/Boxer/Ducatos had terrible mirrors, but they are directly replaceable with the excellent later version with just three bolts and 30 seconds of your time.
     
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    Hi

    We have had both LHD and RHD vans and my preference as the driver, irrespective of whether UK or Euro touring is RHD.

    Some vans are very popular on LHD - such as the Hymer, Dethleffs etc whilst British vans that pop up from time to time on LHD are less "desirable" in my opinion.

    Russell
     
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    Hi and welcome :welcomefunster:
    Have Had a number of left hand drive vans ,M/H, and cars at the moment a LHD LMC never had any problem selling on and at probably a better price than a UK produced MH much easier to drive in this country and certainly in EU. There is a vast market out there:RollEyes:
    Take any vehicle into many a dealer to sell and they will give you a load of bull and not a lot of Wonga :Eeek:
     

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    As I just said I could be interested , or my cousin ... but you've got to know .... we are both French:Eeek:


    Amicalement

    Frankie:BigGrin:
     
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