Left hand drive

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  1. jettdt

    jettdt Read Only Funster

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    Hi,
    I am just starting to look for a motorhome and will be a complete newbie. I have seen one possible the only problem is it is LHD.

    I think that in the first year most of our camping will be UK based do you think LHD would be a bad idea, I am used to driving large vehicles but am concerned about visibility on dual c/way and also regards resale possibilities in a few years time.

    Thanks in advance

    JETTTDT
     
  2. Larrynwin

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    Resale may be your main problem as I think many brits have misgivings about driving left hookers. Me , no problem , never been a truck driver but driving my lhd rv is a breeze , apiece of cake.
     
  3. lazydays

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    Firstly, hello and welcome to Motorhome FUN.

    I cant see this being a problem, I think most motor homers, especially those who are retired and now enjoying life, spend the summer in the UK and see family (RHD Requied) and then spend winter in warmer climates (LHD Required).

    So I don't think it really matters it down to the individual(s) who have to drive the MH

    Good luck and happy travels:thumb:
     
  4. AuldCodger

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    If the price is right personally don't see a problem, like yourself have driven commercials from large to small and many miles one up on the continent looking out from the wrong side.
    Usually add an extra rear view mirror as an extra precaution.
    If you go for it - enjoy. :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
  5. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    LHD does not seem to be a big issue, in fact some seek out LHD because place to really enjoy motorhomes is over there.

    We drive over there a lot and RHD is not an issue. Generally these big lumps are too big and thirsty to be looking for overtaking and what bit you need to do can be spotted by the passenger, assuming you have one.

    All you can do is find similar MHs in RHD and compare pricing.
     
  6. Tony Santara

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    The main thing to driving a wrong hand drive vehicle is to have your mirrors set correctly

    The first couple of days will feel awkward maybe a bit scary but you'll soon get used to it :thumb:
     
  7. jettdt

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    Thanks for the quick replies, difficult to know how much I am saving but its about 20% cheaper than new. If that was just because it was LHD then that would be a good saving but it is also an ex demo and not the latest spec so throwing that into the mix makes it difficult to compare.

    Never mind if it was easy it would not be so interesting researching it all.:BigGrin:
     
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    20% off the price of a new rhd is a terrible deal ; I looked at buying a LHD used vehicle when in england last year , deals were available at maybe 20% off the price of the same vehicle with rhd , so 20% off 20% off would be more like it ie 36% off

    lhd vehicles are fetching such low prices in the uk at present that someone I know came from spain 3 months ago to buy one , much cheaper than he could get in the lhd countries

    I suggest you look through the private ad's and compare equivilent prices which are being advertised on lhd and rhd which

    as someone here said , lots of people in uk wouldn't buy a lhd vehicle ; as an experienced vehicle it shouldn't bother you one little bit !
     
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    20% off the price of a new rhd is a terrible deal ; I looked at buying a LHD used vehicle when in england last year , deals were available at maybe 20% off the price of the same vehicle with rhd , so 20% off 20% off would be more like it ie 36% off

    lhd vehicles are fetching such low prices in the uk at present that someone I know came from spain 3 months ago to buy one , much cheaper than he could get in the lhd countries

    I suggest you look through the private ad's and compare equivilent prices which are being advertised on lhd and rhd which

    as someone here said , lots of people in uk wouldn't buy a lhd vehicle ; as an experienced driver
    it shouldn't bother you one little bit !
     
  10. MIN663

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    Hi Jettdt and welcome,
    im new here to on my first motorhome a LHD Hymer.
    Not been a problem with visibility on dual c?ways only a slight problem sometimes pulling out of turnings seeing to the right but soon got used to positioning my self different not a problem when you have the boss with you:Rofl1:.
    Cant quote on resale.
    Go for it and enjoy
    Cheers Min :thumb:
     
  11. jettdt

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    So do you think it is still possible to get 20% of a new rhd, or do you mean ex demos??
     
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    If its any help we bought a LHD as most of our holidays are taken abroad and its easier to drive with the steering wheel on the right side (left side) if you know what I mean, if when we are over here its a lot easier to drive as we are more familiar with everyday driving here and when we want to sell it, we will go to europe.
     
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    LHD drive should not be a problem, just remember you have to be on the nearside in the UK, if your not. you are on the wrong side of the road!:cry:

    We are dipping our toes into LHD's to see if therei is any demand, got a couple in stock at the moment including an unregistered demo with £13,000 off new price!

    Peter
     
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    Hi Peter,

    Does tha additional 5% Funster discount apply to that also??:BigGrin:
     
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    What make? Cancel that. Found it on your site. Shame its a transverse.
     
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    Might be interested in an LHD 669 :BigGrin:

    Always liked the Kontiki. Just really but off by some of the build quality issues that have been aired and also the Fiat judder issue. I'm not sure where they stand on winterisation either?

    It's these issues that drive me towards Rapido and Burstner to be honest (that and the plans to live in France where a French MH might be more easily maintained/serviced.
     
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    No problem with LHD in my view - much easier 'over there' and easy to adapt 'over here'. Also, if buying German / French, having the conversion to RHD often means you have no driver's door and the gas locker / storage cabinet takes up right-side elbow room - that's in an A-class.

    Only real issues in UK are ensuring you have adequate blind-spot cover with mirrors, but then you'd need to do that in reverse for continental touring anyway, and turning left at T-junctions: all about positioning as previously mentioned.

    When we bought ours, we wanted a LHD and there did not seem to be much of a discount, but perhaps that's because it's not a very common van here anyway. The dealer happened to have two at the time: one RHD on a 416 chassis with Sprint-shift semi-auto and ours on a 316 chassis with full torque-converter auto. Same age - both were the same price.

    Philip
     
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    LHD or RHD......doesnt really matter as you're up above most other traffic and can see over them.

    stuck behind a coach/bus/HGV etc can be a bit daunting when you need to pull out but if you're far enough behind you get a forward view far enough ahead to see whats coming and can nip back in if neccessary.

    tailgate a coach etc and you've no chance of pulling out.
     
  19. Frankia

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    We always specify LHD as we spend most of our driving / camping time abroad (we feel a darn site more welcome over there).

    The 1st time you take a left hooker on the road it does seem strange but the best bit of advice I got was: Have your n/s mirror angled slightly down so that you can see the edge of the road and for the 1st few miles keep checking your distance from the edge. Yoe will be surprised at hoe far away you will tend to drive as you will be used to being in the middle of the road. Better still have the O/h sitting in the passenger seat - when he / she starts screaming you know you have wandered out too far.

    The 1st leftie we bought was from Hayes and we drove straight from there to the Stratford show - You learn quickly where you should be when driving round Birmingham in rush hour.

    On resale value there seems to be a bit of a north south divide. ( I note you are on the south coast). Having spoken to a few dealers about it, it would appear that dealers in the south east have little problem in selling a leftie whereas those in the north are not as interested in them. We have not found it a problem though in trading our 'vans at a reasonable price.

    We will be picking up our new 'van on 1st March from a German dealer and we did a very good p/x deal there - they certainly would not have been interested had we a RHD to exchange so having a leftie also gives you the option when it comes to trade in to do the deal abroad.
     
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    one word of caution if buying a LHD and its a manual box..........buy a pair of heavy gloves.

    first day or two each trip you'll get sick of skinning your left knuckles on the door handle when you go to change gear......and when you get back in your car the same happens but on the right hand.

    :Rofl1:
     
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