Looking For A Used Motorhome

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  1. freyaontour

    freyaontour Read Only Funster

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    firstly i would like to say hello as this is my first post on here
    i have a budget of around 15k and am looking for rear lounge with overcab bed layout and most importantly with a good reliable engine any advice is welcome
     
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    Welcome to fun good luck with your search
     
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    Engines are easily fixed, not so damp.

    You have plenty of cash for a decent van as long as you make sure it's sound.
     
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  6. Rob and Val

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    Hi, and a warm welcome. Make that £13k and leave £2k in the kitty to put right any problems with the 'van. That's what we did when we bought ours and it is now very reliable and always passes MOT first time without advisories. Also, although eBay is a good place to start looking, be aware that there are some scammers out there who are advertising a 'van that doesn't exist or actually belongs to someone else. So, heed the advice that Jim offers and also have a read through the forum for info on buying. Good luck with your search.
     
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    Carol Funster Life Member

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    Hello Welcome, do your research read the forum ask questions, damp meter, pay load , storage, etc. for me the best £10 you can spend is on membership that gives you access to ask as many questions as you want, get discounts and join in the banter. Good Luck exciting times ahead. :welc:
     
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    we bought ours from gumtree, some good buys on there.....we also got an almost new conservatory off gumtree for £600! (y)
     
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    anything that sounds to good to be true usually is never part with any money untill you are certain everything has been checked
    when you find something that sounds right do a search for that model for sale and if the one your looking at is significantly cheaper be very carefull
     
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    Welcome to Fun, plenty of sound advice on here and plenty of banter too, good luck with your van hunt.
     
  11. greyman1

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    having spent all my working life [40yrs] buying and selling motor vehicles my advice would be this. if looking on websites etc, do not buy anything without actually going to view it first and getting the OWNER to show you round it . [not a neighbour ,friend, a bloke who works with him, or a member of his platoon because hes on a black opps mission in libya the OWNER !!] a genuine owner/ seller will be only too happy to answer any questions about his vehicle , anyone else will either not know the answers, or will try to fob you off !! be realistic about what you are going to get for your budget. people get stung every day buying motors because they cant resist the temptation that they might have come across a £25k motor for £10k !!! dealers and traders spend hours searching websites too and if there are any unbelievable bargains to be had out there believe me. they will have been spotted long before you. look to buy your van on its condition and history not just price. do all the relevent hpi checks before handing over any money and you should be well on the way to enjoyable motorhome ownership . good luck garry
     
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    Hi and welcome to FUN. We bought our van off eBay, as long as your careful then it is a good way to buy. (y)
     
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    Hi and welcome from Devon, as you see plenty of good advice already coming your way ,from the owner is good advice as already posted ,good luck on your journey

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  15. Highfour

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    Hi and welcome. I bought a used MH ten days ago. The information on this site is excellent, that's why I subscribed. I concur with all of the above. As a word of caution, We used a so called respectable Authorised Autotrail dealer. We ordered a 120 watt solar panel, they decided to fit a 150 watt panel, country to the manufacturers specification and the result is we can't use the MH. After sales is poor,statements made before we bought turned out to be untrue and the Sales Manager went straight to, "was it on your order form?" So you see even buying from a dealer requires great caution. I intend to elaborate further when the list of problems has been resolved. In the mean time, don't be put off, do your homework and good luck.
     
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    Hello and welcome to the club, lots of helpful advice on here, when you do find a van you like it would be a good idea to ask around to see if someone with experience could accompany you to view.
    My first advice would be, after paying your membership fee here, don't rush into it just take your time and enjoy the search.
    Norman.
     
  17. freyaontour

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    thanks all for your advice
    the search goes on
    will keep you updated
    regards jay
     
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    Welcome to Funster, we are new here, but have had some good advice already....
     
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    welcome and enjoy the fun.
    good luck on your search and we hope you find the one for you.
    we searched all over the country and then found the right one on our doorstep
     
  20. rosalan

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    May I add to the list of good advice already given. Let your NOSE guide you after you have found the 'perfect' van. As already mentioned, the only really bad thing as far as the vans construction is concerned, is damp. Repairing even quite minor problems can incur horrendous costs but your nose can usually detect damp almost (but not quite) as well as a damp meter. Smell inside every cupboard and if it smells slightly sour; walk away however good the bargain it may seem. At a local dealer we noticed all the windows open and the spray of a strong pleasant perfume.... it almost worked!
    Alan
     
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