Looking for first motorhome...

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  1. Merle Collins

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    Hi all,

    I only just joined this evening and looking forward to some useful guidance.

    We are now actively searching for our first MH and need to know a if I can achieve what I need to for the budget we are looking to spend....:unsure:

    We are a family of 6. Me, my wife, a 14YO, a 12YO, a 2YO and a 1YO - so am assuming a 6 birth is the minimum requirement (although I also guess my eldest daughter won't join us a lot!!)

    Do you guys think a MH of that size can be found for around £4500?

    I appreciate that it will be a LOT older model and could benefit from some cosmetic updating, but do you think its achievable?

    If not at the minute, do you think it's better to wait until later in the year?:unsure:
     
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    best bargains are always to be found in the of season
     
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    Personally, I think you'll find it challenging to locate a 6-berth motorhome (with 'proper' seatbelts for six) within your budget. But I guess the first place to start looking is on eBay. Just put 'motorhome' in the search and then put £4,500 (or £5,000 to leave scope for negotiation) as your maximum price and see what you can find.

    Good luck.

    Mike
     
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  4. Merle Collins

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    Thats what we thought mitzimaid, but it would be a shame to lose out on this summer... Should have done this last Christmas I guess.. (n)

    Is there any good places to look other than the usual Ebay and Gumtree?
     
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    You could contact some of the bigger dealers, they often take in 'older' Mh's in park ex......and don't want them cluttering up their nice shiney forecourts, so some of them pass them on to other, smaller dealers...........that's how I managed to find my Hymer :).
     
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    If you know about motors there are auctions that sell mhs, I know measham sell them don't know about others
     
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    Possible. But you have to be very careful that you are not buying a load of trouble.

    Look very very carefully for wet timber. That is a real bank breaker.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the best forum ever. You'll find all the help and answers here, you just need to ask the right question :)

    Good luck with the search and hope you find your dream in time for some of this years sunshine :)
     
  9. Merle Collins

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    Thanks very much Hilldweller (y)

    It's a minefield out there for sure.

    I found a 2001 'Y' reg Swift Kontiki 6 berth on Ebay for £4400 today and asked a few questions of the seller... Just after that it disappeared from Ebay and the seller contacted me direct in very broken English asking me only to email him to discuss buying it.....:rolleyes: Needless to say I blocked him.
     
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    Hi Merle Collins and welcome to the Fun! (y)
     
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  11. Minxy Girl

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    Hi Merle, could I ask you how you intend to use the MH? Ie, will you go on campsites for a week at a time or more, or will you travel around every couple of days or so?
     
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    You already seem pretty clued up after the ebay contact...
    The web is full of scams !!! Take care, never part with a penny until you are there with the van...

    Not a big budget but there will be something out there, as mentioned be wary of damp motorhomes.
    Maybe £20 or so on a damp meter would be your next best investment.
    Be aware of seatbelt rules and weights, older vans will often be rated lower and have less payload, carrying 5/6 people (even kids) all adds up...

    Good luck,,
    ps.. On Facebook ??? https://www.facebook.com/groups/610527115641833/
     
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  13. BreweryDave

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    Don't want to dampen your enthusiasm - but I think you need to at least quadruple your budget for what you want.
    That said - I wish you well and welcome!

    Unless your first post was a typo and you meant £45,000 in which case fill ya boots!!!
     
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  14. Barclaybasher

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    If you and the older children could sleep in a tent or awning you might have more choice of vehicles with enough seatbelts

    Glad you didn't get caught by the scammers

    If you can't view it and it seems too cheap and (especially at this time of the year) it's probably a scam
    Welcome and good luck(y)
     
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    I think probably a mixture of the two Minx. With the scenery and available options in the Highlands, it would seem a shame to stay in one place - although you may suggest otherwise ;)
     
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    Might sound daft, but do prices reduce the smaller the MH?

    i.e. is a 4 berth invariably cheaper than a 6 berth?

    Also, when would you guys consider 'Off Season' when the prices drop?
     
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    September/October - after the Lincoln show.
     
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    Brilliant, thanks Dave(y)
     
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    You probably don't need a 6 berth - some of your children won't need a berth (size) to themselves and as they grow the older ones won't want to go anyway
     
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