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  1. howeller2

    howeller2 Read Only Funster

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    Hi! First timer on any thread so excuse nervousness and mistakes! My husband and myself are 56 and its always been a dream of mine to have a motorhome. We havent got one yet but are looking and there is an awful lot to trawl through! Tony thinks we should start small to see how we get on but i dont know as we arent exactly small(6'2" and 5'8" and not skinny:BigGrin:)Also theres the problem of parking, it would have to be outside the house on the road, which isnt wide! Lastly i am not very mobile due to arthritis so any imput from old hands at this would be gratefully received!
     
  2. Phill D

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    Hi and a warm welcome.:thumb: there loads of info and "experts" available with a wealth of knowledge. trawl some of the posts as there are a few threads with similar questions. the first of which depends on how deep your pockets are; depends on where you start.:thumb:
     
  3. Carol

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    Hello and welcome to Motorhome fun, don't worry about posting you have made a start and thats what counts, to get a idea of what may suit you try visiting a few dealers or better still a Motorhome Show, with out a sales man with you, sit in them imagine spending some time in the space, is there room for a barbecue maybe a couple of chairs, so you want to carry a couple of bikes on the back

    . Work out what you think you will need and take if from there. Keep asking questions thats what we are here for. :welcomefunster:
     
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    Hi Lost of people don't keep their motorhome at home, they use a caravan or motorhome storage centre. There are lots of these all over the country, choose one that is insured and members of CaSSOA and you should be fine:thumb: Meanwhile, welcome to the fun:thumb:
     
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    Hi and welcome to the fun, posting is just a matter of chatting with your fingers. you are a woman, nuff said, hee hee
    Now as to a van the first thing you need to sort out is where to keep it. outside the house on a narrow road is asking for problems, or do you mean a driveway?
    Even if you are allowed to park there is the matter of possibly causing an obstruction due to the width of the van, and secondly the danger of vandalism from the nimby's kids. So from that point of view a panel van conversion would be easier to park, however making up a bed out of the seats especially when its raining outside is not recommended. Arthritis etc can really make things difficult. Size wise most coachbuilt vans will accommodate you both. bed size is generally quite generous even for 6 footers. So the next thing is what your budget is and any other limitations/expectations/wants/needs/ Size (over 3.5T) brings license problems and limitations depending on your ages and when you got your license, will you need to tow? Is an oven essential as a lot of vans just don't have them. Have a think and give us something to go on.
     
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    Hi & welcome. We are about the same age and were in the same situation about 2 years ago. Rather than spend a lot of money when we were not 100% if it was for us we decided to buy a 1993 Hymer at a reasonable price and used it for 12 months to see if we enjoyed it - which we did ....lots:thumb::thumb:. 2 years later we have now sold the Hymer and invested a lot of money in our new motor hiome knowing it is what we enjoy and are going to get a lot of use and enjoyment from.
    The Hymer suited us well and we actually had a real job finding a newer van that matched up to it but we did and have now sold the Hymer to a couple who we know are going to love it as much as we do. I think the older Hymers hold their price very well if they are good and well looked after so you shouldn't lose too much money.
    It was good because, as a learning curve,we found out what we needed from a motorhome and then looked for a new van that had everything we wanted. We managed to find one that had about 95% of our needs so consider ourselves very lucky.
     
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    Hi howeller2 and welcome to the fun.

    I see you are based in SE London so one point you will want to take into consideration is the LEZ with which many older motorhomes will not comply:Angry:

    Good luck with your search:thumb:
     
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    Hi :welcome: to fun. :thumb:

    The first thing is to check you can park outside your house.
    And another thing that caught my eye was your in London.

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    So you would have to buy a motorhome that's not effected by the LEZ. :cry:

    Do your home work before you spend your hard earned cash. :thumb: Bob.
     
  9. tonka

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    The one thing about having a small or below budget van first is that you can always move up to bigger and better without losing a fortune.. I think you will find that most motorhome owners never get the right van first time.. Once you have one you start to understand what you will use it for and the facilities you want.

    Good hunting...
     
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    Hello, welcome, please have a good look around before you decide to make sure you have the best one for you.

    We have wasted silly money by jumping in straight away and I wouldn't want anyone to jump into the same boat.

    Good luck
     
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  12. howeller2

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    Picking it up slowly!

    Didnt even think about the LEZ! What do we do? Lots of good advice, thanks all! Thought there would be a reply button after each message!:BigGrin: Hope I get the hang of it.How much do these campervan parks cost? Yes it would be kept out on the road. I like the look of the old Hymers but can you drive them on ordinary licence? Also do they get much rust? How does a cassette toilet work?:Smile:
    THANKS ALL
    Lesley
     
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    Hi welcome to fun, my advice is get a coach built but dont go over 18 to 20 ft,gives you room to manoevre on most supermarket car parks, the advice will be endless, there is a lot to learn.Good luck Regards Ronboyracer.
     

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