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  1. Astralmimi

    Astralmimi Read Only Funster

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    Hi all

    I have been a fan of camping all my life but now want more home comforts ;) , so my partner and I are considering looking into buying our first motorhome!

    I am a complete beginner and I found this forum trawling webpages to research our plan and the discussions and threads have been so helpful. Im looking forward to being more involved! One question I have having passed my test after 1997 I do not have the C1 entitlement. However we plan to do long stays in our motorhome (6 months + at a time) So required a relatively large vehicle. Is it possible to find something suitable under the 3500 limit or shall I stop being a cheapstake and go back to school and acquire the extra license for something bigger?

    Ideally I had hoped to avoid this! but willing to do if it saves future hassle or gives us more scope of choice.

    Thanks!

    Mimi
     
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  2. scousebird

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    Hello :welc:

    We've got a 4 berth 7.5m MH with a fixed bed under 3500kg - whether you'd want to full time in it I don't know. The best thing to do is to go out an look at as many as you can.
     
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  3. Carol

    Carol Funster Life Member

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    Hi Welcome to Fun, I can not say for certain but I doubt you will get a larger vehicle under 3.5ton our Hymer is a fraction under 6 meters and a fraction under 3.5 ton. If you want much bigger think you may need to up your licence . Good luck with your search.
     
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  4. Terry

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    Hi and welcome (y) lot's of vans come in at the 3.5t mark so get out and look (try out beds etc ) at as many as you can -LAYOUT is the key (y)Try out and imagine it raining -how comfy is the van when it's miserable outside :DDon't think for one min that a dinette is comfortable to sit at for any length of time over than when you are eating- look at lots;)
    terry
     
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    Hi Mimi and welcome to the Fun!:welc::party:
     
  6. Easyliving

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    Hello Mimi and welcome.

    Terry is spot on when he says layout is the key. We are only on our second van but we soon learned from our first one that a dinette is not ideal if you want to lounge about or its pouring down outside.

    From reviews and videos I would say there are plenty of larger vans under 3500kg. Maybe its mainly the newer ones that are lighter but still give you a decent payload.

    Good luck.

    Paul
     
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    What more can I say except welcome from us in East Sussex :welc:
     
  8. Astralmimi

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    Thanks everyone! I am not totally against booking myself in to add a new entitlement to my license, just had hoped I wouldn't have too as its rather confusing how I book myself in for it specifically. (I keep finding lorry and large van lessons! More research needed!) We are booked for the Birmingham NEC show in Oct and I am trawling the local adverts to visit and snoop around. We have been considering layout awhile now and decided an over cab or fixed bedroom is a must (Which of course got me researching the bigger MH's and discovering I may not be covered on my license for what we want) However I am used to living in a studio flat 6M by 4M so feel we can cope with the small spaces!

    Thankyou for the friendly welcome!
     
  9. Wildman

    Wildman Read Only Funster

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    you will find a large van but not one with any payload left. Best bite the bullet and take the test, or tow a small (under 750kg) trailer as you do not have the C1 +E for lightness best look for an alco chassis.
     
  10. Bluestar

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    Come along to one of the Motorhome shows look at club members vans and you can have a look round some vehicles at the show.
    And hello from Brighton :)
     
  11. ianandkath

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    i say take the test and go for a larger van.
    you will love the extra space and load capacity
     
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