Motorhomes suitable for internal bike storage?

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  1. molokoid

    molokoid Read Only Funster

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    Hello all,

    Firstly, as you'll see by my registration date, i'm a newbie and i've checked through all the various sub-forums and think (hope!) i'm in the right place to ask my question.

    I'm at the start of my pre-purchase motorhome research, but the one thing I'm finding hard to locate is which brands or types of motorhomes will have suitable internal storage for about 3 road bikes. I say internal just because of security given the value of these things.

    The motorhome would be used for both cycling jaunts with friends (of which it'd probably be 4 of us maximum, or family holidays of 4 of us (2 adults, 1 pre-schooler and 1 toddler).

    As it's my first purchase i'm sure i'll gain experience (i.e. make mistakes) through ownership, so key for me is to minimise devaluation (if there are any brands that hold their value better than others) hence looking at used and budget could be upto £75k (although understand the higher the price, the bigger the fall [in value!]).

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
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    Can't help with the advice, but :welcomefunster::thumb:
     
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  3. MichelleRyall

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    With your budget Have a look at a second hand RS or KRM. These are specialist Motorhomes originally designed for Motorsport but are top of the range vans with beautiful interiors and large garages. There are a few domestic vans with garages that would also be suitable. :BigGrin:
     
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    Welcome. If you want to come in at the cheaper end a Burstner A747 has a big garage and loads of other storage. :Laughing:
     
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    Welcome to the forum, I think with your budget you will be spoilt for choice. I would think the main thing to watch out for is the weight the garage can hold, I know your bikes won't be to heavy but by the time you add things like chairs, ramps,BBQ, and all the other stuff you gather when travelling with kids.

    Our Adria Matrix has a large garage and would take 3 bikes no problem, I think the start from around £50k and you have similar models in Hymer, Burstner to name a few.
     
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    As said previously a motorhome with a garage might be what you are looking for. Watch out for the payloads and the axle loading as the fulcrum effect of a large overhang on the rear axle can be more than you expect.

    Good luck!
     
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    Hi

    Lots of choice of motorhomes with garages some are bigger than others both overall and in the garage department.

    We have a 8.5 metre van with a very good garage, it can easily take 5 bikes and one of those is a tandem.

    You need to give thought to what internal layout you want, you will of course have a bedroom above the garage but you could have a centre island bed a transverse double bed or two single beds and then a double drop down at the front. Then FWD or RWD.

    Happy hunting.

    Martin
     
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    In basic a large garage is usually the result of under bed storage ie there is a double or 2 x single beds located at the back of the van and the garage is under this, mostly the beds are slightly higher than the floor level to give good height in the garage.

    So I'd look for a rear bed layout.

    After that i'd draw up a needs list and then start looking at some to get a feel for what you like, there's plenty out there with your budget.
     
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    Hopefully you can drive over 3.5t.

    Martin
     
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    Ours is 7.5 metres, large garage for 3 bikes and other stuff and have upgraded payload plus goldsmidt springs.

    As mentioned look at payloads and axle limits and ensure you can drive 3.5t

    Fits your budget
     
  11. molokoid

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    Thanks for all the swift replies everyone. I'm doing searches and compiling shortlists with haste!

    I notice there is a show on in Newbury next weekend. Does the stock that traders sell here vary (and cover my requirement) or do they tend to be of a similar ilk?

    Thanks again everyone.
     
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    Not been to Newbury myself but you should find new and used vans for sale. Don't know if you will find what you are looking for though!! If you know yet.

    Martin
     
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    Plenty of models on display at Newbury. You could also wander over to the MH Fun Camping area and say hello. Plenty of people to give you advice. :thumb:
    Forgot to say you will spot funsters walking around the show wearing their fun badges.
     
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    firstly, welcome to the mad house:Laughing:
    Dont get caught out like I did!! if you intend to purchase a 3.5 ton vehicle and to carry what I call normal stuff which allows you to really enjoy your motor home experience make sure you fully understand the payload weight capacity of your vehicle as, commented here on other posts, garages high enough to carry bikes within them will in most case's will have a transverse bed lay out (as ours has ) which if the vehicle has not been manufactured with an ALKO chassis then in all probability the payload capacity could be compromised...from your needs I suspect you will have to seek out an A series motorhome......:Cool:
     
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    I'm fairly certain i'm permitted to drive over 3.5t (It's cat C1 isn't it?), but i'm certainly not experienced in driving this. So will head everyones advice and test drive first!

    Thanks
     
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    I notice a few people on here mentioning race homes and urging caution about rear axle loads, etc.
    I think the OP is referring to carrying 3 very expensive, very lightweight, road racing cycles!
    I dont think weight will be an issue here!:Laughing:
     
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    Errr, yep, you're spot on. We're talking road (push) bikes where the frame only weighs about 1Kg, but they cost £5k+!!

    I did wonder about the whole weight thing, but then someone mentioned about all the paraphernalia you take with you on a family holiday, something i know all too well!!
     
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