Motorhoming on a Budget?

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  1. Jim

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    Many of the motorhomers I have met are a canny lot when it comes to saving a few quid whilst pursuing their hobby. If you know some good tips about Motorhoming on a budget please do share them with us here.

    Thanks in anticipation:Smile:
     
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    A large storage box to fit on the fiamma cycle rack would be handy, just had a look on ebay and the thought of paying £250+ for a plasticy box thingy is too much for a tight wad like me.

    Has anyone built a storage box and any tips on materials and fastenings.
     
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    :Smile: and if you are single, meet another single who already has one so you don't need one of your own...:Smile:


    Storage boxes for food can be too big sometimes for the small fridges in some motorhomes, so rather than buying new ones, wash and use the empty yoghurt/cottage cheese containers with plastic lids to put chopped onions/peppers, etc., in the fridge and this saves time when preparing food when away too.
     
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    We do the same thing with the containers from chinese carry out food..nice little plastic ones that house your curry/chow mein/rice etc..and I don't buy the water containers from camping shops I just reuse the 5 liter supermarket own brands that we used to buy occasionally
     
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    Same here :thumb:
     
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    A guy we came across with some very fine looking but unusual boxes built in and on, explained to me that he was used to dealing with the building of horse boxes and wagons. He said they are used to the work in a tough competetive environment so they build tough and much cheaper...:thumb: Cheers, Alan!:Wink:
     
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    Rojo.... just love the little hedgehog:Smile:

    back to topic. To save cleaning on your carpets if you have a dog and it is raining, the huge rolls of tissue type paper that florists have (very wide ones) are dirt cheap and can be rolled onto the carpet before you bring your dog in. Then can be thrown away when finished with....
     
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    Cheers, I was thinking about marineply and some sort and angle bracket.

    We have just put the Motorhome away for the winter, therefore, plenty of time to spend in the workshop/shed. Obviously the design and development stage is critical.

    I can't believe some funsters have not made thier own rear storage box.
     
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    We have seen a lot of home made back boxes just how you are describing so yes try it as you say they are very expensive and the shape is wrong as the wider bit should be at the bottom and then I would get more in.:Doh:
     
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    make sure is is quick release and narrow enough to go through the door so you can carry it inside the motorhome until you get off the ferry etc, to keep overall length as short as possible. Aluminium is lighter and no angle needed, just fold and rivet. Small drawers in the bottom will save you crawlin in to get at those od bits at the bottom. don't forget signage and decent padlocks.
     
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    Book a campsite near to where you have a couple of hours' work then charge the campsite fee to the company.

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    Joy, you know the hedgehog, are you sure it isn't an Emu?

    Which one of us needs to go to specsavers? I mean that, will someone else please adjudicate!!

    (Bit like those 'Colour Blindness' tests, they tell you you should be able to see a Bambi and I can see a Rabbit LOL)
     
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    As we use our Motorhome mainly for when we go to sailing events we have to tow a trailer with Emilys boat on. Sometimes we may take along her friend which means an extra boat and a double stacking boat trailer. These cost over £1000 to buy but Graham has made a frame that he fits onto the trailer out of wood from B&Q and covered it in carpet, all for £30.

    Dale

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    We have fixed a section of fall pipe with screw ends onto the bike rack to put the windbreak in. It fits great and saves having it inside the van. :thumb:
     
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    First of all , why did this post wait THREE years for a reply .. :Doh:

    second.. why has no one mentioned freeloading :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    The obvious one is - buy second hand. Let someone else take The Big Hit and do are the warranty work.

    We're talking of saving thousands or tens of thousands here.
     
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    IMHO Apart from the plastic type boxes, the only practical material is ally. which you can't make yourself unless you have access to equipment to cut/fold/ weld it.
    Nothing is impossible, but I don't like wood for this type of thing. Some WILL come on here and say they can make an ally box without the proper kit, if you have not sheet metal experience, the finished job is unlikely to look professional, and would probably take a lot of time to make. I am happy to be proved wrong:Rofl1::thumb:
    If you buy a proper one-----then eventually decide to sell---you will get a major part of the cost back-------------do it quickly----I am soon to be in the market for one :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
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