New Member New Motorhome :)

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  1. Anthony496

    Anthony496

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    Hi everyone, just introducing myself and my family... my wife Louise (33) our 3 kids ( 1 month, 4 , 8) and myself Anthony (34) today we took the plunge and bought our first motorhome. Having looked at several we settled on the new bessacarr 496 from lowdhams, was impressed with the basic specification we added only a DVD TV and 4 bike carrier. The van arrives in september but with work and other commitments we won't be using it till October.

    We have camped a lot in the past (my wife was a duke of Edinburgh Assessor so she's had her fair share) and after hiring a bessacarr e695 last year we decided that buying our own was a good choice.

    We traveled abroad 4 times last year Tenerife, Los Angeles, skiathos and Spain and out of all the holidays the motorhome was the most relaxed and the kids favourite (mine too)

    Hopefully I will be able to pick people's brains on good sites for kids in devon Cornwall and Wales. We will stick to the uk for the first year and venture into France when confident that we have shook the van down and know what's what.

    Hopefully we will see a few fellow motorhome owners out and about :)

    Cheers


    Anthony
     
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    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

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    smiley-41.jpg Hi from Devon enjoy all your adventures
    Bon travels
     
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    Welcome Anthony

    Lets start you off in the deep end, have you done a payload check?

    That bike rack fully loaded may mean you need to leave the kids at home :D:D

    I hope not, but seriously worth a double check

    First of many newbie things to 'cope' with, the salesman will let you fit it, then leave you to find out if you really have the capacity :)
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Especially as the kids keep increasing in weight but the bikes don't.
     
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    sorry to do this, but this might be really serious

    out of interest went to look at the spec for this MH, it weighs 4250 kg

    is that what you have ordered, have you got the correct licence, with you quoting your age I don't think you will have the entitlement us oldies have ref weight you can drive

    always presuming you are not a HGV driver

    I do hope this is not going to cause you any concern :)

    on a positive note to end, it appears to have a 900kg payload, keep the kids on a diet you should be OK (y)
     
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    Hi and welcome, congrats on your new toy the family will love it.
     
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    hi and welcome to the fun
     
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    Hello and Welcome :)
     
  9. Anthony496

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    Hi guys thanks for the replies, indeed I have had to pass the class 2 (now catigory c) I only missed the entitlement by 6 months! I went for the catigory c as it was the same price as the 7.5t upgrade!

    I wasn't pleased having also done my bike licence means I've done the theory and hazard perception 3 times but I wanted to stay inside the law. I have to admit I didn't know anything about this until two years ago and previously had towed my rib on a braked trailer using an Audi Q7 ( train weight over 4 tons). it was only reading a similar forum post on the ribnet website I realised I didn't have the entitlement!

    Anthony
     
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    Hi Athony & Louise and welcome to the Fun!:welc::party:
     
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    Welcome aboard;)
     
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    Hi from East Sussex and :welc:
     
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    Hi and welcome,,,,
     
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    Hi Welcome to fun, sounds as if you are on the right track, but if you have not already I would seriously think about a trip to @eddievanbitz and get a good invertor and Solar panels fitted will give you so much more freedom if you intend sticking with that Motorhome for a while. :welc:
     
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    Anthony you are :welc: and I notice we have a lot of members from the West Mids, what is it about the West Mids that makes you want to get away......only joking.

    When I was your age my two boys voted for our first Motor Home following two fairly exotic family fly/hotel holidays, I believe it is the excitement of exploring and discovery and the fact that each day can be different.

    Both of them now are your age and both have VW T4's and love them.
     
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    Greeting my friend and enjoy the life.
     
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    well done that man. at least you have done the right thing. passed the test. and then joined the best club. welcome to the house of fun(y)(y)
     
  20. Anthony496

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    Thanks everyone for the lovely welcome! I know what you mean about getting no away form the Midlands! Lol although I only live 10 mins from Kingsbury I've head good things about it might shake the van down there for a night or two!

    On the solar panel front I will be looking to fit one to charge the battery's when in storage can anyone recommend a size ? I've seen 100watt ones for around £170 on eBay but I'm worried they are like most things on eBay (made from play doh)!

    I will be looking for storage in the midlands I'm from Sutton Coldfield so some where local if anyone has any recommendations. Done the usual Google search but the two that are closest are full which is a shame.

    Anthony
     
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