New motorhome collection

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  1. IanandJulesey

    IanandJulesey Read Only Funster

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    Hi all, we are collecting our new motorhome on Friday and very excited we are too.

    We are getting it from a dealer and will have a full briefing on everything we need to know about and we are staying with them over night to try everything out before we leave. Any advice on things we may not think to ask about or they may not think to tell us about.

    It is an Auto-trail Comanche so advice from any fellow owners could be especially useful.

    Look forward to the usual words of wisdom as well as humour,

    Ian and Julesey
     
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    All the ons and offs and ins and outs!
     
  3. Baycott

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    Hi Ian and Julesey
    Oh how exciting, I bet you can't wait.
    I hope you enjoy your new MoHo.. In the meantime .............
    Welcome to the madhouse :welc:
     
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    Hi Guys and welcome,if you have Smartphones then think about videoing the more important parts like heating and hot water and gas operation have fun:)
     
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    Just make sure you have the manuals for everything although for some fittings you can download the manuals as a pdf from the manufacturer's website.
     
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    Hi Welcome to the site enjoy your new MH, I think you will not remember everything told to you but you will soon get the hang of it. Pete :welc::welc:
     
  7. IanandJulesey

    IanandJulesey Read Only Funster

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    Thanks we are very excited.

    Good idea had not thought about videoing, think I will do that.

    Ons and offs ins and outs, I also thought filling and emptying.

    Not sure we expected we might spend the first night then wake up to frost on the windows.
     
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    Good luck with the new purchase, get out and enjoy it, how far is the dealer from where you live.
     
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    Hope you don't get gassed - or dump your grey on the road - or use the wrong chemical in your loo - or put your chairs out on an aire - or worry about a paper plate putting you overweight - or or or .....,

    Enjoy it:D
     
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  10. IanandJulesey

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    The dealer is about 50 miles away not so bad.

    We are looking forward to getting away over Christmas. Visiting relatives in Manchester before Christmas, family Christmas then off again until the return to work in the new year.

    Open to suggestions for a short tour Boxing Day until 4th Jan.
     
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    If from Manchester to Cambridge you have the Peak District.
     
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    Three more sleeps :)
     
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  13. IanandJulesey

    IanandJulesey Read Only Funster

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    We are doing Cambridge, Manchester, Cambridge before Christmas. Would not rule out the Peak District, have only ever been there in the summer bet it's lovely in the winter.

    Three more restless nights of excitement maybe.

    We were not worried about the weight of the paper plates, should we leave half of them back at home just to be safe?
     
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    That's handy your staying overnight at least you can give it some gip
    make sure it's all working ok, looks a nice bit of kit.
     
  15. IanandJulesey

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    Yes we are going to try out everything.

    We have been looking for some time, we are planning a 12 month tour of Europe so wanted a bit of room and payload.
     
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    New Comanche, very jealous as my fave MH :)

    Check out:
    The entertainment centre as lots report they have a problem with it.
    Check fridge works on gas, EHU and then 12v when engine running.
    Check cooker operates, but not heard of any issues, but check just in case. Also that the microwave works too.
    Get them to run through the hookup to EHU, the mains control panel and fuses too.
    Look for the water heater isolation switch and make sure it's switched off after you drain down the tank at any time. If not then the heating element will work as soon as you hook up to EHU and you may risk blowing the element if you've not bleed the system first and filled the water heater (from first hand experience :blush:)
    Hot water works on EHU and then gas and then together.
    That all taps deliver water, both hot and cold.
    That all doors fit and close properly, especially the dividers between bedroom, bathroom and lounge area.
    Hot air blown heating works on both EHU and gas.
    There's no leaks from the grey waste tank tap.
    Check everything operates in the cab, lights, central locking etc.
    Operate the awning and legs and make sure you're happy and that it stows ok.
    Run through the gas locker and isolator valves for all systems.

    Probably lots more, but I'm sure other Funsters will add to the list as required. I know it's new and should be perfect, but unfortunately that's not always the case. If your not sure, spend more time in it overnight and somewhere local to the dealer as then you can get help straight away. Some Funsters drive hundreds of miles to pick up their new MH's and you don't want to get home and find you've a problem and need to drive many miles back again :)

    Good luck, have loads of fun and keep us all posted on how it's going :)
     
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    Thanks PP Bear I have been making a list for a while and you have defiantly added to it, many things there I had not thought about.

    It's not new new, 3 years old just new to us. To help with the snagging we are staying in it on Friday night then leaving it there as we have a prior arrangement up in Leeds. Returning and staying in it again on Sunday night before bringing it home on Monday. That should give us time to try everything out.
     
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    Ensure the wife knows how to operate the cooker and how to stock the fridge with beer, also she needs to be able to place her hand on a bottle opener within 20 seconds. You need to know how to operate a deck chair and master the art of saying " Beer please" :cheers:
     
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    And ducking out of the way of the swing of something heavy!!!
     
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    If you are in Manchester for Xmas why not visit the southern Lake District for new year. The 2 big clubs do have sites open this time of year snd may still have space for New Year's Eve. I know from past experience that the Camping and Caravanning Club at Windermere usually have a 'bit of a do' on n.y. eve as there is a country pub on site.
     
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