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  1. Bongo

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    Hi All

    Paul, from Newtownabbey 'ere and I'm looking for a motorhome or campervan.

    I have camped and motorbiked for many years. Many moons ago I enjoyed windsurfing with my mate in his 1972 VW Devon camper. This was pure joy. Turn key, drive, escape......

    Fast forward a few years and my wife and I have 4 kids under 7. We do have a 6 berth caravan but, my wife won't tow the beast and packing seems to take days. So any spontaneity seems to have been lost and I now find myself looking for a info on a van. Hopefully, a more convenient solution?

    All hints and tips will be gratefully received.
     
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    Hi and welcome to fun, you'll get loads of good advice here. First thing I'd do is start another thread and ask specific questions and suggest a budget and layout your thinking of then people can answer and give you ideas.
     
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  3. Bongo

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    Thanks Lorger, I'll do just that.
     
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    Hi & :WelcomeFlag:
     
  5. Minxy Girl

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    Hi Bongo, I don't want to rain on your parade but with 4 young kids in tow you can't do spontaneity now ... packing a MH won't take any less time than a caravan and you then won't have a separate vehicle to tootle around in once set up on site so you'd end up packing-up the camper again and again just to go visit somewhere.

    A possible alternative might be to get a day-van so you can have good days out with some facilities but without the expense of a large MH - you may find then that towing the caravan isn't so frightening for your wife when being pulled by a van rather than a car.
     
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    I've raised six kids, had tents, caravans and motorhomes.. and frankly, I don't think a motorhome is your solution..

    with four young kids a caravan is far more practical.. both caravan and motorhome need packing, so no difference there .. and on site, with a caravan you have a car for day trips.. kids don't like travelling or moving every day.. they much prefer being on sites and out playing..

    a big six berth motorhome does not make a good day van .. every time you want to go out to the beach or shops you have to pack up..

    that's just my personal experience..
     
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    I am with Jim on this, we had a 6 berth motorhome with 6 seatbelts, took maximum 3 grandchildren at a time,I drove the motorhome John took his car so we could have days out, we also had an awning as a 'play area' on wet days and to keep them safe from the cooking area and so as not too have them, or us, feel too cramped. Worked out ok for the occasional break, but had we been doing it frequently a car and caravan would have been much more suitable. Not to my taste, but more convenient and less hassle. Am sure others will have different ideas though.
     
  8. Bongo

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    Hi Minxy Girl, thanks for that. I suspected packing might not be much quicker, I just needed a motorhome owner to say it! Lol

    Good point about the setting up and tootling about, I hadn't thought of that. We usually go firm then cycle for supplies if we need to. Exploring a day van might give us the he best of both worlds.....?
     
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    Hi Jimlad
    Some sage advice here, many thanks!
     
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    Yes ... there's a BIG clue in your username about what may be a suitable day van ....:rolleyes:
     
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    We've 3 kids. 21,19,19.
    They don't come anymore , can't now we've downsized !
    Though they've told us they are coming , with tents, in the summer:drinks::gum:
    If it took you so long to pack a caravan , It'll be just the same with a MH.
    Sorry. We had it down to a fine art. We didn't do , and still don't do clutter.
    Each child had a lidded box. Anything they wanted to take had to go in that, and they packed it. Clothes down to me...
    Most important thing for you , with such young kids , is seat belts. Followed by sleeping arrangements .
    I don't know your budget, but you'll probably blow it , we did by 12k on our first MH. :whatthe: But we got it right first time , and loved the freedom it gave us. We never regretted not having a car to get about in. We didn't stay in one place longer than a few days. If you plan on doing that , you may as well have a caravan.
    Welcome to the forum btw.
     
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  12. Bongo

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    Hi Scotzsue
    The play awning sounds like an excellent idea, I'll look into that. A day van might just be the way fwd. cheers folks!
     
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    Do they do day vans with 6 seat belts.?
     
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    Hi Bongo :pink: Take your time read the forum lots of ideas hidden in the search engine, though I see you have now used up your 5 free posts so unless you become an annual member £15 you won't be able to make any more posts, it's really worth joining for research on sites rally's and discounts, as you can see from the response to your question already, whatever you choose have fun.


     
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    Lol, I hadn't thought of that!

    My daughter has just started playing bongos and my preferred user name was already in use, hence Bongo!?
     
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    Cheers guys, lidded boxes are now on the shopping list. I'm trying to get the kids away as much as possible, they will want to do their own thing probably from about the age of 12-13?
     
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    ha ha .. you wish.. my 'baby' of 15 still comes with us .... but will miss her.. maybe this year will be her last
     
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    You want a LWB transit size mini bus. Take out the rear seats you dont need and you have plenty room for luggage. Tents and any cooking stuff you need. Even shelving in the back for better storage. You could even get a camper style pull out gazebo on the van for extra camping/cooking space.
     
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    That could be an option, my mate has a self build Transit lwb mini bus. He has the 3 seats in the front and retained the floor fixings for a double rear seat, should it ever be required. Other than that it's done in the style of the famous Deep red self build.

    He did a cracking job too. I don't have the time sadly.
     
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    A lot depends on you budget mate. The van idea is more for lugging the kids and luggage in one easy to fill space hence saying tents. Nothing more adventurous for kids than camping. Have two tents and you and the wife will have your own space. Or you and the wife in the back of the van with a fold down bed and kids in the van awning on fold away camp beds. Lots of cheap options for around the £4-5k mark. I think a camper alone would be crampt with four kids and could be expensive due to the size you will need.

    What est is your budget so folk can throw better ideas around?
     
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