No More Motorhoming

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Lincolnshire Rover, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Lincolnshire Rover

    Lincolnshire Rover Read Only Funster

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    Our motorhome has gone to-day cheque's in the BS pick up new VW Golf Plus " Dune " 1.9 tdi special edition , pick up new caravan next week Lunar Stella awning and all the extras done a cracking deal on MH / Car / Caravan so off to new type of adventures no more touring Europe after the debackle with Fiat Camper Could'nt Care and the Rac alledged breakdown non service its like having an umbrella but when it rains you find it full of holes so of no use at all .
    Just got to get rid of Taylormade screen cover / Headlight Protectors / France / German maps and travellers guides and hopefully never set foot on French soil again.
     
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    No regrets then? :Rofl1:
     
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    evening all,

    Must have had atough time ,

    georgio
     
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    Non, Je ne regret rien!!:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    As long as you are happy and enjoy life to the full thats all that matters xxxxx
     
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    Oops....I take it you dont like France then.:Wink::Wink:
     
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    oh heck what happened did I miss something? GOOD LUCK ON YOUR NEW ADVENTURE
     
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    You can still be a FUNSTER!!!:Laughing::Laughing:

    We do have the odd tugger on here ( I don't mean odd in a nasty sort of way of course!!)
     
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    I had the same dilemma a few years ago, fed up with the hassle of owning a motor home and very nearly went back to a caravan. We did tents hotels and cruising for a while and enjoyed all of that. We looked at all options and decided on a camper van. I’m now on my second one and wouldn’t change it for anything. Absolutely no hassle will go anywhere can be used as car transport to the local multi story or the school run, holiday’s weekends away or even tow a caravan if you like yet you still have most of the facilities that you had in the motor home. :man_in_love::driving2::Smile:
     
  10. Lincolnshire Rover

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    We absolutely love France this being our 4th year and done 12 trips but the last trip was beyond a nightmare hassle and stress I do not need caused mainly by FIAT "WE DO NOT " camper care and the RAC after breakdown on the Sunday morning and waiting over 2 hours 1st they sent the wrong size vehicle to lift the motorhome after I had given them the full details of the MH size weight etc so another almost 2 hr wait for a larger vehicle only to be taken and dumped in a yard full of broken and crasshed vehicles miles from anywhere overnight , then next morning moved to a Fiat Dealers in Vannes.
    After more than 6 hrs they decided to take a look only to say it will take 2 weeks to fix ( the gearbox was leaking oil 700 miles after having had the " gearbox Judder fix " by local Fiat Dealer in UK) MH just over 18 months old . After spending a fortune and god knows how many phone calls to try and get sorted and back to the UK . We were not offered any of the benefits as stated in the Camper Care Policy we were not offered as much as a glass of water, after a lot of getting annoyed and frustrated they eventually decided to make a "Temporary Repair " to get us on our way and just to get rid of us I think having just hung around the showroom for 3 days we got our "fix " then the best bit although we were still under warranty we were presented with a bill for the time and materials which I refused to pay so they siezed my vehicle until I paid them , by this time we had had enough and just wanted to get home so it was pay up good bye and cut short the holiday . Now we are trying to get our money back and also some compo for the loss of holiday and trouble we have encuontered at the hands of Fiat and the RAC/:cry::cry::cry:
     
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    Lincolnshire Rover No Never No More:Smile:

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    You are in a tiny minority there then.

    But when you see the error of your ways you will find that they do allow Brit caravans.

    PS. Just seen you disaster report ( again ), OK, but you are blaming the frogs for serious deficiencies in your chosen suppliers. Not fair.
     
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    He was just being diplomatic. There are a lot of Fiat owners around here.:Rofl1:
     
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    Not to our dear neighbours the French who offer us a glorious country and massive facilities. They even speak English some of the time.

    Early days. Let him trundle around Britain's congested roads and pay Britain's congested prices for a while and the penny will drop.
     
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    You do England an injustice Brian, I have been motorhoming for over 40 years and first trip to france Iin our own van) in a few weeks. By the time I get to dover and pay ferry costs there is almost enough for a decent holiday in the UK without the hassle. Yes I know only 20% of the population speak English in a dialect I can understand but what the hell. foreign food, well so is Lava bread in Wales or Haggis in Scotland, We even produce passable wines and Spirits. As to a lack of aires in the UK is has never stopped me. Never stayed on a site apart from a showground.

    After such a nightmare on foreign soil I probably would give up altogether. so good luck with the caravan plenty of others on here have gone that route already and no doubt plenty more will before the year is out.
     
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    I think that what he is probably saying is France is a wonderful country as long as you are not driving a Fiat....Brrr.......It gives me the judders just thinking about it.:driving2:
     
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    " exactly in a nutshell "
     
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    Roger..... I think Brian, is speaking the truth...if it was me and I had not been over yet when the sun is shinning ....I would listen to some body that has done both...then after you have been over in the summer, maybe, just maybe, you will change your mind.....
    The trip we did in winter going down to Portugal was NOT how you should see France in the snow when its Frozen..and all switched off
    And not everybody is happy wildddddddddd camping.....
     
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    I may well do. It's my gut feeling. I get across the channel and it all seems so exciting. Certainly less congestion on most roads, not surprising, France is a massive country.

    We just been touring with the ACSI book in one hand, 8000 sites for €15 or less. Plus thousands of aires and municipal sites for even less.

    We are biassed towards Europe, simple as that. We've only 3 years MH experience and initial experience in UK was poor, wherever we wanted to go was full.

    Getting to Dover ( or wherever ) is indeed a real problem to most of us. Not much we can do about that. In our case it represents about £120 in fuel, then the ferry so say a round £200 return. That hurts for sure. But living near Manchester, going to the popular holiday spots also hurts in fuel terms. I love the Highlands, that's further than Dover. Same Cornwall. The Lakes are reasonable but usually full to overflowing.

    I hope you come back from France with a big grin, it's got *everything* on offer, beach, mountain, rivers. Just take your pick. But don't expect to find "cheap".
     
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    Our Fiat just did nearly 3000miles over there. Mind you it is a pre-judder Fiat. What Fiat have recently done to their customers is beyond contempt. I doubt he'll get that treatment from VW.

    When we in Morocco last year we can across a tribe of Dutch people who towed there caravans down there every year, so he's in no way limited by his new transport. Loads of NL caravans on the Rhein campsite we were on, but it's only a couple of hours from NL.
     
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