Oaktree Motorhomes Nottingham

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  1. JACQ

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    Hello, Complete novice here! Husband and I are planning a trip to see a motor home at Oaktree Motorhomes in Nottingham on Monday, provided they don't sell it over the weekend. Has anyone had any dealings with them in the past, negative or positive? I've bought, read and digested the Motorhome Buyers Guide, but still feel very nervous at the thought of actually putting newly learnt skills into practice. We've spent the last few years dreaming and hopefully this year will finally take the plunge. Hoping to take what will be our 1st test drive, so wish us luck! Any advice will be gratefully received.:help:
     
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    Not had any dealings with them...

    But have a good look round other dealers if you can, and perhaps get to a show..

    Peterborough next weekend, and there always was a good selection of dealers there, and possibly some good deals to be had...

    Take your time .. :thumb:
     
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    Daughter bought one off them last month, everything fine
     
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    Yes we bought our Frankia i800 last August 2012.. and found them spot all, no probs everything thing they said they would do they did, had to have a replacement water pump whilst holidaying in France .. sent the invoice and received a cheque within a day of two of sending .. but you can only go on what you have experienced..

    Some one may come on and say what a rum deal thy had but in our case found them very good

    Hope you find your ideal m/h :thumb::thumb:

    John n Kath
     
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  5. JACQ

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    Thank you for posting a reply. We're going to Peterborough too and plan to visit Wellsbridge motorhomes whille we're in that neck of the woods. Went to Lincoln and Peterborough a couple of years ago, drooling! We live in Norfolk so have popped into Becks and Simpsons regularly over the years, but only to narrow down the layout we'd like etc. Never been for a test drive, because we've not been in a position to buy until now. Its quite unsettling to at last be at this stage!:Eeek:
     
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    It is all very exciting but try and sample what you think you want as it can turn out not to be at all..
    We started out with a smaller van then a second upgrade which taught us what we really wanted and needed ...alot of m/homers say it is the 3rd van that is what suits you the best

    We love the m/h that we have now and have no desire to upgrade or change for a newer model ..we just love it :thumb::thumb:

    Do look at all types of m/h's and think of what you need especially on a dark damp day which can be so different on a sunny day ..

    Good luck with finding "the one"

    John n Kath
     
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    You say you have been to Becks but only to narrow search, speak to them and see if they can source your preferred motorhome.......excellent company:thumb:
     
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    I would also highly recommend John at Becks Motorhomes

    Peter
     
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    If you are nearby have a look at David Fuller, we were pleased with deal and service a couple of years ago. Mechanical and habitation handover could not be more helpful especially important to you if new.
    :thumb:
     
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    Peter he is like you, he says it as it is and if a deal can be done so both parties are happy then the deal is done.:thumb:

    So JACQ if you can get to JCM then you can also buy from a good dealer :thumb:

    The hardest thing to do is to get the right format that suits all your needs :thumb:

    Good luck :thumb:
     
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    Hi Jacq, welcome to the fun house. :BigGrin:

    Have you been in touch and told them that you want to test drive the MH? The reason I ask is that when we went there in the past they were VERY reluctant to let us do so unless we'd signed-up to say we'd buy the van if the drive was okay!!! :Eek!: After we got up to leave they changed their mind but it wasn't a 'pleasant' experience to feel under such pressure. Don't get me wrong, there are tyre kickers out there (not that you're one!) but they knew we were serious about this particular MH which, in then end, we didn't like driving etc and it was a right rattle-box on the road, but the 'hard sell' and the implication that we were wasting THEIR time was quite OTT.

    Maybe things have changed since then ... :Blush:

    One thing I WOULD suggest that you do though is not to take any credit cards with you, or large amounts of cash, that way you can't be tempted or feel under pressure to do a deal there and then and regret it later ... if they want the sale any 'deal' they come up with would wait until you got home to ring your credit card details through!

    Before you go make sure you've thought about what you MUST have, what you would LIKE to have, and what you do NOT want ... write it all down as a check list and use it as a reminder to keep you on the 'straight and narrow' as it is very easy to be 'diverted' when you look at nice shiny 'big expensive toys'!!!
     
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    Thank you to everyone for their comments and advice. I have sent a message through their site asking whether we can test drive the model we're interested in on Monday. If they don't respond we won't be going, its over 100 miles from us and wouldn't bode well if their customer service pre sales was that poor. Any hard selling will really put me off, can't stand it and I will walk away. Points taken about Becks, buying from them would be our ideal. They do appear to price their stock higher than other dealers though, or is that my imagination? We might feel a little awkward haggling over price etc, our youngest went to school with one of their children. I would feel more comfortable dealing with a complete stranger really, although they are really decent people. Good idea to make a list of must have's, desirables etc. On the must have list will be fixed bed(s) that can be accessed without gymnastics (back problems), at least 3 belted seats, roomy enough to house 2 Scottish Terriers, spare 500kg of payload and size compatible with our driveway. Desirable, the list is endless, extra bed, larger fridge, external shower (for the dogs!) and BBQ point, refillable gas canisters, bike rack, more payload. Debatable are aircon & solar panel, not made our minds up about either. Would prefer to keep weight to 3500kg but could be seduced by right van! The reason we're hoping to go to Nottingham is the van, it has an island bed, but its at the very top end of our budget. We've seen some twin bed vans online too, and are hoping to see some at Peterborough. War and Peace over!:Eeek:
     
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    Don't be put off by other comments, daughter had a cracking deal with them and they dealt with a small problem afterwards immediately. Nothing to me but just my thoughts
     
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    You need to haggle and haggle hard, If at top end of budget get it down to a happier price, the dealer will have a good margin with vehicles on the fourcourt.
     
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    I'd like to haggle hard as I won't forgive myself if I don't, but I am very much aware that our 'must haves' reduce our options quite a bit. We really love U shaped rear lounges but the fixed bed is an absolute must, due to my back problems. We saw a van with fixed bed above a garage in Simpsons a couple of weeks ago, but access was challenging and would have been impossible if my back was at its worst! We currently camp in a Pennine Folding camper and although the beds are fairly comfortable, access is gradually becoming more of a problem. I think french, twin or island bed would be the most sensible solution for us, but obviously this will mean compromising in other areas. We want to try to get it right 1st time, :Rofl1:, we've spent our lives being very sensible and level headed so buying a motorhome seems very selfish and risky! I think we've sussed the right layout, but we're unsure of the right size. We would like panel van size with RV space:Wink:. Don't want to buy something too small/large and regret it later. This forum is brilliant, well worth the £10, everyone has been really helpful. Its good to get varied opinion and advice without being made to feel stupid, so thank you everyone!
     
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    Hi Jacq,

    Why not give my Andy a ring on 01-580-881288 and have a chat to him, from what you say we may have a suitable van in stock

    Good luck

    Peter
     
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    :Rofl1: yes John but now :Rofl1:

    :Rofl1: he wants to haggle :Rofl1:
     
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    Oh, I don't know, I thought he meant he'd got a panel van sized RV, We'd pay top whack for one of those!:party2:, I'm a she by the way.:lipstick:
     
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    :Rofl1: sorry :Rofl1:
     
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