Omg We've Only Gone And Done It!!!!

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  1. Ja63

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    Just got home from Stafford Showground where we took a huge plunge and ordered a Swift Bolero Black Edition 712sb.:whatthe::whatthe:

    Can't wait until it's on our driveway and ready to go (in about 10 days we're told).

    We hired a motorhome for a week years ago, and toured Scotland. We loved the feeling of freedom that it gave us and have thought about owning one on and off since then. Although we have visited lots of shows and dealers, it has taken us around 10 years in total to actually do it. I should mention that we did buy/own a static caravan in the meantime because the kids were with us and we thought a motorhome might be a bit cramped.....but the freedom of a motorhome was always on our minds. It only took a few short years for us to get a bit bored with being stuck in one place with the static so it had to go. Now we go away without the kids, a motorhome fits the bill so we are ready for the big adventure (gulp!!!)

    We have two small dogs (bichon frise and chihuahua) who will be coming with us when we are in UK. We are also planning on touring parts of Europe (France to start with) but haven't decided whether we will take the dogs with us yet, perhaps when we are a bit more experienced.

    Hopefully the more experienced amongst you will give me some valuable tips on motorhoming with dogs? Plus any other good advice from seasoned travellers would be much appreciated too.....

    Jacky
     
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    Wildman Read Only Funster

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    welcome to the forum and good luck with the swift. Be sure to video the hand over or you will forget how to do the simplest things.
     
  3. trekkin

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    Hi

    Welcome from us from not too far away, missed the Stafford show even though it's only up the road

    Enjoy your new toy and way of life. The dogs will love it.
     
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    Congratulations...

    Welcome to Fun.

    I'm certain you will have many an adventure in your new van.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Hello :welc:

    Being able to take the dogs with us was a big driving factor behind buying our first van. Don't wait, take them straight away (y)
     
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    Hi and welcome to FUN, now the adventure begins. (y)
     
  7. Neilfg

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    Second and third that, all seems obvious when being explained at the time, 4 weeks later some obscure button for the heating no idea what it does or when to use it.
     
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    Welcome...
    I will keep a lookout for a new shiny Swift as I ride around Cannock.. :)

    Cant help with dog advise but only local if you get any queries...
     
  9. Brian and Jo

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    Hi there and welcome to MHF(y)
    Brian & Jo
     
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    Hi Jacky and welcome to the Fun!:welc::party:
     
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    Congrats on your new swift and your many up and coming adventures, I was at a dealer yesterday and I can feel the decision coming soon (y)
     
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    :clap: & welcome
     
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    Welcome from Kent :welc:
     
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    Congratulations on your new motorhome, taking the dogs abroad is very easy, get them copped if not already, then go to your vets to get the passports done, you will need to visit a vet before returning to UK where they will be wormed and checked, we take our ship tzu, Toby, he loves coming with us, tunnel is easier as you stay with them in the motorhome, have fun
     
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    we had a look around it, just being nosey - very nice, your sure to enjoy it !
     
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    Welcome Aboard!
    We also pick up our shiny Swift
    Bolero 722fb blk ed this week after a very long 8 mth order
    Can't wait to pack up and get going hope to meet you along the way! :clap:
     
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    Hi from East Sussex and :welc:
    Congratulations on taking the plunge.
    I hope you enjoy your new Bolero. (y)
    We have ordered the smaller 684FB and should pick it up on 9th July after waiting for 6 months :Eeek:
     
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  19. Ja63

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    Hi Everyone

    Thanks for all the welcoming messages and tips.......didn't realise Motorhomers were such a friendly bunch! (Or is it only MotorhomeFun'ers?)

    Been really busy out buying all our bits and pieces. Determined not to buy loads of tatt and gadgets that we think we can't survive without......like we did with our static caravan.

    We pick our mh up on 11th July....one week and counting! Really can't wait, we are actually quite nervous about it. We are certain that buying a mh is right for us but such a huge decision about which one to buy so I hope we have made the right choice. We broke our first 'golden rule' by buying a new one when we were adamant we would buy used, just in case we bought the wrong layout or whatever. I tried to hire one of our chosen layout but found it really difficult to find one that was available (and we've ended up with a slightly different layout anyway so it would've been a waste of time).

    Got the insurance sorted....only £275 which I was amazed by....I was banking on £600 or so!

    We are planning a night out on the night of the pick up, after driving home from the dealers, loading it up, then setting off, just somewhere local to try it out. I've joined Britstops and have noted a few sites where we will definitely be going over the next few weeks and months. Will probably joined the CCC but need to research it a bit first.

    Hope to see some of you on the road......we might even be knocking on your door when we realise we have forgotten something critical!!
     
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    Welcome from a cooling Yorkshire. A good idea to camp local for your first night after the pick up. I have just rejoined the CCC as they allow you, for a small fee, to use their sites to dump waste and take on fresh water without the need to stay, the other lot don't.

    Have fun.

    Norman.
     
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