On my own

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  1. Wingit

    Wingit Read Only Funster

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    Hi everyone,
    Title says it all: My wife and I were seriously considering buying a motorhome.
    Sadly she died last year.
    OK, I know nothing about motor homes except that they have a steering wheel and a tank to put diesel/petrol in to make the thing move.
    I've read a fair bit and the only thing I'm certain of is that there are so many different layouts and so many different makes that knowing where to start would be a bonus. :BigGrin:
    I own my own home and think that the best way is to rent it (with all the pitfalls). However, that's another item to consider.

    So! Hello everyone and feel free to point/tell/inform me of what I need to know!
    Kevin
     
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  2. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Well a MH is no substitute for a loved one but go for it anyway. Maybe she'll be looking down on you with a big grin.

    Your plan is perfect, keep the house, just in case.

    Visit every dealer you can find. Sit in every MH. Now the hard bit, go through the motions of living in there, day after day, rain, snow sunshine. Can you eat, can you relax, can you sleep comfortably, can you pee in comfort ?

    So there you go, plan in place, go for it.
     
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  3. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    HI Kevin

    Welcome to Fun, enjoy:thumb:

    Peter
     
  4. PaulyP

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    Why not try renting one for a week or two, gives you the chance to learn a bit about them.
     
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    Bailey58 Funster Life Member

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    Sorry you're starting the motorhome life alone but Welcome to Fun it's the place where you'll get all the help and advice you could possible need, often whether you ask for it or not. :Smile:
     
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    Welcome

    Welcome aboard:Wink:
     
  7. Wingit

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    Thanks for all your replies :Smile:
    I've always believed in this saying:
    "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, he has the power to achieve"

    Well, I've conceived the idea for me.
    There are loads of people on this site who believe (as I do).
    So, I/we will achieve.

    Simples :BigGrin:
     
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  8. Theonlysue

    Theonlysue Funster Life Member

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    hi

    everyone had to start somewhere, without knowing anything about motorhome!
    as previously said, go into as many as you can, even to the point of standing in the shower and shutting the door to make sure you have room to wash yourself.
    if unsure, perhaps someone can go with you?

    good luck and welcome to Fun!
     
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    Welcome to Motorhome Fun Mr Wingit
    Why don't you try the Chat, Its a good place to get instant responses to your questions,
    Any time after 2300 when it starts getting populated.

    Duane
     
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    You are not alone you now have hundreds of Funster friends:thumb: to meet
     
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  11. Janine

    Janine Funster Life Member

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    Welcome to the Fun :welcomefunster:

    Live your dream :thumb:
     
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    :welcomefunster: WELCOME :welcomefunster:
     
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    Welcome. It took us three months to decide what to get, and the end result [low profile coachbuilt] was a lot different from what we first thought was required [Romahome!]. But it's been an excellent 12 months of ownership since. And the forum is genuinely a great source of information and inspiration [try the quiz on Thursdays as well!]
     
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    Hi Kevin and welcome to motorhome fun, joining the forum is one of the best moves you can make lots of information at your fingertips, ask as many questions as you need, usually someone along with a idea.
     
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    If you're going to rent the house, it sounds like you're thinking of fulltiming. In which case, consider an RV. A Class C with slides would give a reasonable compromise on interior space vs. something you can get into car parks.
     
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    hi

    hi there kevin and welcome to MHF:thumb:
    Brian jo and josh
     
  18. ShiftZZ

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    Welcome to Fun.
    There are a few dealers close’ish to you.
    Heart of England in Weedon, Elite in Middleton Cheney, Oxfordshire and I suspect one or two in Northamptonshire. Also Venture Caravans in Watford locks (A5).

    I suggest that you follow the good suggestions on here and make a list of what you would like, just the basics.
    Fixed bed, Dropdown bed, oven, etc, you will soon start a list of what you will find may well be important to you, keep adding to the list and make a comparison.
    I know its stating the obvious, remember that sometimes you can see the nice new motor home and all reason goes out of the window, so take a deep breath and stand back and consider.

    Forget what the salesmen tell you, they would sell their own granny for a pack of Woodbines, don’t make a decision too quickly, if need be walk away, search the web to see if the asking price is right, if unsure ask on here, we are a bunch or arrogant, self centred, know it all, make it up as we go along, experts. Seriously, ask away and you will get all the help that you wish (and some leg pulling along the way).

    You will buy the van of your dreams and within days there will be something that will annoy the hell out of you, but remember it’s always going to be a compromise.

    Remember that you have friends on here.. use them well…
     
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  20. Peter & Elaine

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    If Elaine and I have learnt anything when buying a motorhome and we made a £4000 mistake it's

    Want you want and need are not the same
    Ask lots of questions on sites like this
    Look for extras fitted awnings gaslow sat systems Ect all are expensive extras
    Find what you like strike the deal walk away for 24 hours and think
    check other dealers to compare prices
    And if possible try before you buy
    We bought a van we loved thought it was perfect and within 2 weeks hated it elddis 140 and we got away light compered to some on here
    Lost £4000 4 weeks later on a trade in and now we have a burstnar T 640 and it suits us fine its still not perfect but then nothing ever is

    Be very careful
     
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