Princes Tastes, Paupers Pockets

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  1. Cilfan

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    Had I known how well MH's hold their value I doubt I would have bothered starting to look.

    Three months of trawling the internet and visiting dealers has forced me to concede that my tastes far outweigh my (meagre) £10k budget. I haven't found anything I'd be happy to own. Well, there was one exception - a 22yo RV in need of some TLC, but a quick reality check on running costs soon kyboshed that dance with frivolity.

    So, MH ownership is being placed squarely on the "wishful thinking" shelf. I'll still keep an eye open for that elusive bargain, but won't be committing anything like the effort of recent months.

    Happy MHing all, I'll still be visiting the forum.

    Dave
     
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    It's a shame you can't stretch to 14k as there is a great van and bargain in the classified at the moment, it might be worth having a punt with an offer...?
    FOR SALE Hymer B594 , High Spec in great condition, only 70k miles
     
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    There are plenty of very good vans available in that price bracket but as with any motorhome, no matter what your budget, there is always a compromise of some kind to be made.
     
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    Look at the one @Triple7 MH has for sale looks great.
     
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    Very happy with my £7k outfit - in fact it's just about perfect.
     
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    I agree with you, M/Hs certainly do hold their value. And perhaps that is more a reason for persisting with your search as opposed to putting your ambitions and dreams on the back shelf

    A friend who gave me lots of advice before I took the leap into ownership made me sit down and analyse our expected use very thoroughly. In the end we went down from an excepted annual mileage of 15k to 8k, so running costs became less of a factor. There are only the two of us (cue Dr Evil rap) and as driveway space wasn't overly generous, that 8M size dropped to 6M. We weren't planning on much more than a week away from one driveway or another, so something more suited to a trans continental expedition was discounted. We are unlikely to cross deserts, ford rivers, climb mountains or cross glaciers, so we hardly needed a Unimog, and we have few expectations of seating six people around a dining table to consume a Sunday roast cooked in the crappy kind of ovens usually provided in most M/H. And we weren't buying to live in it or trying to impress anyone else, either.

    There are some people for whom their M/H is their life. There are others to whom it is a status symbol. There are others who feel they need to be ready for all climates, all conditions. There are others whose ambition is merely a quiet relaxing cuppa in a nice place for a day/weekend out. Where you fit in terms of your expectations is a very personal issue.

    Our expectations have been exceeded in terms of the M/H we ended up with, the flexibility it has given to our lives, the wonderful (usually) people we have met on the road and our enjoyment in simply working as a team in our travels. Our choice of M/H plays a very small part in the context of what it has contributed to our way of life, and we both wish we had done it years ago.

    My advice to you is to review your needs carefully, and to make sure you are not being too ambitious for what you will be using it for, yet ambitious enough to keep the dream alive. There are some incredible bargains around, and the good people here will alert you to them.
     
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    Ten grand vans good enough for anything, you want one to use not to look at
     
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    Very nicely put :).
     
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    You have a great way of expressing what I mean to say but seem to babble!!
     
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    With research, patience, vigilance and legwork, you'll find a great van for 10k.
    Unless you're one of those who expects a 30k van for 10k :LOL:

    What are you hoping to get ?
    Van, coach built or A class ?

    Edit *found this after a few minutes*
    Perfect starter van
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302030461152
     
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    I have just sold a 1996 Autosleeper Excelsior on a Transit with 70000 on the clock for £10000, it would take you anywhere and last for years. Guy i sold it to has just returned from 6 weeks trouble free touring of southern Spain,,Plenty of good vans for £10000.BUSBY.
     
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    As with many walks of life we often have to start off at the poorer end and work our way up. Our first camper (bought in 1990) was a 1978 Bedford CF rising roof job with no furniture and no MOT for £100, a full week of welding got it through the MOT then six or so weeks of building furniture into it got us on the road and we haven't looked back. We followed that one with a 1983 CF, then a 1986 Freight Rover, all home converted. Next was a 1990 Highwayman (in my Avatar on the lift at work) which we completely re-skinned due to damp and refitted. That was followed by a 1996 Iveco Daily minibus again home converted by ourselves and that has now been replaced by a 2009 Ducato XLWB which we have (mostly) converted into a very comfortable camper van (still got to finish the washroom). So over 26 years we have gone from something that cost a few hundred quid (and was always worth a fair bit less) to something that is costing quite a few thousand and hopefully will be worth a few grand more although the main purpose is to have a vehicle that suits rather than to make any profit from it.

    D.
     
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    10k is plenty to get into motor homing. You can either run it and save for an upgrade or add the bits you want as time goes by.
    The important thing is to get started with your dream rather than waiting to grow old without the experiences you desire.
    Remember that life is not a dress rehearsal, live the dream
     
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    Many thanks for the prompt replies. I'll try to deal with all points raised in one post, so it may be a little lengthy.

    Triple7's Hymer looks great and (I'm sure) will be a fantastic find for someone, but not me. Back when I was working - and with a "Live for today" attitude to money - I would have found a way to come up with the extra 4k. Now retired and living on a fixed income I can't afford the luxury of a "Devil may care" approach and a 40% hike in budget is a no go. I wouldn't dream of insulting the guy with an offer for that spec/list of extras.

    My wife (also retired), is an above knee amputee who doesn't use a prosthesis. So, with a view to establishing if she could cope with MHing we borrowed a friends (then new) coach built and disappeared to the Scottish Highlands for 10 days. Let me say I highly recommend carrying out this exercise as it revealed:

    My wife could cope.
    We both love MHing.
    A 6 berth would be wasted - only 2 of us and over cab bed unusable.
    Easiest access possible to washroom required.
    Fixed bed preferred - can't be doing with breaking down the bed each day or eating off our laps.

    What do we want from a MH? The freedom to be able to go away for a couple of nights as and when we want - unencumbered by the need to find disabled friendly accommodation - plus a UK holiday once a year. Oh, and we do like to Wild Camp so that's another box to tick.

    Am I looking for a 30k van for 10k? No. Just one that doesn't look every day of it's 20 years - which seems to be the sort of age range I need to be looking at.

    That Hymer would be ideal - assuming the drop down bed comes down low enough for my Mrs to get into. Just goes to show what an extra 4 or 5k would give us access to. But isn't that always the way?

    Dave

    PS (for those posts that arrived whilst I was typing this) I did consider a self build and have (most) of the skills, but nowhere secure and under cover to do the work. I don't however mind having to "tart up" an older van.

    Gradually "trading up" would be fine if I was still working and had a few years of doing so in front of me.
     
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    Please do not give up. Our van is 26 years old. And is still going strong. We are taking her Portugal in September. for 6 weeks. So do not get put of a older veh.
     
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    As my dear old mum used to say to me - 'you have to cut your coat according to your cloth'

    Ten grand is a healthy enough budget, I paid seven for my old hymer over five years ago and have had some terrific times in it. It's not perfect* but it's a lot better than having a few grand in Santander earning a bag of peanuts every year.

    If your budget is ten, set a purchase limit of about seven and keep a couple of thousand aside for potential failures or toys then go and enjoy it. Or buy a Dacia Sandero...



    *actually it is...
     
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    Thanks Dave, at the risk of sounding patronising, you have clearly thought this through.

    Just seen a Hymer B544 A class a little over 20 years old, but quite fair mileage on budget at http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hymer-B54...id=100005&rk=3&rkt=6&mehot=pp&sd=191924809699

    Plenty of experts here to give an opinion as to value and suitability, as I am a bit too new at all this to give a worthwhile opinion.

    Don't give up, as people say here, looks aren't as important as suitability for both you and your wife
     
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    I know you didn't mean it that way @pyro but I almost spat my beer out reading that (c:

    The van you linked to is almost identical to mine, I can't vouch for suitability for a below-knee amputee but it's a great layout, deservedly one of the most popular MoHos ever sold in the UK. Plenty of room for two (with capacity for more on occasions) but small enough on the outside to shoe-horn into most places. I keep thinking of 'upgrading' but when it comes down to it I couldn't answer the question 'why?'
     
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  20. Cilfan

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    Ok, ok you buggers. You've rekindled my interest.....I hoped you would (hehehe). It seems that Hymer may well be a Marque to investigate further - not that I want to be blinkered you understand. Trouble is, looking at the internal shots of Triple 7's, the drop down bed is accessed via a 5 rung ladder! Watching my Mrs trying to negotiate that would be (hmmm) interesting!!!! Did Hymer produce a model around 20 years ago with a fixed bed to anyone's knowledge? Also can anyone point me to a website detailing models, specs and layouts from that era? Thanks in anticipation.

    Dave

    PS - Bacchus, my wife's an ABOVE knee amputee. That missing knee joint makes a helluva difference.
     
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