Q - for those that travelled mls to get their VAN...

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  1. Fletton

    Fletton Funster

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    Hi Peeps....

    Well it's getting near to that time... picking it up...

    Anyway.... Here's the issue:-

    We live in N E Lincs... The van is in Pompy (Portsmouth)..

    What arrangements did you make to collect?

    My plan is to pick it up then "pop" over to VanBitz ... before returning "up North"

    Both of us want to go and return in said van... Soooo .... We're (I'm) thinking of hiring a "one-way" from Avis to get us there....

    What did you do to get there, and more importanty..... what did you take for the 1st night in the van - if you "stayed over" somewhere?

    JT
     
  2. lorger

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    I'm in Dumfries and bought the van from dealer in Guildford, took old MH as trading in and stayed the night at the dealers just in case any issues none what so ever so headed off in morning
     
  3. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

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    First van we drove Leeds to Southampton to collect and stayed on the CC millennium site. Both drove back
    Second van I got train to Exeter St Davids
     
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    had to pick one of our vans in Glasgow we tuck sleeping bags and pillows a tranger cooker knife fork spoon and two cups
    stayed in the van and drove home next day we just ended up chipy and cafes and services
    bill
     
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    Our first m/h,Auto Sleepers Duetto, I won unseen at auction on ebay .... the van was in Bradford, Yorkshire & we were in Kent.:Eeek:

    So, with bankers draft in hand I took a train (or 3 with changes) to Bradford checked out the van and drove it back home.:D

    It was a great m/h and the only one I have part ex'd for a really good profit the following year.(y)
     
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    Brought this one back from Stuttgart flew,train.taxi.bought ,sorted export plate/insurance and drove it home via Luxembourg Belgium Dunkirk/Dover
     
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  8. Mr Colpot

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    We have used Enterprise One way twice - Recently we dropped our M/H down to Weymouth as new owners couldnt drive it there themselves (a tale in itself)
    Enterprise picked us up from buyers place and took us to Dorchester where we did the paperwork and then we drove it round looking at motorhomes and then dropped it off at our local office.
    First motorhome we had we picked car up from our local office - loaded it with our bits and pieces for a one nighter and then the sellers picked us up from the local to them office.
     
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    Train to Belper , Geoff cox ( dealer ) picked us up , drove home .
    Wife doesn't like motorways , so couldn't follow me home !! , it drives me nuts . were picking up new car on Friday , can't come home on motorway , will have to drive through manchester .
     
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  10. Stroppy Bird

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    You've probably already checked but does the van come ready with gas cylinders? - ours didn't as the previous owner kept them to put into their new van, so if we had wanted to stay over somewhere we would have needed to take a gas bottle with us - or get one bought on pick up day. Same probably applies for hook up lead.
     
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    The 2nd MH we bought we flew down to Stanstead and got picked up from there. We took sleeping bags, teabags and 2 cups. Bought some milk and water on our way to the MH. We arrived in the freezing cold, had no gas and never knew how to work the diesel heating. We chittered all night long.
    This time we drove to Derby stopping halfway overnight. Got showed how everything worked and drove half way home, parked up for the night and continued home the next day.
     
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  12. Lenny HB

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    Book a train ticket a week or two in advance and have a cheap peaceful journey & get the dealer to pick you up from the station.
    We used Airmiles for Eurostar tickets to pick ours up & had a weekend in Lille on route.
     
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    First one, the other side of Darlington, we were trading in a car so went in that. Second one, from Birtley near Gateshead, we got one of our sons to give us a lift. Neither were excessive distances but both locations only practically accessible by private transport.
     
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    Most recent: train Kendal to Portsmouth, collected MH, overnight in it on M'way services, home.
     
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    If you want to "train it" you could send a couple of boxes to us, and we'd store them safe for you until you arrived?

    Regards


    Eddie
     
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  16. Madwife

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    We will be driving from Portugal via Spain, France and the Eurotunnel to pick up our new MH in Portsmouth. Two weeks today and we should be sitting in it at the dealers yard checking that all works (or we know how to work it) :party2:It's just transferring our stash of wine that will take the time:)

    Our furthest journey before when changing MH's was Scottish borders to Bury. We drove there and back in a day and for an easy handover had taken most things out beforehand.

    Kath
     
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  17. westy77

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    We rented a car one way which we dropped off after getting the van. Because we had the little un we had booked on a site not far from where we bought the van so we could stay the night, plus excited to use it.
     
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  18. Fletton

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    A BIG THANKS to you all..

    It will have gas... and cables....

    One way hire-car... Sleeping bags and a few odds it is then! :)

    Everything else can be bought on the fly :)
     
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    We were lucky as our new to us van was only 20 miles away. Went to collect it with £notes for the motor trader. We had knocked £4k off the asking price so were not surprised to find it empty,,,, not even gas hose tail in it, but came with many extras. Still pleased with it.
     
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    whatvever you do hiring or train take couple of suitcases with what you need. That's what we do when flying to Germany to pick up vans if not PX'ing. I'd be more concerned with warrenty issues buying so far away, and problems with fitted extras like alarms..requiring a return to dealer/installer :(
     
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