rv's??

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  1. pamella

    pamella Read Only Funster

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    we would love to have an rv.and would like to know more about them please?
    how do you find repairs etc on them?
    do all parks accept them?
    are there any for and against you'd like to give us??
     
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  2. jockaneezer

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    There are a few RV Owners on here that’ll be along soon as their nap time’s almost up :Laughing:
    In the meantime, you could check out RVOC website.
     
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    We have been through the lot..... RV... 5th Wheel.... back to a few RV`s and now back to a reasonable size Eurovan..

    For`s and against in each... RV`s a lot of route planning is required and checking the site will accept you,, not so bad in the UK, but abroad it can be a pain, cos they will tell you ... Oh yes you will fit, but truth be known and when you get to the site .. You wont..

    Where as a Eurovan will fit on/in most sites home and abroad...

    But must say the space inside with a slide or two is nice.... but falling in love with our Eurovan now.. :thumb:

    Spares for an RV are readily available for normal stuff... and dont take to long if it has to be shipped in from the States.. bit expensive and depends on where you live can be a bind getting some one to repair them.... loads of dealers and repairers in the midlands but few and far between down south..

    These are my own personnel views.. :thumb:
     
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    hi.. plenty of RV owners on our other site RVOC who will give you a wealth of info.. there are a few on here and also quite a few ex owners.. myself being one.

    I had a Georgieboy Cruisemaster , rear engine Cummins Diesel, 36ft.. for 5 years and lived in it for 3. did around 12 MPG. we toured most of Europe and Morocco.

    Your questions..

    1. Repairs can be expensive if parts have to come from the States.. otherwise on a par with any other big vehicle.. if you can do your own servicing and repairs.. not too bad.

    2. NO.. some sites restrict length to 28ft.. some sites do not allow them .. and a great many sites are be just too small , or access too tight.. depending on the length of RV.. so the longer it is, the fewer sites that you can visit.

    3.

    Pros.

    Unashamed luxury, like living in a small house.. with all mod cons, big fridge/freezer, large king size bed, some have washer/driers, full size TV, full size domestic shower.. some have a tub. (half size bath) .. on the move you are king of the road. :Smile:

    Cons

    as above, restricted number of sites, thirsty .. petrol ones less than 10 mpg , diesel slightly better .. 12 -15 mpg.. all depends on size. LPG conversions are more economical due to the lower price of LPG.. but thin on the ground.

    difficult finding parking, difficult in small roads and villages, even filling up can be tricky.. and is very sore on the wallet...

    If you understand and accept the limitations due to size, you can go just about anywhere a bus can.. but you do need to plan ahead.. just getting up and driving and hoping to find a site is ill advised.

    Great on Motorways and A roads.. B roads can get tricky.. and C roads not advised.

    See my signature for a map with sites that we and a few others have used with RVs


    Be aware of current owners being economical with the truth re. MPG and where they can go.. unless you absolutely need one.. I would advise against and to look at European vans.. they are far better suited to our roads and camp sites.
     
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    We love our RV, our third one and have had it almost four years, it will and does go anywhere we want to and never been turned away from a site and little or no planning ahead.
    With twin slideouts , much more space to lounge on rainy days and all the RV bits such as on board generator, 32" TV with surround sound, large holding tanks, aircon walk round bed etc .
    We run on LPG and cost wise equates to 16/18 mpg
    A huge choice out there large or small :thumb:
    Never a problem with spares, servicing etc . And this one is the same width as most Eurovans so access not a problem. If the Ambulance , builders merchant, dustcart etc can get there we certainly can.

    PS no economy with the truth here
     
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  6. pappajohn

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    if you really want an RV then running costs cant even be considered.

    As the Rolls Royce salesman is reputed to have said to a customer......"if you have to ask the price sir, you cant afford it".

    But if you still want one then i have one for sale in the classified section of the forum. :RollEyes:
     
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    indeed John..

    I recall back in 2004 when I was researching and looking for an RV to full time in..

    .. a member of another well known forum said to me.. 'you better have deep pockets.. very deep pockets.. and once you buy.. it had better be the right one as they are not easy to sell.'.

    both predictions were absolutely true.. but as I wanted one specifically to live in with a family of four, a European was going to be too small..

    it did cost a small fortune to run and maintain.. and when I finally managed to sell it I lost a great deal of money... hope you get a quick sale at a decent price..
     
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    just reduced it by another £2000 Jim. :cry:

    MOT in couple of weeks then back on eBay it goes.
     
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    know that feeling well.. :Sad:

    it took me months to off load mine.. at a vast loss :cry:

    but just relieved to get is sold..
     
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  10. vwalan

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    i say fifth wheeler is a better move .
    have had mine 14yrs now .
    have changed the truck once .
    but dont go too big
    i think thats the mistake many make .
    the longer you keep them the less they owe you .
    keep searching you will find something you like .
     
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    Repairs, at least for mine, are cheap and easy. Parts are very available in the USA at a fraction of the cost of European parts. Even with next day delivery, duty and VAT on top, they're still cheaper. There is loads of room to play around with the suspension etc.

    Habitation parts do differ, but are generally higher quality, with proper holding tanks and marine toilets. The hot water heaters tend to be much larger and frequently can use waste engine heat as well as gas/electric, so you arrive with a full tank of hot water.

    You are far more likely to get habitation air conditioning and the heaters are usually extremely effective. This is because US RVs are expected to drive from Alaska down to Arizona.

    Mine is quite small and too old to have slides etc. Even then, it feels much more spacious than a similar length European model. People can pass comfortably in the kitchen.

    As it is a 25ft one (7.5m), it can go almost anywhere, although some of the really tight Mediterranean campsites might be an issue, where they really stack them in.
     
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    We've had 3 Rvs two here one in the States and covered over 100'000 miles in them and honest opinion the only place for them is in the States. We love Rvs but gave up in the end because they are just too expensive to own and too difficult to travel in, especially if like us you don't like planning trips and just like the freedom of being able to go anywhere you want.

    Spare parts and serving were no more expensive than our German van but running costs eg mpg were horrendous our diesel did 12 mpg at 56 mph our petrols did 7 mpg at 56 mph. Also in Europe we got turned away from so many sites it was impossible to travel without pre planning.

    They are great when parked up on site and all that space is a luxury but for us the hassle of being able to travel freely was not worth it.

    Whatever you choose good luck and enjoy. :thumb::thumb:
     
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    We've had European vans and RV's we've toured Corsica is a 36' RV and been all around Europe.

    Our latest RV is dual fuel so we get about 10 MPG but pay about 70p a litre so I consider that acceptable.

    Not for everyone, but owning a campsite, I could say that driving ANY Motorhome isn't for everyone:Wink: but it doesn't stop people trying:thumb:

    Two big dogs so a double slide out makes acres of floor space for them.

    Everything built in as standard, as I believe the basic standard of living is higher in the States so "basic" means a different thing.

    Some of them have awful interiors, but simply order on with leather and it won't be too gaudy:Laughing:

    High, double glazed, flush mounted glass windows and secure metal doors into a metal frame with brass deadlocks makes them good regarding security.

    Payload tends not to be an issue either.

    They're not for everyone, in the same way that someone with a Romahome would think an "averaged sized Motorhome" would be too big.

    Most sites that we want to stay on tend to have average pitches 10 x 10 (33' x 33') so at 31" there's not that many places we can't fit. That said we do tend to go for more modern sites that have decent electrify, water and dump facility on the pitch, again I know that not everyone wants this but we do and are happy to pay a little extra to get what we want.

    Will we always have RV's? Probably not, but I am towing my boat down to the South of France again this Summer, with the RV and some will think we're mad, others will be doing the same thing, but we can't wait to set off

    Ask 100 people and you'll get 100 different opinions but stay away from the "Oh you shouldn't do that:Eeek:" people, as they're probably the ones that can't drive and scared themselves stupid with one:Wink:

    Eddie
     
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    Hi

    We like Larry have an RV and as it is converted to run on LPG as well as petrol it costs us no more to run than our previous motorhome which was a Bessecarr 760.
    We have travelled widely both in the uk and on the continent and have never been refused at campsites and have always got on the Aires in France and Stelplatz in Germany. and sites in Italy etc. Wherever a bus/lorry goes we can go and we have been on single track roads without a problem, even travelling on ferries we always get good deals despite the length, bear in mind that many tag axle motorhomes are longer than we are.

    Don't be put off by comments against RVs we have ours service and any repsirs done by Star Spangled Spanner and have never had a problem getting spares, so if you fancy an RV go for it :thumb::thumb: ours is 27ft 4" long and we don't have problems :BigGrin:

    Whats with the negative vibs.
     
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    I'me with Larry - I also have a "B" Class so 28 ish feet short ! 2 Slides gives great internal space. I have not yet been turned away from a site - I think this is the maximum size to be fairly sure. Friends with an "A" Class 34' have been turned away so as you get closer to the maximum allowed on UK roads of 40' the more chance of being declined becomes greater. Anywhere a dustbin lorry can go an RV can go. Fixed double bed, blown central heating, decent hot water, spacious shower, air conditioning, decent living ... Why compromise ! Servicing and parts no problem in a year and a half of ownership. Use and proper maintenance is better than low use and little maintenance. I have a diesel so I consider that the 20ish + mpg I have been getting is more than acceptable. You need to consider how many you are accommodating - we are a couple so a "B" Class is big enough for us. If you are 6 then its too small. Do attend some rallies and have a look at layouts and see what works for you before you buy. Good luck. Any questions ask. Cheers Rob.
     
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    Had a 35 ft Winnebago for four years, loved it the space and fixtures etc, loved driving it, but and it's a big BUT, a lot of sites do not like them, they say they have a pitch but have not thought about access to that pitch,ours was a pusher rode on air but only about 8mpg. You have to plan your route etc. and to be honest to own and use a RV like you should use it you need to have a healthy bank balance, which we don't. I am always in and out of work but we enjoy life and always have a smile on our face. What do I have now... A Burstner tag axle at 30 ft but is a whole lot more acceptable at sites and at 24mpg makes going away more often easier. You pays your money and take your choice. There's good and bad in both. Good luck in your choice. :thumb:
     
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    Rv costs insurance

    Insurance can be very difficult and expensive compared with euro vans.

    I had one but have now gone to uk model, we have the island bed, two TV's good size fridge freezer full oven and microwave, loads of lounging space, and having just had it remapped to 197hp it is very fleet of foot.
    The old 6.5 and 6.2 Chevrolets are very slow and gutless compared with the 3.0 Ducato or MB
     
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    Mine is less than £300 for insurance and I didn't look around this year.

    My 1978 5.7 litre Chevrolet gets 200bhp out of the box and only basic tweaking will double that if you like to drag race (with serious mods like large turbos, you can pull over 1000bhp). It still wants to pull hard at 70mph, but I usually keep it around 50mph for fuel economy if I can manage it. I rarely use more than half throttle so as to keep the crockery in an intact state.
     
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    we haven't had a problem with insurance - caravanguard, even when we had a claim they dealt with efficiently and quickly.
     
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  20. Larrynwin

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    This thread is not entirely about RV versus Euro van but more a case of what size.
    If you have a 30ft plus motorhome it will be less flexible than a sub 30 ft motorhome.
    Our RV is the same length and width as most of the tag axle euros and as such can go where they go.
    Perhaps cost a bit more on fuel but that is arguable and of course burning LPG is far better for our environment, no smelly particulate emissions :thumb: and is OK within the LEZ :thumb:
    Also worth considering some ex RV owners on the forum have travelled far and wide in Europe (and some still are) and survived in comparative comfort. Perhaps it cost a bit more but a small price to pay for the added space.

    So to the OP, don't be put off , soak it all up , look and make your informed choice :thumb:
     
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