Single Mum Seeks Help

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by rebel, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. rebel

    rebel Deleted User

    Hi Guys and Girls, just joined today you seem a friendly bunch :Smile:

    I need some advice Im looking for a CHEAP but reliable motorhome (being now on my tod:cry:) suitable for me and my 2 children. I have no idea where to start make, etc or even if I will find anything within a very tight budget any suggestions as to where to staart looking greatfully received............

    :thumb:

    regards

    Jayne
     
  2. Lindy-C

    Lindy-C Deleted User

    Hi Jayne

    Welcome to the FUN site.......we are a pretty laid back bunch here so I am sure you will enjoy our company >:)

    If you could give us some idea of budget that would be a big help, as for finding a vehicle, there are loads out there and with some careful investigation I am sure you will find something suitable.

    We have a very helpful and friendly membership so feel free to ask any questions you might have, help will always be at hand :Wink:
     
  3. 2escapees

    2escapees Deleted User

    Hi

    Jayne

    More details needed before you can get a good response. How often do you intend to use it, how old are the children, where will you travel, what sort of budget? etc

    Good luck there will be lots of good suggestions coming you way.
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  4. scotjimland

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    Hi Jayne

    Welcome to the site, we are a friendly bunch.. lots of help once we have more details.. :Smile:


    Jim
     
  5. rebel

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    :Blush:

    Silly me showing my inexperience.:Doh:Hey dead chuffed to get quick replies tho :Eek!: So here goes 2 boys aged 7 and 10 use as much as possible school holidays (petrol/diesel money permitting).
    Budget now again apologies :Sad: if I dont stand a chance of anything, but you dont know if you dont ask ! around £5,000 Does that sound plausible or should I be looking at alternatives ?
    I did think caravan cos I do have a towbar on my car but have never towed before, thought motorhome would be easier.
    Hope this give you enough to help further. I live in Boston.....

    regards

    Jayne:thumb:
     
  6. rebel

    rebel Deleted User

    :Blush:Silly me showing my inexperience.:Eek!:Hey dead chuffed to get quick replies tho So here goes 2 boys aged 7 and 10 use as much as possible school holidays (petrol/diesel money permitting).
    Budget now again apologies if I dont stand a chance of anything, but you dont know if you dont ask ! around £5,000 Does that sound plausible or should I be looking at alternatives ?
    I did think caravan cos I do have a towbar on my car but have never towed before, thought motorhome would be easier.
    Hope this give you enough to help further. I live in Boston.....

    regards
    ps bet theres away of linking this to the 1st message also that I havent worked out yet bit of a tecnephobic

    Jayne
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  7. American Dream

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    Hi Jayne,

    We were also on a similar budget.

    Wanted a Motorhome after finding a Caravan not suitable for us.

    Yes, vans are available for that sort of money.They would be quite old and possibly needing some work.Prices tend to inflate once the season gets under way.

    I'm lucky insomuch as I'm very Mechanically and Electrical minded and do all the work/restoration myself.It's a hobby as well as Recreational pursuit.

    Our first one was A Bedford CF Diesel which had the right layout for us.

    Yes, £5000 is a bit tight, but you may find something around.

    Bear in mind though, there is the mechanical upkeep, tax, insurance, MOT issues to take into account.These you do not have with a Caravan.

    We found the Motorhome route more attractive for us as it is kept stocked and ready to run.

    Hope you find something.

    Keep in touch should you need further assistance.:Laughing:

    Welcome to Motorhome Fun.>:)
     
  8. scotjimland

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    Hi Jayne

    A motorhome is easier but towing a caravan isn't difficult, basically a motorhome is great for touring while a caravan is great for longer stays plus you have the car for outings while on site without packing up.

    With your budget you could pick up a really tasty 4/5 berth caravan and still have a few a bob to go on holiday, no extra road tax, MOT or compulsory insurance and with a couple of growing and no doubt lively lads who would probably prefer staying on one site for a week or so rather than touring, a caravan may well be the better choice, if your not confident about towing, the Caravan Club ( there may be other schools ) run one day towing lessons.
     
  9. American Dream

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    Ebay.

    Local To you but needs some work.
     
  10. Terry

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    Hi,be very carefull buying sub £5,000 m/h - most are well past there sellby date!If you find somthing please take someone who knows about m/hs a bit you could easyily buy a lot of probs and waste your cash.Look at Scotjimlands advise, but if you are sure you want m/h route shop around and always be prepaired to walk away!!!You may get a little granny(no ofence to grannys)>:) who is selling up and asures you it is in good nick,but remember chanches are it is a dog:Eeek:.Be v/carefull:thumb: hope it works out OK and enjoy your purchase no matter what:thumb:You may feel like yours is the oldest tatiest van on the field but it won't be Enjoy whatever you get.
    DAMP IS A BIG NO NO IN YOUR CASE!! unless you are v/handy>:)
    Terry
     
  11. American Dream

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    I quite agree with Terry's advice unless you know what you're doing and have spare cash to rectify PROPERLY.:thumb:
     
  12. Sundowners

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    Hi
    I agree with the obvious experience of others, the" most for the least" would be a caravan, and if you do a lot of running around, a car would be cheaper to run, also easier if you have to visit car parks etc. in town (do your local car parks have height barriers) I don't know of any multi-story parks with access for M-homes. None of these will stop you, but just make you think a bit.
    Best of luck, Nigel
     
  13. rebel

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    Hi There

    Thanks for beign so friendly
    Silly me showing my inexperience.Hey dead chuffed to get quick replies tho So here goes 2 boys aged 7 and 10 use as much as possible school holidays (petrol/diesel money permitting).
    Budget now again apologies if I dont stand a chance of anything, but you dont know if you dont ask ! around £5,000 Does that sound plausible or should I be looking at alternatives ?
    I did think caravan cos I do have a towbar on my car but have never towed before, thought motorhome would be easier.
    Hope this give you enough to help further. I live in Boston.....

    regards

    Jayne
     
  14. rebel

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    Hi There

    You could be right I didnt think about the one vehicle bit and we are looking for a longer stay rather than a couple of nights. Many Thanks for your advice will check it out.

    regards Jayne
     
  15. Road Runner

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    Hi Jayne

    Quite a few of us have been caravaner's and with your budget would be safer getting a caravan as you can afford a decent one.

    You would have far more space than a smaller motor home.

    Hope you get something sorted but get someone with some knowhow to look anything over before you part with your cash.

    Basically all of us don't want to see you buy a lemon:Wink:
     
  16. American Dream

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    Yep,

    Caravans the way to go.:thumb:

    You'll get quite a reasonable one for that money.Just get it checked out first for damp, corrosion etc.

    All the Best.:Laughing:
     
  17. pappajohn

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    hi jayne,
    the caravan option does seem best on your budget.:thumb:
    just wondering what car you drive as this can affect the size of caravan you can tow.

    john.
     
  18. rebel

    rebel Deleted User

    caravan it is then

    Hi There

    from reading all your helpful comments I think a caravan is probably the best .. Only need a 4 berth. Do you know of any good caravan dealers around Boston ? I have searched on ebay (a tip given by another site member) but I am a bit reluctant to bid on things I cant see and dont really want to drag the boys halfway around the county looking at possible duds. Like you say I should be able to afford something decent .

    thanks to all of you for your help and advice much appreciated.

    Regards

    Jayne:thumb:
     
  19. rebel

    rebel Deleted User

    2 litre 4 x 4 so should be ok I think?>:)
     
  20. N Luyetund

    N Luyetund Deleted User

    Hi Jayne
    Have a look at Sutterton Caravans tel: 01205 460485
     
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