Swinging....newbies..

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  1. Mousy

    Mousy Funster Life Member

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    Morning all, typical day so far, glued to iPads researching motorhomes...Dog still not walked, chickens untended, teenage son left to fester in bed.

    In the last few months we have embarked on our mission....we have read 2 copies of practical motorhome, looked at every motorhome for sale on eBay, read most of this site and another site (we like this one best). Attended Shepton mallet on a very wet Sunday (3 hours drive there, soggy trudge round, veggie cafe lunch in Glastonbury, 4 hour drive back, oh how we laughed). Have booked 2 days for NEC. Been into a few dealerships, laid on beds, accidentally locked myself in a deffleths bathroom. Poked and prodded numerous MH.

    Over the last 25 years we have camped then upgraded to a trailer tent then we went static van for 6 years but its always been my husbands dream to travel and own a motorhome. We have 4 kids mostly grown and flown, (youngest 17).

    We think we will have weekends here (west Wales) and south England, and longer trips in Europe.

    We like rear lounges, sleeping separately (he's 6.2" with restless legs and I get hot at night!)

    . We are swinging between PVC and A class vans. Namely a vantage sol, warick duo xl or hymer deffleths with rear lounge. I've fallen for the vantage sol, he likes the build quality of the Germans, we have between 30k to 40k to spend.

    If you are still reading this and haven't lost the will to live... Well done!

    From all of your vast experience what advice would you give us?

    Just read this post to husband, he felt "hello, undecided new to motor homing advice needed" would have worked! Chatty moi!?
     
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  2. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    Hi and welcome to the Funsters... :thumb:

    Swinging Eh.... I like it... :Wink::Rofl1:
     
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  3. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Well you are doing all the right things.

    It's a strange swing from PVC to A class when the bulk are C class. But your choice.

    Personally we go for Space is Good. If you hit bad weather and can't get out of the van you'll start to agree with us.

    The old Hymer A class are classics. A tardis among MHs.
     
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    Hello and welcome to Fun

    :welcomefunster:



    Mel & Lieve
     
  5. golly

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    Not only that, but --

    -We like rear lounges, sleeping separately (he's 6.2" with restless legs and [HI]I get hot at night!) [/HI]:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Sorry :Blush:
     
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  6. phase3begins

    phase3begins Read Only Funster

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    Guess my suggestion
     
  7. Carol

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    Hello Welcome to Motorhome Fun , your post made me smile, look forward to you posting, when looking at vans don't forget to take into consideration for storage, barbie / outside table and chairs / ant hobby equipment you may want to use, spend half a hour in a van you think you may like is the kitchen in the right place do you feel comfortable etc, you have a good budget so should be able to get one to suit you.

    Be aware of the scams on e bay, Good luck.:flyingwelcome::
     
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    Hi there....welcome .....117 hits in an hour wonder why.....

    swing·ing(sw[​IMG]ng[​IMG][​IMG]ng) Slang
    adj.1. Spirited; up-to-date.
    2. Attracting a lively, trendy crowd: a swinging nightclub.
    3. a. Sexually promiscuous.b. Practicing exchange of partners, especially spouses, for sex.
     
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  9. dollydeff

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    Hello guys....sounds like normal day here to me....only ours is no kids and 2 doggies trying to look like they havn't seen grass for three weeks.....
    Hope you don't think i'm pushy but I have just listed our 14 month Dethleffs Advantage in the classifieds if you want to check her out....I can hardly bear to part with her, but we have so fallen for this MH life that we are 2 weeks away from exchanging contracts on the house and taking off for sunnier climes....
    Best advice I can give is that you will fall in love with the one for you, as soon as you se it....it should only take about half a nano-second, unlike the time wasters I had last week who spent 3 1/2 hours loving our van her model her layout...everything about her....and then didn't want her....!!!!!:Doh:
    We have learned fast and furious cos we had never been in a tent caravan or motorhome before last year so feel free to pick my brains...

    Good luck....Debbie:thumb:
     
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    :party2::welcome::party2:

    Good luck with your search - but take your time and choose carefully.:thumb:
     
  11. Mousy

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    Ahhh. Yours is bigger, the neo, I like the extra worktop length you've got but does the longer van make a difference to driving and parking?

    We have a tight turning into our drive, the Asda man can reverse in (although another driver has knocked off my gate post) so that's why we are worried about going too big.

    I'm really excited about seeing the vantage stand at Birmingham. Although I fear a new one is out of our price range. So it will depend on what second hand ones are available.

    That's another reason why we keep swinging from a class to PVC (I don't like the front bulge on the c class) You seem to get so much more in an old hymer or deffleths. Although our budget is "healthy" it's such a huge amount of hard earned, we really want to get it right first time...hopeless dream?!
     
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    dollydeff Read Only Funster

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    My other hard learned piece of advice is try not to be tempted into a new one, cos we did and now I am trying to sell a van that is only 15 months old, and are going to lose an enormous amount of money...far better to buy as new as you can, but avoid the instant depreciation of brand new...
    Debbie
     
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  14. phase3begins

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    Mousy,
    I would have chosen the CAD but Jan wanted the extra work surface and the larder.
    Was worried at first but after driving it doesn't seem to cause any particular problems in parking or reversing. It is really only another 18 inches. Have reversed back downside tiny lanes (lorries / buses don't have reverse) with only a slight attack of sheer terror
     
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    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    Couldn`t you move the gate posts a foot each... :thumb:
     
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    Depends on where you want the compromise to be - I assume you want the best you can get for two people, so that means you don't have to compromise on the number of berths - as much luxury as you can get for two people in a van whose dimensions you feel comfortable with/can fit on the drive? Trouble is, you may not know what you are most willing to compromise on until you've lived in one for a bit!

    We bought an Autocruise Starburst - low profile, end washroom, opposite long settees make huge double or two long singles. We loved it, but found making and remaking the bed every day a pain. So we realised we could compromise on the washroom [which was massive in the Starburst!] but not on the bed.

    After 18 months we swapped for an Autocruise Starseeker, which gives us a low, fixed bed, at the cost of a smaller washroom and an L-shaped lounge, with kitchen opposite. It's our ideal van and we intend to keep it and bling it up a bit as well!

    My point is, we thought we'd got the perfect van first time round. Only living in it showed us where we could improve on it. So, I'd not recommend buying new, as the hit if you have a similar experience is likely to be much greater than if buying secondhand!
     
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    Hi again.....our Dolly is fwd lounge low profile , with 2 fixed twin beds at rear, with an infill mattress so we have the versatility of either twin beds or a giant superking fixed bed...which is how we have her set up....

    Might suit you swingers:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    easiest option Mo :thumb:

    i did that when we bought the RV......but it was a 15ft long x 4ft high grass bank i had to move back 3ft......by hand :Eeek:
     
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    Swinger

    Avery clever post. Good job you listed DOGGIES amongst your hobbies, with no spelling mistakes.

    Now for the serious stuff. Hilldweller's advice is in my view spot on. We bought two brand new vans in 5 years before settling in our second hand Hymer and wish we'd gone this route at the outset and saved thousands.

    In contrast, our friends swapped their A class Hymer for a 2 year old IH van, costing the best part of £50k. These van is 6.5m so exactly the same length as their old one, but narrower so they can get down the lanes more easily, but guess what? They miss the lounging space, and more importantly, the storage space their old Hymer gave them and as for the narrow lanes, yes, you do need to be more careful in an A class than a panel van, but not noticeably so, and what's 6" between friends? (No doubt some wag Funster will tell me shortly!

    Happy hunting and welcome to the world of fun. :thumb:
     
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  20. Allanm

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    Hmm, not what I thought this was going to be about. But, while I'm here, hello and here's some of my thoughts, or how we chose our van
    We had an idea of what we wanted from the start having had vans before. Never one as big as this though.
    So, we wanted as big a living area as possible and didn't want to sit round a table all day.
    There are only two if us , we have two dogs and my daughter might come on the odd short trip or meet us somewhere and stay the night
    We wanted a fixed bed, full size fridge freezer and it had to fit on the drive with access to the garage.
    That ruled out a lot of vans
    We wanted a well built van with a nice finish inside and out
    Lits of other vans ruled out
    We didn't want a drop down bed , most A classes ruled out
    Then we looked in as many as possible close by.
    We didn't want to travel miles to buy ( done it before, never again)
    Choice reduced again.
    We have 2 or 3 dealers close by and visited over about a year looking at everything they had in stock
    So, big lounge area. Fixed bed. 3 or 4 berth for sleeping. Side facing sofas. Big fridge. Better than average finish.
    As soon as we looked at our van in the showroom, we were spoilt. Nothing else seemed to have everything we wanted ( except an older Hobby 750 but that another story)
    We looked at a 6 wheel KonTiki, very nice but a tad too long. A couple of Hymers, beautiful vans but wrong layout.
    We bought ours and it is virtually perfect. I will be insulating the external tanks so we can use it 12/12 then it will be 100% for us
    We never thought about new. Too expensive and tons of depreciation. But, after we had seen the van, nothing else came close, and as Mrs A said, no one has used the toilet before!
    Good luck in your search.
    Allan
     
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