Tell me please.....why and what enticed you to buy a motorhome in the end.

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  1. Dawnbreak

    Dawnbreak Read Only Funster

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    Hi, haven't posted on here for months...but lurking on and off. Hubby and I are still a long way off from maybe purchasing a motorhome....we are both pleased it is taking a time, as generally reading it seems that most folks take 18 months to a year before they dive in. We go from 90% sure to 50/50....we weigh up the arguments for and against. The fors being freedom for as and when holidays etc....the against being the £'s spent to purchase one as opposed to the number of holidays we would have over the next say 4 years if we didn't purchase. The cost of insurance and keeping it etc......we are starting to take on the thought that it will become a hobby, and hubby is already thinking of ways to change the driveway and making it theftproof. Friends of ours have had one for a time, but not used it since October last year and their next time away will be April....so its been stored up for 6 months.....thats a long time for it to be sitting there unused. Me and hubby intend to go away all year round.....especially as he will be retired and we have the time and inclination. We are going to go to a couple of shows this year and really look and take in everything.......I suppose when the time comes I'm sure we will take the plunge....so would love to hear your stories of when and why you purchased your motorhome.
     
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    Really ?

    Took us 18 days.

    What's wrong with these people ?

    Within 18 months of thinking "that's a good idea" we'd bought one and done UK, Europe, Africa.

    Italy next stop.
     
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    We had had enough of messing with airports early flights long delays etc and always said if we won the lottery we would buy a motorhome and set off to Europe!!!
    We did not win the lottery but almost as good as we both retired on 9th Dec 2006 and also picked up our 1st motorhome on the same day a Compass 115 having both drawn the 25% tax free lump from our pensions to pay for it which we had ordered at the NEC show in October getting a good deal as a 1st time buyer without a trade in .
    We are now starting our 4th year and have upgraded to a bigger Motorhome we cannot wait until the spring to get back to Europe for our 4th year of touring abroad as an example last year we went to Europe mainly France five times a total of 12 weeks via Eurotunnel for a total cost from leaving home to return home of just under £1600 as good as that also when you buy your motorhome its not dead money it will always have a good value if you take care of it , its like getting married if you wait until you can afford it you never will , money is worthless at the moment so you might as well enjoy it you are a long time gone live for to-day you never know whats ahead of you:thumb::thumb:
     
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    We discussed purchasing a motorhome one weekend. Visited a dealer the following weekend, found a van we both liked and could afford. Left a deposit there and then, went home wondering if we had made a mistake. 5 years later we both still agree that it was the best thing we have done. Have visited France, Belgium, Germany and toured around the UK, we have enjoyed every minute of it.:thumb:
    Next stop Italy :thumb:
    Still plenty of time to get your motorhome and join us on the Italian Job.:BigGrin:
     
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    we bought ours because I "inherited" my nieces dog and we would not put animals into kennels.

    We havent looked back since. We can go away any time of year. We have far more holidays that we used to as the money stretches further.

    We can go away at extremely short notice or plan, or on the spur of the moment - its up to us - we are not reliant on anyone else.

    We dont have to plan where we are going - especially out of season - just jump in, go and end up wherever.

    When you book hotels etc you go by the brochure or recommendation - if you get a bad one you are stuck there, whereas with a motorhome you just unhook and go somewhere else knowing you havent lost a fortune.

    You dont have to wait on delayed flights or worry about holiday companies going bust and ending up being stranded somewhere.

    We have gained friends through both motorhome fun and the sites we have stayed on and this is priceless.
     
  6. SteveandSue

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    Why ?

    We were reccomended by a friend to hire a motorhome when we were visiting New Zealand about 4 years ago.We did for 10 days and then we were hooked.
    The following year we hired again to go to Norway and travel the Artic Highway, we returned via Sweden, Germany,Finland, Denmark and Amsterdam we were away for about 3 weeks and covered about 4 thousand miles.
    3 moths later we bought our van we have had her 18 months and have covered 11 thousand miles.
    We are away most weekends and travel Europe (including the Alps ) on our main holidays.
    I would advise you to hire first it gives you the idea which lay out suits you best and if Motorhoming is for you.
    Best of luck - Sue :thumb:
     
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    It's that easy, innit.

    Worst case, the dream flounders, you sell up and it's cost a few thousand but if you can't stand that then you can't afford one in the first place. Before anyone comes back with "you must have more money than sense to make that stupid comment", the simple fact is it will cost a few thousands a year to enjoy it especially with present fuel costs.

    Olde Farte wanders off into the distance singing "juste one cornetto, from Italy....." which shows how he's cracking up because Italy is the one place you'll not buy a cornetto.
     
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    Hi

    We have been there and done that.

    We started with a caravan and enjoyed that and then changed our mind between a MH and a new caravan and we must have switched sides about fifty times.

    I think our last caravan trip to France was the final clincher as it is so MH friendly.

    I agree about the additional expense incurred but if like us you are coming up to retirement age then get out there and enjoy because sure as heck your kids will if you do not.

    The one thing we have noticed since retiring the winters seem to be longer and colder so next year will head off sun seeking.

    My only advice would be to spend as much time as possible looking at as many lay outs as possible and spend time in them to see if you can live with the layout.

    If then you are like us you may have to make a little compromise, we had to forgo the fixed bed for a smaller MH and find it has many advantages when nipping to the shops or slotting into a parking place on the beach roadside.

    Our only advice is get out there and enjoy it and stick around on here for plenty of good advice and a little of the other. it is not a pracitise run time runs away too quickly.

    All the very best

    Lynda and Alan
     
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    how did u decide

    well we acted very fast, saw it , likes it went for it, never planned or took time, got carried away with excitment , climbed all over, felt it, sat and admired it,, oh how happy we were,,, but then back to reality,, divorced now,,, the motor home, oh took forever to decide,, but just follow your dreams and gut feeling,, get the best you can afford, no good having a palace on the drive, better a van and mattress you use and enjoy,,,, so many vans, like us, all different,,, good luck,, :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    We were looking for a c*r*van, but then found even the lightest one that suited us meant we would have to change the Car. So we spent the money we would have spent on the c*r*van on a second hand Hymer. We are on our third Motorhome in a couple of years and wished we had done it years ago.
    We are away most weekends even if its only for one night, and plan 3 visits to Europe this year. My personal advice is Just Do It!
     
  11. PamandKeith

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    We were caravanners until 1997. We always talked about changing to a motorhome when we retired. Then in 1997 my mother-in-law died suddenly from a stroke and that changed our way of thinking. Why wait until retirement, you never know what's round the corner. So within a couple of weeks of her death we became proud owners of our first motorhome, an Autohomes Bedouin.

    Nearly four years after we both retired, we still said it was the best thing we had ever done.

    Pam
     
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    Thank you all for your replies, they have been very interesting and informative, especially Mr. Lincolnshire....."money is worthless knowadays".........and that has been part of the thought process. Hubby puts in his notice to retire this Christmas or just after, has to give 3 months. Retirement and funds and living, am sure that there are lots of folks out there that can understand where we're coming from. Saw a funny the other day which said......Retirement...."whole of the man, half the income":Doh:
    We have fallen for the Swift Sundance range as one thing we do know is, we will buy knew, and before anyone shouts....your mad!!!.......we have been in sat, rummaged, laid, moved around in lots of 2nd hand ones over the last few months.....they just don't do it for us....have looked into financial savings etc but still come back to new.
    :thumb: Thanks again for taking the time to reply, much appreciated.
     
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    Unless you wait until judder free ones are rolling off the assembly line but that could be another year.

    Remember, you might not get it right first time so buying new would be madder than mad.
     
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    I know...you've told me before....and then some:Laughing:
     
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    I like people who pay attention !
     
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    You're sooooo funny!:Rofl1:
     
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    After donkeys years of being pestered I finally succumbed.

    I agreed to 'try' out the scene first anyways..
    Bought a pile of poo van and a car to pull it

    Went away for ONE weekend

    Loved it all but hate tugging ( towed other stuff for years )

    the week I flogged the caravan I went looking and found our first camper.
    That was crap but sold it and made a few bob on it

    Next one took nearly 5 days to find and that was absolutely stonking and got me ( us ) totally hooked on the scene

    As for buying new ?
    I guess if I was massively wealthy and money was completely unimportant I MIGHT consider it, but I fail to see the charm of giving the govt a pot load of my lolly, fail to see the charm of sorting out niggles, and fail to see the charm of running a new motor in !

    A unit the is a couple of years old has none of those drawbacks and usually is still like new ! :BigGrin:
     
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    Hi Dawnbreak - I have sent you a private message
     
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    Well better value than the BBC - "I won't say this only once".

    And I don't get repeat fees :cry:
     
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    Wanted one so we could travel with any number of dogs relatively hassle free. Bought an Autotrail Apache U shaped lounge which we thought was ideal until we used it a few times. After 3 months we bought a Cheyenne 696G with a fixed rear bed over the garage. We can now travel with all the dogs and their stuff to the shows and I'm not needing to get the one thing that's at the bottom of the storage locker. So my advice would be try it first just to make sure that the layout you thought was best for you actually is! :BigGrin:
     
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