Thinking Of Fulltiming

Discussion in 'Full Timers' started by Craigeeio, May 12, 2015.

  1. Craigeeio

    Craigeeio

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    Hello



    My name is Craig Whyte. I am 36 years old and have for the past two years thinking about buying a motorhome and moving into it full time. I am based in Totnes Devon. I work part time at the University Monday to Wednesday and the rest of the time work as a freelance filmmaker.

    I am interested in buying an American RV type vehicle and have a budget of £15000 to spend on a motorhome. Something like the one below. $_57.JPG



    1. Does anyone own and live in an American RV and what are there experiences, ,good or bad?

    2. Insurance companies to recommend?

    3. Anyone who still works and lives full time in their motorhome?



    There’s a local campsite that I can stay at for 42 per week/£168 a month otherwise I can stay every now and again at Totnes Industrial site for free.



    Rent is too high these days and want my own home even if it’s on wheels. I spend £750 on rent every month at the moment including bills. Any advice would be great for a beginner.



    Best Regards



    Craig Whyte
     
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  2. Momo

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    Hi Craig and welcome to the Fun!:welc::party:

    Sounds like a good plan! Lots of Funsters full time so will be able to give you all the advice you could possibly need!

    Maybe you should have posted in the "Introduction" thread instead of the "Full Timers" thread and you would probably get a lot more replies. (y)
     
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  3. jollyrodger

    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

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    Hi Craig can't help with the full timing but welcome from just down the road in Plymouth good luck on your quest you may get more for your money overseas
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  4. Carol

    Carol Funster Life Member

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    Hello Craig, welcome to Fun, yes for full timing a RV is good but then also a good Winterised European Van could be worth looking at. Lots of information on here ask any questions you need, though the best investment you can make is the £10 annual membership for Fun then you can ask as many questions as you want and will save it many times over. Which ever van you buy in that price bracket check it out thoroughly for damp, buy a damp meter if necessary think that's the one thing that costs new members more than anything, finding damp after they have bought their van. The other thing is to make sure the layout works for you.
     
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  5. tonka

    tonka Funster Life Member

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    If your thinking of parking it for 42 weeks.. Get a Caravan and a car !!
    Then have 10 weeks holiday somewhere else...

    Maybe even worth doing as a trial to see how you get on living in that size space..
     
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  6. JJ

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    I lived in a van in the UK for years and years and never used campsites.

    But I converted a panel van and it didn't look like a motorhome.

    I parked where it was quiet or near where I had to be.

    I found living in a van to be a great way of life and so affordable that I still do it now twenty years on...


    JJ :cool:
     
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  7. f6c

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    Welcome aboard;)
     
  8. trekkin

    trekkin Read Only Funster

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    Hi

    Welcome to the forum from us, fellow RVers
     
  9. Wildbill

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    welcome to the fun best to talk to full timers like JJ Brewarydave ther are lodes of them on her
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  10. Puddleduck

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    Better check you have the correct class on your driving licence to drive that weight of vehicle before you get carried away. You will probably need a C1 or even a full HGV licence for a larger motorhome or RV and a +E for a caravan.

    You might also want to look at the big old Hymers and the like (in Germany where they will be much cheaper) rather than just American RVs. Don't do anything in a hurry, do all your homework first.
     
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  11. davidbaldam

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    Hi and welcome to FUN. (y)
     
  12. cruiser

    cruiser Funster Life Member

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    there is some good advise. think hard before parting with your cash. but welcome to the site. and have fun.
     
  13. Fatima Saysell

    Fatima Saysell Read Only Funster

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    We are not full timing just yet, but have been travelling for long periods of time mainly in France, Germany and Spain. When we go full time next year, we are moving abroad, as it is a lot easier to park for free and campsites, if needed, are much cheaper, as well as everything else. Flexibility is the key.

    Good luck in your new home, wherever you end up! ;-)
     
  14. Abacist

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    I think you might find that British & European MoHos have much better fuel consumption which is something to consider. Why did you decide to choose an American RV?
     
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    I don't think it's about consumption it's about SPACE and comfortabillaty. When full timing . There is a difrence in the way we move about . It's not the same as holiday back n forth .
     
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    Hello and Welcome from just down the road in Paignton.

    Look at lots of vehicles, sit in them, try the shower rooms for size. Look at the storage and where you'd have a work space. Unless you've got someone who can store some boxes for you, you'll need to carry summer as well as winter clothes, boots, shoes. It all adds up in space and weight.
    Good insulation is essential for full timing.
    Don't part with any money unless you've seen it, all its paperwork and I'd also get an HPI check. There are a LOT of scam adverts.

    Good luck in your search.
     
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    If you are staying in one place for months on end then an RV will be great, lots of space.

    However when you have to go off site or are moving around a lot I would find an RV a pain to be honest.

    I have been fulltiming for 6 years now, the last 4 and a half in a small panel van I converted myself.
    I can't see myself ever moving into a house again to be honest.

    Welcome to the club.
     
  18. movan

    movan Funster Life Member

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    I just want you to know that I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous of your opening post ... REALLY jealous. What? Full timing?

    NO. NOT THAT. I wanna be 36 again...

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  19. Wildman

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    Welcome to the forum. I think it has already been said re space versus fuel economy, but size can be a hinderance as well as a help. Parked up for long periods brakes and clutches tend to seize, larger vans are not so easy to wild park or go shopping in. Anyway lots of advice on here

    Now come on Joy if you want to fulltime then go for it, nothing really stopping you.
     
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  20. Vlad The Impaler

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    I think he meant £42 for the week !
     
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