Thinking of getting a motorhome

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  1. michpiggy

    michpiggy Funster

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    Hi all
    We are thinking of getting a motor home.
    What do you need to think of when looking at second hand ones.
    So many layout out there and different sizes it gets confusing.

    The only thing we have decided is that we want a fixed bed and 4 proper seat belts.
    Any advise will be more than welcome

    Thanks
    Michelle and Andy
     
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    I would think very carefully about the amount of living space ypu would like. We wanted as much as possible, bathroom and fixed bed in a 6m van :). I personally didnt like the dinette options as i thought of rainy days and not much lounging space. Look at lots of layouts and visualise how you are goung to use the space in bad weather. Ours is a fixed drop down electric bed, can sit upto 8 people when the bed is up. The compromise is when the bed is being used not much living space left. So we all go to bed and get up at the same time. But happy to do that. Or go to a big show and look at them all under one roof. :)
     
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    Hi spidey thanks for the reply

    We have seen a electric bed motorhome that we really like a chaussen 610 it's a shame you can't get them second hand yet
     
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    We have a 510 and the 610 is exactly the same but has a bigger wardrobe and a proper garage. We would have gone for this one if it had been around when bought ours. A lovely van, but as you saud none second hand yet.
     
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    Hi and welcome from East Sussex :welc:
    I would visit dealers and try as many layouts as you can before deciding on a final one. Imagine those rainy days when you are stuck inside :(. Is ther enough room to lounge?
    What size van can you manage?
    Advice from @Spidey is good. (y)
    Good luck with your search and try not to be in too much of a hurry to buy. You are spending a lot of money and need to get it right first time if you can.
     
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    Why do you want a fixed bed ?
    Are you that old and infirm that you can't flip a few cushions over to make a bed?
    We have an end lounge that gives a great lounging space on a rainy day ,us and the 2 kids can watch a dvd or play on the wii .
    Fixed bed on smaller Mh's means less living space and as you state having a dinette to sit at!
    The beauty of a bigger van is that you can have a dinette ,double over cab bed and a large lounge to relax in.
    Our van can sit over 10 people however is belted for 4,it's not how many people you can fit in the van that matters it's how many you can travel with that's important.

    Vlad
     
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    I am used to a fixed bed in my caravan

    There will be mainly the two of us and at times maybe 2 teenagers with us and the two dogs
     
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    When we went it was us, 21 and 15 year old. We slept in the drop down bed. The girls in the one below. Our bed is so comfortable especially with a mattress topper :). Now not so sure i would like the bed made up of cushions, but suppose could use a mattress topper with that as well. It is lovely having the bed made up ready to use. :)
     
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    We have a son 24 and 2 daughters a 21 yr old a 16yr old.
    I think it will just be the 16 yes old coming with us most of the time
    Is it comfy enough to chill and relax in the evenings with being 4 in ?

    Do you find you have enough storage space for all the bedding

    Sorry for all the questions
     
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    The seating area can take upto 8 as the front cab seats swivel. There is loads of lounging room. In the 510 we use a back box for chairs etc. The tall cupboard outside holds all the other garage stuff. I use outwell soft baskets for the shelving in the wardrobe. We had enough room for everyones clothes. The bedding stays on the electric bed and you can put the kids duvets on there if there is no mattress topper. We have a topper so we can only keep our bedding on it. I use a storage box in the gap under on of the sofas for the other bedding. ( when there is only 3 of us then i just put it in the wardrobe). The only compromise with the sleeping is the lower bed, it is really better for 1 but can sleep 2. My girls are tall but they decided to sleep head to toe. So sleeping bags would be best for that. The other compromise is that there is no living space once the beds are set. We do make up the lower bed if we want to watch tv before going to bed as this makes a large area to loung comfortably :)
    In the 610 you will have loads of storage, very large wardrobe and lovely garage under neath. You will be fine for storage.
     
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    We wanted more space for the kids on rainy days; although I would have preferred a fixed bed we also went for a rear lounge layout with electric bed(bessacarr 496) it will also be our first motorhome and has just arrived at the dealer we pick it up next month. We also looked at used but as MH's don't depreciate like cars we couldn't justify not paying the extra to have a new one.

    Just be careful on payloads that seems to be the deciding factor with a lot of vans especially with teenagers!

    Good luck and keep us posted on what you do!

    Get down to the caravan and Motorhome show at the NEC in October you can sit in them all!
     
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    We have booked our tickets to the motor show
     
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    When we went to the show last year the bessacarr 496 and the chausson 610
    We're our two short listed

    Went and sorted out on the 610
    Then he to stop it all when hubby got ill

    Hubby now all fixed so we are back looking again
     
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    So first thing, make sure you have 4 seatbelts. Put that on the list. (y)
     
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    Just bear in mind ..............and we found it incredible as newbies that sleeping berths doesn't mean there are that many belted seats and whatever those two doesn't mean there is enough payload to carry that many people and all their luggage.

    I could not believe our van has 4 belted seats.........great..........but does not have enough payload to carry 4 people even if they just brought a toothbrush.

    Dealers will tell you there is enough but forget to mention that if you have a full tank of diesel and water there's no chance.
     
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    For me a garage, fixed bed, and plenty of pay load is important. Others like Vlad have different needs. Each to their own but think it through and dont rush it.
    Theres probably not the perfect van in production, but one that drives small and has tardis like inside would be my choice. If you find one let me know.
    Happy looking Phil
     
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    We prefer a fixed bed and have actually just sold our coach built Adria Matrix and ordered a new PVC from Germany, we have went for two singles that can be converted to double as 90% of the time it's only the two of us and even when we had the large lounge of the Adria we would just swing the cab seats round and sit there.
     
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    It is at the top of our list
     
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    It is different because we have a PVC and the kids don't come but we went for a rear dinette so that we have the choice of leaving it as a fixed bed or putting the topper and the bedding away and having comfy lounge space. We are off for our annual camp out for the kids next week and for the first time since we have had the van we expect to do that.. up till now the bed has been a bed full time.
     
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