Thinking of moving to a motorhome from caravan.

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  1. seesaw

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    As the title suggests. Camped and caravanned for years and now thinking of getting a MH. Just getting information at the moment. If we change will trade in the caravan and put money towards the MH.
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    Seesaw
     
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    Why do this ?
     
  3. seesaw

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    Can't afford both. Also circumstances change and lots of weekends away rather than weeks away.
     
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    Hi seesaw, you are thinking of what many of us have done before, I would guess a small percentage go back to a caravan a large majority wish they had done it years before, lots of information on here, any questions just ask.
     
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    Now that sound a logic choice now.
     
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    For mainly the same reason we did the same in 2010. Additionally, we found we could get under way very quickly once we made our mind up to go, and we were wanting to do more touring especially in Europe for our main holiday than staying in one place.
    What we have needed to manage is how we can use the MH to visit places in the day. We have found you have to plan this. We also try to use sites/cl's where it is easy to walk, or where there is public transport nearby.
    I have just had a couple of days this week with grandchildren minus SWMBO who was looking after her sister following a major op. Stayed at a CL for 3 nights nr. Telford, and visited the Ironbridge museums and RAF museum at Cosworth, both after checking parking for MH beforehand. The grandchildren love the MH, so you may need to consider your layout and how you want to use it as the no. 1 priority.
    Best of luck with whatever decision you make.
     
  7. seesaw

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    Thanks for the welcome and the advice. Will have a good look around the site and get back about the questions I have.
    Cheers

    Seesaw
     
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  8. yellabelly

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    I would have thought that a caravan and car for weekending would be more convenient. Maybe a different caravan-car combination would be a better option?
    If I could be bothered with towing I think I might go for tugging,
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    We do more two day trips away than longer trips.

    Visit place A on day one, then stay overnight at CL/Wild/Britstop
    Visit place B on day two and drive home after.

    This would be more difficult in a caravan as we would have to pay for two nights on a campsite in order to visit place B on day two and then have to go back there to collect the caravan before driving home as there's probably not too many places you can park up to visit towing a caravan.

    Admittedly, on the rare occasions that we have spent multiple nights in one place a caravan with a car to get about in would be preferable, but we rarely do this. Even when on a two week holiday the most we'll spend in one place is 2 nights.
     
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    I think I'd be using sites anyway, so parking up for 2 or 3 nights, getting the kit out, not having to pack stuff away all the time, and using the car to explore the area would be my plan.
    We'd all do things differently, within limits, but makes it important to think the options through,
    regards
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    Hi and welcome to FUN, the best Motorhome forum on the net, use the search option or just ask a question. (y)
     
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    Given where the OP lives then a MH would be ideal for short breaks but this is not to say they aren't good for longer trips too!
     
  13. seesaw

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    Thanks for the comments. A lot of the time we would not be using sites so caravan is not really an option.
     
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    We did the change from caravan to motorhome in 2010 and love it. Wouldn't go back. We do stay on sites as well as tour and it works fine. Bikes on the back mean we're fitter than we were when we had the car to get around in. The difficult thing is choosing your layout but you have that same dilemma in a caravan. We wanted rear seat belts so that we could occasionally take friends or grandchildren. Enjoy the search.... and welcome to the Fun.
     
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    We changed in 2008 best thing we ever did. Completely changed our style of camping rarely ever stay on sites now, do what we want to do and move on, find we do far less driving as don't need to go back to the same place every night. We find it much more flexible than a caravan and so much easier when you stop for the night, handbrake on swivel seats, job done.
    One thing we do find is we have practically given up on the UK (England really) due to the fact Motorhomes just aren't welcome, not a problem for you in Scotland, or for us with a channel port only 20 miles away.
     
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    Hello :hi: We made the change about 3.5 years ago and we're loving it.
     
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    Hi, we think you can get the best of both worlds. We changed in 2009 and now do far more weekends or overnights. If we are going for a week or two we take the toad as well.
    Never been keen on small cars for caravans so we had Land Rover products (still keep one as a comfort blanket!!) but now the wife's car does 60mpg and the Moho only drops 2mpg pulling it so the savings are really noticeable compared to our caravan days fuel costs.
    Also without a doubt, the Moho community are far more friendly and sociable. Occasionally we use CC sites due to the location but do notice that most folk cannot bring themselves to say hello. How different things are at Moho rallies.
    Take the plunge, you will most likely wonder why you took so long.
     
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  19. seesaw

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    Thanks will bear that in mind. I was looking for something with two single beds at the back and a double at the front over the cab. Would also like a proper shower as we will be off site a lot of the time. Any suggestions?

    Yes also intend using it abroad. Usually take six weeks off in the summer school holidays as I am very busy in the winter. We usually go to France for most of that time.
    As I wrote above any suggestions would be helpful.
    Cheers
    Seesaw
     
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    We are also changing from caravan to MH, mainly because we are planning to travel around Europe for a while and want to be able to wild camp more. We had the same thoughts as most regarding the restrictions of having to pack away if you want to go anywhere but have decided we will take our bikes or use shanks' pony, all the better for our health anyway
    Now, does anyone know where that treasure map is? I could do with finding a few to help me with my desired purchase!
     
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