Total Beginners

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Yorksowl67, May 28, 2015.

  1. Yorksowl67

    Yorksowl67 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 28, 2015
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Shropshire
    Hi All,
    Well my husband and I have been the proud owners of a Folding Camper for the last couple of years. We've had severe "Motorhome envy" for a while now and in a few months we might be in a position to get a motorhome!!!!! I'm doing my preparation well in advance and have therefore joined this group following a recommendation. We have decided that we would like a fixed bed and really like the Bailey Autograph motorhomes.
    I know there are many helpful books on the subject but just wondered if anyone had any tips for first timers.... Anything you know now and wished you'd known then??
    Looking forward to hearing from people.

    X x
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  2. TUCANO

    TUCANO Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2014
    Messages:
    976
    Likes Received:
    808
    Location:
    Exiled in Yorkshire
    Hello and welcome, my advice would be,

    Visit a show or two and pretend living in a few vans there, sit on the toilet, stand in the shower, cook a meal etcetera.
    If you have decided that a fixed bed is the layout you prefer then stick to that layout or you will get confused with all the many other layouts and you may even change your mind.
    Take your time and don't rush your decision.
    What I now know that I didn't know when buying my first van, you usually find the layout you really want when you buy your third van :whistle:
    Enjoy the hunt.

    Norman.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  3. Mattyjwr

    Mattyjwr Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2013
    Messages:
    1,938
    Likes Received:
    3,422
    Location:
    Beds
    As above. Also, consider renting one for a week or two to confirm that your arrangement re beds etc work for you.

    Welcome to Fun :)
     
  4. Wildbill

    Wildbill Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2011
    Messages:
    7,347
    Likes Received:
    13,199
    Location:
    somewhere
    my advice is keep it simple and just enjoy the ride so much fun to be had without stress
    bill
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  5. Gromett

    Gromett Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    8,241
    Likes Received:
    15,313
    Location:
    UK
    Based on my experience and of those who I have talked to. Your first van will never be the one you settle on much as you love it. It will be a learning experience for you. Finding out the things you can live with and those you could really do without. My advice would be to choose a first van that you can get your money back on. Choose a popular one that you know you can sell again.

    The second season of MH'ing you can get your dream van. For me I bought a brand new Hymer 644 with a fixed bed with garage as that is what I wanted. However it only had a dinette and no lounging space. The first winter I went nuts sitting at that dinette for 3 weeks. I really wanted to put my feet up but there was no where to do that. Also I didn't need a wardrobe which stayed empty.

    The second van was perfect. It had a dinette and a long bench seat with head cushions. I could sit in the dinette and do work then put my feet up later in the evening.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  6. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    6,079
    Likes Received:
    11,388
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Dont part with money til you get the vehicle. Watch out for ebay scams etc.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  7. Baycott

    Baycott Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2013
    Messages:
    6,481
    Likes Received:
    13,557
    Location:
    East Sussex
    Hi and welcome to the forum :welc:
    All good advice above. Ask any questions here before parting with your hard earned (y)
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  8. scousebird

    scousebird Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2012
    Messages:
    15,191
    Likes Received:
    25,981
    Location:
    South East Kent
    Hello :hi:

    We have a Bailey Autograph 745 and love it (y)
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  9. Cal54

    Cal54 Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2014
    Messages:
    1,493
    Likes Received:
    9,687
    Location:
    Lancaster uk
    Changed my van several times and can honestly say getting the correct layout that suits you is the most important thing, at a size you are comfortable with.
    1: Considerations re bed - fixed or to be made up
    2:Will you be on sites or wilding - therefore how important is the size of the shower
    3: can you comfortable sit on the loo and close the door! (Had this problem!)
    4: storage - outside chairs BBQ etc - where will you keep them
    5: do you want to keep it parked at home, as size can matter.
    Most importantly ENJOY.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  10. Ralph-n-Bev

    Ralph-n-Bev Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    6,046
    Likes Received:
    9,341
    Location:
    Wrenthorpe, Wakefield.
    Your lucky if you get it right first time. We were lucky.
    We'd had several caravans so knew what we wanted layout wise. Searched and found.

    Our wants have changed now. We no longer need space for 3 kids. So Ralph's building our own. To our own requirements. So we shall get exactly what we want again !
    I'm with the others above. Look at as many as you can. Hire one even , to see if it's for you.
    When you come to buying, If buying 2nd hand, remember, you can't smell a picture.
    Welcome to MHF.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  11. StitchesnFluff

    StitchesnFluff Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2014
    Messages:
    1,243
    Likes Received:
    532
    Location:
    Salisbury
    See as many as possible, sit in them and have a coffee if poss. Layout most important
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  12. Momo

    Momo Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2008
    Messages:
    2,467
    Likes Received:
    3,008
    Location:
    Valencia City, Spain
    Hi Yorksowl and welcome to the Fun!:welc::party:
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
Loading...

Share This Page