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  1. sussexlad

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    Hi everyone, first post.

    We are complete newbies seduced by the attractions of touring Europe in a Motorhome and somehow just know it's right for us. We visited NEC last week and Dusseldorf about 6 weeks ago and to be fair we thought NEC did pretty well in comparison to Dusseldorf. There is however far more choice in Germany whether looking at vehicles or accessories.

    After much research online including of course Motorhomefun , we decided a Left Hand Drive vehicle was for us so clearly an import was a strong option. You will tell me off at this point because we had never been in a MH whilst it was moving let alone driven one but despite this we purchased a 2016 Burstner Ixeo 680G through Palmowski whilst at Dusseldorf in early September!

    Have to say Julien Baltrusch was very helpful and informative and Palmowski give great deals. We piled on the extras including a weight upgrade to 4000 Kg and can't wait for delivery next Feb/March.

    Last week we hired a Chausson 717 from Landcruise in Chichester using it to drive to NEC as part of our schedule and fortunately it confirmed we love the lifestyle! Landcruise were great as well, nice people and a very nice clean vehicle, you would never know it was a rental.

    We will have lots of questions in future to ask the helpful members of "Fun" I am sure!
     
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    :welc:May you have lots of pleasure from your new Toy :wink:
     
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    Welcome to Fun. (y)
     
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    Hello, sounds like you're going to have Fun!
     
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    Hi and welcome from :france:
    Talk about in at the deep end,thats the way to do it.
    Enjoy your new van and the forum.
     
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    Hello Welcome to fun, you have done your research now all that is left is the delivery of your New Van and the call of the open road ahead. Enjoy :welc:
     
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    How many sleeps to go. Good luck and many happy miles in your new toy
     
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    A big welcome.
    You will love it. We have just got back from our 1st, 2 week exploratory trip to France in ours and had a fantastic time. Get a good large book of maps, the 'all the Aires' books and consider an ACSI card and then go from there.
    There are lots of people with good advice on this forum so don't be afraid to ask even the most basic of questions. We all started from a point of not knowing and no experience. Enjoy to the max. now looking forward to our next trip abroad early next year.
    Don't forget to wave!
    Best regards
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    Well done hope you have a lot of years travelling(y)
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    Please keep us updated how the purchase and import through Palmowski goes as have short listed them as one of the dealers I may buy from in the next year or so as retirement comes - hopefully sooner than later and downsizing etc.
     
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  13. sussexlad

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    Certainly will do landguy.
     
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    Welcome to Fun from another Sussex based member.
     
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    WOW well done, the hard part is over apart from the waiting.

    Enjoy.

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    Nothing quite like it is there?.......... Jumping in at the Deep-End.......

    You already love it dontcha? :welc:
     
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  18. sussexlad

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    Thanks for all the replies everybody, much appreciated. I should add that our decision to buy wasn't quite the major sudden decision it appears because my brother bought a MH at the beginning of the year so we have been hearing all about it from him and his wife.

    Infact judgemental helped put him in touch with the batch of RHD Globecars that were "available to import" at the time and he is well happy and loving it!
     
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    It is an amazing MH, we have also ordered one for delivery next April but from our local UK dealer, also upgraded the weight and a load of extras. Just out of curiosity have you ordered the skyroof. We have been debating about this. We have seen it without the skyroof at the NEC but keep pondering whether it looks odd without the large window.
     
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    I agree garjanco we think its perfect for us. The dining area is huge and we like having the really large bathroom area. We both got on the bed at NEC and was surprised how sturdy it was considering that a few seconds earlier it was part of the roof! Infact we had our hired Chausson 717 outside in the NEC car park which actually we were rather impressed with but what the Burstner gives you is a much greater feeling of space because there is no fixed bed of course.

    We did go for the skyroof but you can't see it from inside with the bed up can you? I remember the OH saying we could look at the stars at night.

    We didn't really make a big conscious decision about this it was 709 euro and we just went with the flow and it became part of all the extras. In fact we didn't even notice that the Van at NEC didn't have one.

    We did debate about an auto gearbox and in the end went with it mainly for resale purposes.

    We will have saved quite a bit of money importing a LHD drive vehicle but won't have the luxury of a local dealer like you. I assume we will be travelling to Germany each year for its habitation check. Mind you we will make it part of a tour anyway.
     
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