What an incredible learning curve!!

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  1. Coolbeanz

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    Well what an incredible learning curve this last year has been since buying our first motorhome and becoming Funsters. I couldn't get my head round why my hairdryer didn't work off hook up :Doh:. After discovering what an inverter was I then had the dilemma of pure or modified sine wave :Eek!:. And then there was solar power and refillable gas systems to get my head round :Eek!::Eek!:. And which was the best discount scheme, ACSI, Camping Cheque, France Passion :Eek!::Eek!::Eek!:. One night at Peterborough and our inadequate leisure battery was flat so it was with the help of Jaws that we left the show the proud owners of 2 linked 110ah batteries :thumb:. Then there was the double skillet, remoska or halogen oven to get my head round!! Still haven't solved that one as I want the double skillet but can't get a response from them :cry:. I won't even go in to the embarrassment of not being able to get a picture on the tv and then discovering we needed a free view box!! :Blush: This was duly purchased but after way too many hours wasted trying to locate those errant satellites we decided life was too short :Rofl1:. And a 3-way fridge, what was all that about? :Eek!: And of course there was the whole wifi/mifi thing and omni-directional wotsits as well as European SIM cards to understand :Confused: What an exciting time we have had. Our first trip, both in the motorhome and abroad was 10 days in Belgium, Luxembourg and France to catch a stage of the Tour of Flanders. It barely scraped above freezing during the days but we loved it and I even achieved my first 100km ride whilst recovering from a chest infection :thumb:. We then spent 2 weeks in France for the Tour de France where we discovered that our poor old motorhome didn't have sufficient engine power to get very high in the Pyrenees :driving2: and then we lost power to the rear brakes on the last day :helpsos:. Scary moment when we discovered we weren't covered by our breakdown because we were supposed to tell them if we were going abroad :Doh:. We spent the weekend in London for Prudential Ride London and the fridge stopped working on 12 volt :RollEyes:. We had a weekend away at a CL in Norfolk and I managed to damage the EHU cable trying to dry my hair at the same time the halogen hob was on!!:Blush: We also did 2 shows, Peterborough and Lincoln and met lots of lovely Funsters:coolthumb:. During all of this excitement we had decided to retire early and become fulltimers only to discover that it was longtermers, another phrase I now understand :Doh:. Hubby persuaded me we should sell the motorhome and upgrade and that was where the fun really began!! :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: We are in the motorhome with the prospective buyers when we discover one of the seats is soaked!! :Eeek: To cut a long and stressful story short we put it in to have a habitation check and the roof resealed only to be told it had damp readings in several areas of between 30% and 90% and couldn't have passed the damp check the year before::Angry: After checking this out we discover it had indeed failed contrary to what our amended document showed!! :Angry::Angry::Angry:Thank god for CAB specialist support and their invaluable advice as we have now been "refunded" by the seller and he is now the proud owner for the second time! :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: It was an excellent start to the new year when the money arrived in our bank yesterday!! :thumb: So here we are with no motorhome after a year of the most incredible highs and lows and the biggest learning curves. I wouldn't change a thing as I am a great believer that things happen for a reason. We are now actively searching for a replacement having narrowed it down to 3 or 4 models that have a big enough garage and the handy thing is I am off sick for 6 weeks so lots of time to research :active:. We couldn't have done it without you guys and the amazing amount of help and information you have given us along the way :thanks::smalllove: I hand my notice in tomorrow and will finish work in March :wooo:. After a sneaky 2 weeks in Goa we will spend April sorting all the final bits before heading off to the tunnel and god knows what adventures await us the other side!! :beerchug: :wine: :drink: :party2: :france: :Rofl1:
    :thanks: couldn't have done it without you :thanks:
     
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    Sounds to me like you are an expert on motorhoing now. :thumb:
     
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    I certainly feel confident enough to advise the newbies on some things and it makes me chuckle when I see advice being sought and remember feeling the same confusion :BigGrin:
     
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    good time to buy, some great bargains about especially if you can stretch to a new 2013, there are some 10k - 20k off list one's available :thumb:
     
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    Congrats, good to see another pedaller on site. You'll know when you feel like an old hand, when you change your MHF status from 'newby'...
     
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    Good point Erica, in light of the experiences we've had I have just removed the word newbie :Rofl1:

    Our search for a new motorhome is limited by the need for a large garage for our bikes, as a fellow cyclist you will probably understand my frustration when a dealer suggests a bike rack will suffice in their bid to try and persuade you that their motorhome is "the one" :Doh:
     
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    Oooops sorry Eric, just spotted that sneaky a on the end of your name, how did that get there, didn't mean to give a sex change :Rofl1:
     
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