when did you start motorhoming

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when did you start motorhoming

  1. in your teens or before

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  2. in your 20's

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  3. in your 30's

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  4. in your 40's

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  5. in your 50's

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  6. in your 60's

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  7. in your 70's

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  8. in your 80's

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  9. in your 90's, there that covers everyone even JJ

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  1. Wildman

    Wildman Read Only Funster

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    So when did you start motorhoming?
     
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    Snowbird Funster Life Member

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    I think I was about 24/25 when I bought my first camper. It was a Standard Atlas with a Devon conversion. Red and white with a pop top. The engine was petrol and the same engine as the early Triumph Herald, less than 1000cc. Lost count of how many have had since as have had lots of breaks away from the illness.
     
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  3. Wildman

    Wildman Read Only Funster

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    I started in 1967 with a minivan that had a matress and stove in the back, first purpose built jobbie was a bluebird highwayman built on a commer in the early 70's. That was followed by a succesion of self builds we are now on van number 13 or 14 I've lost count.:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Hi , I started back in 1969 by hiring and borrowing, then built ( of sorts) my first on an old commer mini bus in 1978, now on my 8th probably my last (financially wise) but never say never again. If we change again it would have to be one with a garage (for storage) 4 berths as now we have 2 v.young grandchildren,low profile,4 seat belted seats,good english cooker, but I dont thing I would go new again.
    Terry:sin:
     
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    Our family business is building van conversions, caravanettes they were known as then (70's) and we also had a fleet of around 10 hire vans , at the end of the season me ,my brother and sisters did manage to get the oldies to takes us for a few camping holidays cornwall ,Devon, Isle of Wight etc, later on (80's) when I had passed my test me and a mate used to head off in one of the free vans now and then for a week or two touring Cornwall for some reason we tended to always end up in the Newquay area hell we had just found a place with all day opening bars, a rare thing in those days. Another few years went by first wife came along, again annual holiday was back down to Cornwall in a camper. then a lapse of quite a few years. Then with the now second wife we decided to buy first a tent then later our first caravan had a few years holidaying in that then went full time November 2006 bought a bigger caravan and stuck with that for around 5 years, then decided to build a camper for us so back to the motorhomes now since April this year. So basicly I've been involved with caravanettes,motorhomes whatever you want to call them for most of my life and certainly all my working life
     
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  6. knokinonabit

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    In my thirties I had VW campers so I'm classing that as motorhoming. :thumb:

    Also had caravans and tents (still have one actually, but SWMBO doesn't "do" canvas). This time around we have a "proper" MH and have just passed our first year marker. :BigGrin:
     
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    I had my first vw split sceen camper in 1979 and had a few after that, the one in my avatar is a dutch van i bought in spain 1981/82 had a bed and a few bits the awning was a piece of blue cloth clipped to the roof with jump lead clamps and tied to the nearest tree ,happy days
     
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    7th April 2006. Just given it up and selling the van.:Sad:
     
  9. billkce

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    My dad crashed into a VW Camper when I was 4 in 1958. :Doh::Rofl1:
     
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  10. Welsh girl

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    2002, we bought a park home and the residents were horrible so we bought a MH to get away from them most weekends,we arranged to buy( on impulse) a van conversion at the carmarthen showground, went in with a ford fiesta, done the deal and bought the MH, the week we picked up the van conversion the park home sold!!!! yipee,by then we had the bug and have enjoyed it ever since.
    I used to camp in a tent first with friends (1969) then (1972) with my first husband and kids and then progressed to a caravan(1977)
    Lived in one for a while (1996)when we went to the IOW to live so have had lots of experience living in a tin box and canvas.
    Tez had never even camped before he met me, now he loves motorhoming.
     
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  11. Tkly

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    Does military exercise count?

    If you count my first conversion an army GS Bedford (anybody can rough it on exercise :Rofl1:) then I have been doing it since my 20's other than that my 40's
     
  12. B-well

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    brought ex GPO van stuck mattress in back with portable cooking stove, then progressed to VW popup with port a loo wife not impressed, so went onto purchase from garage, a Ford travel home which turned out to be stolen, cost extra to purchase from insurance company. then onto early Hymer 534 model , have now 1995 Hymer with all needs being met.

    nice to read other experiences
     
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    1) Volkswagen Split Screen camper.

    2) Ford Transit CI Wayfarer Pop Top (solid sides) Camper.

    3) Transit Based coach built (with the rounded, fibre glass roofed) over cab bed.

    4) Mercedes (406D based) custom built motorhome bought from a British Power boat racing champion.

    5) Mercedes (206D fwd) Bariban Autobahn motorhome. (How I wish I never sold that little beauty.)

    6) Iveco 60-10 ex motor cross van... I self converted... the most comfortable van of the lot.

    7) Iveco Turbo Daily, long wheel based, full high top, self converted... ongoing project...:Wink:

    8) 1987 Hymer 660. Sheer (old fashioned) CLASS. :Rofl1:

    Numbers 7 and 8 are still with me and used every day...

    JJ :Cool:

     
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  14. Terry

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    30 odd yrs ago bought a vw camper but never camped in it,used it for travel to and from work -like a rv on fuel and a slug on speed- got rid after 6 weeks :thumb::BigGrin: then did a 5 yr stint shopfitting all over UK buying a bed settee and throwng it in the back of a tranny-comfiest bed ever-Then borrowed sons camper(he bought it and no one would insure him at 20)for a 4 day festival and got the bug in 2001:BigGrin:Thought SWMBO would never like it but :Wink: I just do as I am told :BigGrin:
    terry
     
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    We bought our first proper m/h off ebay in 2004, Auto Sleeper Duetto & got a great deal. Before that it was a case of chucking a mattress and bbq into the back of a company van for a weekend away ... great times:thumb:
     
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    so you canremember :Laughing:
     
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  17. Mikey RV

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    Had my first VW split screen camper in 1977, had VW's since, splits, bays,T25, and T4s and now got a RV and still got a T4 which I must sell.
     
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    Bought our first MH in 2004 then sold our house & headed up Narf and found our new home in Scotland.
    Than found our way South to the Iberian Peninsular in winter of 2005, and never spent a winter in Scotland since. :Rofl1::Rofl1: :Cool:
     
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  20. DesRes

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    1990, traded our Mazda 323 car for a Mazda Panel Van, E2000 petrol. I was a keen windsurfer at that time so made a simple conversion to start with just so the boards were racked and we could sleep in the back. Really caught the bug so planned a tour of Europe, my job meant that we could travel for two whole months. Spent two weeks upgrading the back, complete with electric hookup and fridge plus a big double bed. The kit went on the roof. What a trip, got as far as Morroco, ferry from Tarifa. Happy days...:BigGrin:
     
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