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  1. Beatherotty

    Beatherotty Funster

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    Hi all

    Firstly, let me apologise for what I'm sure will be a long winded introduction!

    My wife and I have been thinking about getting a Motorhome for a while and we decided to bite the bullet and go for it!

    We rush down to our local dealer and although very excited, we try to play it cool and not rush into anything. As planned, 10 minutes later, we find ourselves negotiating over the price of a Motorhome and have managed to double our budget in the process!

    Fortunately, we managed to get back home without open wallet surgery and decided to reflect on our failed attempt of not rushing into anything.

    So, we have now decided to let our heads rule the purchasing process and are looking to you good folk for words of advice and the do's and dont's etc.

    From our little experience and research we have decided to go for a layout that has a dining area in the front, kitchen in the middle and a fixed bed at the back. The reason is that there is just two of us plus our dog Bea, and the layout suits us as we would rather have the bedroom as a separate room from the dining area. We're looking for something that is not too big, like a Bessacarr E560 or an Autoroller 694.

    We wanted a fairly modern motorhome but we're not sure what age to get. We're nervous about maintenance costs as we've already totted up running costs such as insurance, service, habitation service and tax etc. We did look at the new Rollerteam motorhomes and whilst we liked the 5 and 10 year warranties, they are well over our budget.

    We would very much appreciate any views about what to buy and where to buy. Does this forum offer members the facility to buy motorhomes?

    Again, sorry for the long winded introduction.

    All the best!

    Beatherotty
     
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  2. Cavs

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    Welcome!

    You need to think about how, when and where you're going to use it. (It reads as though you've already started this, so well done.) What sort of camping will you do? What are you going to carry with you? How much space will it take up and, more importantly, how much will it weigh? What size vehicle can you drive and store, and where will you store it?

    Rather than staring at a particular dealers, I would start with a big show, which allows you to see many different makes, layouts, etc. The main show at Peterborough is coming up shortly (15 to 17 April) and would be a good place to visit.

    Others will be along with good advice shortly. Good luck with your search
     
  3. Beatherotty

    Beatherotty Funster

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    Hi Cavs

    Thanks for that. We are mainly looking at weekends away initially and then doing more of the UK as we progress and gain confidence.

    The show sounds like a good idea and something that we will aim to do.

    Appreciate the help.

    Thanks
     
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    Hi and welcome to FUN. (y)
     
  6. yodeli

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    Hi and welcome to you ...3 ! ....After all Bea is part of it all !

    Good idea to go to shows, moreover , you'll meet lots of funsters there and I'm sure they'll be all very helpful!

    Once you'll get the hang of it, and get more confident, you'll probably cross the waters and want to visit my country. And if help is needed, I won't be far to try and help you out whatever the problem!

    Amicalement

    Frankie:)
     
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    Hi & :welcome3:
     
  8. phase3begins

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    If you do as suggested and go to a show I suggest you visit the associated campground in the evening.
    2 reasons
    The campground will have a wider selection of motorhomes (show is typically new ones)
    Most owners are knowledgeable and friendly and probably willing to give you a more honest opinions / answers than the folk inside the show.
     
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    Hello and welcome from West Midlands.



    Wyn
     
  10. landscaper

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    Look at lots and lots to decide on which layout you really want and don't rush into purchasing too fast. Sometimes things which you at first thought to be essential turn out not to be. For example we were obsessed with not having. A "wet room" shower - the truth is that now we rarely ever use the onboard shower but use site facilities. We were also really emphatic about wanting a cooker with an oven - if we purchased again we would just have a hob, grill and microwave. Another change we would make is to buy a Motorhome with a larger freezer area. Good luck with your search - there is lots of information on this site.
     
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    Hello and welcome!:welcome3:
    We have always bought second hand vehicles that are a few years old. We have found that previous owners have put on all the extras that we think we like , and would have added a considerable amount to the cost of a new van.
    Good luck and join the forum and let us know how you get on !its an exciting time!!:)
     
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  13. Minxy Girl

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    Howdy and welcome to the fun house.

    The most important piece of advice I can give you is ... LEAVE THE WALLET AT HOME! That way you won't be tempted to sign-up for anything immediately without having time to reflect! If a dealer is worth their salt they'll hold it and allow you a bit of time to mull it over and ring them later to pay a deposit over the phone if you are then sure you want a particular motorhome from them.
     
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    This is a very exciting and expensive time :clap2:
    As all will say, your decision should be based on 'how/why/where/when you will use your MH.
    As a fairly recent owner, my main advice would be to hire one.
    It may help to determine your internal layout..
    Welcome :party2::party2:
     
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  16. Beatherotty

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    Hi All

    Thanks for the many replies - It is refreshing to find a forum where people are so welcoming and helpful.

    We're going to take the recommendations on board and take it slowly before making a decision on what to buy etc. We're also looking into doing a rental beforehand.

    Does anyone have any advice regarding the best place to look for private sales of Motorhomes? We're not sure whether to buy private or trade but it seems that most adverts are trade.

    Thanks again all, much appreciated!

    Regards

    Beatherotty
     
  17. Minxy Girl

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    Before you get to the point of actually wanting to buy get your short-list of vehicles together first then you can research where you can get those MHs from and that will determine whether you buy private or via a dealer.

    IMV the most important aspect is getting to grips with exactly HOW you want to use it as that will give you a lot of help in what layout suits and what you need ... and what you don't.
     
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    Hello Welcome to Fun, you are right do your research spend a little time in various vans without the salesmen! imagine yourself living in it on a wet day, does it feel comfortable , one of the biggest shows in the motorhome year is on in April at Peterborough, if you could do BB there you could have the weekend looking around every make size shape and price and all in one place, also a good place to talk to Motorhomers , I expect there will be upwards of 3,000 Motorhomes camping there. Could be of interest.

    A good idea to become a full member of Fun £15 a year for that you can post as often as you like get good discounts and much more. :pink:
     
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    I know this might sound a bit practical and a bit basic, but ...... (1) lie on the bed (both of you - and at the same time ) - is it big enough to be comfortable, do your feet stick out the end, etc, etc. (2) can you actually sit on the loo, and can you shut the loo door whilst you're in situ ( l know of at least two MoHomes where you have to be no bigger than a size eight, and be no taller than 5ft 8 for that to happen ). (3) if one of you is stood up, can the other actually get past you, or do you have to sync your moves.
     
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  20. TUCANO

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    parigby beat me to it, try BEFORE you buy and,
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