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  1. chaser

    chaser Funster

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    Hi Everyone
    Well I am new on here but motorhomeing has been part of my life since teenage days.
    In 1965 my mates and me had a austin a35 van with sack bags and a sheet in the back touring wales.
    Then when I started courting my girlfriend Maureen who later became my wife (sadly now passed away) her family all had caravans and her dad had a static in cricceth, all of which we made good use of :Wink: But the best of all her brother inlaw was into VWs which we borrowed anytime we could.
    As time went by we got married and moved on to a Commer camper van and went all over in it, which was ok with our first son but when the next one came we found it to crowded, so reluctently it was changed for an estate car, and we started going to Haven in statics for holidays, dont get me wrong we all loved it there but it wasnt like being in your own van.
    So anyway we bought our own static in Rhyl:Eeek: only because i was dairy farming by now and didnt have a lot of spare time, so it was handy for quick weekends away.
    In 1999 I gave up milking and started driving a van for an electrical wholesalers, and we started going abroard courtisy of ryanair for less than we could stay at home but then the bomb dropped and maureen got cancer, (they say everyone has someone close who has had it but for us it was compleatly out of the blue) and passed away in 2008.
    At the begining of 2010 I met my present partener, Julie, who also had lost her husband at about the same time but had been living in France for five years but she also had been into motorhomes, so we got looking for one and bought an LDV converted van off ebay unseen and it has been brilliant , we have been all over britain in it and last year we did 4000 miles around France, Italy and Spain in a month ( it is for sale if any one would like to have a look at it £2500 taxed and tested)
    Well just before xmas my son and daughter both had new (secondhand) vans so we got to thinking if they can have modern ones we ought to, being as we are both now getting our pension, if we dont now we probebly never will so we have gone mad and spent more money than we have ever done before in one lump, and bought a 07 compass aventgarde, which after looking at teens of them seems to be everything we need ( much the same as the old LDV but faster quieter and very nice inside)
    Well there we have it , only just found this site by asking a question about the new van but can now see what I have been missing.
    Keep up the good work.
    Chaser
     
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  2. movan

    movan Funster Life Member

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    :Smile:Welcome Chaser and Julie ......... what a lovely introduction.

    Hope you both have a wonderful summer with Motorhomefun.
     
  3. Carol

    Carol Funster Life Member

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    Hello and welcome to motorhome fun, your old stomping ground sounds very similar to ours even down to the old vans, now welcome to the world of modern motorhomes, one day we may meet at a fun rally.
     
  4. The Dude

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    Welcome to you both - this is a wonderful forum.
    We are in Uttoxeter also (Kingstone). Are you storing your van or do you have it on your drive? We are storing our motorhome but find the site very dirty and muddy and wondering whether we have made a mistake - any advice on a local safe storage place.
     
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    :party2::welcome:Chaser:party2:
     
  6. kaybee

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    :welcomefunster::flyingwelcome:
    I retired 18months ago and a year ago I also bought an '07 Compass Avantgarde. I did 21 trips last year and she served me well. Hope you get as much pleasure out of yours. Kath
     
  7. Wildbill

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    :welcome:chaser Watt a hart warming introduction may all your motor-homing dream's be filled happy motor-homing:Smile:
     
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    hope you get to one or three of our meets :thumb:

    Yours Ian:Eeek:
     
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    Hi and welcome,thank you for sharing your story, sad times for you both, and now you have a bright future with your new Van, so enjoy your travels keep smiling and keep enjoying life in everything what you do,all our very best .
     
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    What a lovely introduction,

    A very warm welcome to you, look forward to meeting you both

    Ken.

    :thumb: :drink:
     
  12. Wildman

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    hi and welcome to the site from another who it seems went down the same route, do check out the chatroom and the rallies page then come and say hi.
     
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