Why are more and more caravaners buying motorhomes ?

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  1. scotjimland

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    Of late have noticed a lot of new members are ex tuggers.. There is a definite swing from caravans to motorhomes.. it can also be seen on sites.. Club sites used to be almost exclusively caravans. not any more..

    When we changed it was for ease of touring.. especially abroad, and as the family grew up had no need for a big caravan.. we were also touring more.. but are there other reasons ?

    I guess age comes into it.. not a lot of fun trying to manoeuvre a big van when your into your later years.. but there are also plenty of families buying motorhomes.

    Or, is there a perception that it's cheaper, you don't have to use expensive sites as there are plenty of places you can camp free. ?

    No doubt this also comes into it.. there are a host of FaceBook groups dedicated to free camping.. I've read dozens of posts by newbies looking and asking where to camp free.. and if you suggest a site you get short shrift.. makes me wonder where this idea comes from.

    Any recent converts care to comment.. ?
     
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    For us Jim it was holiday style. When the kids were younger we rolled up somewhere, usually a beach in Spain, and that was it for two or three weeks. Now just the two of us we want to move on every couple of days and it's so much easier with a Moho.
     
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    I'll second that (y)
     
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    Moved over to Motorhome after tugging for 30 years. Caravan gave cheap holiday and took kids. Nice to have fixed base.
    Reached retirement and can now spread wings and move about. Less hassle with MH but lose a bit on mobility. However, Bagwell this week, across to Belgium then down to France. Not practical with a caravan.
     
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    On the Italian site I'm on at the moment at least 50 Italian motorhomes turned up for the weekend. There might have been a caravan or two but I didn't see one
     
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    We caravanned for 16 x years Jim, but when early retirement from the job was forced upon me, I lost the use of the kit drying room, whereupon I'd just chuck in the wet awning, and within the hour it was totally dry again. :LOL: That's when caravanning became a chore, especially with typical and unpredictable British weather.
    We always wanted to tour abroad, but never did with the caravan, however, as soon as we bought our left hooker Hymer, I was determined to cross that channel. ;)

    We are entering year twelve with her now, and still loving it. If we hadn't progressed from caravan to MH, I don't think we'd have continued with touring and camping.

    Cheers,

    Jock. :)
     
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    Like motorhomes, caravans are getting bigger and heavier. Lots of people don't want their main car to be a fat gas guzzler so if you have to run an additional vehicle to tow anyway, why not make it a Moho and stop tugging.
     
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    Same as Jim said,I've seen a lot more motorhomes recently at club sites than there used to be. Must be the ease of setting up and packing up.
    I still would like transport here though but wont buy a car to tow.
    We make do with buses and taxis.
     
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    I moved from being a petit tugger - folding camper, as our lifestyle changed we didn't want the drive stop for a week breaks anymore. We have seen more of the South and a tadge of the North in the 6 months we've had BanHam then we ever did in the 10+ years as folding camper owners. This summer leave period will be the first time we have had a 3 week break to stay in one place for only a few days then move on to somewhere else type break so will be fully used as we intended. We hope:)
     
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    I'm sitting on a C & CC site at the moment, and looking out the windows I can count over 30 full pitches and only 3 caravans, 2 of which are foreign plated. The caravan next to me is British and they would love to have a MH but both of them are working and need a car each for work, and to have another vehicle to tax, insure, MOT for use only a few weeks of the year did not make sense to them "but when we retire...." Maybe this is it?
     
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    Moved straight from folding camper to MH. Didn't fancy towing a big van and wanted winter weekends away as well as days out.

    Kids told us we weren't allowed to wait until we retired to buy a MH as they wanted to come with us.

    Buying a van just as expensive as a MH when you factor in a big car to tow it. And rig is less flexible for day trips.
     
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    We changed 8 years ago after around 25 years of tugging before that tents then trailer tents. I went off towing and sites love the nomadic life style caravan was fine with kids but just the two of us so much easier with a Motorhome. This year we met up with my mate & his wife and spent a month on a site in Portugal although it was quite relaxing can't see us doing it again, every time we went out on our bikes and saw vans wilding or on Aires we got itchy feet.
     
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    We towed folding camper then a caravan, but got fed up of the towing. We wanted to tour more and esoecially in Europe. We got bored staying in the same place for too long as well. Expensive yes and we were going to wait till retirement but life is too short. :)
     
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    Something that the French have been doing for years will eventually catch on with the Brits.
     
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    Certainly not due to cost, MH is much more expensive overall. We converted so that we could ski from our MH which is practically very difficult with a caravan unless you don't use the water system.
     
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    Used to take seven people inc wife with caravan , now no wife and kids have flown the nest only the odd grand kid now , and motorhome is less hassle for a quick getaway :X3:
     
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    Could be people are spending rather then saving in present times. I know quite a few who have down sized or equity release and are spending their money before the government takes it to pay for their care etc when they get older. So with more disposable money perhaps this means they can afford a motorhome now where as before they could not.
     
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    Definitely a change in holiday style. Before the MH we had been through the ranks from ridge tent, frame tents, trailer tent, folding camper, various caravans.

    Each were the best option for us at the time and the same with our MH. We've had 3 now and each were right for the period of time we owned them. For the foreseeable future we will stick with the current van. Things may change in 5 years time when Joe reaches 70 but who knows what will happen in the future.

    Denise
     
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    They all want a part of our lifestyle. Mh much less hard work. Perfect for long or short breaks. Much easier as age advances.
     
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    Caravanners are starting to see the cost savings of freeloading!:)

    Caravan sites are rubbish and caravanners hate them anyway. That's my observation.

    Caravanners pitch up and then bugger off in their car all day. Why stay there if you hate it so much you can't bear to be there?:D
     
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