Why or how did you become a motorhomer.

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  1. buttons

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    I have family members who purchased a motorhome through a fear of flying. Chatting to fellow campers on sites revels all sorts of reasons for starting.

    Me, I purchased my first camper after tent camping then becoming a tugger which we did for some years towing it along with the three kids all over the UK and Europe. We then purchased our first motorhome back in the eighties a brand new Kontiki, we picked it up on the Thursday and we were on the ferry to Calais the following day for a month in Spain. This continued along with a second new Kontiki until two of the kids were grown up and the youngest was around eight years old.

    At this time we had a life change when I became a single parent for my youngest son, he was eight years old and we both continued motorhoming until he started to do his own thing too.

    I started to use the motorhome less and less, I become totally bored with sites and the whole concept and process of going away in a motorhome. I think I had out lived the pastime and started to fly instead of driving to my destinations. I sold the Motorhome and continued to travel without it until I went to the NEC one year, not sure why, I guess it was just going through the motions.

    Bilbo’s were displaying a T5 California pop top. Not sure why but it really hit the spot it would open up a totally different type of motorhoming. I put an order in and I started to enjoy this different type of camping. I had met my lovely lady by then, she didn’t have a clue about camping but we travelled a bit covering most of Europe and exchanged the California a couple of times for a newer version.

    Now we are using the camper less and less again it doesn’t hold the same attraction to us as it did. I’m not into all this clubby buddy thing. Like Shifty finds with fellow hotel and aircraft users, I feel a bit like that about camping. We still use the van but mostly for short stays or day trips.

    How about you what is your own experience with a home on wheels.?
     
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  2. John Laidler

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    Hi I have been a tuger for years too and then a static for ten years but I always fancied a M/H and could not afford one . But once kids went there own ways and mortgage paid for I got one that was five years ago I love it the freedom and just chilling in a field . We not gone abroad yet but plan to next year with our new to us kontiki . She is a dream.
    I'm sorry u have lost the lust to travel in your loverly camper . It's not how far u travel it the advenchir and what u do with it . John n Linda
     
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    I'm surprised that you have time for motorhoming along with all this charity work DBK. Do you have a samaritans pseudonym that I should know...
     
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    Thanks john and linda, not fancied a static yet but you never know:) Like yourself we have loved everything about camping over the years especially when the kids were around. Hope you get as much pleasure from your Kontiki as we did from ours. Kontiki holds some fond memories.(y)
     
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    We had been VW campers and tuggers but had given it up a while ago.
    Something made us fancy a static, so we went and looked around and found a site (holiday park) we liked near Filey.
    Went through the process of getting the one that suited us on the pitch that suited us etc etc and paid a deposit.
    As we drove out of the gates to go home we both had a look around us, contemplated doing the same 2 hour journey each way to the same place every time, seeing the same view everytime, same people etc etc.
    Drove home and thought about it. Rang up and cancelled the deposit and went out and bought a motorhome.

    Just like that. :Eeek:
     
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    Life under flapping material and "don't touch the walls when it's raining" - I did it for years and then was lent a VW camper for a three week honeymoon in California in 1991. Stop, pull on handbrake, put on kettle and rain? What rain? We were hooked and by the time our girls no longer needed our second car, it got changed as soon as the door closed behind them for a camper van - and so 25 years later I still carry on with my MH as I find it a way of seeing new places, meeting new people - and it' s good excuse to join MHF! I keep thinking about giving it up, until I consider the alternatives - and then the wheels get turning again!
     
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    Statics have there place but it must be like owning a canal boat where you have to set off through the same set of locks before you make ant progress.
     
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    Several years of towing a motocross bike on the back of a car and having nowhere to sit, nothing to make a cuppa on and then having three children all of whom began to race as well. No brainer really.
     
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    I had a similar dilemma Dj I overcome it with a small van shared with flying holidays. Best of both worlds.
     
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    I think we should give a lot more thought to what hobbies we encourage our kids to take up MichelleRyall. :) My daughter was into horses, like motocross it not only cost a fortune keeping up with their progress but it also takes up all your spare time to. Given my time again I think I would have encouraged them in a different direction...(y)
     
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    I wanted a Motorhome . Ralph liked our caravan. ( we'd had several over the years )
    I got him to look at a few , did a bit of persuading. Well a lot, because he was in the, " what if you run out of milk brigade!"
    We traded in our caravan and used some savings and bought our first MH. A ci mizar gtl living. We were a family of 5 with 2 dogs. It suited us perfectly. Once the kids stopped coming , a few years later, we thought about downsizing.
    We looked at several PVC's . New and second hand .
    We sold the mizar. Ralph decided he wanted to build his own. http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/rb-panel-van-conversion-begins.100614/
    PUG is finished now. He did an excellent job.
    We get to all the out of the way places we love now. Perfect. Love it.
     
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    I guess it is a process of evolution, when circumstances change dont stand still, reassess your needs and change to what suits you more. (y)
     
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    Freedom.
     
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    We all like freedom but getting on a plane and picking up a hire car at JFK airport is also freedom. I am just booking a hire car to pick up at Palma airport for a week that gives us plenty of freedom to travel around the island but I know where you are coming from mercianman.(y)
     
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    I found myself at one of life's crossroads. :( Things were going downhill fast.....:cry::cry: My portable steam TV business wasn't doing so well since The Green Party came out against fossil fuels, my drinking problems had accelerated to the dizzy amount of two bottles of Angostura Bitters a day, the court case concerning the three women and a feather duster in a phone box was due to be heard, with my solicitors predicting a positive outcome for the Tickle Triplets, and next doors dog kept digging the wife up.:(:(
    It was at that stage I decided to cast my foul habits, and previous life behind, to escape a constant round of self flagellation and abuse, and buy myself a quality motor home. (y)

    So I purchased a Swift with a built in roof shower, took up smoking 80 tabs a day, and rode a pedal cycle like a demented idiot on speed. (y)

    Signed,
    Buttons. :)
     
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    image.jpeg Our only chance of a holiday :rollingeyes: :roflmto:
     
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    Q. Why or how did you become a motorhomer?
    A. It was the voices in my head .... they told me to do it.
     
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    Your talents are wasted on here toots, you need a bigger platform to express your true thoughts(y)
     
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    At least your voices told you to buy a decent truck!! (y)(y)
     
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