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  1. neesyanne 3

    neesyanne 3 Funster

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    Hello everyone HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all we have decided to join after reading all your posts and various topics for a few months which have been so interesting and informative.
    After we have been to dealers we have researched the net and your forum and gradually formed an opinion of what we are looking for.The current conclusion is- ideally! -
    A class (we like the light and visibility and space)
    4 berth(there are 2 of us and 2 dogs but would like to take grandkids)
    twin beds/island+dropdown (logical)
    winterised
    non wood construction
    3500
    6.5m max


    Sooooooo.....we have arrived at Hymer Rapido,Pilote and the maximum budget of £45k or thereabouts so would welcome any thoughts also your opinions on the new Bailey Autograph as we havethought the general forum concensus is that a 7 year old Hymer would beat it for all the reasons we have read before ? Sorry for long ramblings but cant afford to get this wrong so would appreciate your experienced comments.Many thanks.
     
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    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

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    Hi & Happy New Year from Devon
     
  3. funflair

    funflair Funster Life Member

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    Hi and welcome

    the first thing that strikes me is that you are trying to pack a lot into 6.5 metres, I doubt that you would get island bed as they are a bit of a waste of space, transverse would be more economical with the limited space.
     
  4. Shazrick

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    Welcome from another newbie too.
    Cannot advise on van but a great knowledge base here.
    Enjoy.
     
  6. Wildman

    Wildman Read Only Funster

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    Hi and welcome to the fun your shortlist of vans is impressive and you will be happy with your choice.
     
  7. Carol

    Carol Funster Life Member

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    Hello welcome to Fun, you have a good budget and some idea of what you think you would like, now is a good time to visit sone dealers look in the layouts you are thinking of then stay in the van without the salesman for a while imagine a rainy day do you have room to move around is the seating / kitchen comfortable to be in for you. Is there adequate storage and pay load.

    Think I would be thinking of a drop down bed for main use and two settee's that could be made into single beds when needed.

    A lot of room can be taken up with a Island bed, and if four and two dogs in it could be tight, just a few thoughts. Lay out and pay load get that right and usually you are happy with your van. :welc:
     
  8. Debs

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    Hi & welcome :hi:
    Your list is similar to ours but without the fixed bed part, I agree with funflair, you are looking at squeezing alot into a smallish van.

    We bought an A class Adria Vision 647 and although we've only had it a few months we've found the layout is ideal for us and 6.49m with a garage as well.

    Happy hunting - you have a decent budget(y)
     
  9. Badknee

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    Hello and welcome, we spent a lot of time looking and sitting in MoHo' before we bought. Remember you need forward facing seats with three point belts to carry any passengers in safety :)
    We smiled at a post to us on here that said the right van for you could be the third one you buy so take your time :xrofl:
     
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    Hi and welcome to FUN, at that price you should get a nice van just how you want it but as with most things layout is a very personal choice, as Badknee has said check that it has the right amount of seat belts for the amount of people you want to carry. A good place to check prices is eBay, you just need to be careful if you buy off there. You've come to the right forum to ask any and all motorhome related questions and you just might gets some sensible answers. (y)
     
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    Welcome on board :welc:
     
  12. neesyanne 3

    neesyanne 3 Funster

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    Thank you all for your replies good to know we are not too far off course and we did think an island bed before we noted posts previously advising that big is not always better when accsessing parking spaces also our drive is not that long.Wehave more research to do!!
     
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    Welcome aboard;)
     
  14. Brian and Jo

    Brian and Jo Funster Life Member

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    Hi there and welcome to MHF.good luck with your search,its all part of the experience:xThumb:
    Brian & Jo
     
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    Hello and :welc:..

    You've had some good advice already, layout is the key, we went through all this with our first van, but made some mistakes. Would agree with Carol and Funflair, try to imagine yourselves all in the van at the same time on a rainy day........is there sufficient space in the kitchen to prepare food. The loo is another important space, we started with a combined loo and shower in our previous van....not a good idea. But what we have noticed from talking to other mhomers on sites is that there is always a compromise where space is concerned. Just figure out what's most important to you and what you are willing to compromise on.

    Happy hunting and don't rush into anything:xThumb:
     
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    Hello, happy hunting. :hi:
     
  17. Terran

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    Hi and welcome to MotorhomeFun. You've made the first decision, this forum will give you such a head start, lots of experience to hand.

    We've got the island bed, A class with overhead drop down bed, (strangely it's our third choice of layout) although it is 7.44m. Love the layout, the garage and the pay load of 650kg, but it's well over 3500!

    Plenty of room, lots of light, excellent build quality, and Yes I'm bias.
    Hope you find yours soon, enjoy! :xThumb::xgrin:
     
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    Hi and welcome to the fun.
    You will receive many different opinions on layout, class etc but, at the end of it all it is your decision and you should buy what suits your particular needs. We were looking for a sub 6.5 Mtr van with a fixed bed and decent sized lounge but have now decided that it's not practical so have decided to increase our size to 7mtr ish.
    Whatever you decide I'm sure you will enjoy your new motorhome :xThumb:
     
  19. Andy

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    Hi and welcome to FUN.

    Just curious, you say you are nr Whitby, I use to live in Port Mulgrave. (Lovely part of the world............:xThumb:)

    Good luck in your search for 'your' M/h.

    All the best,
     
  20. neesyanne 3

    neesyanne 3 Funster

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    Thanks again for all your replies which are all gratefully received.
    Andy we are at the other end at the bottom of Blue Bank.
     
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