You buy the van, but that's just the start

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  1. Dognewf

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    Having camped for many years, realised we need a bit more comfort these days we thought time for a van. Went for a wee look and bought one first afternoon. I am thinking, we have all that camping stuff, it can transfer over. Nae chance. We are not using all that old tat we need new stuff, was the cry. Crockery, cutlery kitchen stuff, cooker and barbeque for outdoor cooking, a step, fleece blankets tele etc etc. Then I found M H F and started reading various threads. The original tyres which still had lots of tread, 11 years old now, new tyres please. Refillable gas seems a good idea, trip to Thirsk. Engine mapping, I will have some of that! Now where was that bit about solar panels? I recon I must be near £3k in extras, a lot of it down to you lot in here.

    and certainly things like tyres would not have crossed my mind, and for .
    everything else I have found the advice extremely helpful.

    So a big thanks all, and I am hoping to get to a meet soon and meet some of you.
     
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  2. hilldweller

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    And you've not started on the wine cellar.
     
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  3. Figaro

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    I found similar, my shopping list got bigger by the day as I read all the recommendations on here.
    It can`t be beaten though for useful advice, tips and help.
    I for one would have been lost without this site and the funsters who are so generous with their knowledge (y)

    PS my wine cellar contains 550 wines from all continents around the world and has a staff of three looking after it and re-stocking at regular intervals.
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    Isle 23 at Asda
     
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  4. Dognewf

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    Consumables are a whole other thread
     
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  5. Petest

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    We're quite new as well.

    There are always bits I want.
    Don't forget a decent inverter.
     
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  6. Feltwell

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    Sounds familiar! We went from a trailer tent to the van, not that much of the kit made it across really.

    The van came with a satellite system (which we hardly use), a TV with built-in DVD, a bike rack, solar panel and wind-out awning - so we probably started off better than most. The previous owners were stopping using a MH so left all their kit - so it also came with hose reel, camping chairs, "safari room", hook up cable, gas bottles & ramps.

    When I bought it I knew it needed mechanical work that would cost close to £1000 - full service, cambelt, exhaust, CV gaitor and a few other bits - but the price was so good that was justified.

    It's the other bits I've bought that have added up! None of which I really planning to do when I bought it.

    Air assisted suspension - invaluable
    "Noisekiller" sound deadening kit
    Full rustproofing - we plan to keep it for a while
    Refillable gas bottle
    Engine remap
    3 new tyres (rear & spare) due to age
    Steady legs for the back
    Froli kit for the beds
    2 leisure batteries
    New DAB radio and speakers
    New clutch
    Cruise control
    Sat Nav
    And loads and loads and loads of small bits, fitting extra lights inside, USB charging points, ladder for kids bunk, new barbeque, folding bike, water carriers, bedding, and on, on and on!!!!

    I don't want to add the cost up - far too scary! Still, we're enjoying it and that's what matters.
     
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  7. Louis

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    common occurrance then? I'm up to £2.500 on new bits and stuff- and still going ( most on neglected items):hot:
     
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    [QUOTE="Dognewf, post: 1908220, member: 40010 I recon I must be near £3k in extras, a lot of it down to you lot in here.

    Good God!

    My first house only cost me £3120 including luxury fitted kitchen. (OK , that was Estate Agent speak. It was a few cupboards and a sink).

    That was for a brand new, semi-detached house.

    Oh boy, do I feel old!:eek:
     
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    Come on, enjoy life, get an indecent one.
     
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    Be careful though, indecent ones can be quite shocking.
     
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  11. Candapack

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    Don't worry, I met an old friend today who went down the boating, sorry, yachting, route. He's the same as us, house full of magazines, registered on various forums and, crucially, out of pocket on all manner of needless crap.
     
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  12. Jo662

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    It used to be the opposite sex you lust after,now its things to
    get for your Motorhome!:X3:
     
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    yes dont forget the Buckfast ,its not so readily found down south:):whistle:
     
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    It's made not far from me in South Devon at Buckfast Abbey and the monks have their own pub as well!
     
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    had to read your post twice. i was certain you said YOU used to be the opposite sex
     
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    Ther is always something that you need or want, stuff you buy and use once ,then there is the old "that's a good idea"thing it is endless
     
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    Then , you decide to trade her in:LOL:
     
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    .........and when you've spent all that dosh getting the vehicle up to standard and all those necessary accessories fitted - you realise it has the wrong layout for you and you have to start all over again.
    Such is life:)
     
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    We were only discussing last night. After getting the awning, bike rack - sorry bbq rack, alarm, solar, more batts, inverter and sat dome, Is there anything else we need for BanHam now? No. I said, but still loads I want. :LOL:(y)
     
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    If you sit back and add it all up assesories , insurance, etc it can be cheaper to fly off on a package deal. All about choices.
     
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