Your first Motorhome

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  1. Ranger

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    Aimed mainly at people like us that has been doing it for quite a while. I'll start it of with our first van: A Bedford CA Martin Walters Dormobile Romany, 1600cc petrol with three speed box which had quite a high top gear and very low bottom gear made life interesting followed by a BMC J4 Dormobile. We then upgraded to a VW Bay window Westfalia and we really thought we had arrived. Enjoy the reminisces.
     
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  2. sparky

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    Hi p reg 1800cc auto sleeper elevating roof Sherpa with seized king pins would go round in circles all day long
     
  3. tjay

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    my first was a Commer Ju van that I converted with the help of my brother. As I was an apprentice panelbeater/paintsprayer changed from the sh1t beige to a cream and burgundy colour scheme.
    Then I had the first (of a few) 1972 VW Bay window.Then a Merc 208d, 709D lwb, Transit hi top lwb all converted by myself and brother.
    Now many, many, years later we just collected our latest an Elddis Autoquest 175 earlier this month.
     
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    I converted ( of sorts) a commer mini bus back in 1979.

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  5. Popeye

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    Yeah, like we needed to know you DIDN'T look that young three years ago.....:rofl:
     
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    Come on then Grief , what was your 1st moho
     
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  7. Popeye

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    The very first engine I changed on a vehicle was on a Commer like the one in your picture Terry, I was apprenticed to a Routes Group Dealer back then.

    My first MoHo was the Bedford on the right in this picture.A Richard Holdworth Conversion

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    Home converted VW rusty bay. Early 70s


    edit That means I've been motorhoming in one form or another for 40 years:eek: (and it don't seem a day too long)
     
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    Hey popeye, I was a apprentice at a Rootes Group Dealer in Bristol back then (1963).
     
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    1973 vw camper late bay window tintop called Tom (still have this van under slow restoration now :) )
    1972 vw camper early bay window pop top called Jerry
    1987 vw camper t25 hightop called Tufty
    1999 autotrail 590 called Toots
    2004 autotrail 700 (curent van) called Ela.
     
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    And yes before you say anything yep they all have names :)
     
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    Only ever having camped we jumped in at the deepend and bought a new Laika Ecovip back in 1999. Kept that for four years before we saw a new Frankia I650SD at the Northern Motorhomes Show at York and promptly swapped them. Still got it and still delighted with it. We have never named them, they are simply "the van".
     
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    1973 Holdsworth camper on a transit,1979 Bedford CF home conversion by a cabinet maker it had a 1600 engine in and it was so heavy it wouldn't pull me caravan,1984 Transit self build camper, 1971 Volkswagen Danbury I loved this and so did Sylv . 2001 Swift 590 RS didn't like that bought a 2001 Ford Transit Buccaneer Clipper, am now sellin this and have bought an old 1995 Mobilvetta Euroyacht cos it were cheap and it got beds:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
     
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    We had a Commer Highwayman.....Great truck, 1600cc. Just about pull you up a hill.........:)

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  15. Tackle man

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    My first motorhome was a scout patrol tent in the 50's. I enjoyed scratching the insect bites so much that I have camped ever since. Loved the bright orange frame tents that got bleached in the sun along with cooking the occupiers in the hot weather. My first "Tin tent" was a 1972 VW Bay Window Devon Moonraker Camper (Pictured below)that pulled an Eriba Puck caravan. I am on my third motorhome now, a Hymer Exsis i688. IMG_2875.JPG Wifey and I are now retired and loving it! :D
     
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    Our first coach built... about 1978,,, after various van conversions..

    Picture a bit blurry.. Some where in Cornwall.. :doh:

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    I've heard that too much jerking the gherkin causes blurred vision!:Eeek: :D
     
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    The first was a Standard Atlas Dormobile conversion with a 998 cc Standard 10 engine. No photos survive of that, thank goodness.
    The first with photographic evidence is my Commer self build, I think with a 1725 Hillman Minx engine. I travelled all over France in that one and the last I heard of it, it was on Corfu kays favourites 003.jpg .
     
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    Started off with a 1966 VW splitscreen Devon conversion in 1977, had a 67 also after that, then a bay window VW panel van and a 1965 VW kemperink it's a Dutch conversion, then went on to T4's then a Winnebago Journey now a Burstner Tag axle.
    The 65 Kemperink
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  20. Ranger

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    That six wheeled split screen looks interesting. Could the rear axle be lifted to aid traction and what engine did it have as looks a bit big for a 1200cc to pull?
     
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