DIARY OF A NEW MOTERHOMER... In the beginning...
... A tent, somewhere near Box Hill, woggles and ging gang goolie. Some years later, a Sherpa (works) van 4 up, double mattress in the back, weekend in Paris, only remember the too and from bits. Then a 3/4 berth caravan, 6 up! (+ 2 in the car) Ireland, only the weight kept wind from blowing us into the sea at site on Galway Bay. Static, Pagham, kids loved it, not so me, Michael Fish was wrong and almost all vans on site wiped out, except mine! RV, early 90's, UK & Ireland, loved it.
That's the early stuff and there have been various other excursions both during that time and since.
I have always loved traveling and have toured the UK and Eurpoe, along with places further afield quite extensively, however, this has been with work (my hobby job) and whilst the touring was in relative comfort, generally on a large Tourbus in the European countries, stopping and visiting places on the way was never an option ("been to many places, not really seen any").
Having been (semi) retired from this occupation for a while now I am still drawn to getting out on the road. Along with the fact that my better half loves her holidays and that we both want our Grand children to be able to experiance as many various and varied places as we can visit, the acquiring of a Motorhome 'seemed' a good option.
So there we are, October 2014.
By chance see the show at the NEC Birmingham advertised and 3 days later my wife, Son, brother-in-law and I head off up the various motorways.
We had discussed on the journey to the show what we would like with regard to style, layout and size.
My Son, who had been a mechanic to a rider who was competing in the support races of the World Supperbike Championship the previous year had various criterion. Along with some fairly fanciful expectations the one essential was a rear garage big enough for a bike. So that was the starting point. Next was capacity, enough to carry up to 3/4 adults + 2 kids. Up to this point no discussion had been had as to budget, I had an idea in my mind as to what I might expect to pay but we were only there to look!
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