DIARY OF A NEW MOTORHOMER…THE WAITING GOES ON…
You know that feeling of anticipation/excitement you used to get as a child in the time leading up to Christmas, knowing that there will be something special for you, hoping it will be exactly what you asked Santa for? But oh how it seemed that the day would never come!
Then imagine how disappointed you would have been to get a note from the fat git that the day had been moved to over a month later because the beasts who pull the sledge were still in their stall. Well in the words of Jim Reeves ‘Welcome To My World’.
I thought by now that I would now be playing with the new toy, opening things, closing things and turning things on and off, exploring its hidden depths and making all the noises that one makes when you discover some unexpected delights. Well maybe that last bit is a bit fanciful, but you know what I mean.
It, the MH that is, was supposed to arrive late March, early April (new Reg. and all that), but hasn’t yet even gone on to the production line. I had started to get a little concerned when I read a post on the forum that mentioned that Fiat had a delay, this prompted me to contact my dealer who contacted the manufacturer who duly confirmed that there was indeed a delay.
Not happy. But in fairness to my dealer (benefit of the doubt here) I don’t think he was fully aware of the situation either and he has been as up front as I would expect any dealer to be. It seems German efficiency does not take into account Italian chaos.
So there you have it, still waiting and because of this I have not had anything much to write about since my last blog. It’s pretty hard to write a ‘Diary Of a New Motorhomer’ when you don’t possess the item about which you are writing!
Never the less, there are a few things that I can diarise about.
The final specifications for the delayed unit. I have added rear (semi) air suspension, uprated the front coil springs, EP hydraulic levelling, Alugas refillable LPG system and a tow bar, which ironically these additions in themselves have further increased the delay, in-so-much that once the dealer has possession of the MH there is a 7-10 day fit out period.
Now, as you may have surmised, all of the above are being fitted after delivery but before hand over to me, allowing these, manufacturer approved, items too form part of the total purchase cost, thus not being deemed aftermarket modifications in the event of any insurance claims.
Then there is the other stuff! As you might expect the search has been on for the necessary items that will be required prior to setting off on our travels. It could well be assumed that these, the basic things, bedding, kettle, pots, pans, cutlery etc, etc, would be quite straight forward to chose and purchase. Don’t kid yourself.
I know, from years of experience, that the choice of these kinds of purchases are best left to those highly qualified, with a vast amount of regular practice who, apparently, derive great pleasure in examining these kinds of items at every opportunity, whenever or wherever they present themselves and whether its required or not. Or so it seemed!
Now I, it seems, have developed a more than keen (but not always welcome!) interest in such things. The colour perhaps? Paternation? Design? Tog? Nope. The weight. Sad, I know and maybe I’m just taking some of the advice and suggestions on the forums to literally, but now it seems I am mentally weighing everything I pick up that may be remotely associated with a MH.
However, it seems it may be more of an issue than you would at first expect, so having made a few tentative purchases and had various discussions on these matters, it has been decided to get the minimum we feel we need to get started and to pick 'stuff' up along the way. This decision is based on what we hope will be practical advice from, and what we see with, other more experienced MH’ers.
We attended for the first time ever, the Peterborough show at which I took the opportunity to talk to the dealer from whom the new MH was purchased, after some coffee and biscuits we left feeling a little more reassured by him on the potential revised delivery date. The show was (apart from the overcooked roast dinner) worth the 2 hour plus drive (each way) for a number of reasons, suffice to say though, we enjoyed the day.
We had talked on the way up about how much nicer it may have been to be attending in a MH, being able to take a little more time to wander around, have a beer/wine, and it seems that quite a number of people do. And the dogs, we could have taken ours if we had known. There was plenty of stuff to be tempted by to purchase (I was informed the show used to be bigger), but as mentioned before the decision has been made to wait. We had a couple of interesting conversations and gleaned a little advise from some of those selling their wares.
We also, on a number of occasions, passed the ‘Fun’ stand but for various reasons decided not to introduce ourselves!! However this brings me on to what seems to be a somewhat contentious issue raised in a couple or more posts on the forum.
I will begin here by stating I am buying one, it will be the quietest type available and I will be using it as and when required (hopefully not to un-sociably). A shed load of money has been spent buying a 21st century MH with lots of mod cons, so, I mean, what’s the point of having a flushing toilet and then shitting in a bucket!!!
Enough said, for now anyway.
Hopefully my next blog will be in the very near future, on (and even perhaps from) a physically present MH.
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