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… So far!

Its all about the waiting (even for those following my blogs) it seems and something we all have to contend with, it’s a period of time that can be frustrating but which definitely gives you the opportunity to review your decisions and choices, good and bad.

What has become most apparent is the realisation that I should have done a lot more research prior to making my purchase. No, I’m not regretting it nor am I in any doubt, at this point in time, that the make and model chosen is the right one for us. But there are certain things that anyone purchasing a new or used MH should look into.

I only became aware of the things that should be researched whilst researching items that I thought were necessary!

Within a couple weeks of placing my deposit I called the dealer and told him that I wanted the radio upgraded to include satnav and to add an external shower point.

Following on from these incisive additions and having started to look into vehicle weight and its limitations (and I’m not sure what led me down this path) one of the first items which was on my list, and still is, was upgrading the suspension to allow additional payload, then came a leveling system, also still on my list. Now a lot of time was spent reading, researching and contacting various companies, including SV Tech, and getting advice and costs.

Just side tracking for a moment and for the benefit of any complete novices like myself, www.svtech.co.uk are a company who specialise in the technical side of changing a vehicles specifications amongst which are increasing/decreasing weight allowances.

Now it is worth noting that the weight of a MH is for various reason quite important and one of the first things younger ‘newbies’ should know is that if you passed your test after 1 January 1997 the maximum allowed gross weight of your MH is 3500kg’s, after that there is a myriad of regulations to be aware of and understand.

The next thing I decided was necessary was solar panels. I wanted two but having them supplied and fitted by the manufacturers is a seriously overpriced option, so I compromised and decided on just one which means that the wiring and works are carried out during the build and covered under warranty, this then allows me, should I wish to, to have additional panel(s) fitted at a later date which can be piggybacked off the original thus, hopefully, avoiding any potential problems that may occur in respect of the integrity of the structure, fixtures and fittings.

Another thing I eventually realised is that when you buy a MH it does not seem to come with gas bottles/tanks as standard. Now this could just be new vehicles, I don’t know, but mine didn’t and it was not mentioned during the sale. I had assumed that the fact there was a gas cooker, fridge and heating built in that at the very least all the connections and adaptors etc. would be included.

One thing I was aware of was that I would need insurance. So prior to doing any real research, and my advice here is to defiantly look through the different forum threads (which initially I didn’t). I looked online and rang a company. The difficulty here is that insurers generally only tend to give quotes valid for one month or so and I was not getting my MH for at least 5 months and wasn’t sure of exactly what my requirements were and would eventually be.

We are all aware that postcodes play a big part today in the cost of insurance. This aside I had in mind to get a quote based on keeping the MH at my business premises, under cover in a locked unit, with internal and external 24 hour monitored CCTV, which is on a secure gated industrial site (one of my neighbours stores secure business data). They requested a Tracker and Thatcham alarm (things which I had already intended) and they also restricted the annual mileage to 7,000. The quote was just under a grand. Having no experience of insuring a MH I didn’t blink, made a note to shop around and moved on.

As previously alluded to, during this period of time I had started to view various forums in the hope of getting as much insight into the practical necessities of running a MH.

Here it has to be said that there is a lot of stuff going on on these forums, much of which can be confusing, not least some of the abbreviations (for us ‘newbies’ some easy to decode, others not so). Also some of the replies and advice can be somewhat in-house in nature and difficult to understand if you are new to this type of lifestyle. That said though I was starting to get it.

Now I believe that I have started to get a better insight into the world of motor homing and to become a little better acquainted with some of the major necessities. I made a few tentative posts and found them to be generally quite informative in one way or another.

As the time for delivery draws nearer I am now focused a little more on, what I believe, are the necessary items, elements and information required prior to getting on the road but even with all the research it is still all a bit daunting.

Those more experienced motor homer’s who have read the above will no doubt have opinions on the rights and wrongs of how and what I have been doing. Time will tell whether or not any of my processes where correct.

That said though both my OH (other half) and myself are becoming not a little excited at the prospect of getting on the road.
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