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Old 25-08-2010, 18:58   #1 (permalink)
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Mrs D and I had a big meeting today regarding full timing. Most of you who know me will know I have been banging on about it for ages but Mrs D has been reluctant to commit. Well I have either worn her down or she has come around to really wanting to do it. Her main gripe has been renting her house out. We cant afford to do it any other way and selling just seems a big risk.

Anyway we have set a provisional date of the 19th April 2011 for a 2-5 year departure. (all this could change and it could of course fall through for many reasons but if you dont have a date you dont have an event!)

Im going to be trawling the full timing posts and will have loads of questions.

First one is Old Kontiki or New (er) Kontiki. Ours is 14 years old 50K on the clock, recently spent 2600 on a new rear axle so it owes me. Do I hammer it around europe for a year or 3 or trade it in for a 2-3 year old vehicle assuming I will get around 15K on a 35K van?

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Old 25-08-2010, 19:01   #2 (permalink)
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Very wise holding onto the house.

If the old is known stick to it as newer one might have issues?
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Old 25-08-2010, 19:06   #3 (permalink)
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I say stick with the old one, you know it and trust it.
The 20K difference will buy a lora lora fuel.
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Old 25-08-2010, 19:07   #4 (permalink)
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IMVHO it would be better to use the old van (really "serviced up") for the 2-5 year "trial" given that the 15-20 grand you would be saving might be very useful in many possible situations.

This however fails to take in consideration the happiness your good lady wife might feel with a newer, smarter van...

Just make sure either can get onto Quinta Majay (through the trees...) so you can visit if you get down that way...

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I guess the main question is whether there is money in the pot for a newer van. If not, then don't go down that route unless you have serious doubts about your current van lasting the distance.

Exciting times ahead
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Well yes, have to admitt your posts are ones that have had me wondering will they or won't they as you have so definately wanted to do it while your good lady not been to sure, I see you have had some reply's off the guys with the RV's and experience they know what they are talking about so good advice. Good Luck with it and do keep us updated.
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Hi Barry, glad you guys are giving it a go, you know if you had not, you'd of always wondered "what if". Enjoy this new chapter in your life. Best wishes
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Mrs D and I had a big meeting today regarding full timing. Most of you who know me will know I have been banging on about it for ages but Mrs D has been reluctant to commit. Well I have either worn her down or she has come around to really wanting to do it. Her main gripe has been renting her house out. We cant afford to do it any other way and selling just seems a big risk.

Anyway we have set a provisional date of the 19th April 2011 for a 2-5 BD
KEEP THE MRS HAPPY & OCCUPIED MAKEING PEGS & MOPHEADS?.
VERY GOOD LUCK.
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