Funster No : 2459
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ansiao, Portugal
About Me: A Full Time Pensioner. Ex street performer and bramble grower.
Interests: Football, Frog Catching, Comedy.
MH Type: A Class
MH Model: Hymer 660S and Self Built Iveco
Years Motorhoming: over 35 years
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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...