A Sad Day - But Inevitable....... (1 Viewer)

Jan 25, 2013
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There is a big empty space on my drive where a motorhome has been parked since 1991; yes, it's the end of an era for me :cry::cry::cry:. Dodgy knees and hips, balance issues and "old age" have finally caught up with me and my passport to adventures was driven away this morning for a new life with Gadget, a fellow funster. What a pleasure it was dealing with Ian and Rosie who I know will enjoy and appreciate the MH as much as I have.
I'm certainly going to miss the flexibility, the exploration, the pleasure of taking my home around with me, self catering - and never having to worry about finding a loo!
I'm always laughed at for keeping records (well, I was an accountant!) and digging around I worked out I'd owned the MH for 4198 days, spent 464 nights in it (damn Covid lockdown, it would have been more!!} and done 29700 miles. So £7.72 per day of ownership, £1.64 per mile and £69.84 per night. Overall I averaged about 28 mpg, mostly towing a small side loading trailer with my Honda ANF 125 aboard. I think this was all pretty good value and a small price to pay for the fabulous places I've seen, meeting some wonderful people and feeling alive.

You haven't got rid of me though! I'm still going to dip into the madhouse and funhouse of the forum which is one of the better things supported by the internet! :thanks3: :thanks3: :thanks3:(y):LOL:

Life won't be the same...........unless...........
 
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Apr 25, 2014
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There is a big empty space on my drive where a motorhome has been parked since 1991; yes, it's the end of an era for me :cry::cry::cry:. Dodgy knees and hips, balance issues and "old age" have finally caught up with me and my passport to adventures was driven away this morning for a new life with Gadget, a fellow funster. What a pleasure it was dealing with Ian and Rosie who I know will enjoy and appreciate the MH as much as I have.
I'm certainly going to miss the flexibility, the exploration, the pleasure of taking my home around with me, self catering - and never having to worry about finding a loo!
I'm always laughed at for keeping records (well, I was an accountant!) and digging around I worked out I'd owned the MH for 4198 days, spent 464 nights in it (damn Covid lockdown, it would have been more!!} and done 29700 miles. So £7.72 per day of ownership, £1.64 per mile and £69.84 per night. Overall I averaged about 28 mpg, mostly towing a small side loading trailer with my Honda ANF 125 aboard. I think this was all pretty good value and a small price to pay for the fabulous places I've seen, meeting some wonderful people and feeling alive.

You haven't got rid of me though! I'm still going to dip into the madhouse and funhouse of the forum which is one of the better things supported by the internet! :thanks3: :thanks3: :thanks3:(y):LOL:

Life won't be the same...........unless...........
So sorry to hear about this. It's a huge decision.
We're tentatively thinking it might be us too. At the moment waiting for health news, results of tests etc. so we're avoiding thinking about, discussing, it. From 2007 to 2010 we full timed in our Swift Firebrand so it's definitely home.
Oh well. I'll go back to not thinking about it again until I really have to!!!
 

Mikey RV

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Shame you have to sell the motorhome, but good luck with whatever you do next travel wise. Keep popping in here to see the coming and goings. (y)
 

Debs

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Not an easy decision for you but I'm so glad that you've found a good home for the MH & many more happy memories will be created by its new owners.

I wish you the very very best for the future.....you never know what's around the corner!
 

Southdowners

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I hope you will be able to continue your travels by other means… perhaps book a cruise to soften the blow of giving up your motorhome adventures!

Wishing you good health and happiness in the future 😊
 

Silkcut1105

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Jun 3, 2011
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so sad to read this as its going to happen to lots of us sooner or later ,but look on the bright side, extra cash to book nice long bus rides to sunny spain or whatever suites you ,good luck for the future hope you stay healthy ,and i would do the same and stay intouch through the net as it passes the time away with friends that you have met ,good luck
 
Aug 4, 2020
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There is a big empty space on my drive where a motorhome has been parked since 1991; yes, it's the end of an era for me :cry::cry::cry:. Dodgy knees and hips, balance issues and "old age" have finally caught up with me and my passport to adventures was driven away this morning for a new life with Gadget, a fellow funster. What a pleasure it was dealing with Ian and Rosie who I know will enjoy and appreciate the MH as much as I have.
I'm certainly going to miss the flexibility, the exploration, the pleasure of taking my home around with me, self catering - and never having to worry about finding a loo!
I'm always laughed at for keeping records (well, I was an accountant!) and digging around I worked out I'd owned the MH for 4198 days, spent 464 nights in it (damn Covid lockdown, it would have been more!!} and done 29700 miles. So £7.72 per day of ownership, £1.64 per mile and £69.84 per night. Overall I averaged about 28 mpg, mostly towing a small side loading trailer with my Honda ANF 125 aboard. I think this was all pretty good value and a small price to pay for the fabulous places I've seen, meeting some wonderful people and feeling alive.

You haven't got rid of me though! I'm still going to dip into the madhouse and funhouse of the forum which is one of the better things supported by the internet! :thanks3: :thanks3: :thanks3:(y):LOL:

Life won't be the same...........unless...........
Bless you
 
Apr 12, 2022
11
4
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Bailey Approach 740e
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I hope you will be able to continue your travels by other means… perhaps book a cruise to soften the blow of giving up your motorhome adventures!

Wishing you good health and happiness in the future 😊
All the very best for the future and whatever it brings. Good health and good fortune we hope. Take care.
 

Nothern Soul

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Mar 13, 2022
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Hey you must have some great memories, at least you did it some people just talk about doing it. Enjoy your next adventure.

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Apr 7, 2014
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Whatever you choose do next enjoy every minute and squeeze the life out of it.
 

mikebeaches

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Sorry you've had to say farewell to your van, but sounds as though it has gone to a good home.

And your adventures over the years will provide a wealth of memories.

Best wishes for the future. (y)
 
Aug 5, 2012
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There is a big empty space on my drive where a motorhome has been parked since 1991; yes, it's the end of an era for me :cry::cry::cry:. Dodgy knees and hips, balance issues and "old age" have finally caught up with me and my passport to adventures was driven away this morning for a new life with Gadget, a fellow funster. What a pleasure it was dealing with Ian and Rosie who I know will enjoy and appreciate the MH as much as I have.
I'm certainly going to miss the flexibility, the exploration, the pleasure of taking my home around with me, self catering - and never having to worry about finding a loo!
I'm always laughed at for keeping records (well, I was an accountant!) and digging around I worked out I'd owned the MH for 4198 days, spent 464 nights in it (damn Covid lockdown, it would have been more!!} and done 29700 miles. So £7.72 per day of ownership, £1.64 per mile and £69.84 per night. Overall I averaged about 28 mpg, mostly towing a small side loading trailer with my Honda ANF 125 aboard. I think this was all pretty good value and a small price to pay for the fabulous places I've seen, meeting some wonderful people and feeling alive.

You haven't got rid of me though! I'm still going to dip into the madhouse and funhouse of the forum which is one of the better things supported by the internet! :thanks3: :thanks3: :thanks3:(y):LOL:

Life won't be the same...........unless...........
We wish you well for the future, we are also slowing down, thanks for the details.
 
Sep 2, 2014
547
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12 years
There is a big empty space on my drive where a motorhome has been parked since 1991; yes, it's the end of an era for me :cry::cry::cry:. Dodgy knees and hips, balance issues and "old age" have finally caught up with me and my passport to adventures was driven away this morning for a new life with Gadget, a fellow funster. What a pleasure it was dealing with Ian and Rosie who I know will enjoy and appreciate the MH as much as I have.
I'm certainly going to miss the flexibility, the exploration, the pleasure of taking my home around with me, self catering - and never having to worry about finding a loo!
I'm always laughed at for keeping records (well, I was an accountant!) and digging around I worked out I'd owned the MH for 4198 days, spent 464 nights in it (damn Covid lockdown, it would have been more!!} and done 29700 miles. So £7.72 per day of ownership, £1.64 per mile and £69.84 per night. Overall I averaged about 28 mpg, mostly towing a small side loading trailer with my Honda ANF 125 aboard. I think this was all pretty good value and a small price to pay for the fabulous places I've seen, meeting some wonderful people and feeling alive.

You haven't got rid of me though! I'm still going to dip into the madhouse and funhouse of the forum which is one of the better things supported by the internet! :thanks3: :thanks3: :thanks3:(y):LOL:

Life won't be the same...........unless...........
We have been discussing the same thing, my C1 licence is up for renewal again in a year, and I do not think I will bother to go through the paperwork and medical again.
We will miss our Bursner and all the lovely adventures and friends, but time is catching up with us.
One more summer, and that will be that.

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There is a big empty space on my drive where a motorhome has been parked since 1991; yes, it's the end of an era for me :cry::cry::cry:. Dodgy knees and hips, balance issues and "old age" have finally caught up with me and my passport to adventures was driven away this morning for a new life with Gadget, a fellow funster. What a pleasure it was dealing with Ian and Rosie who I know will enjoy and appreciate the MH as much as I have.
I'm certainly going to miss the flexibility, the exploration, the pleasure of taking my home around with me, self catering - and never having to worry about finding a loo!
I'm always laughed at for keeping records (well, I was an accountant!) and digging around I worked out I'd owned the MH for 4198 days, spent 464 nights in it (damn Covid lockdown, it would have been more!!} and done 29700 miles. So £7.72 per day of ownership, £1.64 per mile and £69.84 per night. Overall I averaged about 28 mpg, mostly towing a small side loading trailer with my Honda ANF 125 aboard. I think this was all pretty good value and a small price to pay for the fabulous places I've seen, meeting some wonderful people and feeling alive.

You haven't got rid of me though! I'm still going to dip into the madhouse and funhouse of the forum which is one of the better things supported by the internet! :thanks3: :thanks3: :thanks3:(y):LOL:

Life won't be the same...........unless...........
Winters abroad maybe ?
 
Oct 12, 2011
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Lowline
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Since 2011 therefore I'm not a newbie anymore
I have had to do the same as you due to long term ill health.

I miss the van everyday but have to be realistic and it is a weight of my mind in that no more storage/service/tax and insurance costs for the van just to sit and get older.

On the plus side my bank balance is healthier.

On the downside just looking at going for an 8 day river cruise in September 2023. The price for two was more than the whole price of our annual two separate months away cycling in Provence! Plus a good amount of our away trips in the UK.


But remember you can still get your injection of motorhoming by dipping in and out of Motorhome fun like I have done for years!

Once a Motorhomer always a Motorhome!

Do enjoy your new “retirement” I wish you well and look forward to more of your posts


cheers

bob
 
Jan 24, 2014
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We are also about to say goodbye to our LHD Automatic Dethleffs T7057EB 2017 after motorhoming for 32 years.

Age, ongoing costs and we decided we needed a change means it goes on Wednesday to James at Andrew James Motorhomes to hopefully a new buyer.

Previously always sold privately but again I think it’s age - and knowing James had recently started up his new business I thought I would check with him first.

To all giving up recently hope we all find other ways to holiday

Carol
 

haganap

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This threads a sad read. Good luck to all that are forced to retire

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