Big dealerships near to London

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  1. Janeymonica

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    Hello, can anyone recommend some large dealerships within an hour or so of London? We visited Wellsbridge yesterday. Thanks!
     
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    Which side of London can take over an hour just to cross

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    From central London, any direction and over an hour fine!
     
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    :) Johns Cross @ Robertsbridge , once your on the A2 it doesn't take too long . Nice day out as well .
    Also recommend their service dept.
     
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    Choose Leisure on A28 Canterbury. Also TC Motorhomes at Herne Bay. Kent Motorhomes, Bluebell Hill on A229.

    None of these within an hour but you could do all 3 in one day.
     
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    I'm afraid it will take a hell of a long time on the A2.
    Johns Cross is on the A21. :LOL::LOL:

    Richard.
     
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    We went to wellsbridge, huge selection with quite a few older vans but did not seem that much cheaper to me.

    Ultimately it is down to layout, we saw an L shaped lounge motorhome at Wellsbridge but it was fairly old and stank of cigarette smoke so we saw an L shape lounger newer van at:

    White Arches Motorhomes near Wellingborough about 15 mins from junction 15 of the M1.

    We found them to be very helpful/friendly and we got a one owner 2008 swift sundance on the newer Ducato chassis with a years warranty and starter pack all serviced and mot'd and they replaced things I had not even noticed including a new decent habitation battery for what I felt was a very reasonable price.

    Only minor gripe, they could have done a better job of cleaning before collection but on the very plus side we needed the warranty when the engine management light came on (although it did not affect how it drove) and they took it back and repaired it with a new EGR valve quickly and without question so I would be happy to recommend.

    At the end of the day it is a case of finding the right layout of van at a dealer you can trust to rectify any problems or you might as well wing it and go private unless you need finance which is a whole different issue.

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    Magical Mystery Tour? :)
     
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    John's cross gets my vote too. Nice day out.
     
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    Michael Jordan Caravans, Gomshall, Surrey.......AVOID
     
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    Why. I've alwways got on very well with them, especially the lads in the workshop and the shop staff.
     
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    John's Cross for me too(y)

    I always try to sneak a breakfast in the Route 1066 cafe nearby too:D
     
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    Caravan tech on right before johns cross
     
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    Personally, I wouldn't recommend the above. I live just 3 miles from them; their attitude sucks and I was so unimpressed, I bought a van from a dealership almost 60 miles away!

    I went there as a novice and before I joined MHF. The salesman couldn't be bothered and 'tutted' when I asked to have various vans opened up for inspection. His knowledge base was poor too. I wondered if they are more interested in caravanners.

    It's not just my view either. A fellow funster who lives fairly local also had the same experience and also took custom elsewhere.
     
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    I only ever had good service from them.. but I guess all dealers can have a salesperson having a bad day..

    If the OP wants to travel a bit further, then Becks at Gt Yarmouth is an excellent dealer.. I've had great service from them.. have their own fully kitted out workshops and also do MOTs.. nothing has been too much bother for them.. they also give a full comprehensive 12 month dealer warranty ..

    I bought my Hymer there.. The day we went to look we were left alone to inspect as many vans as we wanted.. then when I found one we liked, I asked for a test drive.. no problem.. had a 30min drive then left alone to discuss it.. absolutely no pressure.. but always on hand to answer questions.

    as we live over an hour away and Jan doesn't drive I asked about having it delivered.. no problem.. but we like to see you happy before you pay and leave.. so we will come and collect you whenever suits .. they came at 9am on delivery day.

    In the year I've owned they have supplied under warranty without question or quibble, a new door step switch, cost £60 .. a new Fog light, also about £60 ..

    When it went in for an annual vehicle service, engine oil etc.. and MOT .. we had the free use of a car for the day.. what more can you ask for..

    I have nothing but praise for Becks.. but of course, it's quite possible someone else may have had a different experience.. .. I speak as I find.. and have no connection with either dealer..
     
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    The people who work there are first class, always been very happy with them.
    It's the owner I have issues with, when we had problems with our new MH he ignored us until the manufacturer leant on him. Even then he did very little.
     
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    That's exactly our experience of them over the 5 years we dealt with them.

    I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.
     
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    Another vote for Johns Cross:)
     
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