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Discussion in 'Motorhome Help for the Beginner' started by Wyattnorm, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Wyattnorm

    Wyattnorm Deleted User

    My wife and I are fairly close to buying our first MH, not sure what to go for, maybe not that close then!

    I can't decide whether to stretch our funds, (it will be a stretch) and go for a MH around £12000 or pick up an Autosleeper, Talbot type, for around £6000.

    We would use it quite a lot as I'm 62 and want to see as much of this country as we can, as we only work part-time and have lots of spare time.

    I have seen an advert for a Transit based Autosleeper, I think it is an 1988 model. Is this too old, any suggestions what I need to look for?

    I do not want to put the responsibilty of our purchase on to others shoulders, but would really appreciate any info that may be offered up!

    Kind regards

  2. Hayleylulu

    Hayleylulu Banned

    Feb 17, 2008
    Full timing in the van
    hi and welcome .try ringing john cross you will get a lot of good advice of them as they are members on this forum
  3. Geo

    Geo Trader - Funster

    Jul 29, 2007
    Hi Norman and welcome to the FUN site
    With the age and budget in mind you would in my honest opinion you would do best sticking with a ford based vehicle, parts it seems are getting harder to source for the Talbot based vehicles and I'm talking chassis and engine here, as internal and trim parts will always be difficult to get hold of on older vehicles and the reason for that is two fold
    1. Motor homes in general are very well kept vehicles, due in the main to the investment that they put into them, so non usually to found at breakers
    2.The Talbot range were never a success in the white van man dept, so no supply at breakers there either, where as the transit was, and as a result there are thousands in the breakers yards and a lot of transit bits still remain the same on much newer vehicle and so spares will never be a problem
    Buying any Motor Home is a question of personal choice and layout
    checking for damp and rot is the main criteria, don't be afraid if its a coach built to push hard on the outside walls to check for movement, if it moves to much that could mean rotten timbers inside, walls should feel firm
    inside smell is a good indication of damp and be wary of high powered air fresheners:whatthe: what it it trying to mask
    Van conversions suffer a lot less from damp, but offer a lot less space
    Others on here will be along with whats would be important to them as buyers I'm sure you will pick up a good few tips
    Most important take your time in buying, and enjoy
  4. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

    Jan 5, 2008
    East Sussex 01-580-881288

    Buy the best that you can afford and suits your requirements. as it will be a one off lifetime purchase.

    I have'nt got much in that price range although I believe we may have a couple coming in soon as P/X's

    If want to purchase locally (Cambridgeshire) I would recommend Wellsbridge Motorhomes as a supplier, they have quite a selection which would suit your budget and they are honest and straightforward.

    Ask for Lance or Harry and tell them I sent you and you should be well looked after.

  5. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Dec 5, 2008
    Mileage, service history.

    Next door neighbour paid £8K for a Talbot, probably another £1K on mechanical repairs and he's done Scotland a couple of times without problems but it is starting to look tired, I'd be buying loads of rust killer if it were mine.

    So your £12K sounds a better idea. Still will be getting on a bit but should be a more modern rust protected design.
  6. DESCO


    Mar 11, 2009
    Hi Norman and WELCOME

    Geo gives a lot of sound advice there, think it covers all I could say.

    Don't be in too much of a rush, if in any doubt about any part walk away there is always another van, once you have spent your cash it's gone if its not right, and you don't get it all back if you have to resell.

    Best of luck hope you find what you want its out there somewere.

    Dave :thumb::thumb:
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2009
  7. Wyattnorm

    Wyattnorm Deleted User

    Brilliant replies...definitely off Talbots. coincidence, had already come across the Lance's website and enquired about a MH...hopefully will find the time go and have a look.

    Thanks for taking the time to reply.

    Kind regards.


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