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Just joined as the wife and I are considering buying a motorhome.

We have sights set on a Auto-Trail Cheyenne 696G ..the garage looks fit for bikes and it has a permanent bed.

Cheers:thumb:
 

DBK

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why would that be?

Don't worry about it, I'm a cyclist too but this forum has its fair share of typical motorists who see cyclists as law breaking inconveniences. Just take it all in good heart and you can have some fun winding them up!

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Hi, welcome to motorhome fun, sounds like a good van, check payload etc out, we have a lot of cyclists on here some serious and lots who enjoy there cycling in conjunction with their motorhomes, any questions just ask that is what the forum is all about . :welcomefunster:
 
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Welcome both

Hello both and welcome.

Hey! Another (potential) motorhomer from Essex. We are scarce!!

Good choice of MH. We don't have an Autotrail, but I googled it. There's one for sale at a dealership with no less than 72 photos!

We're not a million miles from you in Romford. Our lad lives at Runwell and the 'outlaws' live in Woodham.

Let the forum know how you're getting on. There will be other Autotrail owners who will give you the lo-down on what to look for.

Hope you get what you're looking for and have many happy outings.

Regards,
James & Sue
 

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thanks ...yes, what's the deal with payload ...I'm totally new to this ...now pretty much nothing.

cheers

Your van will have a maximum gross weight limit (MGW). This will be marked on a plate somewhere, such as in the bonnet or by a door. The vehicle will also have a mass in running order (MRO) and in simple terms the difference between these two is the payload, which is what all your luggage including bikes, chairs, food, beer together must not exceed.

Unfortunately, some vans have unrealistically low payloads and manufacturers also quote very optimistic figures which do not agree with what you might find if you take the vehicle to a weighbridge.
 

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as long as you have sufficient payload to carry the bikes, hee hee.
Welcome to the forum by the way.
Payload is the difference between the actual weight of the vehicle with you both in and the gross Vehicle or maximum permitted weight, (Shown on the vin plate.) actual weight determined by a visit to a weighbridge. The difference is the maximum permitted payload and that includes food, water fuel, bedding etc. The Cheyenne is a decent size so licence permitting you should be ok.
 

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The guys beat me to it, not just your bikes though will you want to take out side table and chairs, barbecue , maybe a awning, just worth a check that you have a reasonable payload. :Smile:
 
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Just joined as the wife and I are considering buying a motorhome.

We have sights set on a Auto-Trail Cheyenne 696G ..the garage looks fit for bikes and it has a permanent bed.

Cheers:thumb:

It'll be bl**dy cold in winter :roflmto:

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Welcome , as a fellow newbie I have found this board very informative , friendly , helpful and most of all FUN. Hope youfind it likewise.

Steve

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Welcome from another Funster with an apparently brave/controversial user name. Curiously, I enjoy both cycling and driving. Something a lot of people don't seem able to comprehend. But fortunately not many of them post here! As for a garage: I've carted my steeds [assorted race/mountain/shopper and tandem] on a Fiamma rack since I started motorhoming [admittedly only 3 years ago] without feeling disadvantaged. Trade-off with a bike-height garage means going upstairs to bed, which would have been a compromise too far for me!
 
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Thanks Eric, I don’t fancy leaving £1000’s of bikes on a rack on the back, even if they are locked up. What do you do at night bring them in?
 
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Here’s a question ….what is the ladder for on the back of some motorhomes? Do people put things on the roof? Can the roof take the weight of someone walking up there …what is up there?

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Welcome Cyclist, you have a lot going for you bikes and living south of Watford gap are two huge pluses. It doesn't end there......an Essex boy too. :thumb:
 

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Re. Worrying about the cycles on the back, quite a lot of the bikes carried on the back of a Motorhome are worth in excess of £1000 but with a good bike cover and locks never had any trouble travelling in Europe Africa and the UK. :Smile:
 

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Here’s a question ….what is the ladder for on the back of some motorhomes? Do people put things on the roof? Can the roof take the weight of someone walking up there …what is up there?

Cheers

The ladder is for the benefit of thieves who climb up onto the roof and then drop in through a roof light conveniently left open.

This is why you often see ladders with a sheet of aluminium or such like locked to it so the rungs are covered.

A ladder could be useful for getting at a top box but generally it's not a good idea to walk around on the roof as it can create leaks and it's a long way to fall if you slip. If you must get onto the roof a telescopic ladder which you can store away might be best.

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Thanks Eric, I don’t fancy leaving £1000’s of bikes on a rack on the back, even if they are locked up. What do you do at night bring them in?

Hello from another fellow cyclist. When we were looking for a replacement Motorhome at the beginning of this year we had the 696G on our short list for the same reason as you. I do not fancy taking a chance on getting my bikes pinched and I met a traveller the other day who recently lost his bike from the rack whilst on a camp site, they bolt cropped his cable and he never heard a thing. Having said that, keeping it in proportion, that is the first incident like that I have come across, before everybody bombards me with messages!! :Doh:
We opted for the Hymer in the end as we wanted to carry our mountain bikes and our road bikes and the garage was big enough to hold all 4. Happy hunting, the best advice I can give is don't rush, read everything you can on this forum and be prepared to change your mind several times before you finally make a decision. ::bigsmile:

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