How much does it REALLY cost?

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by MET, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. MET

    MET Read Only Funster

    Jan 11, 2012
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    Wilmslow, cheshire

    We are looking at buying our first motorhome -budget £10,000.

    We are trying to work out if we can actually afford it or if we are still dreaming, sp what I need to know from all you experienced folk out there is, taking into account MOT and insurance etc, how much is it going to cost me on average per month?

  2. Phill D

    Phill D Read Only Funster

    Dec 6, 2011
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    South Wales
    Hi and welcome,

    insurance approx £350
    mot £40
    tax approx £175
    as a starter

    then any site fees if thats what you intend:thumb:
  3. Ralph-n-Bev

    Ralph-n-Bev Funster

    Nov 30, 2009
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    Wrenthorpe, Wakefield.
    But the enjoyment you get out of owning one is priceless. :thumb:

    Welcome to MHF too.
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  4. slobadoberbob

    slobadoberbob Read Only Funster

    Jun 1, 2009
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    Kent, garden of England
    how long is a bit of string

    What does it cost.. how long is a bit of string?

    Not the lowest budget I have seen. So what effects the budget?

    How old are you prepared to accept as a motorhome

    Are you prepared to do work on one yourself and how handy are you at DIY or mechanics

    How many berths does it have to have?

    As you can see from magazines like MMM or even ebay you will soon find out what you get for your money... just be careful what you payout for the dream, because it is a dream regardless how old or new it might be.

    You can get an idea of insurance rates.. MOT depends on condition. Running costs vary widely if a diesel or petrol.. are you intending to go into the London LEZ (Older diesels will not comply).

    Take it step at a time.. most owners often take a year or more to find a suitable motorhome.. as I said depends on the budget.. worth also talking to some motorhome dealers as they may have older motorhomes taken in px .. you may get lucky.

    Think about if you are using it for weekends or longer trips.. would a van conversion be better.. some of the map importers do Bongos converted under £10K.. but only good for weekend use.

    Wish you lots of luck

    Bob, Sue and Ezzie the St Bernard.
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  5. motorhomelover

    motorhomelover Banned

    Jul 28, 2010
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    The world
    depending on what you buy
    how long is a length of string?

    at £10K you looking at an older unit
    how well has it been maintained?
    for example for you

    I got a great deal on a 1999 American RV value £28K
    paid £20K in 2009

    then the bad news
    brakes went cost £850
    fridge went coat £1300
    added solar panel £650
    added top box £450
    service new belts £390
    new air ride needed £240

    cost to run is £o.40p/mile
    insurance £389.00
    road tax £168

    for us it is worth every penny
    others might say it not so good

    if you have to ask how much is it? maybe you should not have it
    they are an expensive item to buy to insure and to run

    hope this helps
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  6. aba

    aba Read Only Funster

    Oct 27, 2009
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    all that said you probably wont go too far wrong with an old transit base for your first as they can be repaired by anyone for a cup of tea and a biscuit well not quite but nearly.
    other than that maybe one based on the LDV 400 as they used the same transit engine on most but out of the 2 the transit is the better one.
    a quick scoot on ebay got these.

    some are towards the top end of your budget but worth a look.
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  7. callumwa

    callumwa Read Only Funster

    Jan 16, 2011
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    Tyne & Wear, sometimes..
    Hi MET... Welcome...

    When we started looking we though about a similar budget, but ended up spending considerably more than that in the end.

    Monthly costs..... different for everyone and every vehicle.

    Total your annual fixed costs like tax, insurance MOT, servicing etc. For us that would be approx £600+ /year so allow £60 month for starters.

    Now also allow for repairs needed for the MOT, possible breakdowns etc, fuel, site costs if you intend using sites etc.

    But then offset how much you would spend on UK or foreign holidays or even short breaks.

    With the motorhome you have the freedom to set off at will, be it 20 miles up the road or over to the continent, all at your own pace and in your own time scale. You could spend a month in France pottering around, using mainly aires for just a few hundred pounds including your fuel and ferries, be there one of you, or four of you.

    Just go for it....:thumb::thumb::thumb:

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