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Bev willows

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Looking for my first motorhome what would you suggest
 

WynandJean

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Hello and welcome from West Midlands. The answer to your question depends on a wide range of variables. Could you give us a bit of background info such as how you intend to use it, how many of you, where you think you might go, new or used etc.


Wyn

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Puddleduck

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For the first one I would always go used and hire before I buy.

The main things to consider are:

How many people will be travelling / sleeping?
Do you have a C1 on your driving licence?
How will you use it (as said above)? That will affect the choice, do you ski, cycle or any other sports or hobbies.

We could continue but the main things you will need to consider are layout and payload. Get those two correct and you are well on your way to a happy relationship with your van.

Most people need three vans before they get it right.
 

brynric

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Welcome!
Are you already a tent or caravan camper. That can make a huge difference as to how you approach the motorhoming world.
 
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you need to tell us more,budget ,number and ages of your family how long youve held your licence,what you want to use it for? you only get a few free posts before you have to subscribe its £15 and the best money you will spend jim who runs this has a book on how to buy a motorhome which you get free if you sub
 
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We are now entering the Motorhome and Caravan Show season. There is one in Manchester this week. Go to one of these and sit in as many as you can and have a good look around them and imagine you and your family in them and how you would live in one. One of the most important things is layout so try as many different layouts as possible and decide what might be the best layout for you.
 

138go

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Don’t buy British. It pains me to say it but that’s our experience. We have a Laika and it’s brilliant.

Mrs QFour
 
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Do lots of research before you buy. Knowledge is power.

Don't let yourself be schmoozed by a dealer into buying that shiny one with the layout that nobody wants, smells musty (damp alert!) and has almost no payload.
 

Puddleduck

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And if you join as a paid member here you can download Jim's guide to buying. There are lots of other areas within the site only available to paid up members - plus paid up members get discounts which will more than pay for the membership. You can also only post a few times as a free member but paid members get unlimited posts (as long as they behave and play nice!)

Go and look in dealer's yards and tyre kick. Start a list of what you must have, what you would like to have and (perhaps just as important) what you could not live with. Then be prepared to compromise!!!!!!

If you are not sure about a van you are seriously interested in you may well find a MHF member living locally who would be willing to go with you to look. Don't be taken in by anything a dealer says, always check as they are salemen and many have never been on holiday in a motorhome.

We bought the van we have now new (which was something I said I'd never do but the deal was just too good to turn down) two and a half years ago and the dealer has been top class, the van is out of warranty but the after sales people still respond to any (luckily minor) issues we have with skill and kindness. They have a contract for 5 years hab check so it is in their interest I suppose but it is something I have appreciated.
 
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I would not automatically assume that a smaller vehicle is a good starting point - jumping in the deep end with an A class is not an issue driving wise, as long as you have the C1 on your licence if it's over 3500. Also you get more for your bucks with a bigger vehicle - not much difference in price.
 

WynandJean

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Don’t buy British. It pains me to say it but that’s our experience. We have a Laika and it’s brilliant.

Mrs QFour
Just goes to show what a minefield this is. We have a Bailey (British made) and we love it. Our previous motohome was a german make - We loved that too but our requirements changed.

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Northernraider

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In my experience you can have too big and you can have too small.
It's finding the happy medium that's the problem, you'll always have compromises to make somewhere it's figuring out which ones are the most important.

Hiring is a good idea ...BUT until it's yours and you've used it a good few times you still won't know what's right for you.

My advice is buy second hand and at the right time of year ie September- December you'll get a better deal then and if you then need to change sell it in spring and you shouldn't lose any money.

I'm on my 8 Motor home lol so the 3rd one theory doesn't work for everyone.

A my vans I've liked at the time but have changed to try a different layout or size due to changing circumstances.

Where you go with one and what you do with it ie sports etc will also help decide what you buy.

Personally I'm never on sites so don't have hookup and that means I like my vans to be completely self sufficient but also have essentials ( to me ) like larger fridge ,freezer, oven, separate shower, fixed bed, and comfy lounge area. And off course storage.

My last van had all of that but after 12 months full time in it I wanted something a little smaller , my current van still has all that but 2 wheels and 1.6 metres less.
 
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Don’t buy British. It pains me to say it but that’s our experience. We have a Laika and it’s brilliant.

Mrs QFour
We bought British, albeit a fourteen year old Autosleeper, super quality and everything works as it should.
 
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Hello and welcome. Layout, layout, layout is what it's all about. Hiring before you buy is not cheap but may save you in the long run.

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davejen

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I' m on my 6th m/home, never bought newer than 04, partly due to expense, but also due to quality of build. New or newish seem to have lots of problems for a lot of money. Obviously there are good ones too but still expensive.
Plenty for sale in the "For Sale" section on here including my Autotrail Dakota.
Cheers, Dave(y)
Welcome to the forum by the way!
 

Riverbankannie

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Buy what suits our first british van was ace.
We do need more info to help you though.

We bought British, albeit a fourteen year old Autosleeper, super quality and everything works as it should.

Ditto to both although mine was 6 years old. That era of Autosleepers around 2000 - 2006 were and are very good.
 

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