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steveandjudi

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being totally green please can someone explain the main differences between these two vehicles - pros and cons etc - have been looking at RVs - they look wonderful and a smallish one may be suitable for what we want to do - would they be frighteningly expensive to run tho - no point in being stuck because you cant afford the petrol - notice that some are converted to LPG - what sort of MPG do you get? - also how expensive are they to get on a ferry - sorry if these questions sound really stupid - becoming a newbie with a headache fast::bigsmile:
 

Tony Santara

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being totally green please can someone explain the main differences between these two vehicles - pros and cons etc - have been looking at RVs - they look wonderful and a smallish one may be suitable for what we want to do - would they be frighteningly expensive to run tho - no point in being stuck because you cant afford the petrol - notice that some are converted to LPG - what sort of MPG do you get? - also how expensive are they to get on a ferry - sorry if these questions sound really stupid - becoming a newbie with a headache fast::bigsmile:
There is no differance between an RV and a Motorhome RV ( recreational vehicle) is the Americanism for motorhomes caravans etc.

An American motorhome is quite expensive to run depending on size expect anything between 8 to 12 MPG , LPG convertion won't give you anymore miles per gallon just cheaper to fill.

Ferry prices again depend on length and time of year for travelling

Hope this helps good luck with your choice
 

Jim

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IMO You do get more bang for your buck with an American RV and as long as you stay under 28 feet you will probably never have a problem with getting in and out, on or off campsites and pitches. RVs are wide though, so if you want to tour down country lanes looking for a bit of beach to park on then you would be better off with a narrower European van.

You have started the right way by asking those people who have done it, rather than rely on a salesman's blurb, i am sure you will have plenty of opinions here:thumb:
 

scotjimland

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Hi

Agree with Tony ..

you need to tell us how you intend to use it, where you want to go and for how long .. there is no perfect motorhome or one that does all things well, it will be a compromise what ever you choose, between big and luxurious or compact and utilitarian .. most settle for something in between .. small are nice if you love touring, exploring and on a budget, big are more suited to long term living ..
we live in a big one and also tour.. but it has limitations on where we go.. and is more costly to run.. but it suits our needs at present.. diesel RVs do around 14 - 16 mpg
 

DESCO

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Hi Steveandjudi:thumb::thumb:

With motorhomes of any size it is a matter of horses for courses. The best way is to make a list of what you going to do with it,what things you would like in it, what you can afford, then start looking. Any motorhome is a compromise you will never find exactly what you want.

We spend most of our time in Scotland and would never get a big RV down some of the lanes so its a small one for us.

Dave:thumb:
 
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