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Hi All,

Looking at buying a (very) cheap motorhome as a first go at owning my own having hired before and really enjoyed it.

Cash isn’t free flowing by any means so I’m just after a very cheap starter motorhome to go out and play with and see how I go. If I get on O.K., I’ll upgrade to something newer and nicer!

First one I’m looking at is a 1994 L Reg Fiat Ducato based Burstner coachbuilt motorhome. This is a 6 berth rear kitchen with the alcove overcab bed. Need something this size so the family can come too and am comfortable with the size having driven a brand new bigger version last year.

Interested to know what the weight of these are as I only have a B licence so have to make sure it’s less than 3.5T. Anyone out there have one or similar who could let me know the Max weight that would be great.

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The current weight will ultimately depend on what has been fitted to that particular MH.
The only way to know is to weigh it, it’s not unreasonable to ask a seller to show you a weighbridge certificate and tell you how it was loaded with fuel, water etc at the time of weighing.
Then you will have to work out if you, your family and all the “stuff” you need can get in under the 3500kg. I suspect it will be tight as 2 of us travelling in a 2 berth van with no added on racks or bikes comes in at 3400kg.
 
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Thanks for the reply. This is as I was expecting, I’ve a feeling it will be pretty tight. That’s a great idea re the weighbridge certificate, I’ll ask them to provide so I can check it out.

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@mitzimad I hired a Dethleffs Sunlight A72 on an 18 plate. That was a 6 berth with something like 500kg payload to take it to 3.5T and they hires it to me on a B licence. Unfortunately those are the best part of 50k to buy so a bit out of range. Not impossible though.

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Hi Adrian, welcome to the fun house.

Can I suggest you subscribe to the forum (£15 a year) as this will allow you to download the 'Buyer's Guide' and 'Security Guide' FOC (usually £7.99 each to non-subscribers), you'll also get discounts off stuff too and be able to look at other parts of the forum only available to 'full' members. Otherwise you'll be limited to 5 posts before you are 'cut off' (although you'll still be able to read stuff but can't post anymore).

As you are new to all of this reading the Buyer's Guide could easily save you thousands, not to mention funsters steering you in the right direction regarding any MH you are interested in.
 
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500kg is not a lot of payload for 4 people. Don’t forget you need fuel, gas, bedding, clothing, water and food + the weight of passengers. It all ads up. I would suspect the one you hired was over the 3500kg limit by the time you set off.

The other problem you may have is parts for a 25 year old vehicle. Would also check you can get breakdown cover for where you want to travel.
 
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You should be able to get the registerrd maximum weight from looking at the plate on the motorhome or looking on its V5 document. If it is over 3500kg you can't drive it, no matter what weight it actually is.

But that is only half the story. You also need to know what the actual weight is when empty, so you also need to get it weighed Once you know that you will know the amount you can legally carry. And I agree with others who say you will really need 500kg at least for a family of 4.
 
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A motorhome large enough to be a six berth with a 500kg payload?

That must surely be 500kg without any people on board?

2 Adults at 75kg each so 150kg + couple of kids another 60kg?

So total would be 210kg take that away from your 500kg payload it’s not looking good

Think you need a weight bridge ticket then start weighing all the stuff you need to take+ passengers

Personally I always think caravans work better for families

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There are ways around this problem if you box clever.

We own an elderly 1995 Swift Kon-tiki 6 berth which is under 3500kg laden & also has 612kgs payload.
Yes I had to read that twice, then check the motorhomes own user manual.
I have C1 anyway & we're possibly going to be looking for a newer (or brand new) moho soon.
We didn't pay very much for this vehicle & its bone dry!

https://www.gocaravanning.com/motorhome-specifications/model/swift-kontiki-640_1057.html
 
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