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04/2/2016 at 2:49pm
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Hi,

We are thinking of making the switch from a Caravan to a motorhome.

We are booked to go away in Easter and again mid August so would look to swap between that period.

We are cash only buyers and our budget is circa 12-14k and therein lies our problem most of the dealers we've researched on the net only seem to deal with 20k+ units.

We are based in Essex but don't mind travelling for the right unit so do any of you know any good dealers out there who deal with the cheaper end of the spectrum or is literally just a case of keep scanning the Ads.

Maybe for our next one we will commit to finance but I really don't want to do that at this stage.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

ps If anyone is thinking of swapping from a MH to a Caravan we have a nice 2009 Elddis Avante 464 coming up for sale !!


04/2/2016 at 2:59pm
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[URL=http://www/hagansmotorhomes.com/pre-owned_motorhomes

sorry I can't do that direct link thing but if you fancy forking out for a cheap flight to N Ireland these guys are 10 mins from the airport and usually have a good few motorhomes under 20k

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Loads in your price range on ebay here. I would forget dealers, their prices are eye watering & I'm sure they are all in cahoots to keep retail prices high. Irish prices are generally higher, certainly are on the website linked to here, many Irish folks come over to the 'big island' to buy caravans/motorhomes.

You are now discovering that motorhomes of any age are poor value. Anything more than 15yrs old you may find engine spares becoming difficult to source as well. Your best bet is to buy private as cheap as poss, as new as poss or go on probably what you know already, car/caravan is far more cost effective than motorhome which is only for the relatively wealthy.

If you are ok with lhd & fancy sourcing one from Germany you will get a better deal, look on mobile.de, put make you want & price into search. Most German dealers speak good English & will put vehicle on temporary export plates to get you home. Putting it onto UK plates is not hard.

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04/2/2016 at 5:35pm
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Thanks for your help.

Beginning to think that I may need to get over my laziness/reticence for towing otherwise this is going to cost me a fortune.


04/2/2016 at 8:02pm
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Go into W H Smiths and buy a copy of MMM magazine. They often report on older vans for sale. Its surprising how good a condition some of them are in.

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05/2/2016 at 12:13pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Nosaj on 04/2/2016
Thanks for your help.

Beginning to think that I may need to get over my laziness/reticence for towing otherwise this is going to cost me a fortune.

We went from Caravan to Motorhome and back to Caravan again Nosaj. Cost was one issue as it was a third vehicle for us to tax and insure mot etc. But that wasn't the only one. There's no doubt we found the motorhome convenient for touring, but once on site we found we wanted to go off for lunch or take the dogs to the beach etc. and it was always a hassle to up-sticks in the motorhome and move for just a couple of hours. Plus we are not organised enough and always found we'd forgotten milk, or bread, or fancied fish and chips for tea etc. Caravan suits us better - for now……
   

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05/2/2016 at 3:39pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Opensauce on 04/2/2016
Loads in your price range on ebay here. I would forget dealers, their prices are eye watering & I'm sure they are all in cahoots to keep retail prices high. Irish prices are generally higher, certainly are on the website linked to here, many Irish folks come over to the 'big island' to buy caravans/motorhomes.



You are now discovering that motorhomes of any age are poor value. Anything more than 15yrs old you may find engine spares becoming difficult to source as well. Your best bet is to buy private as cheap as poss, as new as poss or go on probably what you know already, car/caravan is far more cost effective than motorhome which is only for the relatively wealthy.

If you are ok with lhd & fancy sourcing one from Germany you will get a better deal, look on mobile.de, put make you want & price into search. Most German dealers speak good English & will put vehicle on temporary export plates to get you home. Putting it onto UK plates is not hard.

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Opensauce - MH's are not of poor value if they serve the purpose for the owner and the owner enjoys it. I used to have a motorhome and loved it. We used to caravan, but moved into a motorhome because I have a chronic health problem, which means I need quick access to the loo! The motorhome was ideal for us, as we travelled way off the beaten track for some marvellous daytrips which would have been impractical and even impossible towing a caravan.


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05/2/2016 at 4:32pm
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Nail on head... As you point out, an emotional purchase not so much a rational one. This allows the trade which operates a virtual cartel to keep prices outrageously high as folk buy with their hearts & not so much their heads.

This explains the content of your post which does indeed seek to justify the purchase simply on emotional grounds without the application of cold logic as to the value of purchase purely in terms of sheet metal & plastic.

This is why car/caravan, will on a purely cost plus basis remain more cost effective than a motorhome as a means to a common end.

So, the value of the motorhome to one's emotional psyche, priceless... Provided one can afford it, otherwise one's nose remains forever pressed to the window watching folk inside having the good time one would love to share.

But as just a collection of mechanical parts, well overpriced & poor value for exactly the reasons you allude to.


08/2/2016 at 2:02pm
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After trawling through loads of Ads I must admit they are quite overpriced

I can get a 12 year old motorhome here:
http://www.wellsbridgemotorhomes.co.uk/Used%20Homes/FJ04%20JHH%20Ford%20Transit%20Autosleeper%20Rienza/details.htm

Or I can get this http://www.cranham.co.uk/vehicle/sprite-musketeer-td-2/
and this
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201601079883696?page=1&price-to=12000&sort=locasc&radius=1500&maximum-age=up_to_2_years_old&body-type=suv&search-target=usedcars&postcode=SS6%209HL&onesearchad=used%2Cnearlynew%2Cnew&maximum-mileage=up_to_40000_miles&logcode=p


For the same price.

I would love to get a MH but I am really struggling to get my head around how a 12 year old MH can cost the same as a 2011 Van and 2014 Car.

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08/2/2016 at 3:56pm
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Hi Nosaj,

Can't fault your comments but I would point out that in the case of Autosleepers, you have landed on a motorhome brand that maintains it's price in comparison to other makes.

I've just had a look at the german site www.mobile.de. I thought that I would find a better deal for you and they are there, although it also has to be said that for £20000 you could buy a 'van going all the way back to 1998!!!
There were newer models as well, some as recent as 2009.
The prices on the Continent are cheaper for new but there is less depreciation on preowned.
Good luck in your search. There are bargains out there.

How about this one; Well under £20000 and July 2008

http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=221680270&zipcode=&categories=PartlyIntegrated&isSearchRequest=true&adLimitation=&fuels=DIESEL&usage=USED&damageUnrepaired=NO_DAMAGE_UNREPAIRED&licensedWeight=&scopeId=MH&vehicleLength=&minPrice=20000&maxPrice=25000&pageNumber=4

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14/2/2016 at 6:24am
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if you don't mind travelling to buy then Mobile. the German website, is terrific - LINKY


20/2/2016 at 1:37pm
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We swapped from caravan to MH four years ago, after eleven years with a van. I have to say that it has been great! Hand brake on and you can put the kettle on!!

We bought our MH on Ebay from a private seller, and sold our van on Ebay too.

We are in the process of downsizing to a smaller van, and will sell our current 6m 6 birth (brilliant use of space with bunks and overcab) probably on Ebay.

I have found that we use the MH far more than the caravan, simply because it is easier. It also has the benefit that one person can do it all, but the caravan really needed two.



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