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Message posted by Capt Lightning on 23/12/2017 at 5:05pm
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I must be out of date when it comes to the definition of "Budget".

I've just received the January edition of the C&MH magazine and was reading the review of the Benimar Tessoro motorhome. Apparently their price of £50995-£55995 places them in the 'budget' category. Their flush fitting windows it seems are not what you would expect in a 'lower-cost' motorhome.

This is definitely becoming a rich person's hobby.

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Agree Captain, horrendous prices. Looked at fifth wheelers today out of interest, much cheaper and a vehicle to boot. Happy with my outfit 😎😎

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Buying new motorhomes has always been a rich folks hobby even if they only became rich after retiring & downsizing their paid for home. Budget or entry level is just marketing speak. After 2 yrs buyers then feel the need to trade in & upgrade. As indicated car/caravan will always be more cost effective choice.

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I think my wife gets fed up with me looking at MMM every month and shouting "how much!!!" every 10 minutes. The final straw was a 60K van that didn`t even have a radio fitted as standard.

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Ah yes Badger54, but it probably had essentials like a 60" TV with full surround sound and a bathroom that would look good in any house.

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Quote: Originally posted by Capt Lightning on 24/12/2017
Ah yes Badger54, but it probably had essentials like a 60" TV with full surround sound and a bathroom that would look good in any house.



It was actually a Mercedes Vito conversion, so no TV, and definitely no bathroom.

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Motorhomes are definitely for the rich. I am sure I saw a motorhome towing a caravan towing a Maserati once.

Not so many years ago I searched around intending to buy one (second hand of course). After visiting many 20 year old rust buckets dripping oil all over the road for around £7000 I gave up and bought a new car and a new tent.

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There are quite a few motorhomes on the market at just over £40,000. Now given that some popular caravans are now priced at between £20,000 and £25,000 £40,000 seems good value to me. A decent tow car is going to cost from £25.000 so how are motorhomes too expensive? Some may not be able to or want to buy new but the same applies whether you buy a caravan or a motorhome secondhand, you have to look at the whole outfit cost not just the headline price of one motorhome.

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How the cost effectiveness works is this way David. Buy a new motorhome for £40k & you still need a car to use at home. Buy a new towcar £25k & you only need a cheap caravan say £3k. You need to be ok with diy of course. You can get a chassis service on the caravan & new tyres & you are good to go to Europe for a few yrs with the £15k you have probably saved.

Mind you if you can easily afford the motorhome then the maths donít matter but the new car/old caravan is always going to be a more reliable bet than same price solution of older secondhand m/h which might incur high repair bills & let you down abroad. Also of course nobody knows where we are going with older diesels which might make buying a motorhome 10yrs old or more a bit risky.

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I think I live in a parallel universe. When I bought a caravan it cost me £300 and was a very nice two berth with everything you could need. My tow car at the time was a Nissan Almera and I think it cost something like £5000 second hand.

Where do people get 40 grand to spend on a motorhome? I have never had 40 grand all in one go in my life. The most I ever spent was £56,000 and that was to buy a bungalow back in the 80's and I needed a mortgage for that.

There seems to be a lot of people with a lot of spare cash these days and they can't all be bank managers.

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Plenty of pensioners do it by downsizing house. Some will even sell house then buy mobile home on holiday park in UK & a large motorhome to spend much of yr in Spain. Also aging parents die leaving house to their kids who are getting near retiring themselves.

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Merry Christmas whatever you drive... I was merely making a cynical observation about a £50k van being described as "Budget" OR "lower priced".

I had hoped that Santa would have brought me a budget van for Christmas, but it's still my trusty R30 sitting in the drive.

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Well of course Capín. Itís only a word used out of context as a marketing tool & not an indication of a cheap price. Thread has value though for the hints & tips contained therein.

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Quote: Originally posted by Opensauce on 25/12/2017
Plenty of pensioners do it by downsizing house. Some will even sell house then buy mobile home on holiday park in UK & a large motorhome to spend much of yr in Spain. Also aging parents die leaving house to their kids who are getting near retiring themselves.



Unfortunately I had to sell my house back in the 90's thanks to the child support agency so now have nothing to downsize from. I have had a small legacy but it wouldn't have been enough to buy Capt's rusty R30 (he did say rusty didn't he?)



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Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 25/12/2017
I think I live in a parallel universe. When I bought a caravan it cost me £300 and was a very nice two berth with everything you could need. My tow car at the time was a Nissan Almera and I think it cost something like £5000 second hand.

Where do people get 40 grand to spend on a motorhome? I have never had 40 grand all in one go in my life. The most I ever spent was £56,000 and that was to buy a bungalow back in the 80's and I needed a mortgage for that.

There seems to be a lot of people with a lot of spare cash these days and they can't all be bank managers.



The problem is trying to compare peoples lifestyles. Life ain't fair I am afraid and there will always be people that can afford more than you or I can. Pointless complaining or commenting on really. If you are happy with the type of camping you do all power to you.

David


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and then of course depends if you buy with or without finance if its the latter then you have to add the interest what ever units you go for

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