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Message posted by b1gtam on 06/10/2018 at 10:27pm
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Hi all,

First time poster here but long time thinker.

I'm 34 and married with 2 kids and want to buy a motorhome.

Renting a motorhome wouldn't provide a full picture for us. My family have a static caravan and we've always loved visiting and staying over. Our kids are 1 and 3. We love to explore (the wife more than me).

We stay in Glasgow but love travel.

I'm thinking about a 5 berth MH with a fixed bed at the back so that there is not much to do when we need to carry out the sleeping arrangements.

I'm looking for some advice from people who have done similar before or could advise if we are being silly or not.

Ideally we would be looking to buy a 2/3 year old MH within 2 years so that would up the age of our toddlers but would make it more fun for all of us.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Cheers,

Tam.

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We've been motorcaravanners for 35 years and thoroughly recommend the life. The children were only toddlers when we started and together we travelled (initially in rather ancient vehicles) all round the UK and some of Europe. It was only after a few years that we bought our first new van.

Buying a 2 year old van is a major outlay and in spite of your reservations, I think that renting would be a good start. I would also suggest visiting as many dealers and shows as you can to get an idea of what's available.

I'm not sure where your nearest dealers are. I bought my current van in Perth.

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Message posted by Lorfal on 07/10/2018 at 9:49am
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Motorhomers maybe biased....but of course itís a great idea! You say renting a MH wouldnít give you the full picture , does that mean you have already done that and thatís how you decided on the fixed bed ? Iím asking because at the age on MHs you are looking it, there are some great layouts with drop down beds. So during the day you got loads of living and floor space and at night , with the press of a button a bed comes down.......they are a great idea.

Having made the mistake of buying or first van with a layout we thought would suit us....18 months down the line we changed as it wasnít working for us.

Of course your desicion will entail.....cost, affordability, storage facilities , running costs, maintenace, road tax.....and as you have kids, internal storage and size of the MH garage would be important.

If you havenít already done so.....get into showrooms and inside as many different layouts as possible , that will help your decision.

Once you think you have chosen a few faves, post again and youíll get responses from folk with the same or similar who will give you loads more info.

Good luck! Itís a great move

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Seeing as your 34 (I'm 38) have you got your C1 license entitlement as the size of motorhomes your looking for won't exist in a 3500kg mh. I have never seen a 5 berth only even numbers 2,4 and 6 berth.
Our cousins have 2 boys and have a swift lifestyle with island bed and a drop down bed over the front lounge which also converts into a bed but this is 3850kg and I believe with all the kit clothes for 4,food and then 4 bikes they are way over the weight limit and that's not including any water on board.


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When our kids were small we had a caravan in which we could shut off the rear double bed with bunk over the top from the rest of the caravan so once kids were off to bed we could close them off and we sat in front and played games read bookes etc till bed time
Perhaps something to think about when the kids are young

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Message posted by Fiona W on 08/10/2018 at 4:10pm
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Your rough budget would help us advise?
It's true. You need to look at the variations in layout & some (like ours) won't suit you because they don't have the rear seatbelts you need.
It's too late to organise a trip to the NEC next week but that's where there are hundreds of vehicles to sit in, the layouts don't change much; there's a much smaller show at SECC in February.
Come & have a look at BC Motorhomes at Prestwick, an hour's drive and plenty of choice new & recent secondhand (they hire too). And there are 3 showrooms at / near Perth: try Perthshire Caravans on the Dundee road & the one up beside Tiso on the north side of Perth plus there's another small place on the road from that roundabout into town. Bear in mind that they'll have a warranty period & it's a nuisance if you have to go very far to get a leak sorted.
The full time bed works for some, we discounted it as it had no function during the day except taking up space. Has a huge garage underneath though - handy for bikes.

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Message posted by Lorfal on 08/10/2018 at 6:16pm
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Scot motorhomes is the one at Tiso, if I had the choice Iíd have bought there. Our first van was from there and I canít fault their customer service , that includes their aftersales. We had made our desicion to change to autosleeper and they are not dealers for that brand.

Donít discount other layouts.....as yoda would say Ďspeak from experience I doí

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Defiantly do you layout research. We found fixed bunks at the back for the kids with an over an for us meant no bed making. With swivel cab seats this gave a table we could all sit around. And in a Moho only 6m long!!!

Our first Moho, as described, was bought for £21k and we sold it about eight years later for £19k. We loved it!!!

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Quote: Originally posted by Karavanner on 09/10/2018
Defiantly do you layout research. We found fixed bunks at the back for the kids with an over an for us meant no bed making. With swivel cab seats this gave a table we could all sit around. And in a Moho only 6m long!!!

Our first Moho, as described, was bought for £21k and we sold it about eight years later for £19k. We loved it!!!



..and?...it was...?
(Why waxing lyrically, and then not name the make/model? ).

Boring maybe but the OP needs to keep an eye on a van's "usable payload" and it's rear axle capacity.
(the latter being one that can catch folk out on larger bodied, possibly long rear overhang and/or "garage" model vans).

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We asked the very same question this year when we changed from caravan to motorhome . the best answer I can give is.
Benefits.
Motorhomes are so easy to set up and move from place to place. Just unplug electrics, empty loo and you are gone.
We went touring in ours may/June This year and went to 5 different sites, one of which was isle of wight. We would never have done this in caravan because it was too much messing about. We plan to do the same this may/June before touring Scotland later in year.
Downside
No car. less room than caravan. .

We purposely chose a 2 berth motorhome so we could use it for visiting places,shops etc while away. Easier to park.this works for me n missus.    

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Wow, thanks for all the answers it's really appreciated.

You've now given me a lot more food for thought for instance I think a rear lounge would be much better than a fixed bed so that the space can be used during the day etc and a bed that is either overhead and a pull down bed at the back or the lounge that converts to a bed.

I will purposely buy a magazine or will head to motorhome show just to get a taste for things...it's not a cheap decision for sure. I still think the best value sits within a van that is less than 4 years old!

Cheers!

Message posted by motorhomeguy on 11/10/2018 at 11:49pm
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we started motorhoming with 3 young teens which meant we were soon travelling as a 5 adult sized people - my point being that your needs can change very quickly.
We opted for fixed bunks (the lower bunk folded up to create a garage space accessible from outside) and the top bunk had a safety cargo net so would be suitable even for younger children. We had a 1.1/2 dinette seating arrangement - allowing comfortable seating on colder or rainy days. The fulle dinette converts to a small double bed and the half dinette a single bed or sette.
The bathroom also had to be quite large - this is the only private space for changing etc.
My wife and I found the overcab bed perfectly comfortable but make sure you have a roof vent up there.
We also had a total of six belted travelling seats which meant a friend or grandparents could come along on day trips etc.
Storage was good enough to cope with all the chairs, tables and bbqs needed for a family of 5 to travel for a 2 week holiday.
We bought that van nearly new with 4K miles - it was a hefty out lay but only devalued by about £1000 per year plus about £1300) for insurance, mot, tax and habitation check. We used the van all year round and could holiday in France for 2 weeks for less than £1000 including tunnel, fuel and site/aire fees. When I compare this to what ďnormal familiesĒ spend on package holidays it seems like a great deal 😀 .... but normal families cringe st the idea of living in a box and sleeping in car parks. - kids are all st uni now so we have upgraded to a grown up van with a proper bed....but still sleep in car parks 😂😎.

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