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New members, talk to us - PLEASE! 3 years 5 months ago #4937

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Most days, there's an entry at the bottom of the Forums home page noting our "newest member," but very often we don't here anything from them until they've got a specific question.
So PLEASE, when you join, say "Hello" to us on here - that way, not only do we know for sure you're "real," we also know you want to be friends! No need to write an essay, or to tell us more about yourself than you want to, just touch base.
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New members, talk to us - PLEASE! 3 years 5 months ago #4969

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Hello, I hope to become an active forum member
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New members, talk to us - PLEASE! 3 years 5 months ago #4970

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Welcome Roland, looking forward to hearing more from you!
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New members, talk to us - PLEASE! 3 years 5 months ago #4979

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Hi - I am a new member but have already asked my question! - hoping to keep in touch with everyone's adventures - mine is certainly going to be out of my 'comfort zone'!
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New members, talk to us - PLEASE! 3 years 5 months ago #4988

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Hi. I am a new member hoping to learn a little about motorhomes and motor homing before possibly taking the plunge and getting one.
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New members, talk to us - PLEASE! 3 years 5 months ago #4989

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That's a wise move Alastair - welcome!
There will be lots of things you need to think about before you take that plunge, because there are SO many very different motorhomes! It's not just "How many berths do you need?"
You need to think about how you'll use your van - mostly, motorhomes are at their best when touring, rather than staying for long periods in one place. And if you mainly want to use well-equipped campsites, what you need on-board will be much less than if you plan to "wild-camp," or use those "Aires" you'll have read about on the continent.
And of course, you'll need to weigh up (literally!) the size & weight (check your licence!) of your preferred van, against the amount of kit (and people!) you want to carry.
You'll find lots of help on here with all those things (and on the Motorhome Channel - Freesat 402, Sky 192, 8.30 tonight plus repeats). But in the end you've got to make the choice - have fun researching!
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hi to all, been a camper, caravaner and motorhomer for almost 40 years man and boy, took after my dad who had a new VW Splitty in 1960 !!

Have toured all over the UK and most of Europe too. Since 2003 we have been retired (early) after a very bad motorcycle accident which left the both of us in hospital for 18 weeks ! we have averaged 100 - 150 nights away to some place or other since 2004 after we sold our Mercedes 709D that we converted.
Had several new and second hand motorhomes since them.
Last week we collected our latest a Elddis Autoquest 175 to which we have has had various extra's fitted to allow us to wild camp wherever we wish.
2 x 120 watt solar panels
3 x 110 amp batteries
Fiamma "D" security door handle
Fiamma 4.5 awning
Tow bar with full width bar for extra rear end protection
2000 watts sine wave inverter
Colour reversing twin camera !

Also added extra shelves as most cupboards are huge in height and useless.
Put shelves in bottom of the wardrobe and kitchen cupboard to increased storage space.
Moved the toilet towel to a space where you can actually use it (Elddis fitted by side of the sink and it would not hold a towel on it)
Later this year I will fit a diesel heater as we use the van all year round
Away this easter for 5 days to Pitlochry and then in May returning to Salou for the umpteenth time as we like it there.
If anyone has any questions about any of the above ask away and I will do my best to answer them
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New members, talk to us - PLEASE! 3 years 5 months ago #4995

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Hello,
I've just joined the forum, I haven't got a van yet, still looking! I have a budget of £6000, not sure how far my money will go or what to buy! Any advice or recommendations where to look etc would be much appreciated

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New members, talk to us - PLEASE! 3 years 5 months ago #4996

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Hi Gary, welcome!
Most of what I said to Alastair (above) applies to you too. With. £6k, you're looking at pretty old vans, no matter what type - but there are bargains out there. My previous van only cost £3500, and lasted us for 8 great years, taking us as far as Alicante and Siena!
That was one a local dealer had taken in PX, and wanted rid of. You might touch lucky in the same way, but you're more likely to find something on eBay or similar.
Watch out for scams though. A few tips:
Don't pay ANYTHING up front
Insist on viewing the van at the address on the V5 (accept NO reasons why this can't be done), and get the seller to take you indoors, so you know he/she lives there.
However you pay, make sure you're driving it away immediately (tricky, now road tax isn't transferable, but with a smartphone you can tax it online).
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
I know this sounds off putting, but you've only got ONE lot of £6k, so you need to make sure you get a real van for it!
All the best in your search - view it as part of the adventure!
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New members, talk to us - PLEASE! 3 years 5 months ago #5005

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hi, your latest member waiting to ask questions on purchasing dilemas
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