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Changing from Motorhome to Caravan



 
 
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Old October 15th 03, 12:05 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
barjora
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For the past 6 years we have been the contented owners of a motorhome.
However we now feel the need to change to a caravan & towing car...
any advice on dealers who will take new motorhomes (reg 02) and do a car/van
deal. or should we be looking to sell the M/H privately. Advice would be
welcome.
Thanks
Mike


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Old October 15th 03, 06:35 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Kev
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Mike

We changed our 5 year old Motorhome for a car and caravan 2 years ago and
appraoched several dealers to see if they would take the motorhome as a
trade-in. Most would but when they told us what they were prepared pay for
the motorhome, we did not weather to laugh or cry, it was a rediculously low
amount.
In the end, we sold the motorhome privatly without problem and bought a
caravan privatly saving ourselves many thousands.

Kev


"barjora" wrote in message
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For the past 6 years we have been the contented owners of a motorhome.
However we now feel the need to change to a caravan & towing car...
any advice on dealers who will take new motorhomes (reg 02) and do a

car/van
deal. or should we be looking to sell the M/H privately. Advice would be
welcome.
Thanks
Mike




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Old October 15th 03, 08:03 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
DaveK
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any advice on dealers who will take new motorhomes (reg 02) and do a

car/van
deal. or should we be looking to sell the M/H privately. Advice would be
welcome.
Thanks
Mike

I'd try to sell privately. Dealers will rip you off.
Start with an ad on Auto Trader. My son just sold his car and I was
surprised to find you can arrange it all yourself.
Take a digital photo, set up your wording and send to Auto Trader. Then
telephone them and pay by credit or debit card. It will appear in the next
edition.
They charge about 35. No discount even as diy. They charge the same if they
send an agent around to do all the work.
DaveK.


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Old October 15th 03, 12:14 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Mot
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Default Changing from Motorhome to Caravan

barjora wrote:

For the past 6 years we have been the contented owners of a motorhome.
However we now feel the need to change to a caravan & towing car...
any advice on dealers who will take new motorhomes (reg 02) and do a car/van
deal. or should we be looking to sell the M/H privately. Advice would be
welcome.
Thanks
Mike


I'd be interested to know why you need to change to a caravan as opposed to a
motorhome. I am contemplating purchasing a caravan or a motor home but cannot
make up my mind which is the most suitable for a pair of elderlies hoping to
tour the continent. We have plenty of experience driving abroad but have always
stayed in hotels, but an extended stay on the continent would make it too
expensive to carry on as before.
Cheers
Mot


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Old October 15th 03, 01:05 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
DaveK
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Default Changing from Motorhome to Caravan

I'd be interested to know why you need to change to a caravan as opposed
to a
motorhome. I am contemplating purchasing a caravan or a motor home but

cannot
make up my mind which is the most suitable for a pair of elderlies hoping

to
tour the continent. We have plenty of experience driving abroad but have

always
stayed in hotels, but an extended stay on the continent would make it too
expensive to carry on as before.


A large motorhome gives you about the same living space as a quite small
caravan. You need a big motorhome to equate to a sixfteen foot caravan. Very
expensive.
To go shopping off site you have to pack everything up before moving off.
(Or cajole other campers to do your shopping for you- which we've
experienced by some cheeky b's).
Many car parks have height barriers which you can't access in a motorhome.
Used Motorhomes are about 20,000. Used car and caravan, about 6,000 each.
Saving 8,000.
A car with average 12,000 a year on the clock is marketable. Dealers will
give a poor trade in if a motorhome
has more than 5,000 miles a year.
Most users would require a car for home use and motorhome for holidays-
that's a huge investment just standing still for ten or eleven months of the
year.
If pushing and shoving a caravan is a problem, on board motor movers are
available- about 1000 fitted.
I like both types but feel that motorhomes are at their best when on the
road- nice high driving position, brew up if stuck in a traffic jam, easier
to go wild camping. Caravans more convenient when on site.
DaveK.


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Old October 15th 03, 01:11 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Andy R
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"Mot" wrote in message
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barjora wrote:

I'd be interested to know why you need to change to a caravan as opposed

to a
motorhome. I am contemplating purchasing a caravan or a motor home but

cannot
make up my mind which is the most suitable for a pair of elderlies hoping

to
tour the continent. We have plenty of experience driving abroad but have

always
stayed in hotels, but an extended stay on the continent would make it too
expensive to carry on as before.


We've just changed from a caravan to a motorhome and there are advantages to
both, here are my thoughts:

Motorhome. You can get going much much quicker, just lock the fridge, shut
the windows and go. Driving is also a lot more pleasant and you've got
access to the fridge, food, loo for the kids etc whilst travelling. Setting
up is also much quicker when you arrive, change the fridge to gas, wind out
the awning if it's sunny and that's it, we've got two kids and having fixed
bunks at the back and a permanent overcab bed for us makes life really easy.
For quick weekends away when you intend to stay on the site or cycle around
the local area a motorhome beats a caravan hands down. It's also great for
day trips to the beach or whatever where you wouldn't even consider taking a
caravan for the day The real big down side is seeing the local area when
you arrive at your destination, it's not that the motorhome is any hassle to
pack up, it's trying to find a parking space unless you get into town early,
it's finding parking spaces without height/weight/width limits, it's finding
a parking area where you feel safe enough leaving a motor with all your
living kit (TV, CD, personal belongings etc) in it.

Caravan. The downside is the hassle compared to a motorhome in terms of
setting up, fetching water, storing it and the waste in relatively small
containers so you have to make lots of trips, making up the bed unless
you've got fixed beds, putting up the awning, lowering steadies, manual
handling occasionally, driving the rig, space to put stuff cos usually the
car boot's not big enough for bikes and things and you don't want to pile
weight in the van and a few others I can't remember. The real big advantage
by a long way is when you arrive having the car immediately available for
sightseeing or whatever.

For what we do at the moment, ie a lot of weekends away, taking the kids and
bikes etc the motorhome is much better but for our annual 2-3 weeks in
France I think next year we'll just take the car and rent a villa. A
motorhome's a bit of a pain for a long stay in one place. I know you could
tow a car behind it but then, with the cost of French tolls, the additional
fuel and ferry fares, the cost of the towing kit and the fact you need to
have a reasonably small car just makes it impractical.

IMHO if you intend to move on every day or two then get a motorhome and a
couple of bikes or a scooter, it's far easier. If OTOH you intend to stay
at each place for a few days then go for the caravan.

Sorry to have rambled.

Rgds

Andy R


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Old October 15th 03, 01:27 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Andy R
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Default Changing from Motorhome to Caravan


"DaveK" wrote in message
...
I'd be interested to know why you need to change to a caravan as opposed

to a
motorhome. I am contemplating purchasing a caravan or a motor home but

cannot
make up my mind which is the most suitable for a pair of elderlies

hoping
to
tour the continent. We have plenty of experience driving abroad but have

always
stayed in hotels, but an extended stay on the continent would make it

too
expensive to carry on as before.


A large motorhome gives you about the same living space as a quite small
caravan. You need a big motorhome to equate to a sixfteen foot caravan.

True, our 20' camper has about the same living area as our 14' caravan had.

Very
expensive.

Not really much different, compare a new decent sized car/4x4 that can carry
6 and a new six berth caravan and they cost about the same as my camper.

To go shopping off site you have to pack everything up before moving off.

The packing up really isn't a problem, it's so quick compared to a caravan.

(Or cajole other campers to do your shopping for you- which we've
experienced by some cheeky b's).

ha ha

Many car parks have height barriers which you can't access in a motorhome.

In the UK this is a real ball ache. You don't really get this prob abroad
though.

Used Motorhomes are about 20,000. Used car and caravan, about 6,000

each.
Saving 8,000.
A car with average 12,000 a year on the clock is marketable. Dealers will
give a poor trade in if a motorhome
has more than 5,000 miles a year.

Dealers need to make the same money to survive whether they sell cars,
campers, caravans, boats or whatever. the % difference between trade and
retail on any of these things is about the same.

Most users would require a car for home use and motorhome for holidays-
that's a huge investment just standing still for ten or eleven months of

the
year.

But then again, most caravanners have a bigger car than they would otherwise
have had and the van needs insuring separately for theft etc.

If pushing and shoving a caravan is a problem, on board motor movers are
available- about 1000 fitted.


I like both types but feel that motorhomes are at their best when on the
road- nice high driving position, brew up if stuck in a traffic jam,

easier
to go wild camping.

and quick trips etc.

Caravans more convenient when on site.

much more convenient for longer stays.

Rgds

Andy R


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Old October 15th 03, 03:38 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
klyne
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I'd be interested to know why you need to change to a caravan as opposed

to a
motorhome. I am contemplating purchasing a caravan or a motor home but

cannot
make up my mind which is the most suitable for a pair of elderlies hoping

to
tour the continent. We have plenty of experience driving abroad but have

always
stayed in hotels, but an extended stay on the continent would make it too
expensive to carry on as before.
Cheers



Mot

The real decider is the sort of use the motorhome or caravan will get. If,
whilst touring, you only want to stay one or two days at each place a
motorhome is ideal. If on the otherhand you want to stay in a quiet campsite
in the middle of the countryside for two weeks you may well find a caravan
and car much more convenient. Think about what you will use it for and then
decide.

David - Milton Keynes
www.caravantravels.co.uk
Details of our Caravan Travels in the UK and Europe with help and advice and
site reports


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Old October 15th 03, 03:39 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Richard
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"barjora" wrote in message
...
For the past 6 years we have been the contented owners of a motorhome.
However we now feel the need to change to a caravan & towing car...
any advice on dealers who will take new motorhomes (reg 02) and do a

car/van
deal. or should we be looking to sell the M/H privately. Advice would be
welcome.
Thanks
Mike


We changed over to caravan this year also. We were only selling an elderly
VW Komet so we are only talking 7.5k and advertised it on 'specialised'
internet sites, the local evening paper and local free-ads etc. In the end
the purchaser just spotted the for sale sign we had stuck on the camper's
window ... very 'high tech'.

We still got enquiries via the net for about 3 months after we sold it
....... even though I removed the ads ...... I guess some people just stored
the information.

We have found the swap very +ve ........ Richard




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Old October 15th 03, 04:02 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Mot
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klyne wrote:

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"
I'd be interested to know why you need to change to a caravan as opposed

to a
motorhome. I am contemplating purchasing a caravan or a motor home but

cannot
make up my mind which is the most suitable for a pair of elderlies hoping

to
tour the continent. We have plenty of experience driving abroad but have

always
stayed in hotels, but an extended stay on the continent would make it too
expensive to carry on as before.
Cheers


Mot

The real decider is the sort of use the motorhome or caravan will get. If,
whilst touring, you only want to stay one or two days at each place a
motorhome is ideal. If on the otherhand you want to stay in a quiet campsite
in the middle of the countryside for two weeks you may well find a caravan
and car much more convenient. Think about what you will use it for and then
decide.

David - Milton Keynes
www.caravantravels.co.uk
Details of our Caravan Travels in the UK and Europe with help and advice and
site reports


Yes, Thanks for all the replies, I'm minded towards a caravan as the financial
outlay is minimal in comparison with a motorcaravan and we would like to stay on
site probably, for more than one week to properly explore an area. We have a
Peugot 806 diesel 2litre HDI but it's FWD, I'm not sure that it's suitable? any
comments? any recomedations re having a tow bar fitted?
We are attracted towards an Eriba caravan (not sure on size yet) as a friend
told me they are well built and tow very well, comments on this would also be
appreciated.
Regards
Tom


 



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