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Motor home aficionados?(17 Posts)
DH has long wanted to go on a motor home trip. I am unconvinced.
Tell me what the fun bits are. Ps we would be bringing a dog.
Just bought our first motor home last week. I love it. An home from home. It is great having all your own things with you such as your own bed and toilet. Lots of campsites let you take your dogs. I have even seen pop up beds for them in a camping shop.
Downside is the eye watering cost of them. Go to a show (we went to the NEC and ordered it there) to get a feel for them and your preferred layout.
Go to any of the shows around the country, some are better than others
Go to dealers and just explore them (although don't buy from marquis or Brownhills) IMHO but go and explore them
NEC ones are best cos they have all manufactures there but you will have to wait until autumn for next one or next Feb
Go to hire one before buying if never had one
We have dogs and have a steel crate fixed securely to the floor by the dealers, so safety is very important - I would make sure there is plenty of room for moving around inside when stationary
Loads of FB groups for MH
If you get one look up BRITSTOPS and. Get the book, which are fab
We are planning on hiring one this year as a trial.
So what do you DO all day in one?
We have a large motorhome and a dog. Have just been walking in the peak district all weekend. We have been all over Europe in ours. We have skied off it in the winter and in the summer! We carry pretty much everything we need. Sun loungers, gas barbie, satellite TV for wet days. We love it!
If you think of it like being a huge snail - travel then eat and sleep
You travel to wherever you want then stop at your destination and do whatever it was that you went there
If you have previously been holiday to cottages - you do the same in a MH but can move around more often to new locations or stay in same spot - you choose that is the point
Glad you are renting one first
What do you like doing on holiday?
Obviously dog walking but what else?
My holidays tend to be city breaks, which is why I'm struggling to picture myself in this one. I loathe camping.
I like running, with the dog, so I guess we could do that most days. But getting her clean and dry might be tricky. Museums or shopping are probably out if we can't leave dog. We will have DHs son with us too, and he has mobility limitations so long walks or mountain climbing are out. But building sand castles ok.
I'm stressing about practical things like cooking. Finding a meal that we all like, that can be prepared with minimal equipment. Or else finding a dog friendly pub that does food in walking distance.
I can bring books and knitting, and remind myself that tea and wine will be on tap. Board games I guess.
As far as cooking goes ---
We have a full sized fridge/freezer --- which runs off gas/electric plug in/solar power from panel on roof
Full sized 3 ring gas hob
Grill and single oven both on gas
We chose not to have microwave cos we wanted the slower pace that didn't need everything food wise to be reheated/cooked in 2 minutes
Not sure what else you need really cooking wise
Never done that before
We have full sized fridge/freezer
Ours also has a shower that you attach from garage on the outside for washing the dog then use micro towels to dry
But in all honesty, think if you actively hate camping it might not be the best purchase but rent one and you might be converted
What happens at the moment with the dog when you go on city breaks?
Why does your DH want to buy one?
BRITSTOPS is a kind of club with a book with places like pubs that let you stop over in their car park for free and take dog into them if you want for meal
It is great way to see uk and Ireland
There are also ones in Europe or Aires in France and others in other countries that can't remember name of arm
All of these are free
We aren't at the "buy one" stage just yet!
He's always wanted to try it as a holiday. As a motorbiker I think the freedom to go where you please appeals to him.
Dog goes into kennels for short breaks, but we've been looking at ways she can come with us on holiday.
Thanks for the useful links, I shall do some research.
We have joined Britstops, and I can vouch for it
I've joined Britstops, looking forward to perusing the book!
I also managed to create a fantasy image of me and the dawg heading off in a VW campervan on a Friday night to do a new parkrun on a Saturday morning. This is never going to happen, but at least I have a visual image I can relate to.
If you join Caravan Club -quite alot of their sites are near somewhere or even on somewhere like say Longleat, or Burford or Chatsworth, Tredegar near Cardiff, Bristol City Centre, York City Centre, London etc, loads by the coast,their list is literally endless, and they also have affiliated sites in Europe, so every summer we pootled round France. Ok you pay sat £50 a year to join but you know the site will be clean and spacious and have good + clean amenities.
We did it for many years and loved it, stopped last year when ds then 15 got to 6'2" and literally outgrew it.
We used to take our bikes and go off somewhere. Great in France when you can cycle to a patisserie etc !!
Obviously you have different logistics in your family - but pace of life slows down and it's amazing how you can spend a morning just pottering around in your own doings! and it brought us much closer as a family being lumped together playing cards etc of an evening.
Food, - the last one we had had no oven or microwave, just a 2 burner hob and we did fine on that. We also had a small camping Cadac gas bbq which did a multitude of things. But if it was raining - I can recommend M & S tinned Currys, Chilli and Steak in gravy
- honestly don't knock em till you tried them
We also took it for day trips to motor racing events and when it finished and everyone was queuing out the car park - we be sat eating hot soup with crusty bread and then going home after all of that had died down.
You are wise to hire one first, I wish we had done that!
We brought a brand new one a few years back. It was fun at first but we got bored of it very quickly.
The main drawback for us was that sites were always booked up, unable to go spontaneously etc.
If it’s a large motorhome you really need a small car or bikes etc as well as the sites are usually out if the way.
Also set your sav nav for a larger vehicle/motorhome, not much fun having to do a 100 point turn, if you end up on a very narrow road!
We had a 5 berth motorhome and sold ours after a year. I know a lot of people love it, but it wasn’t for us. Pleased we tried it though.
All great tips thanks.
We are in Ireland, unlikely to be crossing the sea this time.
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