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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 19-02-2010, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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First motorhome purchased - Rapido 709F

Hi everybody - what a friendly, interesting and helpful group of folk you all are on MHF. Thought it was time to introduce ourselves.

After a couple of years pondering and researching, my wife (Sue) and I have finally taken the plunge and just purchased a low mileage Rapido 709F 2.3TJD (54 reg). We will be collecting it in ten days time.

For many years we camped - in the UK and abroad - then had a large touring caravan while our children were growing up. Subsequently, sold the caravan and returned to camping for a few more years.

But at long last we're excited and looking forward to a completely new experience. I will be retiring early next month and should have plenty of time to visit all the places still on our wish-list.

We chose a compact motorhome mainly to have better access to more out-of-the way places and for easier parking. Also, our drive space is a bit restricted at home. The Rapido should fit the bill and we really like all the spec - can't believe it's even got remote central locking on the habitation door. And we particularly wanted cab A/C - which is standard - for trips to southern Europe. The whole vehicle appears to be well made and with a good finish. Would be interested to hear about anybody elses experiences with the 709F.

We are both keen naturists and have enjoyed skinny-dipping and sunning in the buff since we were teenagers. Our kids grew up with it and our wider family range from being extremely supportive (including one or two other nuddies), to being mildly amused. If anybody would like info about good nude beaches or resorts, just ask - I've written a few books on the subject.

Anyway, I think that's enough about us - just need to try to sort out some motorhome insurance now: so again, any recommendations would be appreciated.

No doubt we'll have lots more questions as we go along...

Cheers
Mike and Sue

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Welcome to MHF.
We are more than happy with our 55 Reg 709f which we bought in Nov last year. We have used it a few times in the UK and its been great even in the Winter months. Its going in for some warranty work on Monday, but so far we thinks its better (for us) than the previous vans we had.
Like you we are restricted by the length of our drive,but find the space inside is fine even with the fixed bed.

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Hi Colin and Shirley

Thanks for the welcome. Good to hear you have a Rapido 709F too and are enjoying it. I viewed 4 at different dealers last year, and a couple more online. What surprised and impressed me was that they all sold very quickly.

So when one popped up at Martins of Exeter last week - just over an hour from us - we went to check it out. Satisfied it appeared to be in good condition we decided not to hang about and go for it.

My only slight concern is whether I'll be able to get a comfortable driving position. As you will know, the rearward travel on the driver's seat is restricted by the kitchen, and at 6' tall it could be a bit tight on a long journey. It was OK for the short duration of the test drive, so I'll have to wait and see. Of course there isn't the same problem on the LHD models.

Oh, and a fixed bed was a must for us also.

Hope your warranty work isn't anything too serious and all gets sorted out without any problems.

Happy travels
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Welcome both of you and I can imagine how excited you must be !

If you are over 55 then Saga is a good place to look for MH insurance ( and car and travel). We've used them for several years and have found them very straightforward and honest to deal with.

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Hi Mike and Sue,
I am sure you will enjoy owning a Rapido, we are on our second one and both have been virtually fault free.
We use Comfort for insurance, they can offer a policy to suit your needs so you don't have to pay for things you don't need.
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Hi,
We're just back from our first trip in our firstvan. It's been great. We are campers of 30 years, but have got to that age where crawling into our tiny tent is just too much for me. I want a bit more luxury. Besides, we'd never have got away camping in February, in the snow!

We had problems with insurance due to having had company cars for years where every nick & ding went through inurance claims. In the end we were limited as to companys offering a reasonable price, but Campton insured us both, with 365 days travel in EU countries (rare to find that I can tell you) for £550. That wasn'y bad when at one time it looked like costing £1,000 and with 180 days in EU.

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Hi Colin and Shirley

Thanks for the welcome. Good to hear you have a Rapido 709F too and are enjoying it. I viewed 4 at different dealers last year, and a couple more online. What surprised and impressed me was that they all sold very quickly.

So when one popped up at Martins of Exeter last week - just over an hour from us - we went to check it out. Satisfied it appeared to be in good condition we decided not to hang about and go for it.

My only slight concern is whether I'll be able to get a comfortable driving position. As you will know, the rearward travel on the driver's seat is restricted by the kitchen, and at 6' tall it could be a bit tight on a long journey. It was OK for the short duration of the test drive, so I'll have to wait and see. Of course there isn't the same problem on the LHD models.

Oh, and a fixed bed was a must for us also.

Hope your warranty work isn't anything too serious and all gets sorted out without any problems.

Happy travels
Mike and Sue

Mike and Sue
I too am 6ft tall but I am blessed with short legs! The seat is back as far as it will go and I am comfortable. The driving position is a little higher than our previous Motorhomes due to the swivel mechanism (you can get a lower one apparently). That said I have driven it from Birmingham to Haywards Heath and locally in the South East without any trouble. (We are off to Stratford/Birmingham for the next couple of days for the Warranty work/NEC Show so will let you know more after. Off to France in May,July and August and tend to drive longer distances when over there!
Warranty works is just a few bits, nothing major (although Shirley thinks the TV Ariel not working is fairly major!).
We moved our Gaslow System over from our last Van as we find its useful not having to change bottles, and as we travel to France a lot we dont have to worry about which gas bottles etc.
As you say they sell quickly, we had to go to Birmingham for ours, and bought it without a test drive.

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Hi Mike and welcome to motorhomefacts.

As a subscriber you might like to check the discounts available for insurance in the Subscription discounts database.
See the drop down menu under 'Subscriptions' above the forum posts.

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