Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Sir Conwy
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Opinions vary ....subjective ones in this thread even more so!
Previously caravanners and gite-users, our imminent retirement (and lump sum!) brought about a rethink. Lamborghini or motorhome???
Our holiday requirements of going off-peak - and off the beaten track meant A-classes were too big, and coachbuilts tending that way too. VWs too small, and so it was PVC, and in order to minimise-ish the compromise, picked on the longest base 6.3m.
We saw an IH early in the deliberations, a LHD Tio, and that favourable impression left us with a yardstick to compare the other models that we were to see over the next several months ...
So, decision made. IH Tio RL on a Fiat Ducato Maxi.
New would be too expensive, and used ones like the proverbial hens' teeth ...
Various magazines and websites later, we found that toothy hens were common as muck in comparison with sensibly priced used Tio RLs!
The choosing/buying process left lasting impressions - particularly deeply on the wallet!
My most welcoming dealership award - in the sense that vans were unlocked for viewing, and no lurking salespeople - goes to Oak Tree of Notts. Not local, I know, to north Wales but for us, a refreshing change!
Most helpful were Cara Motorhomes of Stoke who invested willingly of their time, knowledge and coffee, but didn't make a sale! Usual disclaimers and thanks to both of them.
Finally, at Hays Leisure, Wednesbury we came across the van of our dreams ... and at a reasonably sensible price. There were two other prospective customers (Really! - One of whom was wavering between Tio and Oregon), but we were there and decided, and after some negotiation on accessories (Spare, Gaslow, towbar rack), clinched the deal!
Last year was the first where we were both retired and found 12,000 additional miles on the IH mileometer! The van has accommodated me on two-thirds of the Wales Coastal Path and has been to France twice for 6week breaks. All impressions of the IH have been good except payload, which has proved a problem, exacerbated in part by the above Spare, Gaslow, towbar rack ...
There was an earlier reference to IH being expensive, but good value, and we'd agree. The more you use it, the cheaper it works out! So far, after two years, excluding sitefees, it's costing us about £210 a night. This time next year, I expect it'll be down to £120-ish; not Travelodge prices yet, but getting ever closer!!!