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Introduction and first question

Hello to you all.
We are a freshly early retired couple looking at buying our first motorhome. We have been motor and sailboaters for too many years and have decided that we would prefer to travel around UK and mostly Europe faster, hence the motorhome dream.
We are in Spain until beginning April so have missed the NEC but considering the East of England motorhome and campervan show to view some of the models we are interested in. We have hired a sunlight 6.8m van whilst in Spain and loved it so need to get one to start our adventures later this year.

I have been lurking on this site for a while and have gained some good knowledge already from you friendly and experienced lot, but not had a good question to ask or one that hasnít already been asked previously.

So my first question is
Would the East of Englandís show be of use to show us some Carthago, Niesmann & Bischoff, Homer and Frankia motorhome. We would want to use it for a few months at a time so considering 6.8 to 7.7 length size.

We are based near Eastbourne when back in UK.
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Welcome to the forum. Quite a few of us came from boating backgrounds including myself. I ran both for a while but in the end got rid of the boat.

Those are top end marques but no idea if they will be at the show but there will be a few owners on here. The only advice I will give you is check as many layouts as you can and make sure you get one you can live with and also make sure it has enough payload for you, your passengers and all your gear.


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Welcome and imho you have started the right way by renting to see if it's for you. It's almost impossible to get it right first time so my warning would be don't commit too much to the first van as it's likely you will want to change it before too long.


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Thanks, renting just for a week has given us an idea of what we want and donít want in terms of layout.
We have tried the drop down bed and rear fixed bed in the rental so have decided we would prefer fixed singles at the back with ability to make them a double.
Also separate shower and toilet
Mercedes chassis and engine preferred but maybe difficult given the choice
Payload will be important to get right as we would like to carry a light scooter to take the both of us around and keep this in a garage.
Iím asking a lot but the marques Iím looking at have a lot of choice although too much at times.
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Thanks, renting just for a week has given us an idea of what we want and donít want in terms of layout.
We have tried the drop down bed and rear fixed bed in the rental so have decided we would prefer fixed singles at the back with ability to make them a double.
Also separate shower and toilet
Mercedes chassis and engine preferred but maybe difficult given the choice
Payload will be important to get right as we would like to carry a light scooter to take the both of us around and keep this in a garage.
Iím asking a lot but the marques Iím looking at have a lot of choice although too much at times.
Very very important in that case. Good calculator at the bottom of this page https://www.practicalmotorhome.com/a...g-and-payloads

As your looking to carry it in the garage rather than on a rack you have a bit more scope and I would suspect with the Marques your looking at you should be ok but do your homework on the weights as you may have to discount many vans if you want to carry a bike.


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Reasonably close to home for you an excellent dealer in Portsmouth http://www.southdownsmotorcaravans.co.uk/home.php

They deal in some of the marques you mention and normally have a good selection to view also web site is excellent with multi photos of their vehicles, friendly people.
For a good selection of Hymer near to you try https://premiermotorhomes.uk/, I have no personal knowledge of them but seem a decent dealer.

The shows are also an excellent idea most marques will be represented and the East of England one is always good, sadly often spoiled by the poor weather.

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Whether buying new or 2nd-hand, remember that any 'toys' - e.g. 2nd battery, solar panel, extra/bigger gas bottles etc etc will eat into whatever they say the payload will be.

Also, if you're getting a MH >3.5T (which sounds likely) your driving license has to cover you for this - C1 I think.

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Thanks for all who have given me some good advice. The calculator I will give a go, especially as Jiwawa mentions a second battery, solar panels, gas bottles all the things I would want. Eurajohn those links will be useful.
Will come back with more questions and hopefully update when close to purchase.

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If you are looking to place a scooter into a "garage", make sure that it will take the weight, as some models have "large, easily-accessed cupboards" which look like, and may be called, "garage".

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