Join Date: May 2009
Location: UK and Katowice, Poland, plus All Europe
My Motorhome: Niesmann+Bischoff Arto 69GL (2003)
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I copied this from another forum where I posted it.
It may be a starting point for you
First of all do not be frightened by the decision making.
Just work through a logical process
I suggest starting with some questions to yourselves as to:-
How many people - just you two? kids? g/kids? guests?
Type of camping? only campsites? wildcamping? mixture?
Climate? Skiing? Morrocco? Summer/Winter?
Licences - do one/both have C1(over 3.5t)
What activities do you want to do when away - scooter/M/C, pushbikes, canoeing, paragliding etc.?
Where will you want to park it at home/storage? dimensions available?
Do you want to sleep in double or single beds?
What is your budget?
I may have left out some questions, but until you can answer these sort of questions you are ill-equipped to go looking.
You need to be able to answer these questions so that you can write a 'Specification', which will detail those things that are essential, and by default not necessary. I found that by doing so it concentrated my mind on what models to look at, but also by showing it to salesmen it told them 2 things
- I am a serious buyer
- don't waste my(and your) time showing me unsuitable models.
You may think this approach is too analytical. My personal justification for it is that it lead me to buying(privately) a Niesmann&Bischoff Arto 69GL at 6 years old with 16,000 miles for £27.5K - a well-built German make. It was my first MH and I still have it and very pleased with it after 10 years and will not be selling soon. It would now sell for £24-5K, so almost no depreciation.
I tell you my story to counter those who say you have to have 2-3 MHs before you find the right one. For me swapping MHs is an expensive way of learning.
My approach is - Research, Research..... and then more Research
When you can answer the questions above come back to me and I will tell you why I suggest you decide on those answers.