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my name is Paul and I am a total newbie on this site looking for guidance and advice
At the moment I donít even own a MH but I intend to buy one and became a member of this site to ask the people in the know and who have owned and spent time in MHís for help in my choice of purchase

As a lover of history of these isles especially, castles, historical buildings, sites and ruins fascinate me and I have ambitions to spend 12 months initially travelling around beautiful Britain and visiting and blogging my travels and the sites I come across

I will be travelling mainly on my own so the motorhome i require has to very reliable & only needs to be a 2-3 berth at the least but with enough space to feel comfortable and not cramped as I will living in it full time
The MH needs to be homely and Iíll definitely need a shower as I like to be active and I intend to park up and cycle a lot and also as I will be spending winter in the MH, warmth will be a priority too!!

I like the idea of a low profile van and to keep below 6m in length also with a budget of approx £20k and hope I am not asking for too much

I look forward to your replies and suggestions

Thank you in advance

Paul
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Hi and Welcome Paul. That was my budget when I got our first van over eleven years ago and I still have it. I didnt spend it all on the van though. We fitted a scooter and rack, satellite TV Dome and refillable gas (Gaslow) cylinders. Since then we added solar panels.

I think the best thing to do is start seeing a few vans and decided on the layout you like. Some prefer fixed beds some prefer rear lounges. Personally I prefer the rear lounge front dinette layout as it offers more living space but you need to try both. Our van is 7.5 metres long and a six berth and I wouldnt want anything smaller for long term touring. I would like a PVC type van but Ive never been able to figure out how it would work for us as we carry a lot of stuff which brings me on to Payload. Choose a van that has a generous payload which is how much weight you can carry before its over its legal limit.


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Choose a van that has a generous payload which is how much weight you can carry before its over its legal limit.
And to add to this makes sure you get the weights checked on a weighbridge before parting with cash and don't go by what the book says! It's almost never right as "extras" like awning, etc are not included in the MIRO.
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Hi and Welcome Paul. That was my budget when I got our first van over eleven years ago and I still have it. I didnt spend it all on the van though. We fitted a scooter and rack, satellite TV Dome and refillable gas (Gaslow) cylinders. Since then we added solar panels.

I think the best thing to do is start seeing a few vans and decided on the layout you like. Some prefer fixed beds some prefer rear lounges. Personally I prefer the rear lounge front dinette layout as it offers more living space but you need to try both. Our van is 7.5 metres long and a six berth and I wouldnt want anything smaller for long term touring. I would like a PVC type van but Ive never been able to figure out how it would work for us as we carry a lot of stuff which brings me on to Payload. Choose a van that has a generous payload which is how much weight you can carry before its over its legal limit.
Hey Barry and thanks for the reply much appreciated mate. Personally I like the idea of rear lounge as not keen on fixed bed set up but not sure if there are 6m MH's with that set up, I will look though.
Thanks for the advice on payload too as I never thought of that side of it and will consider that. luckily I plan on travelling light!!

appreciate your time in replying bud
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And to add to this makes sure you get the weights checked on a weighbridge before parting with cash and don't go by what the book says! It's almost never right as "extras" like awning, etc are not included in the MIRO.
Thats a great tip Gellyneck and can you let me know what MIRO stands for?

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Hi Paul it’s a welcome from me, we also have a rear lounge as it suits us best, you generally sacrifice a large garage that the like of a scooter can fit in when you have one.

As for MIRO, this link explains it.
https://www.caravanguard.co.uk/news/...t-limits-4104/

Damp can be an issue, make sure you get any potential buy checked out beforehand.

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Welcome. Sounds like an interesting trip.
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Welcome. Sounds like an interesting trip.
I aim to make it a very interesting trip and thanks for the welcome!!!
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Hey Barry and thanks for the reply much appreciated mate. Personally I like the idea of rear lounge as not keen on fixed bed set up but not sure if there are 6m MH's with that set up, I will look though.
Thanks for the advice on payload too as I never thought of that side of it and will consider that. luckily I plan on travelling light!!

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To be honest I wouldnt worry too much about sticking to 6m. Most motorhomes are a similar width so an extra metre or so length wont make much difference from a driving point of view but can make a big difference in comfort for full timing.
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We full timed for 3 years in a Hymer B544. They have a drop down bed which was a "must have" for us. It is always made up ready for falling into We were two adults and two dogs. She took us all over Europe and we never wished she was any bigger.
Think about how much room you actually take up. You are either sitting or standing in the van or you are outside! Our main criteria was to be able to stand up straight, sit down to eat and a comfy bed. The Hymer fitted all those criteria. We could park it in a supermarket car park as long as there was a grass verge or similar for the slight hangover at the back. The heating was amazing! Shower was pretty good too
We found that we off loaded a lot of "stuff" as we went along but everyone is different.
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