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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-11-2017, 16:34 Thread Starter
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Over 70 so need C1 licence - to lash out £50k?

We have a very good N+B Arto with only 45,000 miles.

Only one or two things we might want to change for

- Island bed

- Extra payload for a scooter

We have enough funds to say add £50k to current value to get a S/H Euro 5/6 with these features.

However, assuming I pass the next impending C1 medical, I wonder if the extra expenditure is worth the risk for the subsequent 3-year medical.

Has this dilemma affected others' decisions? And what was the conclusion?

I know the 'long time dead argument', but I might be a 'long time alive' without C1, and have lost a few thousand selling.

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Are you likely to fail it ?

Do you have heart, cancer or other problems?

Life is a risk, no guarantees, you may buy a new MH and drop dead months later

So we hedge our bets and think, do you feel lucky punk?

And do you need the 50k for something else , can you afford to lose it , or some of it if things work out differently , and still live without a good C1 result

I wanted to sell our MH when Albert was diagnosed with a deep melonama that had prob already begun its spread through his blood and lymph system , so they said

But we’re approaching five years, and yes he’s had numerous operations for reoccurrences in his arm, a a couple of deep ones too in his arm pit, against his chest

But we have a fantastic surgeon , and as yet the oncologist hasn’t been needed

You can never know

And the truth is alberts brother died at 42

He wouldn’t have known either

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My philosophy has always been, live and enjoy, as you get older you can get all sorts of illnesses.

A lot of people drive heavy vans and then when they reach 70 go to a 3.5 tonne one, you are still wanting to stay above 3.5, I would go for it but buy wisely and then you won't lose too much should you need to sell in the future.
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I had the same dilemma when I reached 70 Geoff, now had 2 medicals and all well so go for whatever floats your boat.

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Given that vans are getting lighter (not commenting on quality ) then what about something like the new 2017 Hymer dynamics which seem to have a good payload with a max weight of 3500kg. Then have it updated to suit your needs. Should the licence issue become a problem you at least have the option of replating back to 3500 and Re-evaluating your payload needs.

Other makes are probably available with this scope.

Our van was bought as a 3500kg, but with us I find we tend to run a bit over, so am considering updating until I need to or am forced to drive to 3500. We can uprate our non dynamic Hymer to 3850 as a paper exercise.

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Thanks all for your replies.

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I'm 72 next year and will keep my C and C1 groups as long as I can, not just for the motorhome side but for other opportunities that might arise.

Yes, it's a medical every year for a C and CE licence, but I'm at the age now where I like to know how good or bad my health is, and the medical isn't that expensive when you consider other life costs. I don't smoke or drink so funding an annual medical isn't a big issue.

I could drop back to the C1 and C1E, but the only real difference to me is a 3-yearly medical rather than a yearly one, not a huge difference.

In Geoff's shoes I'd keep it going as long as possible, but he will, like me know when it's time to give it up.

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In some ways failing the medical at 70 was an advantage. We've now (just about) adjusted to a smaller van, which if needed I can keep driving as long as I can a car, and my first 3 yearly licence renewal was a simple worry and cash free online process. We definitely would have preferred to have more payload and more space, but on the other hand there are benefits to a smaller van, and everything's a compromise to some extent, even when we had our RV.


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There does seem to be more choices under 3.5 ton than over nowadays.
I keep looking for a island bed in my next van and the choice is vast. Just the prices thats restricting my choice.

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