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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 15-04-2019, 14:56 Thread Starter
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Hi all, my name is Mike Percival and I have just bought a 1986/87 Talbot Merlin.
Apart from a bit of bodywork needing grp and filler, and possibly a re-paint, she is in very good nick for her age.
This is my first foray into the motorhome world, previously I have owned Narrow boats on the UK Canal system, so spending time in a confined space is nothing new.
I would welcome any tips for a newbie.
Thanks in advance
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 15-04-2019, 15:57
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First tip Mike might be to ask @VS_Admin to change your username if that's actually your live email address.

And welcome to the forum! There are a number on the site who have moved from boats to motorhomes.

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Welcome to the forum Mike.

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Hi Mike and welcome to MHF, I'd get under it and check the floor before going any further with repairs etc, MoHos are notorious sufferers from damp.
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Well as there is no MOT in the IOM a smart looking motorhome is less likely to be to be pulled in for a test by the plod.
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I don't think Kev was talking about the MOT rather the age of the vehicle. I could be wrong though.

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Tis true your Terrance, I was referring to the actual condition of the van itself, it being a tidy age.
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Having crawled underneath I'm pleasantly surprised by how good it is under there! The only damp ingress I can find is at the back where the side joins the roof - simple job of scraping out the old sealant, cleaning the joint and re-sealing. The internal floor is good, there is an amount of rot around the wheel arches and door cills, some rust under the windscreen and on the bottom of the doors, but nothing that is beyond my repair capabilities.
I just wish the engine had a bit more poke, there is a sticker on the back of the vehicle which reads "If you think this is slow, wait until we go uphill!" Oh how true!

You are correct, there is no MOT on the Island, however, I feel my vehicles should be in the best condition I can get them in if only to avoid being pulled by Mr Plod.
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Welcome Manxmike. The 3 legged people.


IOM has a special memory for me. When I was 7 the family went on our first holiday -- to Butlins, just across the little pond from Lancs. What excitement! We toured round the island too. Can't remember in what because we didn't have a car. Maybe the bus. I vaguely remember the big wheel at Laxey???


My next point of reference with IOM was in 2004. At the very moment of buying my moho, I couldn't my cash out of Barclays (Icelandic bank crisis) so a bit of panic when the phone wasn't answered and they were offline. Thank goodness it was quickly resolved.

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I vaguely remember the big wheel at Laxey???

Yeah - you should have seen the motorhome it came off!
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