Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: South Devon
My Motorhome: Bessacarr E725
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Starting out in MHing is a steep learning curve and full of potential for mistakes.
Research is important and look at lots of vans before you decide. Many people change vehicle after a year because they have made a mistake with the chosen layout, so I would suggest you don't spend a fortune on the first one you buy.
Hab checks are only as reliable as the person who did them, and it is not unusual for dealers to be less than entirely honest about a vehicle's faults. If you can, I would advise you to take an experienced MHer with you when you find something you like. Preferably someone who owns a damp meter that they can deploy underneath. If buying an older van avoid the smaller non turbo engines as they are a bit gutless, according to posters on here.
Take lots of notes and photos when viewing vans as you will otherwise forget lots of what you see. Imagine yourself living in the van for a few weeks and look at how convenient things are. Storage for bulky items, access to tanks and drain valves and pumps and so on. What it would be like if 6 of you were inside on a rainy day!
Good luck with your search. Ask questions on the forum, lots of experienced people lurking here.
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Last edited by tugboat; 22-05-2019 at 20:35.