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I have been a caravan owner for about 40 years but recently changed to motorhome. It's a Bessacar 442 which we have used and liked but are still not sure we have done the right thing. Not having the car.
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It's only 7.3m. long Baloo. Not much longer than a reasonable car.

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Welcome to the forum.
There are a few of us who changed from caravan to Motorhome, my late husband and I had caravans for over 30 years and changed to the Autotrail Navajo in 2015. We learnt to live without a car when away from home. There are certain things you can’t do and a few places you can’t go, but you learn to live without them.
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Welcome to the forum. I never had a caravan and went straight to a motorhome after using small camper vans since I was a kid. I think it depends what you want to do. If you want to tour Europe for months on end going from country to country then there is no better way than a motorhome. If you want to spend two weeks on a club site each year in the UK then a caravan is probably better.

We carry a scooter on the back of ours on a rack so that makes a big difference but this year especially in the UK parking a motorhome anywhere in the summer holidays is going to be a bit fraught. Get over to Europe when you can, then you will reap the benefits.


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Welcome Balloo. Have you thought about getting (electric) bikes?

I can usually get relatively close to where I want to be and usually prefer to walk if, for instance, I'm on the outskirts of a village. But if it's a long walk, or too much on top of a day's wandering around town, then I'd take the bike.

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I have been a caravan owner for about 40 years but recently changed to motorhome. It's a Bessacar 442 which we have used and liked but are still not sure we have done the right thing. Not having the car.
New Member, welcome over from the 'Dark Side', as we like to joke.

Many members have progressed from being Tuggers. Like barryD I never went through that phase - my progression to MHs was via a boat for 30 years.

You question whether you have done the right thing, which is why I mentioned my boat experience.

I imagine that like most caravan owners you went onto sites most of the time and maybe did not move too often, maybe because of set-up/break-down times - we are usually from handbrake, gas on, fridge changed, chairs out to beer/wine open about 5 mins. Leaving is quicker.

On my boat I never had a 230v circuit so did not need to go into marinas, which left me free to drop anchor in beautiful bays.

I think that a MH gives one similar freedom providing one does not need 230v, or limited amount via an inverter.

Your main question was will you miss the car?

Well as said above there are alternatives, like scooters(if you have the payload) pedal bikes or electric bikes(charging if wildcamping?)

However it depends where you want to tour?

If only UK getting near to town/city centres is difficult in a MH, but maybe public transport is available.

If touring on the Continent, one can use Aires/Stellplatz which are often nearer to villages/towns than campsites.

Other people achieve local transport by using public transport or hiring a car for a couple of days(delivered to where you are). A few days not paying campsite fees can cover car hire.

I think that using some of the suggestions being aired on here you may overcome the loss of the car and that the other advantages of a MH over a caravan will outweigh any disadvantages.

Happy MHoming

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