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post #131 of 174 (permalink) Old 09-04-2021, 12:54
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Definitely go shake the man's hand.
Get looking for a replacement and make your plans for when you can get back over here.


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Michelle is not keen. She thinks its worth more. To be honest I agree with the above. Its a good opportunity, he knows whats up with it and is more than capable of dealing with it all. I just cant bear the thought of entertaining a load of tyre kickers and all the dross that will come out of the woodwork, scams etc. At the end of the day £7000-£8000 or whatever dont make a hill of beans of difference. The van owes me nothing really. The biggest disappointment for Michelle mainly is there will be no trip in it this year.
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Michelle is not keen. She thinks its worth more. To be honest I agree with the above. Its a good opportunity, he knows whats up with it and is more than capable of dealing with it all. I just cant bear the thought of entertaining a load of tyre kickers and all the dross that will come out of the woodwork, scams etc. At the end of the day £7000-£8000 or whatever dont make a hill of beans of difference. The van owes me nothing really. The biggest disappointment for Michelle mainly is there will be no trip in it this year.
Is this offer for as it is Barry? If it is I would definitely take it , you don´t know what else might be found after you've paid thousands to make it sailable saleable.
Howsomever in the end the choice is a combined answer, I should imagine you have a few days to talk to each other about it before making any decision.
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Personally I'd snatch his hand off – even if you get it repaired and up to MOT standard it's only going to need more repairs and maintenance within a short space of time – that's what Motorhomes do ….

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Thanks. That deal is as it is Jan although i believe he has done a fair bit of the work. Its maybe a win win for everyone really. I get shot of the van but Im not left with a bill for £2-3k once everything is done and he has the skills to keep it on the road and make a good job of it and if he decides to sell he may even make a few quid or at least not lose. He knows all its faults also which includes how it starts up cold like its running on Dog Poo. Its always been like that and he suspects I think he said an oil leak into the Turbo. "dont quote me on that as I may have got that wrong". These are all things I am going to have to point out to a seller if I sell privately. I think its just going to be a case of talking Michelle round. The more I think about it the more it appeals to just wash my hands of it.

It will be a sad day though if we do and I am going to either have to buy another van or find a long term let somewhere for a break away. I started putting the feelers out on the latter but so far nothing. Michelle is desperate for a holiday.
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It’s potentially always going to be a money pit causing trouble and worry year on year. Time to put an end to it, putting personal attachment away is hard but take the offer and run, focus on a replacement. Unfortunately given foreign travel restrictions it’s a sellers market for good quality MHs.

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I would have been happy to help him get his disabled badge Barry, I get Michelles peed off at the idea, but she's only a wimmin, seriously, it just makes much more sense, I think you may be losing a few bob, but piece of mind is worth a lot to someone like you.
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I am also in the SELL camp but with two caveats


1 Michelle needs to agree.

2 You might wait a while for your rear lounge (fixation I will call it)

On point one about Michelle thinking it is worth more, my comment to her would be that when a prospective buyer reads the recent MOT report he/she might be sceptical about how well the repairs have been done and why you are putting it on the market so soon afterwards, and therefore be making some tough negotiations at least down to and maybe below £10K. You have got a 'willing buyer' in your hands. How long before you find a buyer at the price she thinks it is worth - which is what? If she vetoes this chance to sell you need to get her agreement to pay any difference in price below £10K

On point two, it depends how long you are prepared to wait for what your long-term MH, with rear lounge, would take to find. Would you consider an alternative of looking for a good older MH with rear bed and garage as an interim with the idea that you could sell it after finding your ideal, or even 'god-forbid' actually liking it It would need to be a private buy and resell, to make sure you only lost £1-2K, if not make a profit.

An interim MH would let you get away while you are looking for something else.

An interim vehicle with a garage would make it easier to carry your new scooter(?) without fitting a rear rack and having to worry about rear-axle weights.

How long has the guy given you to decide?

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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I am also in the SELL camp but with two caveats


1 Michelle needs to agree.

2 You might wait a while for your rear lounge (fixation I will call it)

On point one about Michelle thinking it is worth more, my comment to her would be that when a prospective buyer reads the recent MOT report he/she might be sceptical about how well the repairs have been done and why you are putting it on the market so soon afterwards, and therefore be making some tough negotiations at least down to and maybe below £10K. You have got a 'willing buyer' in your hands. How long before you find a buyer at the price she thinks it is worth - which is what? If she vetoes this chance to sell you need to get her agreement to pay any difference in price below £10K

On point two, it depends how long you are prepared to wait for what your long-term MH, with rear lounge, would take to find. Would you consider an alternative of looking for a good older MH with rear bed and garage as an interim with the idea that you could sell it after finding your ideal, or even 'god-forbid' actually liking it It would need to be a private buy and resell, to make sure you only lost £1-2K, if not make a profit.

An interim MH would let you get away while you are looking for something else.

An interim vehicle with a garage would make it easier to carry your new scooter(?) without fitting a rear rack and having to worry about rear-axle weights.

How long has the guy given you to decide?

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Good points Captain. I think ill talk Michelle round. Ill never relax going far in it again although to be fair the guy said himself its not in bad nick and the work he is doing will be good for years but my worry about the repairs was the same. A prospective buyer may be wary and there are so many other issues. Time to let it go I think and let someone who knows what he is doing mechanically take it on. She said £8k but the other day was willing to take £7.5k. Im not going to quibble. Will wait and see if he comes back to me today or tomorrow.

I doubt we would get another van anytime soon though. On the wildies there is a thread about PVC's and PVC's built to your own design. You can get a new or nearly new Extra long wheel base transit or similar for £15-20k and they reckon £10-£15k to fit it out. Thats about £20k less than brand new Globecar. I just cant decide if a PVC would work for us. Ideally I want a Bailey Approach 760SE or a Swift Esprit 496 or similar as I know they tick all the boxes but they are few and far between and overpriced.

I dont like the idea of a scooter in the garage. Too much of a faff compared to a rack and as you know I prefer the layout we have but might look at something different.


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