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30-09-2014 21:04
jacqinori
travelling in rv with 4 kids

We are about to embark traveling Australia with 4 kids from 8yrs to 17yrs in an RV.
Never done it before and we will be home schooling them.
Does anyone know if we could initially hire a concorde Reisemobile in western australia. Or are they only available in europe.
like us on facebook page called - jacqinori travel blog to see our progress.
Any advice would be great. Thanks.
27-06-2014 13:55
jncrowe
Mh and Children

There was a post by Leana titled "mh and young children " Dated 2010-05-03 Which received several replies
All the best
Cath
26-06-2014 21:03
ttcharlie As a one comments, we have a rollerteam 700 and the layout s superb for the kids.

They have a bunk each which is their space, to be slept in and fill the bottom end of t with toys.

Can be got for reasonable money if you look around.
26-06-2014 14:43
dovtrams One of happiest sights we see when we are away are children running/skating/cycling around sites in the 'gangs', thoroughly enjoying themselves out in the open with plenty of fresh air. Go for it your children will love it.

Dave
26-06-2014 12:51
peterandirene Any advice please. Been asked by a friend to advise on a motorhome for touring in Europe with two small children. They are looking to buy second hand asap. I have given some general advice but don't feel qualified to advise on a particular van. Their main requirements seem to be one with four full seatbelts, not too big. Can anyone give me any pointers to particular vans? Anyone have something suitable for sale?

Thanks

Peter
18-04-2014 06:35
robbosps
LAYOUT

The advise i was given was LAYOUT LAYOUT LAYOUT.

I spent nearly two years looking at what van to buy, all the time saving up....

We nearly went with a 6 berth and a rear garage, but after looking through the dealers and the NEC show, we went with a 7 berth with fixed bunks.

My missus wanted the biggest van possible as she likes her space, and the bunks will be areas for the kids.

I decided to buy in November whenno one is buying so maximise my deal. It worked, but i missed a few bits in the poor light.

Since my son was born i always hear people tell me " you cant do that with children". My aim is to stick two fingers up and prove them wrong.

We have put a few toys, books and a mini motorhome toy which keeps him happy. We also have a 12v tv and a selection of DVD's.
23-02-2013 18:44
betntip
Motorhoming with kids 1 girl aged 3 and 1 boy aged 9 months

Hi there,
we have travelled extensively in a hymer 644, from the Uk all the way to Morocco and all the places in between. We were amazed with the attention we got from friendly smiles to actual help. The children seemed to be a magic wand of good nature attractors (if this makes sense lol). I do not know whether we were lucky or it is the safest way to motorhome (?????) but I cannot provide one warning or sense of danger with the kids. People everywhere seemed to be friendly because of the kids, it was brilliant. We have all heard the stories of theft and gas attack, but I have nothing to report on that front even wild camping through Morocco down as far as Tiznet, the people were fantastic(at the time Israel was bombing Lebanon we heard some Italian homers had their vehicles damaged but again we never saw any shananigans). We even had our van reupholstered in Tiznet whilst wild camping because the campsite was full( his name was Muhammed, just inside Tiznet city wall) and he gave a discount because of the age of the kids, bless him.
Our next trip will be Sicily because of the outstanding reports we have had about this Isle and yes we are taking the Kids or the magic wands as we call them(better than any Alsation, no offence).
Our '95 hymer 644 cost us 12995 and never let us down once.
Have recently upgraded to a 2001 694 as kids are bigger and have had a few problems which hopefully the dealer will put right! They do not make them like they used to lol.
Hope this helps as I would never recommend something I have not done!
As for travel sickness issues our little girl suffers, however the beauty of motorhomeing means it is possible to pull over as often as we like so even long journeys are well broken up, having a brew and waiting for that awful feeling to pass, taking maybe longer than blasting everywhere. Positives are there is hardly anything you miss by driving straight past without noticing.
22-10-2012 17:12
ttcharlie
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Originally Posted by Spiritofherald
I upgraded from my campervan to a motorhome specifically so we could take out granddaughter away with us. The day after I bought it we took her on a local test run but we didn't get more than 20 miles before she was travel sick.

She is never unwell in a car so I put it down to the fact the motorhome is a lot more bouncy and tends to roll around corners. It might pay to investigate travel sickeness remedies, but then I don't like using drugs just for non-essential purposes, so my dream of taking her away with us was shot down from day one We still love using the van for ourselves though
We quite often split our two children between one in the back, and one in the front. That way each has a adult to chat too, and should solve the travel sickness issue.

I have noticed a tendancy for my wife and kids to all fall asleep on longer journeys and leave me with no one to talk too.

Our kids love time away in the van, and always look forward to the next trip.
22-10-2012 15:44
thegamwellsmythes I have no connection with this motorhome but I guess the Ad proves that what you are talking about is possible for the money.

Kontiki on Preloved

There was plenty of choice on Pre-Loved between £8-10K

Now is a good time to buy as sellers won't have much interest from buyers and are more interested in a deal as a result. If you wait until the spring more people are looking to buy so the prices firm up a bit.

Think about the layout.

A dinette and a rear lounge would give you the chance to put the kids to sleep in the fold down table/dinette whilst you can stay up in the rear lounge quaffing too much wine.

Failing that bunk beds but I think they are a more modern trend (thus more expensive vehicle), you might be lucky though.

You'll get a better vehicle for your money if you buy private as you won't be paying for a dealer margin. Only if you check it out in detail though as you won't have a warranty etc. Try to take someone with you to look at whatever you might choose that knows a bit about motor-homes or at least caravans.

At that sort of age damp will be quite possible. Have a good sniff in all of the cupboards and under the seats etc. If you can take a damp meter to check out any vehicle.

Make sure you see everything working before you hand over any cash.

Go for it.
22-10-2012 15:40
Spiritofherald I upgraded from my campervan to a motorhome specifically so we could take out granddaughter away with us. The day after I bought it we took her on a local test run but we didn't get more than 20 miles before she was travel sick.

She is never unwell in a car so I put it down to the fact the motorhome is a lot more bouncy and tends to roll around corners. It might pay to investigate travel sickeness remedies, but then I don't like using drugs just for non-essential purposes, so my dream of taking her away with us was shot down from day one We still love using the van for ourselves though
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