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Getting Ready for Spring

February 23, 2018

See our latest article on getting ready for Spring <here>

New for 2018

February 22, 2018

New for 2018 is our Site Review feature where we will publish reviews of all the sites we personally visit during the year.

To get the page started, we have uploaded two reviews conducted last year.

Enjoy!

Meet Molly .....

February 21, 2018

Meet Molly, our new Majestic motorhome!  The one on the right! 

After her delivery from Durham to our local Marquis dealer, we finally got to see her for the first time yesterday - and she didn't disappoint.  All the research done over the previous 14 months has paid off as she met all our expectations!

Because we cannot get a space at our local CaSSOA site until early April, we will not take delivery of her until the end of March.  Our local site, Summerhouse Farm, has a gold rating which helps in keeping the insurance costs down - a bit.

Insurance is a bit of a minefield, with quotes for new time owners like ourselves ranging from £260 to £640 - so we didn't go with either the cheapest or the most expensive but with on of those in the middle - which just happened to be the company recommended by our dealer.  We purchased the vehicle from Marquis at Northampton and their service thus far has been very good.

For the techies amongst you here are Molly's vital statistics!

Model:  Elddis Majestic 255

Engine: Peugeot 2.0 L 160 B.H.P

Year: 2018

Length: 7.4 m

Width: 2.3 m

Height: 2.8 m

Gearbox: Manual

Layout:  Fixed Bed

Berths: 4 (with 4 belts)

Conversion Type: Low Profile

Max Weight: 3500 kg (normal driving licence applies)

Payload: 422 kgs

Fuel: Turbo Diesel

She comes complete with GPS Tracker Retrieve, reversing camera, Autowatch Thatcham Cat 1 alarm, plus a factory fitted immobiliser.

Can't wait to get her on the road in April!

 

Job Done - In 24 hours!

February 10, 2018

Well, we have bought our first motorhome!

We sent out our emails to three local dealers but that drew a blank - none had the 255 we wanted.  However, an early morning trawl of the Internet reaped huge rewards as we found one with exactly what we were looking for at a very fair price.

We have bought an Elddis Majestic 255 which is the model we wanted, but with the added bonus of all that Marquis add to the 255 to create their custom marque.

Its a 2018 model, complete with all the spec you would expect from a motorhome today, such as solar panel, GPS tracking, and reversing cameras.  With the Majestic brand you also get 30 more b.h.p. with the Peugeot engine, alloy wheels, and a sun awning.

We had no idea we would find what we were looking for but the fact we knew exactly what we wanted helped! In other words, all the research paid off - see our article 'Try Before You Buy'.

So we will be hitting the road for our first trip just after Easter, which is exactly when we said we would when we started the research process just over a year ago. No one can accuse us of being reckless!

Let the buying begin!

February 8, 2018

Having just returned from our two month trip to Australia and Fiji we have now commenced our search for our new motorhome!

As an opener, I have sent an email to three local dealers to see what offers they can come up with in either a new or previously owned van.

As we reported in the 'Decision Made' (19 October 2017) post we are looking for an Elddis Encore 255.

Follow our progress via this blog!

Stuck for a Christmas present?

November 26, 2017

Here's the perfect answer for anyone who has a camper van/motorhome or anyone who aspires to own one.

The Camper Van Bible is the definitive glovebox bible for anyone who owns or 'would die for a camper van. In this book Martin Dorey, acknowledged camper van expert and presenter of BBC2 s 'One Man and His Campervan , delves headfirst into the nitty gritty of camping and camper vans.

Decision Made!

October 19, 2017

For the final part of our research we re-visited the annual Caravan and Motorhome Show in Birmingham this week and, as a result, have finally settled on the make and model of the motorhome that most suits our needs and our pocket!

As we said in the article Try Before You Buy research is everything and so it proved again at the show.  It's the little things that you need to be alert to. For example:

  • We found some motorhomes that did not have a passenger airbag fitted as standard.  I know you don't always fit one in cars but that is for carrying infants, which I wouldn't imagine happens very much in motorhomes!
  • A number of motorhomes don't have an electric hob, only gas rings.  If you get one without an electric hob you are missing out on the hook-up electric you have already paid for!
  • Then there is the seat belt thing!

After all our deliberations, we have decided on an Elddis Encore 255. 

Measured against our Must, Need, Nice check list this fits the bill better than anything else we have seen in our price bracket, c £50000 new.

Now it is just a question of waiting until early next year to strike a deal with our local dealer!  

I will keep you posted on how we get on.

 

Diary Reminder!

October 14, 2017

The Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC Birmingham starts on Monday!

The Motorhome and Caravan Show.

it's £2m. it's ugly!

October 7, 2017

Although this is the world's most expensive motorhome at a cool £2m it surely has to take the prize for the world's ugliest.  For that money I would want something that looks really really good - not a cross between a Vent-Axia and an oversized sundial!

 

The Ultimate Motorhome?

September 20, 2017

Yours for a cool £1.4m!

Check it out here.

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Events Diary

Please see below a schedule of forthcoming motorhome events for 2018 to add to your diary. 

The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show

20 - 25 February 2018.

NEC Birmingham, B40 1NT.

UK Spring Motorhome & Caravan Show 2018

17 - 18 March 2018

Newark Showground, NG24 2NY

 

The Story So Far ....

The story so far.  Quite where it all started is something of a mystery to Susan and me but to cut a long story short, we got the motorhome bug!

So, this blog will chronicle our exploits as novice motorhome owners, aka grey nomads, as we venture out onto the open roads as we make the most of our new life in retirement.  From time to time we will also add posts about our other travels and interests.

Not that we have a motorhome; not yet at least.  We plan to buy one early next year, so stayed tuned!

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