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Rain stops play!

Having taken delivery of Molly at the end of last week we were all ready for our first trip today, but then the great British weather got the better of us.

OK, we are obviously fair weather motorhomers but conditions at our intended site were reported as very wet so we decided this wasn't the best way to trial our new purchase!

So, instead of being at an idyllic river side site nestling beside an old watermill, here she is all dressed up and no where to go stuck in her secure storage!

Practical Motorhome Release New Guide

Practical Motorhome have released their new top 100 sites guide. Check it out here.

Motorhome Accessories

With the weather currently less than tropical, it may seem an odd time to be talking of motorhome accessories, but with Spring only weeks away we are keen to get ourselves organised for our summer adventures. 

Having just bought our new motorhome (see earlier posts) here is a list of the accessories we reckon are the basic essentials for you to have:

  • Mains electric hook-up lead (if not supplied with the motorhome)
  • UK mains adapter (and EU if you are planning on trips around Europe)
  • Levelling ramps
  • Level aid
  • Anti-slip grip track
  • Toilet chemical and rinse
  • Toilet seal lubricant
  • Tank cleaner
  • Tank freshener
  • Water purification tabs (such as Puriclean)
  • Bio-degradable toilet paper (such as Aquasoft)
  • Fresh water fill up hose
  • Gas hose and spanner
  • Gas bottles (x2)
  • Fire blanket
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Steering wheel clamp

If your motorhome doesn't already have them, you must fit a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.

If your motorhome doesn't already have them, GPS trackers and A Thatcham Cat 1 alarm are also must to haves.

Getting Ready for Spring

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

New for 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 .....

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!

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!

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!

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Daily Update

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Events Diary

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

UK Spring Motorhome & Caravan Show 2018

17 - 18 March 2018

Newark Showground, NG24 2NY

The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show

16 - 21 October 2018.

NEC Birmingham, B40 1NT.

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