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Wild Living ... No Renting, No Buying, No Selling ...

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  • mlz1413
    mlz1413 Posts: 2,894 Forumite
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    PN what about finding mobile home parks in the area you want, some might allow short term lets if they have empty homes.

    Also a towing caravan can be parked up at touring parks and then the car used for normal travel, these are much cheaper than motor homes and do NOT need 4wd's to pull them, just a large engined heavy car like a mondeo.
  • lilac_lady
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    I don't know whether it's a great idea or a foolish one PN but I wish you all the best no matter what you decide. I hope you'll do a blog and then write a book.
    " The greatest wealth is to live content with little."

    Plato


  • Fire_Fox
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    This thread is like the voice of doom!! !!!!!! Pastures is going to buy a van and travel in a country where she knows the language, there isn't much crime, there is legislation to protect you from being lumbered with a turkey, you are never from civilisation ... what are you all so threatened by?
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  • BlondeHeadOn
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    Fire_Fox wrote: »
    This thread is like the voice of doom!! !!!!!! Pastures is going to buy a van and travel in a country where she knows the language, there isn't much crime, there is legislation to protect you from being lumbered with a turkey, you are never from civilisation ... what are you all so threatened by?

    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:


    I know, I have been reading this thinking that PN is going to be clamped, gassed, have all her stuff nicked, be raped at the side of the road, get poisoned from drinking dirty water, or get dehydrated from having no water to drink at all, be followed around the county by an ever-growing stack of undelivered junk mail, and - worst of all - not be able to get anywhere near a Primark! All without ever leaving Croydon. (Or wherever).

    This thread has made membership of the Caravan Club seem a whole lot racier - Extreme Caravanning, anyone?

    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
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    Its not funny as all the above is valid. I can assure you you will not get a decent reliable van for 12,000 that is going to potentially be able to do hundreds of miles a day.

    Please please do your research pastures. Read Motorhome magazine from your library if needs be and join a forum of people in the uk who are doing this and ask as many questions as you can
  • Fire_Fox
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    Its not funny as all the above is valid. I can assure you you will not get a decent reliable van for 12,000 that is going to potentially be able to do hundreds of miles a day.

    Please please do your research pastures. Read Motorhome magazine from your library if needs be and join a forum of people in the uk who are doing this and ask as many questions as you can

    My parents drove our family to Turkey (Asian side) and back in eight weeks in a pretty cheap motorhome, only once they planned China did they buy an all singing all dancing job. Pastures isn't going to be at five interviews all over the country each and every week and she is the sort to do plenty of research.

    I think Pastures should get a giant pink monstrosity like Jordan. :rotfl:
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  • PasturesNew
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    Fire_Fox wrote: »
    This thread is like the voice of doom!! !!!!!! Pastures is going to buy a van and travel in a country where she knows the language, there isn't much crime, there is legislation to protect you from being lumbered with a turkey, you are never from civilisation ... what are you all so threatened by?
    Don't forget: in Devon and Cornwall, on proper sites, possibly joining the caravan club for extra safety :)

    I know .... some posts sound like the postings of people who never leave their own front door .... and I thought I was bad!

    So, to clarify: I am planning on buying a proper autosleeper from a proper dealer, with proper paperwork ... and driving it on British roads, to nice middle class camp sites ... and living in it. It'll be just like a 2 week holiday .... only about 20-30 of them back to back.

    Oh ... and as for "life experience", I've lived in a mobile home before, rented a tiny studio ... and am as old as most people's mothers :)

    Some of you know, I have a special "speshulness" ... but in fact, living alone in a van will be better for me than any kind of houseshare.... I'd be more scared of living in a houseshare than the living wild undertaking.

    Most days I plan to be found camped at a beach, with a tomato sandwich and can of coke.
  • PasturesNew
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    All without ever leaving Croydon. (Or wherever).
    Current location: not that far from Lands End.
  • lincroft1710
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    If you read the "Living Off Grid" book you'll find the author bought an old Renault Master for £4K. There were/are plenty of new age travellers with old converted vans/buses which would have cost much less than £12K.
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  • dopester
    dopester Posts: 4,890 Forumite
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    Fire_Fox wrote: »
    This thread is like the voice of doom!!

    Your legislation might not fully protect a buyer, even if buying from a 'proper dealer'.*

    Some models will be more reliable than others. I suggested doing significant research before buying - not calling doom - but just because careful planning at the outset can go a long way towards success.
    I think I will be spending £12k now .... just been out to a dealer. They had one they sold last week at about £13k.... so now I have to wait and see if he gets any more in. Even buying one means moving out of the area, which I can't do reallyy without it. Catch 22 when you're in a remote area.

    I don't know anybody to take, RAC check seems a good idea...
    Does this dealer only get the occasional autosleeper/motorhome in?

    You want to buy local because you're not prepared to travel to perhaps a dealer (maybe hiring a car and staying in a budget hotel the night) where they have more stock, better models, perhaps keener prices, and more knowledge? Sounds like you're risking increased chances of doom to me.

    Another part of that research I suggested.

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    Don't be a victim of motorhome theft
    23 Nov 2007
    All the care in the world didn’t help one young couple, the Squibbs. They actually bought their motorhome from a reputable dealer, organised finance and did all the checks.
    To combat this problem the UK Motorhome Industry and HPI joined forces to create MINDER, a vehicle security and asset registration system to help protect against theft and fraud. It’s only available to trade customers and dealers, though.

    Therefore, as a rule of thumb, make sure you do your homework on all motorhomes, but especially those made before 2001. If you are buying a post-2001 motorhome, ask your dealer to do a HPI MINDER check.
    http://www.outandaboutlive.co.uk/channel/articleitem.asp?c=1&article=170
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