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We live in the West Midlands and after what seemed years of waiting and looking we got an Autoquest 140 a couple of months back.Had a couple of weekends away and have just come back from 10 days in the Orkneys and Highlands. Its everything we hoped it would be!
We are now getting into the routine of switching things on and off,putting aerials up and down,filling up water,emptying waste water,beds out and back,table in and out, hook up leads on and off,I even get a strange sense of satisfaction and renewal walking across a site with an emptied toilet cassette!
Of course its the freedom to go as you please that appeals,and being self employed means not having to have any forward planning.We did join the caravan club,but our bank holiday weekend and just turning up in Scotland,they were always full!No worries,we have found other great sites and had 2/3 wild camping nights too.Is the caravan club perhaps more suited for the caravan fraternity who perhaps book well ahead leaving their van on site at one base,as opposed to us more nomadic types who wants to move along staying as short or as long as the mood takes?
Im glad to have my suspicions confirmed that motorhomers wave at each other as they pass,in fact some fellow vanners seem to do this with a great flourish and enthusiasm.Indeed,do I need to learn some rules of etiquette?Perhaps a more pronounced wave to similar style motorhomes?What about big Winnebago types,would I be getting above my station waving?Perhaps I could get a big retractable hand fitted with sensors somehow linked into the GPS system which can do the whole job for me!
Seriously though,Im glad to have found this site and hope to pick up useful info and pass on our own thoughts and tips as and when.
Roger and Yvette.
Hi - We bought an Autoquest 115 two months ago and are having a great time with it, very interested in your trip to the Orkneys and Highlands. We managed to get to the South of France in ours and had a great time.
Couldn't agree more about the CC, they only have a few brilliant locations and they are booked up for months in advance by dreamers who book online for every weekend - and with no deposit to pay they don't give a hoot whether they turn up or not.
Very good choice of van Roger and Yvete and welcome to the site too.
We've had both the 200 and 400 versions ( dealer badged) and neither gave us any trouble from new.
Did you have any midge trouble in Scotland ? We'd love to do that route but I'm a target for mosquitos even where others have no problems so hesitate to go somewhere that has such a reputation for them.
The C&CC club are better for last minute trips. You do have to pay a deposit to book a site and so it tends to discourage the "lets book every campsite in Britain and then decide where we want to go" brigade. There are some lovely site and, in wet weather or winter, you can book a hard standing which you can't do with the CC.
Dont let the midges win!Last year pre motorhome we had a week in Skye in a cottage,used the repellents available,and got bitten to the death.This year all over Orkneys and the mainland of Scotland in the motorhome,we were fine.This time we used Avon skin so soft,you can order it on the net.
They were definetely about,Yvette forgot one morning and the little blighters piled into her.
Im sure it will work for you,but of course if on the slight chance it didnt....your in a motorhome and can just up sticks and find somewhere else!
Hope you have more joy with your 140 than us as our after 5 weeks owning is on its 3rd visit to the workshop and is now in pieces and likely to be so for the next 3-4 weeks awaiting the brains of the engine from Peugeot. With a couldn't care less attitude from Peugeot. Anyway do enjoy your unit and happy motorhoming.
Hi I'm a newbie and have just bought an old Autoquest 320 2L petrol from an old friend. Love it however MPG seems very very poor, we were looking at a new 180 with a 2.2 HDI engine, anybody have any advice regarding quality and MPG.
We like the layout of the 180 and would be willing to live with the 320 until we find something, but rather than just buy and regret it I though I would ask you guy's for advice.
I want something with enough space to live in, does approx 30MPG and does not drop to 30 MPH at the sight of a hill. Am I dreaming or doeas any of the current crops do that. The dealer say I will get high 30s MPG from the 180 and the 2.2 has enough power to handle anything.
Sorry if I have put this in the wrong section, I just joined.
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