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Hi Everyone

Happy new year and all that as i haven't posted for a while.

Just a quick message, someone has recently sent me a PM which has prompted me to post this!!

I know it will be a small minority, but how many people on this forum actually own a American Motorhome (RV)?, just curious as i know this is mainly a forum for european motorhomes.

Also i have noticed that admin have been putting new forum categories in, maybe a new one for American RV's?


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Alex J
 

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me to start with.We have a 33ft Allegro slide. This is our third American- likes are : space, big fridge ( especially when all 4 kids came away with us), large refillable lpg tank, large waste tanks so no daily potti emptying. Seeing the pathetic slide out on that Frankia that was posted recently makes me wonder if the European manufacturers ever look at whats available in the USA.
 

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2 is that it?

Yikes there must be more than that on here!!!

Yes saw the picture, not my cup of tea, but each to there own!!!

Off anywhere exciting this year Mike?

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and then there were 3....

I've got an imported Safari (now Monacco) RV "motorcoach" - 35ft... needed something big+equipped for full timing....
The coach has everything -- walk around queen bed, full size shower, domestic washer/dryer, minibar, full size fridge/freezer, three a/c units, underfloor heating, vast water/waste/fresh/LPG/diesel tanks, mega generator etc...... can run everything without hookup for days if necessary
 

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I've really enoyed it so far - but do have some Spain/RV specific comments for you - mainly relating to the "SE corner" as many of the more northern sites seemed to be seasonal.

- do some research first and have an idea of your route roughly in mind - if your RV is big (30ft+) you WILL NOT fit into all sites, and some you can get into will have metal frames for shade which you wont fit under!
Plus electrics can be weak/poor, drainage not provided etc etc -- to fully utilise the RV
you'll probably want 15amp+ electric, a drain/sewer pipe on the pitch and a threaded tap also for "city water"
(hard to find all of these - esp the further south you go)
Some sites I've seen (www.vayacamping.net) as "good for large vechiles" would just about manage a 20ft MH !

That's for longer stays of course, to avoid moving the RV for more water/waste emptying etc
If you are travelling, moving on every few days these considerations are less important, you can use the RV
un-hooked as necessary and esp smaller site owners will probably let you park across 2 picthes etc if they aren't busy or
during winter (in fact some winter deals are for 2 pitches)

I've yet to find by the way in Southern Spain a garage service point (so common in Frnace) where you can dump tanks
get more water etc

- Spain isn't America (where these were menat to be used!) so do beware of some appauling side roads, tiny village
streets and limited access to and inside of sites. Be prepared for an unhelpful audience when you arrive and depart - and be very confident in your driving (for pitching) -- I've had "helpers" happily waving me backwards towards parked cars etc on on number of occasions!

- One of the joys of course is to be able to move around as you want - but some of the better sites for RVs
(there aren't too many) get very busy in winter and expensive in summer - but there are deals to be had,
for example last winter I found a site I could just get onto - I would only fit on one of the pitches one the whole site! - but got a good rate for a several month stay

Also unless you are 100% sure I would not "wild camp" - an RV does attract attention -- I've had kids taking pictues of mine with camera phones whilst I'm stopped at petrol stations and "buzzed" by brats on scooters! Best bet I think if you need night stops travelling down is "in with the trucks" at autoroute service stations.

- You can refill with LPG now at some special stations (used to just be for buses I think) -- I would recommend an
extend-a-stay system for your gas so that you can run off an external bottle too -- you can buy butane bottles at
pretty much any garage or hardware outlet (you need to 'contract' your first one using passport/driving licence and
campsite address - then you can swap empty for full - about 9 euro)
This saves driving the RV out for more gas if you are parked up for a while, and the LPG-refilling stataions are sparse

If you are long staying I would recommend esp for Spain carrying a scooter or bicycles so that you can get around without having to move the RV, hiring cars or limiting yourself to your immediate vicinity

Another general point - inland in winter it does get cold, even snow at higher altitude!
Beware of that if running on Butane/using city water etc

Finally I would carry a selection of drain hoses, loo chemicals, any American specific fuses/bulbs etc -- there are some (a few!) camping shops here but do seem to have quite basic/limited lines. Finally finally do you have a spare? Mine doesnt (no chance of a DIY-change!) --- be sure that your tyres aren't American specials (eg Cooper C120 or similar) - you can get them in England, Germany etc but try here!!! hahah (personal experience!) Worth carrying a spare tyre if you can -- or get the whole RV switched to commonly available Euro equivalents.

Hope this is useful, if I can help any more send a message
 

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American Motorhome (RV)

Here sits another one on the drive way in Klingnau- Switzerland: a Winnebago Brave 25ft with a Chevrolet Diesel Engine. Have seen a few American motorhomes with a GB license plate in the Albufeira Portugal campground(fifth wheels and big rigs). Seems a popular place for some of your countrymen and women it looked as if they were there for quite a while at least the fifth wheel I have seen there before. I am also a member of the USA based "The Diesel Page" which is dedicated to the 6.5 and 6.2 liter diesel engines of General ^Motors so if someone wants to know a little bit more on his GM diesel engine please let me know I may be of some help because there are some weaknesses in the design owners should know about.
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Hello

We too have an RV, its a Holiday Rambler Vacationer 34' twin slide. We have covered 20k miles in 2 years about half of which has been on the continent. Its our 2nd RV the first being a 32' Brave.

We have used a couple of sites in Spain which can easily acccomodate large outfits, they are Caming La Manga and Camping Cabopino which is near Marbella. Both have lots of fulltimers on long stays.

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hi becky and coolcolly

Is there any chance you could pm me a little list of campsites in spain/portugal that will accept our RV? I do have the Alan Rogers books but not to much info regarding large motorhomes in them.

Becky how did you get on with the Winnebago Brave 31RQ as we have exactly the same RV and just wanted to know iof there is anythings we should be watching out for mechanically/electrically!!!

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Can I join in - even though I'm only a Wannabee :?: :?:

I'm desperate for a Great West Van - Classic or a Roadtrek, campervan, the babies of the RV world. I have seen a few lately but sadly they do not have the rear bathroom layout I want. There was one available with that layout but it is on a GVW Classic Supreme and hubby does not like the bit on top!
I have not seen a Panel Van or A Class to compare with these RV's (bigger MH's yes but nothing under 6 metres with an auto transmission and all the extras that RV's have) but sadly there are too few of them around. I have thought about importing but I just don't have the time at the moment as living between UK and Ireland takes up all spare time.

So in the meantime I read all about them and scan the ads every minute I get. If anyone hears of one for sale PLEEEEZE let me know.


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Hello Alex

We had our brave for 3 years and never had a major bill, it was always reliable and we covered about 25.000 miles in that time. I had to have a joint replaced on the front suspension which was found to have too much play in it for the MOT testers liking and was later told by two other people that packing it more tightly with grease was probably all it needed. The brake lights had a tendancy to stay on occassionally and that turned out to be an adjustment on the switch behind the pedal. The most expensive problem I encountered was more to do with my inexperience when I had a rear inner tyre puncture and did not realise it as I had not had the RV long, when it was repaired a large bubble appeared on the side of tyre during a 100 mile trip. I was lucky that a motorist following me flagged my down before it blew out and told me he could see the bubble.

I hope you are as lucky with your Brave and have many enjoyable trips.

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Hi and thanks for those, I will have a look at them now. I have been in touch with both Gold and Dudley's - and just about all other RV garages in the past 6 months but nothing suitable so far. Gold are VERY expensive and sadly we cannot stretch our budget to their prices. We have around £20K - maybe a bit more if it's exactly what we are after and have seen 4 for that sort of money but on closer inspection they all had something we would not consider.

In case you think I'm just being fussy - the sort of things we found were: one had a really dodgy LPG conversion kit (looked DIY), one had massive rust problems on the chassis and another the interior had been wrecked by combination of kids/dogs. I suppose we could have put the problems right but when you see that sort of thing it makes you wonder what else might be wrong that isn't so obvious.

By the way they are all still for sale!

I will look at the Dudleys vehicle though but I think it is one they are advertising for a customer - they don't own it and the girl on reception gave me the impression it had a few problems. I will check it out again on Monday.

Does anyone know anything about Pointon Garage? I think it is in Leicester. I keep ringing their number but no reply at any time of day. I understand they import RV's and would like to hear from anyone who has had any dealings with them.

Thanks again for your replies.

Maura


ps. Just looked at Dudleys RV and it is almost £40k! very nice model and only a year old. We would be looking at one maybe 4 to 5 years old on our budget. Thanks Keith & Debs, appreciate your help

Also Peejay, Blooming typical I didn't get this months MMM but will go and look online at the ads. The private sale one is only one within our budget. I will keep looking though.
 

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Do bear in mind that virtually all gas fitting on motorhomes is Amateur ie most motorhomes will never see a Corgi unless you drive past Buckingham palace and get lucky.

This is not meant to put down your decision, but you will not find any motorhome with a gas inspection cert unless its an ex Hire vehicle these are the only ones that "ever" see a proper corgi fitter.

Same with mains there are not many vans that would pass a proper 16th edition wiring regs check. None that I have ever checked would pass.

George

PS I only mention this because everyone assumes that its all done professionally, in reality it is not
 

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maura wrote;
Does anyone know anything about Pointon Garage? I think it is in Leicester. I keep ringing their number but no reply at any time of day. I understand they import RV's and would like to hear from anyone who has had any dealings with them.
Pointon garage is not a million miles away from me at Sleaford (01529 240471)

I have no first hand experience of the garage but they did dabble in importing smaller rv's at one time and maybe still do, i could check next time i'm passing if you like maura.

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Hello George
When I said I thought it was a DIY job - I meant it literally and the owner did not inspire me with any sort of confidence to be honest. I have seen 3 other vehicles who have been converted to run on LPG as well as petrol and all of them had 'certified' conversions carried out at well established garages which specialise in this. - I imagine this is the best one can hope for at this time. I hadn't realised that a Corgi certified engineer would be experienced in LPG conversions, I know they have to carry out all domestic work - or are you pulling my leg? My son is fully qualified electrician so would have him onto the electrics straight away - especially as an RV will have been converted for use here in UK.

Peejay you are a star, many thanks for the offer. I have heard about this garage and would be interested to know if they are still dabbling in RV's but not sure why I am not getting any telephone response. If you have any time and hear anything at all I would be grateful. Will PM you about the private sale RV. :wink:

Now for bed - it's late even for us night owls 8O

Night Night
Maura
 
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