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    My caravanning neighbour was telling me yesterday he was thinking of selling his 'van and having self catering holidays in future. My radar went up and was pinging with excitement.... Ok, it's an oldie: a Lunar 400 something-or-other but he and his wife have owned it from new (2001). It has a full service history, a motor mover, all the usual mod. cons. and is in immaculate condition for its age, and no damp according to the guy who services it for him. Any bad news? It's only a 2 berth! If I swap I really want a 3, so that I can take my grandchildren away with me. (I don't know when that'll be as they're only 3 and 5.) I'm wondering whether I could squeeze my camp bed in there for the lad as this 'van seems too good an opportunity to miss. The Lunar comes with a massive awning, which I wouldn't want, as I'd never get it up on my own, so I'm hoping that'll not be included.

    I also have the problem of my narrow driveway but I am thinking of knocking down the brick wall on one side of the drive. I need to speak to my other neighbour about that. I'd also have to change the car for something a bit heavier too, but I will have to do that eventually anyway, once I do a 'van upgrade. Mike says he probably won't sell the caravan until next spring, so I've got plenty of time to sort out the ifs and buts.

    Oooh, decisions decisions.
    Cynthia.

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    Exciting times Cynthia.

    Re: the young lad, would it be possible to retro fit bunk holders to the wall and put up a small canvas roll up bunk (out of the way during the day).

    My daughter's in laws had similar for when they took our grandchildren away, admittedly an original to the caravan but I'm sure that the service man could rig something up.

    When he outgrows it he might be old enough for a pup tent, or in an inner tent if you erected one of those lightweight awnings.

    If you do go that road I bet they fight over who's going to sleep in it.

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      #3
      Sounds good Cynthia! Especially as he is not selling until next year, that gives you plenty of time to make up your mind and sort out the details.

      I would have a really good think about whether it's going to be practical for you and do some costings as to whether it would be worth upgrading to this caravan and the expense that is going to go with it. As Sandra says, there are some alternatives to the number of beds, and an awning would certainly help.. but you could maybe consider that option with the caravan you already have?

      The grandchildren won't be little for long, so would you then need to upgrade to something even larger again? Would they want to carry on coming with you as they grow up? I know quite a few people who eventually downgraded back to a smaller camper/caravan as the grandkids didn't want to go with them anymore.

      Have a look at the alternatives before you make up your mind. A self catering holiday now and again might be a better option with your grandchildren, just for an example (look on Ebay at the last minute breaks) - unless you particularly want them to experience the camping/outdoor life. And you will be going away with them during school holidays, which is always the most expensive time to holiday, even if you are in a caravan.

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        #4
        It is an exciting idea Cynthia but you have good advice. I agree with all that has been said. Take your time and think things through.
        I never do this of course. I am very impulsive and since taking up campervanning in less than 2 years I am on my third van and STILL look!
        Good luck with whatever you decide. It's fun to dream anyway.
        Patricia

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          #5
          Have you not thought of a Eriba 310. Three berth, one single and a double, weighs in at 850kg laden and only 6'6" wide. Having beds at either end means you could put the kids to sleep in the double and still have room for yourself to relax.
          Last edited by fenman; 02-06-2017, 09:30 AM.

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            #6
            After my husband died I sold my 5 berth caravan; his company car went with him and my little work car couldn't tow it. Within a few weeks we missed it so I bought a 2 berth that my car could handle. The kids were only 11 & 8 and there was room for all 3 of us on the double bed when made up. We also got a couple of pup tents as they then both wanted to bring friends!

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              #7
              Hi Cynthia,

              Whether or not you go aead with it doesn't really matter. It's just very exciting to have something to think about and consider. I am sure you will weigh up the pro's and cons before making the right decision.

              Panda
              These broken wings are gonna leave me here to stand my ground........

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                #8
                i Won't say anything hypocritical like bide your time and weigh up the options because i never do that! I change my camping units like other people change their socks!

                If the van is dry and tidy with a known history then those are all plus points in its favour. To be boringly practical for a moment though, how heavy is it? Will your car tow it?
                Better a rainy day on the hill than a sunny day in the office!

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                  #9
                  You know guys, I love this site. Always friendly and helpful advice by the bucketful!

                  Patricia, and Rob: Ha ha! Folk after my own heart! I always used to be an impulsive purchaser of all sorts of things when I was working. Not so easy now I'm retired to get the money back in the bank after a spending binge, so I tend to put a bit more thought into it before parting with a big lump of my pension!

                  jayjay, yeah, all those thoughts have occurred to me and I have been chewing them over ad nauseum already!

                  I think I shall be doing a Panda and taking my time over this one. Anyone want to put a bet on whether I change my 'van before he gets his camper?!

                  Fenman: No, I hadn't thought of an Eriba 310, I must admit! Aren't they a bit pricey? Yet another advantage of the prospective Lunar purchase is that it's promising to be quite cheap to say it's in such good condition, though Mike hasn't actually said yet how much he wants for his 'van. I like the sound of the Eriba's dimensions; I could possibly still tow that with my little Skoda and wouldn't even have to knock down the wall! I'd definitely have to upgrade the car to pull the Lunar.

                  My dear old dad always used to advise that if I couldn't make up my mind about something, to make a list of the pros and cons. So I used to do that and THEN make an impulsive purchase!

                  Yay, lovely to dream; takes my mind off all the horrible things going on in the world. Thank you all again for your input peeps.
                  Cynthia.

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                    #10
                    Well I think someone must have been giving me a bit of a lecture in my sleep, about looking after my money as I have woken up this morning quite convinced that I should stick to what I've got!

                    With the kiddies still so young (and a bit clingy with their mum) I think it'll be a couple of years before they'd be happy to go away without mum and dad so I'll hang on to little Rosie and the Skoda for a bit. The outfit ticks all the boxes for me at the moment, with one exception - the extended time in setting up and packing down the folding caravan but hey, that's no great hardship is it, unless it's tipping it down with rain when I need to be off site. But I also used to get soaked packing up the caranex, when I was camping in that. No change there then.

                    Meanwhile, I can dream of all the different options I could go for when I do change the unit, and who knows, Ernie might bless me with a Premium Bond win in the meantime. What was it Del boy used to say? - 'By the end of the year we'll be millionaires!'
                    Cynthia

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                      #11
                      This morning I saw John, my next door neighbour whose property is next to the brick wall I'd like to demolish. Mike-across-the-road must have been talking to him about me wanting to buy his Lunar because before I even got chance to ask if he minded if I knocked down the wall he said 'The answer's yes!' Hoorah! Whether I decide to change the caravan or not, the extra couple of feet of width of my driveway will give me some extra space in which to swing a cat, (From where did that horrible expression originate?!) or even a caravan. Pondering on a Freedom at the moment, because although they're only 3 berth max they are GRP all-in-one construction, which should mean less likelihood of damp. Very lightweight too. One advantage of the Lunar is that it's been fitted with a brand new motor mover, as Mike somehow damaged his old one on a kerb(?) last year. A MM would be great as I could park the van face down on the drive, so the door would face the bungalow door.

                      I truly lead a blessed life that I only have these trivialities upon which to ponder! Takes my mind off all the worries of the world. Right, off out to clean and polish the 'van and car!
                      Cynthia.

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                        #12
                        "To swing a cat", the derivation is pretty horrible itself.

                        It's said to refer to the cat o'nine tails used in the navy for flogging unfortunate sailors. The ships were so crowded that floggings had to be carried out on the quarter-deck where there was enough rooom ... etc.
                        Geoff

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Artoo0 View Post
                          "To swing a cat", the derivation is pretty horrible itself.

                          It's said to refer to the cat o'nine tails used in the navy for flogging unfortunate sailors. The ships were so crowded that floggings had to be carried out on the quarter-deck where there was enough rooom ... etc.
                          Thanks for that Geoff. Horrible indeed, but another illustration of how our maritime heritage provides us with so many different phrases, still in use today though we don't always realise their origins!
                          Cynthia.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by CyberCynth View Post
                            Pondering on a Freedom at the moment, because although they're only 3 berth max they are GRP all-in-one construction, which should mean less likelihood of damp. Very lightweight too. One advantage of the Lunar is that it's been fitted with a brand new motor mover, as Mike somehow damaged his old one on a kerb(?) last year. A MM would be great as I could park the van face down on the drive, so the door would face the bungalow door.

                            I truly lead a blessed life that I only have these trivialities upon which to ponder! Takes my mind off all the worries of the world. Right, off out to clean and polish the 'van and car!
                            Cynthia.
                            Hi Cynth Coincidently a few years ago we went from an Esterel (French folder almost same as the Gobur to an ancient Freedom Sunseeker - the one without the pop roof. Like the Romahome products the Freedom is a solid GRP body only leak points window seals and skylight seals - cheap to fix if needed. - I can assure you it will tow easily behind your present car - very mid/east European Czeck car Polish van
                            Jon
                            Amor omnia vincit et nos cedamus amori

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by kernowjon View Post
                              Hi Cynth Coincidently a few years ago we went from an Esterel (French folder almost same as the Gobur to an ancient Freedom Sunseeker - the one without the pop roof. Like the Romahome products the Freedom is a solid GRP body only leak points window seals and skylight seals - cheap to fix if needed. - I can assure you it will tow easily behind your present car -
                              Jon
                              Thanks Jon, It would help financially to be able to keep my current car so I'm keeping an eye out for a 3 berth Freedom. The Lunar my neighbour is selling has a MTPLM of 1100kg, overweight for my little Skoda. It's quite a big 'van considering it's only a 2 berth.

                              very mid/east European Czeck car Polish van

                              If the Freedom has less head height I will have to learn to swear in Polish, although my Czech car doesn't object to the odd English expletive!
                              Cynthia.

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