Some may have noticed that my last boat related post was back on the 10th March HERE when I wrote about having the boat routinely blacked, but with the tougher 2-pack epoxy blacking. Well, I can reveal that we did have that job done, but for reasons that I am unable to divulge here yet, our narrowboating days are now over! Once we get everything cleared up with that aspect, for better or for worse, I will tell my story then, but for now, we are to pursue a life of travel on the roads of the UK and Europe with our new motorhome!
I have been researching motorhome ownership for months now, and we have visited many dealers to view all the different makes, and the quality of their fit out. Importantly though, it should be the layout that is the most important aspect of investing in a motorhome. If you get that wrong I guarantee it will be for sale again within the year. We have finally gone for a compromise, so that our son and his young family might be able to share it for their own holidays. As such we have chosen ours with a fixed rear double bed, a pull down double over the cab, and 4 belted travelling seats. We absolutely loved the quality and layouts offered by the Autotrail Frontier range, but in the end, we saw this, a Rapido A class, which relates to its type, rather than the model. A class motorhomes are completely coach built over their donor vehicle chassis, rather than being simply grafted on, and so maintaining the vehicle's identity. Ours is based on the ubiquitous Fiat Ducato 2.8 turbo diesel, and is in superb, almost unused condition, but looks like a Rapido motorhome not a Fiat van cab with a motorhome body.
Although we had considered buying new, in the end we decided to go for a mildly used example not only to avoid the initial depreciation that is inevitable on all new vehicles, but also due to the circumstances we have now found ourselves in.
I intend to retain this website, but it will now feature motorhomes rather than narrowboats, as well as all the other aspects of our life in retirement that I sometimes go on about. I hope you will stay with us.
Continental Europe here we come.........Probably next year in this, as we have already booked an apartment in Southern Spain for this autumn. We take delivery next week.