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Hiya  *waves*,
 
So how many here use campers/motorhomes for going to and staying at events?
 
I've decided that my little VWs are just not up to the task of taking myself, SWMBO, dog, 2 Topper sailors round the country, and am considering a larger (older, very cheap) motorhome to do the same.  I realise that fuel economy will be poor and the travelling times will increase, but what are your experiences like?
Current plan is to get a van with a "U" shaped lounge at the back that I can reip out and replace with bunk-beds, leaving the dining area forward for SWMBO and I to relax in.  I'd be hoping not to be using the shower/toilet (generally using Club/camp site facilities), so could use this as a drying room?
 
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Wrong place to ask ........ on here they mostly hate kids doing the circuit!!
 
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Got to be honest, i just kip in the car at opens.  If a club has a problem with that then as a genral rule of thumb, i don't go to the event.  I have often thought about converting an old transit van, but my wife wont let me keep it on the drive....(Stuck up cow)
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My van is invaluable for events, but then I use it as a daily drive so don't have the extra cost of running a third vehicle.

If you're getting a big van, I would keep the toilet. Not all places keep the loos open - Rutland close theirs at night. It's ok for us boys to wee up a hedge, but what if swmbo needs a dump??
 
Forget the drying room idea -  it will make your whole van stink - but a hanging rail off the back isn't a bad idea.
 
Get blown air heating. If we haven't got hook-up it's pretty cold in the winter, but 2 sleeping bags each makes it bearable.
 
I have an oven in my van - essential for cooking up proper food. So easy to chuck a lasagne or shepherds pie in when the boy comes ashore.
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Got a VW transporter which I have to use for property maintenance jobs (cement sand and stuff)
So I've made a removable false floor for doing the odd open event.....kit, sails go under and we kip on a proper bed on the top level....seriously cosy and fine for 1 or 2 nights.
 
Bit embarassing for nooky though, the higher we are above the c of g the more the van rocks Embarrassed


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Personally found its cheaper to book a travel-type-lodge or even a cottage for the weekend than finance a motorhome and its running costs.
 
If you plan to take a camper on the Topper circuit you might have to book your pitch now! Each major event has a camper van city and some venues have limited spaces. 
 
If you use the van in winter/early or late season make sure it can be heated without an electrical hook up, i.e diesel or gas.
 
You will also be wanting a double stacking box trailer with spar tubes...
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It's the pheromones that ooze out of the kit bags......we have a little signal....... if she puts my boots outside Thumbs Up  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Originally posted by kevg

Personally found its cheaper to book a travel-type-lodge or even a cottage for the weekend than finance a motorhome and its running costs.
You will also be wanting a double stacking box trailer with spar tubes...
Really?  I did some sums and worked out (not including tax and insurance) that we'd save 110 pounds a weekend over the Premier Inn we've been using at Havant! Shocked
 
Already got the trailer and tubes LOL
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Originally posted by kevg

Personally found its cheaper to book a travel-type-lodge or even a cottage for the weekend than finance a motorhome and its running costs.
You will also be wanting a double stacking box trailer with spar tubes...
Really?  I did some sums and worked out (not including tax and insurance) that we'd save 110 pounds a weekend over the Premier Inn we've been using at Havant! Shocked
 
Already got the trailer and tubes LOL
 
I do like the concept of a motorvan but realistically for me it would need to be a 3rd vehicle and motorvans don't come cheap! In addition to tax/insurance/service (vehicle and habitation)  I would need to find a storage space as I have a restrictive convent and can't park on the drive.
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I do remember when doing the Laser Circuit, I followed a motorcaravan that had difficulty getting to Bughfield (If I recall) there are width restrictions to negotiate, they had to do a big detour, not sure if other sailing clubs have similar issues.

I'd look for a motorcaravan that has a "garage" at least its somewhere to put kit wet or dry.

Oh and lugging kit up to a Premier Inn hotel will make you popular. I think the Motorhome thing is a wise option, for our club as an example, if we didn't have on site camping I dont think we would get that many to the ECPR. The nearest "big" hotels are about 30-40 minute drive from the club.
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