pros and cons of smaller motorhomes vs. larger ones. Cars you could sleep in vs. homes that moved. For us, after some deliberation and since we wanted to get out and about so much, hiking, cycling and visiting remote places we ended up going for a smaller one. Not a tiny motorhome by any stretch, but by getting a 6 metre Globecar van conversion we expected we'd be more mobile than in our previous Autocruise coachbuilt. What we didn't write about at the time, however, was that even just a few weeks later we both felt we might have made a mistake. We couldn't avoid the fact that compared to our coachbuilt we felt very cramped in our Globecar when we were both inside it. It had everything we possibly needed and was probably great for a few weeks holiday, but we couldn't see ourselves managing anything longer than that.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, although in the past we have waxed lyrical about the importance of 'getting a good deal' to insure against the risk of things going wrong or changing our minds later on, this time we knew we'd found something special. It was being sold at a fair price, not low but not extortionate, based on other dealer available vans and although we knew we could have tried holding out for an equivalent 'private sale' van at maybe up to a few thousand less and/or trying to sell our Globecar for a couple of thousand more than we could get part exchange, this time we made a different choice. This wasn't about saving money (even though the total difference was not insignificant) or insuring against something changing in the future, it was about quality of life in the here and now. We reminded ourselves that we were in the very fortunate position to make the change if we wanted to and so, after some brief negotiation, just went for it. We agreed a deal from over 1000 kilometres away after just one night sleeping on it! We never would have done that before the previous three years of travelling. Even the low points over the past three years have ended up yielding positive outcomes or lessons. In the past the chances are we would have been cynical and talked ourselves out of it. Not this time.
So here we are and life has changed again.
We moved in a few weeks ago now and have found getting used to motorhome life to be really quite natural. On paper the space isn't that much larger, but it feels like vast compared to the Globecar. We've even made a few dog modifications which I'll mention in another post.
Since moving in we've been down to the Pyrenees for a few days and cycled up some Tour de France climbs, visited some summer festivals in mountain villages, lived in a friends garden while we had the puppies all neutered/spayed and then driven up to Holland where we currently are visiting family after Esther grandma broke her hip....so it's been a busy few weeks.
The plan is to set off touring again in another week or so. Probably to Switzerland, but we haven't decided for certain yet.