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By keef & annie, Feb 26 2012 03:59PM

This one is not quite as expensive as the worlds most expensive Motorhome but its getting there.


Why not take a look in more detail at the Futuria (<-just click here).


Here's the SUMMARY just in case


If you like to travel in style, then the Futuria luxury motorhome is for you! The latest in highest quality motorhomes is Futuria’s "Sports and Spa" caravan, which was recently unveiled at the Caravan Salon 2010 in Dusseldorf, Germany. This mansion on wheels contains everything for luxury travelling: bathroom, bedroom, roof terrace with Jacuzzi and even sports car garage.


Not only does it feature a Jacuzzi on the roof, but also a 36ft terrace leading to it - lots of room to set up the tables and chairs and a barbecue then!


The 49ft-long, 6.5-ton vehicle has a built-in electrical generator meaning you don't have to stop your partying whilst on the move.


Inside it has a full-sized living room and bed area, as well as a 'kitchenette' . Outside you'll find the reason for the 'sports' moniker, a garage which you can access from the side, or rear, perfect for parking your latest Lamborghini or Ferrari. The Futuria only has a top speed of 55 mph, so if you are in a hurry, you may wish to let down the ramps and let your supercar out to drive to your destination separately.


And it's a bargain, with many other additional features, this luxurious motor caravan will only cost you $840,000 ( around £550,000 )



And just think about it, as they say "you wouldn't get much change from your house, if ANY, for this one"


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By keef & annie, Feb 26 2012 03:25PM

Came across this interesting article on very old motorhomes. Can you imagine being in one of these today?


Enjoy, haha


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By keef & annie, Feb 25 2012 02:01PM

There are supposedly two major changes for us Brits travelling in our Motorhomes / RVs to France from this year.


It is hard to prove conclusively that they are now law but it would be sensible to know about them.


1. The need to carry a breathalyser kit for each person on your Motorhome with you

2. If you have speed camera detection on your SatNav under POI (points of interest) you will have to disable it.


You can order a twin NF pack of personal breathalysers here from Alcosense. Just make sure you get the ones that conform to the supposed new French law.

We are not sure what you do if you cannot disable the POI function on your SatNav but from things we have read that under the new french law they can fine you up to Euros$1000 and impound your motorhome. This is in line with them ‘hiding’ speed cameras and ensuring being aware of them is illegal under french law.


We will continue to research and update the Blog when we know more definateively. If you know more please let us know in the comments. Thanks


UPDATE: 8/3/12 Assuming your SatNav is a TomTom when you plug it into TomTom HOME there is an option to exclude POI for France. May be worth selecting this option!


UPDATE: 12/8/13 latest views on breathalysers are that this will no longer be enforced by the French but suggest checking the latest website bulletins before travelling, there are definately some grounds for confusion but we would hate you to be caught out. The satnav advice is defibnately current but TomTom etc give you the option when you connect your device


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Get 2 kits from Alcosense or buy at the border
Get 2 kits from Alcosense or buy at the border

By keef & annie, Feb 24 2012 07:55PM

It took us well over 2 years to chose the 'right' motorhome as well as having lived and travelled in them via hiring for quite a while. It is not an easy choice. there are so many pro's and con's to consider... size, manufacturer base vehicle, beds, price, warrenty, location, layout etc etc


I found this blog article which really helps encapsulate some of the key issues BUT when all is said and done we passionately believe you will instinctively know WHEN IT IS RIGHT FOR YOU and above all go and see LOTS of them first, if you are like us you will be surprised at how often you change your mind on the last 'this is ceratinly it' *smile*


Have fun, but don't have sleepless nights over it... it will eventually happen as we have discovered


Here is a SUMMARY of the article just in case


But for many first-timers, the prospect of buying a new Motorhome or RV can be an overwhelming process. What do you look for? What are the best models? How do you know you’re getting the best deal?


These are just some of the questions that pop up every time. So Sureterm Direct, the UK’s largest specialist Motorhome and RV insurers, have come up with this simple 10-point plan to help you through the Motorhome buying maze.


1. Before you set out to see some Motorhomes or RV’s on a dealer forecourt, make a comprehensive wishlist of the things that you want. In the excitement of buying your first Motorhome, it’s easy to forget exactly what you want – and having a checklist to hand will keep you focused.


2. Be flexible. Unless you’re on a substantial budget, it’s unlikely that you’ll find everything on your wishlist in one Motorhome or RV. So be clear about what are ‘essentials’ and what are ‘desirables’.


3. See if your local dealers offer a ‘try before you buy’ service. Hiring a Motorhome, even for a weekend, will help you decide if you’re really into the Motorhome lifestyle. It’s also an opportunity to try out various layouts. And this will help shape your wishlist. At the very least, take some test drives in various models and make sure you get the feel of the vehicle on country roads, A roads and motorways.


4. When you do decide to take the plunge, always buy locally if possible. Buying from a dealer on the other side of the country is great if you get the deal of a lifetime – but no so great if you have to drive over there every time something goes wrong with your Motorhome or RV.


5. If you’re buying a second-hand Motorhome, make sure you give every vehicle you look at a thorough inspection. Definitely check for signs of accident repair, leaks and signs of mould or damp. And if you’re very inexperienced, take along a qualified mechanic or vehicle inspector (the AA and RAC sometimes offer this service to members) just to make 100% certain the vehicle is clean and roadworthy.


6. Motorhome and RV shows are an excellent way to help you identify models you like. And taking along a digital camera, or camera phone, allows you to take pictures of the motorhomes you like, or features that impress. You can then use these pictures when you start looking at models to buy.


7. There are thousands of experienced motorcaravanners out there who are happy to help people who are new to Motorhome ownership. So ask them for their opinions. Visit your nearest caravan sites and talk to owners, visit local shows and events, and use the internet as a valuable resource. www.sureterm.com is building up a community of Motorhome and RV owners and others sites like www.motorcaravanmagazine.co.uk and www.motorcaravanners.org.uk will help.


8. Once you’ve found your perfect Motorhome, you need to be 100% certain it’s exactly what you want. Spend a few hours trying it out – making the beds, setting up the tables, moving chairs around. Setting up the Motorhome will let you decide if there’s really enough space, and whether you can live with any minor niggles.


9. Always ask the dealer, or seller, to demonstrate everything for you. If there are extras, make sure all of the accessories like awning poles, hook-up leads, filling hoses and water bottles are present and in good working order.


10. And finally, don’t forget to get adequate insurance. Driving a Motorhome or RV on a standard car insurance policy is unlikely to give you the best cover. Companies like Sureterm Direct have been providing specialist Motorhome and RV insurance for 10 years, and have policies to cover every Motorhome situation you’re ever likely to encounter.


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2016 updated advice
2016 updated advice
TOP 10 tips before Buying 2012
TOP 10 tips before Buying 2012

By keef & annie, Feb 24 2012 12:40PM

Even if these just need washing to freshen them up after a few years of travelling taking down your curtains in a VW motorhome and /or van can be a nightmare. Even delicate female fingers found this a challenge and as for my porkers well I wasn't even at the races.


We had had some advice from a guy who worked on upholstery for autosleepers for a long time and his advice was DON’T or be very very careful, the track holders are fiddly, small and inaccessible and each end has 2 minute fitted metal screws to hold the last one from either sliding off the rail or right across when you pull them.


So we approached our new VW Autosleeper Clubman Anniversary with some trepidation. He was almost right, DON’T but we had to as we are replacing the fabric covers in the van as well and need something to match. Sure enough one of the little metal ends fell on the green carpet at the front and was hell to find, we did eventually.


So getting them off was hard. Putting them back on eventually we guessed would be a breeze, nope almost impossible. I was hunting the internet to see if it was possible to find a replacement set of hook & eyes to make the job similar to hanging normal house hold curtains and low and behold l found VW curtains dot com, we have compared the two side by side and tried them out, perfect and although we haven’t made the new curtains yet or hung them in the van my guess is we won’t be calling up the divorce lawyers *smile*


We will let you know here via commentary how it went when they are finally up.


Does anyone else have any experience of this ‘problem’, if so we would love to hear from you. One of our aims of this website is to start meeting more people and sharing ideas for a better ‘motorhome’ life. i.e more time to enjoy the travel / place than concentrating on the motorhome, which of course is fun anyhow.


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replacing old with new on a vw anniversary clubman
replacing old with new on a vw anniversary clubman

By keef & annie, Feb 23 2012 06:07PM

This is currently the worlds most expensive motorhome at £1.9m (2012) over £2M by 2016. We have been looking to buy for almost 2 years but I must confess we didn't even look at this one. Couldn't find the right butler ;) Enjoy


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the worlds most expensive motorhome, don't bet your house on it
the worlds most expensive motorhome, don't bet your house on it

By guest, Feb 22 2012 06:45PM

Greetings from Keef & Annie. We plan to use this blog to document our travels in our Motorhome documenting via photo and video what we have seen but also sharing hints and tips along the way. We have already spent a lot of time in motorhomes travelling The Pacific Islands, NZ & Australia for almost a year in 2007/8 and from one side of Canada to the other in 2010. All of these trips were in "hire" motorhomes, but now we have embarked on getting one of our own.


The world, well most of it, is our oyster. Stay with us, register using Facebook or your own login and come on our fascinating journey.


YOU ARE MOST WELCOME


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