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Post by Karlos28 Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:35 pm

Hi everyone!

Just joined up to try and learn a bit more about the autosleepers to suss out which will suit my very changeable and demanding requirements!

Long story short, I used to work for Thomas Cook in Manchester, untill it folded.  Luckilys sorted work out pretty quickly and have been working at East Midlands Airport for the past few months. It has been getting to me a bit, paying about £4-500 per month on hotel rooms/airbnb's whilst on shift. Furthermore, it is an utter nightmare trying to feed yourself properly, when living in a hotel room, without eating out constantly. Which adds to the costs!

So, I have found myself here, in search of a return on my expenditure, in the from or a van/motorhome of sorts.... With the idea that I live in it when on shift, and holiday in it when not! (When possible)

So I am looking to see what suits best. I quite like the look of the converted vans (symbol/harmony/symbol?) But the executive looks good too! Basically the limiting factor, as usual, will be our ~£10k budget... Ideally I want to be in the 90's... The Talbot's are a little to old to deal with my commute, plus the trips away I think..

One question to start us off.... Do the petrol versions use drastically more fuel??

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Post by modelman Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:05 am

Hello & welcome from S/Yorks. drinksallround

A couple of things to think about, I'm sure other will add.
When 'on shift' is that single night stopovers?? If so, then the on-board battery might suit your needs, any longer & you might need a mains hookup from somewhere.
Of course if there's a campsite nearby you'll have everything.
Is there a possibility for the airport to allow 'stall' parking & power-lead??
I've never had identical petrol/diesel vans to compare, but usually the diesel is a bit more frugal, but daily commutes I feel the difference will be considerably different.

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Post by Paramedic Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:28 am

Hello and welcome to this most friendly and informative forum.  wave

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Post by Karlos28 Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:47 am

Cheers guys!

Modelman, very good point. My shifts are a bit odd, but I will be doing 3 days at the most. Or 3 night shifts at the most. With a 140 mile round trip commute in-between.. (2 days 3 nights, 3 days 2 nights or 2 days 2 nights)

Another question I had is very much relating to this, solar. I see on some models, roof space is quite tight. I would like to be as off grid as possible, but there are a few sites with hook up fairly local to the airport. I don't know of any 'stall' parking, but I could look out for it. I don't imagine using a great deal of power, just a couple of lights and phone charging and tablet charging for watching some TV when chilling out between. (Shifts are 12hour so don't leave for much idle time after cooking!)
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Post by burlingtonboaby Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:37 am

Hi Karl
Welcome to the forum from breezy Bridlington. Keep an eye on the Monthly motorhome auctions at the BCA Nottington, some  older vans for sale without the dealership markup. 
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Post by Karlos28 Sat Feb 22, 2020 3:58 pm

Thanks Boaby, been to Brid a good few times, parents are from Beverly!

Good shout on the auctions, will keep an eye out!
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Post by modelman Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:30 pm

Sorry Karlos, I meant 'STAFF' parking, not 'stall', typo confused3

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Post by Karlos28 Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:33 pm

Haha, I have staff parking, but no power.. unless I have a very long extension lead!
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