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#1
Hi everybody, my name is Gabbie. New to this site.
I have a motorhome,I am fed up paying for property , electric, community charge, oil central heating etc. Would love to full time.
I’m in Scotland so anyone out there fulltiming here, maybe you could give me some pointers.
 

vwalan

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#2
hi, hello.
i cant help with scotland , but i shall have a word with purple bob from fort william .he is here for awhile as we are converting a new camper for him.
i say dont live in the cold north .
mind its nice to get off some where warm in winter.
the world is getting smaller these days . loads of m,homers getting to warmer climes in winter.
have fun and drive safe .
have a good read of some of the old threads many things have been talked about over the past few years .
but dont be afraid to ask .
cheers alan .
 
#3
Welcome Gabbie.

I'm also from Scotland and we have done some wildcamping there (mostly up the far North West and on the islands). No idea about options for fulltiming in Scotland though.
 
#4
I was thinking about the islands, done Skye
Lewis Harris. Orkney a couple of years ago. Last year did the east coast 500.
Durness took my breath away, fantastic.
Like to go to Coll and Tiree
Happy motorhoming
Gabbie
 
#5
We've been to Skye with our motorhome several times, as well as doing one longer trip from Barra up to Lewis. Wild camping was find back then, however I think there are more motorhomes doing it now so can be some issues.

The Durness site is pretty good and I've heard it's cheap in the winter.
 
#6
I want to sell my house and try fulltiming. I believe the Motorhome I have would be suitable. 7.4m Rollerteam T line . I have the 120w Solar on roof and a gas gen. comes on when the batteries drop to 9v so I could survive off grid.
Where are you living now
I’m near Carnoustie Angus
 
#7
We're currently living in London but also have a house in Edinburgh - but are expecting to return back to Scotland soon, to prep for our own first go at a long-term motorhome trip.
 

chrisjones18

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#8
Hi and welcome:thumb:
Not been to Scotland for over 15 years so can't help with that.
Nowt wrong with a rollerteam.
 
#9
Hi Chris
I have lived long term in a Motorhome while renovating cottages. But that was different, on my own land and used the bathroom in property water electric and washing machine etc.
I’m intending to sell my house and give fulltiming a go
A wee bit apprehensive
 
#10
About to join the club. My wife passed away recently and I can't settle. We've always loved caravans and Motorhomes and I'm currently in our static but it's up for sale so I can fund a new motorhome for me and our 2 dogs.
Initially I will stick around the UK with winter in Spain. Nervous - I guess everyone's big worry is finding sites where you won't be moved on. The places I need to be for family there are no CL's but Britstops looks promising.
 
#11
We've been giving some thought to the over-winter thing as well. With the motorhome it looks like there are plenty of options in Europe - Southern Spain or Portugal, Sicily or Greece all come up - along with Morocco. It does also look like there are options to rent somewhere for a few months and it doesn't look like that'd be any more expensive that staying in the motorhome, so we're thinking about those as well.

Renting in the Dordogne for 3 months over the winter might be useful for us as one of the longer term options we're considering is buying a place down there.
 

chrisjones18

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#12
Have you thought of "house sitting" , not for us but could work for some.
 
#13
Have you thought of "house sitting" , not for us but could work for some.
Thanks but with 2 dogs it's probably not too practical. I did consider a long term winter let in Spain as an option but for this winter I think I will meander down and around the Costa del Sol to see how it feels
 
#14
About to join the club. My wife passed away recently and I can't settle. We've always loved caravans and Motorhomes and I'm currently in our static but it's up for sale so I can fund a new motorhome for me and our 2 dogs.
Initially I will stick around the UK with winter in Spain. Nervous - I guess everyone's big worry is finding sites where you won't be moved on. The places I need to be for family there are no CL's but Britstops looks promising.
Hi
Thanks but with 2 dogs it's probably not too practical. I did consider a long term winter let in Spain as an option but for this winter I think I will meander down and around the Costa del Sol to see how it feels
hi Fireside1
Like you, no CL’s around here where my family stays. So keeping my eyes open locally for overnight parking places.
Someone suggested industrial estates, quiet at night and weekends and grass around to open your door onto.
Here in Scotland if police come and they see your not of the travelling community, they give a wave to say ok. I suppose you would need to have maybe half a dozen places to alternate
Then you would be going away some place for a few days or whatever. I always think I have luck at parking around harbours, usually standpipes and toilets
This is just my thoughts but it is a bit scary to take the initial plunge
All the best
Gabbie
 

BigMomma

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#15
Welcome to the forum Gabbie :thumb: Are you intending to fulltime in Scotland all year ? If so, do not think that your Solar panel(s) would be very effective during the long cold, wet and dark winter months so you would be reliant on your gas generator quite a lot which may not work out too economical with the gas usage also required for space heating in Autumn/Winter, heating water for washing up, showers etc. and cooking :wasntme: Lots of superb places to Wildcamp in Scotland during Spring and Summer but Autumn & Winter ?
 
#16
Hi. Big momma
I’ve came up with a good idea. My house has been on the market since May, I’ve had one couple viewing. So I thought I would rent it out fully furnished. I have a lot of ground which is fenced around separate with own gated entrance, on this I have a “shepherds hut” which has flush toilet.. I believe this could work it’s a prepaid electric metre so the days I was staying I could put money in the metre. But I intend to be travelling maybe even Spain/portugal for couple of months in winter.
I think this could work for me and I don’t need to sell furniture. I still have my house to go back to
 

BigMomma

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#17
Hi. Big momma
I’ve came up with a good idea. My house has been on the market since May, I’ve had one couple viewing. So I thought I would rent it out fully furnished. I have a lot of ground which is fenced around separate with own gated entrance, on this I have a “shepherds hut” which has flush toilet.. I believe this could work it’s a prepaid electric metre so the days I was staying I could put money in the metre. But I intend to be travelling maybe even Spain/portugal for couple of months in winter.
I think this could work for me and I don’t need to sell furniture. I still have my house to go back to
Now that sounds like a bloody good plan :thumb:
 

vwalan

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#18
thats does sound ideal. maybe even hang around by the shephards hut before you go away then local folk will be used to seeing you there .
mind they probably are i imagine .
regular visits back so you can keep an eye on the house etc .
all you can do is give it a go.
maybe dont have a long term on the renting , at least to start with.
never know what the future brings but should you need a base to return to it sounds good .
 

sundowners

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#19
Any chance of selling the house and keeping the land with the hut!!!!! That would sound like a win-win to me!!!!!!
If you haven't yet motorhomed in europe you have a pleasant surprise awaiting you!¡!!
Nigel
 
#20
I've been looking at Britstops. For a single person the price of a meal and a pint (or two!) doesn't seem out of the way for a night of parking-up hassle-free. Pubs all over the country that welcome Motorhomes and enough close to my main near-family destinations to make life easier. Some have grey waste facilities and a fresh water tap. Most seem to welcome dogs. Feel quite positive.
 
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