Rapido 10001

Jean-Luc

Jean-Luc New Forest February 2016

Well what can I say, I must have had too much free time running up to Christmas because I found the most amazing motorhome on the internet at a dealer 200 miles away, no problem just pop over and see it Tracey said, and we did.
We set off early on the Sunday morning to Highbridge Motorhomes with our Autotrail Delaware hoping to strike a deal on what we expected to be a very nice new motorhome. We arrived and the salesman I had spoken to on the phone came in on his day off to show us around a new Rapido 10001.

Jean-Luk

Jean-Luc New Forest February 2016

Wow was all I could say for the first couple of minutes, the brochure and online images just did not do justice to what we were seeing in front of us, the plush leather upholstery, the spacious A class cab, the en-suite bathroom, the bedroom with a fixed island bed, I could go on but I am sure you are starting to see my enthusiasm for what I hoped was going to be our new toy.
I say toy quite lightly as we use our “van” nearly every weekend, as the tag line says “Practising for Retirement” and Jean-Luc, as we now refer to him, was going to be a further refinement on our road to full time touring abroad and especially in the UK winter months.

Jean-Luc

Jean-Luc

A deal was struck and we were given a delivery date of 23rd January 2016, the wait was unbearable despite us having a few trips planned to keep us busy including New Year at Concierge campsite in Bosham.
Eventually the day arrived and we set off on a miserable Saturday morning in the dark, in the fog and as usual in the rain. We said good by to our Delaware after one more final locker check and proceeded with the handover of Jean-Luc. The dealer had agreed, as part of the deal, to swap over the Gaslow system from the old van to Jean-luc so we completed the paperwork and then foolishly, to kill a little time, went around the accessories shop. It seems there is an unwritten rule somewhere that “New Van” equates to new, well just about, everything. A little harsh but the new awning mat started it all as how can the chairs not match the mat, so enter the new chairs with snazzy foot stools, no can holder in the arm on these little bad boys.

Set up and ready to lounge

Set up and ready to lounge

By now the Gaslow system had been swapped and we started the handover proper, just in the nick of time as we had not fully explored all of the accessories shop and there was still the awning display to go!

To say we had owned a couple of motorhomes this was a completely different animal all together or so it seemed. The biggest difference was the Alde wet heating system and the way it worked being more akin to a domestic heating system, even down to being able to control the bedroom heating independently, in truth it is just a case of familiarisation and once you have spent a night adjusting the thermostats constantly, you discover the system has a night setting to automatically drop the heating to a comfortable temperature level, it also saves on energy be it gas or electricity, when they say read the manual thoroughly even the more seasoned motorhomers can learn a thing or two.

Initially we had intended to collect Jean-Luc and find somewhere mid journey and stay overnight but when we looked at what we were going to need to swap over from one to the other we decided against it, in truth it was more that I didn’t fancy experimenting with the new toys at an unknown site.