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    We're making a small adventure out of picking up our new (old!) van on Monday (can you tell we don't get out much?! )
    Just booked cheapo bus tickets for Saturday (22.50 one way for the two of us)
    9:30am from Durham down to Victoria Station. Approx. 6 hour trip.
    Take tube to Neil's sister's place in Sheen. Saturday night & Sunday chilling in London

    Early doors Monday morning (after rush hour though!) take tube to Harlow, taxi ride to dealers, check everything that needs checking before heading back home in van - avoiding the A14 this time!

    Van insurance sorted today.
    Hope the snow stays away...

    Excited... !





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    Sounds great - and 22.50 for two ticket to the smoke is amazing!


    I don't want to put doubts in your mind but ..... Check how much a return ticket is compared to one-way.
    That way if there is something that is not right you will feel less 'obliged' to drive it away away as you already have a trip home paid for.

    I took that approach when I got the train down to London from Berwick to look at (and hopefully take away) my VW T5 - one way ticket wasn't cheap at around 100, but the return was just 5 more - a small price to pay for a backout plan if the seller or van seemed dodgy (it wasn't, and I drove it away a few hours later but didn't regret the wasted fiver).
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    I'm sure your trip home will be an event free trip, to be on the safe side, take out breakdown cover, maybe you already have this?

    Enjoy the weekend and the return home. Not long to Frog meet!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildebus View Post
    Sounds great - and 22.50 for two ticket to the smoke is amazing!


    I don't want to put doubts in your mind but ..... Check how much a return ticket is compared to one-way.
    That way if there is something that is not right you will feel less 'obliged' to drive it away away as you already have a trip home paid for.

    I took that approach when I got the train down to London from Berwick to look at (and hopefully take away) my VW T5 - one way ticket wasn't cheap at around 100, but the return was just 5 more - a small price to pay for a backout plan if the seller or van seemed dodgy (it wasn't, and I drove it away a few hours later but didn't regret the wasted fiver).
    That's a very good point, David, but it should all work out OK.

    We saw the van last week as you know, but if anything drastic raises it's head when we get there we have only paid deposit to date. Far better to walk away with nearly all of our money (or indeed all of it!) if there are any show-stopping last minute hitches.

    Worse case scenario, a one-way ticket back home on the bus isn't very likely to break the bank - only short-notice train travel appears to rob you blind!
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    Quote Originally Posted by runnach View Post
    I'm sure your trip home will be an event free trip, to be on the safe side, take out breakdown cover, maybe you already have this?

    Enjoy the weekend and the return home. Not long to Frog meet!!
    Thanks for the reminder Terry.

    I've already set all existing services (insurance & breakdown) to kick in with new camper on pick-up day.

    Can't wait for Frog ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mariesnowgoose View Post
    .... - only short-notice train travel appears to rob you blind!
    Very True. in my case, I saw the van on Autotrader on Friday night, spoke to seller Saturday morning and got the train Saturday Afternoon!
    (I did get him to agree to pay cost of ticket if I bought though )
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    Good luck with the van -- Jan and I hope it's all you hope it is!

    FWIW, I'm amazed at the deals you can get for long-ish coach travel. We live near Plymouth and bought from a dealer in Taunton. Our (concessionary) fares were 5 each single or 5.50 each return!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildebus View Post
    Very True. in my case, I saw the van on Autotrader on Friday night, spoke to seller Saturday morning and got the train Saturday Afternoon!
    (I did get him to agree to pay cost of ticket if I bought though )
    You drive a much harder bargain than I do! Not very good at haggling/dealing, I'm afraid
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    Quote Originally Posted by mariesnowgoose View Post
    You drive a much harder bargain than I do! Not very good at haggling/dealing, I'm afraid
    I give free leasons,and im good at haggling to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mariesnowgoose View Post
    We're making a small adventure out of picking up our new (old!) van on Monday (can you tell we don't get out much?! )
    Just booked cheapo bus tickets for Saturday (22.50 one way for the two of us)
    9:30am from Durham down to Victoria Station. Approx. 6 hour trip.
    Take tube to Neil's sister's place in Sheen. Saturday night & Sunday chilling in London

    Early doors Monday morning (after rush hour though!) take tube to Harlow, taxi ride to dealers, check everything that needs checking before heading back home in van - avoiding the A14 this time!

    Van insurance sorted today.
    Hope the snow stays away...

    Excited... !



    With all this excitement of coming down to London you might not want to go back, take yourselves out Sunday for some sightseeing with your oyster cards.
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