Why buy another Designer then? Well the motor home fits us and our German Shepherd, Max, adequately but snugly and it does have quite a high degree of refinement. The problem comes in the limited amount of room and the fact that, being made for two, we can't use it to kidnap the odd grandchild for a few days. It also was never designed to accomodate a large hairy dog as well as ourselves. Max loves it but after two days we lose any ideas of sartorial elegance, unless hair shirts, together with hair pants, hair jumpers and hair coats can be considered 'smart'.
The Designer was an ideal choice for us. Big enough for the use we'll give it and easy to store when we're not using it. As we all know it also provides 'bomb proof' camping.
It really isn't any different to Nickb's except that he has a propex heater (which I'm jealous of!) and we've got underbed skirts (Although Nick might have them as well). These are something we've not had in the past and I'm impressed with the protected storage that they provide, also the possibility that they may provide extra bed warmth in autumn/winter. The gas box on ours has moved away from the old GRP hinge lidded model and is now - a box. Albeit quite well made and with a good pvc lid with bungees. Not lockable though! - um!
To date we've had only one trip away but that was for a fortnight, down to see our son and family in Plymouth, with a couple of days spent in Lancashire on the outward and returning legs. We do like to use certified locations when we can, especially ones with EHUs, and indeed we did use these on this trip. The savings on regular campsite prices are enormous. Camping costs for this trip totalled under £120 Inevitably amenities are a little sparse but there are always ways of staying clean and in reality portable loos can always be backed up by using motorway services and large shops/supermarkets. What's it like to be back 'Dandying'? - Wonderful!