Any 5.4m Van Owners here?

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  1. Vanman

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    I just wondered if there were any owners of recent (under 5 year old) vans on here e.g. Adria Twin 540, Dreamer d42/43, Roadscout, Boxlife/Boxstar 540, Pilote v540, Westfalia Amundsen 540. If so, I wondered how they rated them, whether they are happy with the one they bought or thought another might be better?
     
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    Ah are the Panel Van Conversations PVC?
     
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    Yes they are. Ironclads ;)
     
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    We have the Pilote F630DJA (6.36m) which will be four years old next year, we have done nearly 20,000 miles and only had a few small problems. Build quality is good and if I were to change I would buy another Pilote. But this one is perfect for us. Hayes Leisure have a V540G in stock.
     
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    Can't really comment on less than five year old vans but it depends what you want to do in it, before the one we have now we had an old ldv converted van, and went all round Europe in it, and it was fine for us , got everything we needed and would go anywhere, and would probably still have it now if it hadn't of fell to pieces, we move everyday, so have no need for fancy lounging areas or anything all we need is a toilet, shower ,cooker and bed, and we had all that, the one we have have now has no more but more space, but it's not as handy in town as the old one.
     
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    We have a 5.4m van but it is 6 years old.
     
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  7. Vanman

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    Thanks pops, do you know which branch that's at (town)? (y)
     
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    Thanks chaser, good to hear that they do have some good things going their way - not space though, obviously ;)
     
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    Sorry, the 5 year thing was maybe a bit of a red herring ... I was trying to save people telling me about their 1960's versions, nice though they probably were they wouldn't have much in common with the ones I'm looking at. Which model do you have, and any thoughts? Thanks (y)
     
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    Ours is only 5.45 mtrs but its an A class, complete with toilet, shower, cooker, oven, lounge area and an upstairs bed. I think its really a 7.00 m Moho inside but 5.45 outside.
     
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    I know a few folk with the 5.5m long Murvi vans, Piccolo and Pimento. They all seem very happy with them though the only niggle is they don't get a full length wardrobe - which you do with the 6m long versions. One lady has just replaced hers with a second one, bought new. Which might be a bit of a hint, she travels on her own and my suspicion is if there are two of you the reduced storage space will be noticeable - nowhere for boots and the BBQ in particular, which is the sort of thing which lives in the bottom of our wardrobe. :)

    Just had a look on the Murvi website to see if they have any second hand ones - but they don't, just a 6m vehicle. http://www.murvi.co.uk/pre-owned/murvi-morello-30l-jtd-157bhp-sept-2010-59-reg/

    If you don't mind a high mileage there is a much cheaper 6m one for sale here: http://murviclub.org.uk/w/1999-murvi-morello-2-8-jtdi-for-sale/

    Couldn't find any short'uns for sale at the moment, but there might be somewhere.
     
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    Hayes Leisure
    Walsall Road
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    WS10 9SS

    Tel 0121 5263433 or look on their web site; new Pilotes in stock.
     
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    Hi Vanman,
    I have owned a 6.0 metre pvc autocruise rhythm, a 5.4 autocruise jazz and a 5.4 autosleeper symbol.
    The 5.4 jazz was not very practical. the bed was too short, very narrow (3ft 10 inches) and rock hard. not recommended.
    The 5.4 symbol is much more practical. 2 single or good size double bed, easy to make up, proper three way fridge, cooker, lots of equipment, reasonable storage.
    we still have the symbol, we love the van as it suits our lifestyle, we can use it for daily transport. unfortunately their is no storage for things like chairs unless you fit a rear storage box.
    The 6.0 rhythm was a very practical van, the extra length meant 2 single beds or a 6ft x 6ft double. It had far more storage space than the shorter vans. the under seat storage provided room for chairs and water containers.

    If you need any details on any of the above vans please ask.
    Regards Phil
     
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    Thanks for the info - all adds to the big decision making process (y) I really need 2+1 berth, 3 or 4 belts and a separate loungette / bed, which is why I've not got those on my list. Storage boxes are new to me so I'll look into them :)
     
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    Thanks (y) I think all the Murvi ones have a front lounge bed arrangement which wouldn't be ideal for us as we tend to Siesta at different times of the day. We need a rear bed and front sitting area.
     
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    I doubt you will find anything usable which does that at 5.5m but I could well be wrong. That layout is just about doable at 6m.
     
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    I realise that there will be a large trade off in terms of living space, but all 7 listed above meet the criteria. Using the passageway as part of the shower room seems to have been a game changer of sorts.
     
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    We have a Vantage Cub 2010
    The good points for us so far - rear lounge with 6ft beds (2 x singles or 1 x huge double). Solar Panel to keep the 2 x leisure batteries topped up. 12v only fridge so no more is it or isnt it alight on gas. Cold as well as hot blown air. Parking in a single car parking space in most non height barrier car parks.

    The compromise is that the frigde/hob/sink is transverse behind the front seats so no walk through from cab - waiting for a rainy day to see how much of an issue this may be.

    What would I change? The only thing so far is the sink in the Shower/Toilet - it would be good if it would fold up out of the way (as I believe it does in their later models) but the shower is still a good size and I wouldnt change the van on this point alone.
     
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    Yes, we have a 2015 Westfalia Amundsen 540. Love it. Just back from a week in Cornwall, staying by St Ives Bay. It is a "go anywhere" size perfect for two and easily passes the "Tescos" parking test. Great build quality.
     
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    That's good to know, especially as it's on my short list. (y) They look great on the website / brochure but they are very rare to be able to see in real life and the only dealers I've seen are in Portsmouth/IOW area. What do you do for servicing/habitation checks etc. if you don't mind me asking? Do you make a pilgrimage to the Dealer or have a good independent work on it? Thanks.
     
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