Apache 700 Vs Bailey Autograph 695 Vs Bessacarr 496

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  1. sgooduk

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    Hi Guys,

    I am now at a point that I am ready to purchase one of the above, looking at 2015 MY.

    I have 4 children hence all need the 6 traveling seats and Pullman dinette.

    I can get a particular good deal on all of them, but the bailey comes out cheapest obviously but needs an awning and tv's etc.. adding to price..

    Whats the verdict on these vehicles, I do like the Alde heating option on the bailey. Also I want to do a skiing trip so winterised and heating is a factor.

    I was initially looking at the Auto Trail Scout, however I just didn't feel I was getting 67k worth of motorhome. Hence decided to cap my spend to 55k tops.

    The bailey feels bigger to me than the 700 but i think this is the curved wet room n the bailey. The shower seems a little tight on the AT also. Not been in the bessacarr yet off to see one tomorrow.

    Thanks in advance i am a total novice to MH ownership.
     
  2. irnbru

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    Cant speak for the bailey but unless you are a large person the shower in theAT is very adequate. This is ourd 3rd MH in 2 years and finally got sonething that suits.
     
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    Have you also compared payload weight ??
    Remember carrying that many people plus all their kit will add up !
    Adding an awning and tv to the bailey will deduct from your payload.

    Have to ask as well that you are covered with your license as these vans are all over 3500kg so you need to have passed your test before 1997 or taken an additional test to cover c1 ?

    The 700 is a great van, plenty of locker space ( I found the Bailey lacking when i last lokked). 6 belted seats are NOT standard so will need to be a factory order unless you find one ready done, as above the weight of the extra seat mounts comes from the payload,
     
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  4. sgooduk

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    Thanks,

    Yes I am doing the C1 license crash course ;) in a few weeks.

    6 berth vans at 3500kg just seem stupid I would never get in under with all our stuff :)

    I have 4 children 18month, 5, 8,9.

    The Bailey has a max payload of 3850kg with 633kg of useable payload.

    AT has a little more at 805KG. i have been offered a 700 with upgraded engine to 150bhp and media pack brand new £53750 quite a saving off list.

    However can get a factory ordered bailey @ 45500. so add 800 for awning, 200 for reverse cam, 500 tv/dvd + ariel still quite a lot cheaper than the AT..

    My wife like the drop down bed on the bailey... I dunno its real hard choice :)

    Seems pros and cons for both..... I think if the AT had the Alde heating that would swing it for me...
     
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    I don't think the Bailey would have enough storage. Just my personal opinion. Not enough space for 2 for us never mind 4 children plus 2 adults.
     
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    Do your research, coming / joining on here is a good move..
    We often see people who join, after the event and when they have issues..

    Might be worth a google on Bailey / Autotrail water ingress... !!!
    I think Bailey stopped their 10 year warranty and knocked it down to 6, AT are still 10 year.
    Lots of stories, mine included... But seem's whatever van you choose you can find issues..

    Usually I advise people not to buy first van new, your never 100% sure on what you need till you start using it... You can loose a lot of money if you have to re-sell / part ex in the first few years. Motorhomes hold some value but only if they are kept for a good time.
     
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    We have recently bought a new 700 and have to say really pleased with it. This is our second MH, we did look at the bessacarr but found it lacking storage. Have had a couple of small issues which have been sorted under warranty.
    I would take the offer of the higher bhp version if you decided to go for it as mine was the 130bhp version and I have to say I though it was very underpowered for the weight of the van which in turn made fuel economy poor.
    I remap cars, van and motorhomes anyway so for me it wasn't a problem and now it's remapped it performs better and I'm now 4 mpg better off. . Hopefully when we go to Spain later in the year I'll get even more.
     
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    What's a Bailey 695 ?
     
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    We've got s 2o14 Beseccarr 496. Had it from new
    Really good van, in particular the full size shower cubicle
    We're considering upgrading to a Carthago A class as we'd like an island bed. Ours would be a great buy if you were interested
     
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    We have an Apache 700se - fantastic bit of kit, ours is the 3850 model and now with air suspension rear and full solar so we don't plug in any more, never without power and drives like a dream. The large U shaped lounge, Pullman diner and mahoosive overcab makes it the perfect choice for us, with the separate shower/loo it's great.
    We had an early Talbot Kon-Tiki 640 before this one and we searched for ages to get a more modern van with the same layout - just couldn't 'fit' with anything else. A large area to lounge in in the rear, then tea time we move to the front diner to eat etc,,,, then pile back into the U shaped for drinks and settle down 'comfortably' to a good film. Our next one will probably be an Arapaho just another meter longer but similar layout,,,,,, just have to knock down half the house for the additional meter though.:laughing:

    Masses of storage under the U shape and forward bunks and nothing is on display - also cupboards aplenty.

    Your a bit far away but if your passing Somerset your welcome to come and try out.

    Regards,

    Trikeman. :wink:
     
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  11. sgooduk

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    765 sorry So many numbers ;)

    Im going to view the bessacarr tomorrow, I am edging on that now since reading the spec books it seems very similar to the autotrail in spec and I like the drop down bed..

    Thanks Trikeman,


    Robert, it works out better for me to buy new the way i am financing it.

    Cheers

    Scott
     
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    Might be wrong but isn't the Baileys quite a bit wider than the other 2 vans might be a problem on narrow roads one of the reasons I excluded it from my choice
     
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    Bailey is an inch wider,

    Swift espirit vs bessacarr no real difference??
     
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    Ok went to see the bessacarr today, think I am going to buy that.. Its bigger but seems as well equipped as the auto trail but less money. Doesn't seem to have as much interior storage and the bathroom, is not as nice to look at, but Im not spending my hols on the loo hopefully ;)

    My wife didn't like the bailey at all due to the ever changing levels through the van.

    Anyone owned the 964 comment on driving build quality etc..??

    Thanks
     
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    Hi haven't owned any of these vans so can't comment, I would however be careful with the weight issue and have a look how the payloads is worked out. I'm sure they work the payload out with just the driver and possibly 1 Passenger and a tankful of fuel, so if you only have 600 or 700KG you. Won't get much in it after you've added four kids and some basic essentials like food and clothes. Then you might want to take car seats picnic seats and table, add a TV and then the kids might want bikes, then if you want to carry water in your tank. Just take your time and work it out I'm sure someone on here might have been Alan (laneside) weighed his van empty and it was a lot heavier than thought.
    Always better to take your time work things out saves a lot of worry later, also check if the vans can be updated to 4000KG.
    Good luck
     
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    with 4 growing kids and two adults and all their stuff you should be looking at 4.25 kg + vans at least! None of you choices inspire to be honest, seen to many issues with weight and damp/build quality with all of them. IMO you will be better of looking at German 7 berth vans as you will get belted seats for all that way. plus far better value if you import
     
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    Can you suggest a model I have been struggling to find many vans with 6 3 point belts and that have reasonable living space for 6. The rear lounge gives us all plenty of room and two seating areas.
     
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    496 I mean, Gosh... ;)
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    I did a search for someone a few weeks ago but cant find the results. you will have to go through this list of 44 that have come up as suitable. From memory their was a hymer that looked pretty good I thought.

    http://tinyurl.com/pbv4mq7

    edit: a did the date from 2010 this time to limit the number of vans, but Hymer not there now..maybe it was an earlier van. Can aways change the perimeters of search
     
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    Whatever choice you make just make sure that you do your own PDI ! also make sure that the dealer shows you how to work everything and make sure you actually see it working !!
    As previous poster have said you pays your money, you take your chance !! we have had a Bialy 740, nice van everything worked great for 5 months and then when on hols in Spain the 240v combined with the 12v decided one evening to give up the ghost and we were wakened by the fire alarm going off. ( see other post on here about that.
    Bought a new AT Arapaho few years before that and it was the biggest heap of do da !! we ever had and had to resort to legal action over it !
    The Bessacar tag axle we had gave us no problems whatsoever !!
    Personally think that for most UK manufacturers it is pot luck if you get a good un and when you do it's worth keeping.
    We know have an Elddis 175 2 berth and 6 month later are very happy with it, only small problem we had was that the kitchen cupboard above the cooker where the lover covering actually twisted with the heat !! called dealer/sent photograph and had a replacement within 2 weeks !!
    Cannot really believe in the huge price difference for similar Uk spec motorhomes ! like you said is that difference really worth it ??
    We fitted extra battery and a 120 solar panel, a Fiamma awning and of the cash we saved it will pay for several years trips to Spain ! Sorted !!
     
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