Autosleeper symbol / symphony

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  1. andrew.pearce

    andrew.pearce Read Only Funster

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    Hi, new to the site so a quick hello along with some help with a few questions.

    We are a youngish couple who have owned a 90's talbot express 'van for a couple of years. We are lucky enough to live in beautiful South Devon and, due to the fact we both work full time, have many varied 'mini weekend breaks' within a few hours of
    home. We also have a small renovation project in mid France (pile of stone if the truth be known, but it's a good excuse to get on the ferry), so pop over the water when ever the time and the wallet allows!

    We are wanting to upgrade to a newer van and would love some advice.

    Requirements for van:
    Second hand - unfortunately new vans out not an option due to budget
    Must be Panel van conversion due to Devon roads and ferry costs!
    Front lounge layout
    Toilet / shower room
    Heating

    Van being considered:
    Auto sleeper Symbol / Symphony (1999 - 2001)

    Advice please from any owners of the above:
    Sleeping - Being 6ft, can you sleep across a symbol/symphony in comfort?
    Engine size: Is the 1.9 diesel or 2.0 petrol powerful enough?

    Look forward to any help or advice
     
  2. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Hi Andrew,

    What sort of budget have you got in mind? Panel vans can be 19' 8" long whereas a coachbuilt can be 18' 6"

    Peter
     
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    andrew.pearce Read Only Funster

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    Hi Peter

    Budget could stretch to £20K for right van, though would prefer less. SWB van ok but would go for LWB if sleeping is an issue across the van - would like to stick with panel van due to width more than length

    Andy
     
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    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    I have a nice Elddis Autostratus, 4 berth with 4 belts and habitation air con, front lounge and well specced in that price range.

    Peter
     
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    I have a slightly earlier Symphony, a 1997 which is based on the same boxer van. I would say to definitely avoid the petrol version as very lacking in power. I'm 5'11" tall and I cannot sleep across the van so we use the two singles layout. We like (not love) the van but we are limited by parking space so that is why we chose it although I believe an Autosleeper Nuevo (coachbuilt),r would probably suit us better.
     
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    We recently sold a Romahome Dimension which we found very comfortable (wanted something bigger)
    I am 6'' 4'' tall and found the single berths plenty big enough, the only downside was the small Loo.
    If you wnat to see one try Avon Motorhmes near nBristol Airport.:thumb:
     
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    Hi Andrew, Welcome :thumb:At 6 ft tall the only panel vans you may get a comfy nights sleep in (across ) are the new shape fiat,pugs and Citroen as these have internal dimensions of around 6 ft 2 ins width.If you want anything longer you will have to go for longitudinal beds :thumb: No other panel vans made are much above 5 ft 10 ins wide so across ways sleeping is a none starter :Rofl1:Good luck on your search and remember layout / comfort is everything :thumb:
    terry
     

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