Benimar Motorhomes , thinking of buying a new one

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  1. Foghorn Leghorn

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    Looking for opinions on Benimar Motorhomes from some of you knowledgeable Funsters .
    Been looking at a new Mileo 264 single bed model and it comes with a good level of equipment
    the £51,995 price tag
     
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    Hi we got the 202 in April realy pleased with quality and had free up grade to 3600kg , fiat engine so much better :)
     
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    I had a good in-depth look at them at the Lincoln show. I wore out the carpets exploring each model.(I think it was the first time that Marquis had exhibited there). For the money and the features/ layout etc, I was quite impressed.

    I would consider one if I changed my present MH.
     
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    Did have a good look at the Benimar 201 earlier this year.

    Pros: nice finish, solidly built & good design and features. The GRP fit was well done and solid and looked very robust and leak proof. Electric hob (for on site) and grill and micro. Proper Spare tyre in large garage. Built in reversing cam.

    cons: purple sink (ugh). plastic skirting well below the FIAT frame and had unessesarily reduced ground clearance particularly at the back. Shower screen a heavy and ungainly difficult to operate thing needs to go in the bin. The main table is a far too large unwieldy affair and needs replacing with a removable one. I also think passengers in the 2 rear travelling seats may injure themselves on the table in the event of a collision if its left unlocked.
    Marquis were difficult to deal with re a px and getting a final price for a trade in, and were insisting on all sorts of tests other dealers had never asked for. They also had an unhelpful attitude towards some conversions I wanted and that put me off them.

    had things been different with marquis I would have bought the 201 as its the best specced for a long range off grid jaunt, and junked the table and shower screen immediately and replaced them with something lighter and better and freed up loads of space in the lounge with a simple removable table.

    Good luck in dealing with them!!
     
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    have a visit to the factory . its just up the road from where we are today up at benicarla . had two tours of the factory. always very helpful and pleasant folk. if i was thinking of one i would definately visit and say what i wanted . i know some have picked vehicles up from the factory.
     
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    If you like Benimar then have a look at Chausson too as lot of similarities also being part of Trigano group & a lot cheaper at under £40,000 with 7 year shell warrranty. Quite a few UK dealers too so can shop around for prices. If the UK features (position of hab door, oven, microwave etc) are important to you then do think that Benimars are internally well built & good spec. but don't know about quality of construction of coachbuilt shell & their warranty t&c (5 years?) on that. Saw these last year (& this year at NEC) when they returned to UK market via Marquis & it's a shame that there aren't more dealers stocking them as do think that with Marquis currently having a monopoly on these that price point is too high even considering the whistles & bells. If your budget is over 50,000 I would look at some of the German makes too as at the NEC show it was clear that overall they have dropped in price this year.
     
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    We have the Benimar, Mileo 290 from 9 months old and very pleased with it, but it is our first MH so cannot compare with others. As @vwalan states if you get a change visit the factory and have a tour.
     
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    We have a 2016 model 202 and all I can say at the moment is look at the front of the roof where the cab GRP joins,and lift the vent covers around the shelf around the cab area and check to see if you can see any insulation.
     
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    You would be lucky that was the first place I looked, but it is a Spain MH, so like Spanish build homes...... not a chance.
     
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    We bought a Benimar mileo 294 at the NEC this year and was told yesterday it would be in this country on the 30/11/15 so not long now . It was was better equipped than most of the other vans on show and came with many upgrades as standard . The quality looked good and it is based on the tried and tested Fiat I will let you know in a couple of weeks time if I have made the right choice :):)
     
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    Thats the replacement/ new model for the 290 and it looks really nice. Good luck with your new motorhome, have lots and lots of fun and laughter.
     
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    Our Benimar 202 is a year old next week - apparently the first one to arrive in UK - it's a great layout - we have now done 60 nights ways it it - yes there were some problems - had the insulation issue ( that Steve has mentioned ) sorted. All other issues have been dealt with by Marquis. Worst problem was five hours before we were due to be on a ferry to France I ran water through to get the air out - then opened the kitchen draw - it was full of water as the sink waste has disintegrated - so made a temporary repair with wire and mastic - since replaced.......touch wood I think we are out of the woods now . Good luck with your search.
     
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    I have 202 so what brought your attention to the insulation issues
     
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    Laying in bed and looking at cold spots
     
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    Ok will check that out as mine is in at the moment for slight tell cracking on the the over head cab but other than that very pleased (y)
     
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    Just to expand on the issue there were some lines of condensation on the ceiling and this indicated a lack of insulation so Marquis put additional panels in - seems ok now

    What cracks do you have ?
     
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    In the summer I washed the m/home including roof ready to wax the all over ready for winter . Had my staging up over the bonnet and noticed gel cracking under the benimar lettering one over cab .
     
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    Thanks for all your reply's , next question has anyone had dealings with Marquis and how do you find there aftersales
     
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    Like I said they were very fussy about my trade in and wanted me to bring my trade in van back a couple of times for testing (even though it was still under manufacturers warranty). They were also basically asking me to sign on the dotted line for the Benimar without giving me a trade in price!! I suspected they were going to try and have my pants down on the trade in. So it may be better to try cash, with them. Let us know how you get on!
    My opinion of them was if they were actually a bit more customer focused and properly up front they might sell more Benimars.
     
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  20. John & Liz

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    Different experience with our trade in, a 12 year old Rollerteam, they offered a good price subject to seeing it and when they did check it over said all OK and stood by the original price, that was at the Sussex branch, unfair to tar them all with the same brush, we collect our new Benimar on 2nd April and so far been a good experience with Marquis
     
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