Bessacarr E745

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  1. Tony Hunt

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    Are there any other owners of this model on the forum? We bought our 2001 model when it was eighteen months old from chelston in Taunton and have enjoyed every moment of our time with it. We didnt go out the day we bought it with any intention of changing from the twin axle caravan we owned at that time. We actually went with friends who were changing over their Bessacarr for a newer model. After mooching around the lines of M/Hs while our friends did their deal a salesman collared us and offered us more than we paid for the caravan to do a swap. It took less than an hour to commit ourselves to ten long years of pennypinching but havent regretted it for a moment. Being the rear bathroom model and only having beds for the two of us suits us fine. It gives us loads of room for relaxing in the evenings and lots of room up front for all my boys toys, Sat tv for me (football etc via headphones) freeview for her (soaps etc) I get to hog the large rear tall outside cupboard for all my fishing rods & metal detectors that go everywhere with me.
    We still only have around 16,000 miles on the clock even though we have done trips to Spain once, Denmark once, Germany & France twice and also a month around Ireland this last summer. We keep the mileage down by ferreting around in our A framed Vauxhall Agila whilst on sites. It gets us places where the M/H would never go and at a lot more miles to the gallon. The Bessacarr has never ( touch wood) given us an ounce of trouble other than minor things , screws coming loose etc which I make a point of fixing as they happen. We have fitted Sat tv, Solar panel, refillable gas bottles, roof box and ladder and reversing camera oh and a Nature pure water filter which I consider my most worthwhile purchased extra. We also invested in a Fiamma zip awning which gets used when we are onsite longer than a few days. I look around at other M/Hs for sale at shows and quite honestly havent seen anything that remotely compares with our wonderful Bessie so it looks like we are in for the long haul and to be sure we get our moneys worth :BigGrin:
     
  2. Supertractorman

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    Tony,

    I totally agree with your posting, I have an E795, and have had no major problems. Bought it from a great Dealer down South, and have warranty and servicing done by a Swift Dealer in the Midlands who does not sell Bessies, but is happy to have my business. The van is 18 months old and I am well pleased with this British built product.
     
  3. Mikemoss

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    Our Bessie (an E695) is coming up to her 10th birthday, the last two years with us. We've had absolutely no trouble with the Bessacarr side of things, and only a few bits of bother with the Fiat/Alko underpinings, probably due to the fact that she lay forelorn for almost a year before we bought her.

    Looking back at the service history, it seems the first owner really went to town by covering more than 25,000 miles in the first year (the oddometer now reads just shy of 75,000). It seems she had to go back to the factory to have the overcab pod resealed right at the beginning, but since then the only records of repairs/replacement cover obvious things like cam belts, brakes, tyres and a pair of rear shockers - no doubt due to the fact that owner #2 used it to tow a car.

    Couldn't agree more with you, Tony, about not being able to find anything to take her place. The layout is absolutely perfect for us, everything still works, the soft furnishings still look good, the cabinetwork is spot on, and the general 'feel' is great.

    We also hope to hang on to her for many years to come.

    Mike and Sue
     
  4. Tony Hunt

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    Good to hear that guys. We take care of our furnishings in case we should ever sell the van, wife made up some loose covers cos I'm so messy (she says) I would probably spill brown sauce or something all over the originals. when we take those off for washing the van looks like a new one. I steam clean the outside and underneath probably three times a year and polish her maybe once a year just to get all the nasty marks off.
    I made a point this year of renewing the cambelt even though the van had only done 15,000 miles, I am still running on the original tyres though am keeping a beady eye on them incase of unseen nasties. I wonder sometimes wether the Leisure batteries and also the main van battery may shortly give up the ghost but have never touch wood had an ounce of trouble with any of them. I guess the old saying when its not broke leave things alone comes into play. When Im not on the road the van is always permanenty plugged into the mains so that the charging system keeps everything tickety boo. I have spent quite a bit of money on extras since Ive had it like cruise control, Engine chip up, cat 1 alarm and all the other toys I mentioned earlier. Its all combined to make a brilliant home from home on wheels and the sooner I can get more retired the better so we can enjoy it more. :BigGrin:
     
  5. Stueysheep

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    Hi all,

    my first post here.
    Bought an E745 Bessie yesterday, my first motor home. a 2004 model. Anything I should look out for? 6500 on the clock

    It's a 2.8JTD and seemed so much nicer to drive than an Arapaho we tested with it "back to back"

    Pick it up in three weeks time... Yay! :Smile:
     
  6. A and K

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    Hi Stueysheep,

    Welcome to motorhomefun. :welcome: Hope you enjoy many happy years of motorhoming. We have only owned our motorhome (Hobby 700) since April but we love it. We've already been to France (twice) and Germany (once )
    Bet you can't wait for the next 3 weeks to vanish so you can pick Bessie up. We remember how excited we were!:yeah:

    Enjoy it :thumb:
    Angie and Keith
     
  7. Stueysheep

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    Wow, that far already. A bit nervous of going abroad.... :Sad: Especially the ferry. Which route did you take across the water. Is there any risk of grounding the low slung chassis getting off and on the boats? Will bite the bullet though as a round trip of Holland/Belgium/Luxemburg is my wife's ambition next year....
     
  8. keith

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    Hi Stueysheep & Bessie lovers.

    We had one until last year, 2003 model, 2.8 Jtd, crossed the channel twice (each way) no bother. Wife Jean did worry about it but at the end of the day all OK. Just look at the overhang some of the trucks have & they are close to the ground. We also had an RV with a much longer overhang, & a toad, & once more wife Jean was worried, but once again no problems.
    Lots of us do it every year so don't let it put you off having a great time. :thumb:

    Keith
     
  9. Stueysheep

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    Cool, thanks Keith, better book up then! Hook of Holland from Felixstowe will be the first over-water trip then...

    Will do some Uk practice first over the winter though:Smile:
     
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    Hi again,
    Don't be nervous about going abroad, there really is no need to worry. It's so easy and straight forward.Just take your time as you're getting on and off the boat and you won't have a problem with grounding the chassis.Totally agree with Keith, look at all the lorries and coaches using the ferries, they don't have any problems.
    We've used the Dover/Calais route each time so far so can't comment on any other but Go For It!! and you really won't look back.It's so motorhome friendly over there :thumb:
    Angie and Keith

    We've just booked 2 more Ferry crossings tonight, one for a 2 weeks holiday in Spring and also one for our summer holiday for 3 weeks !! :yeah::clap: so that shows how addictive it is once you've done it.
     
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    it'll be the longest 3 weeks of your life.:thumb:
    could never understand why it takes 3 weeks to MOT, service and wash a van.
    i could get all this done in one day (and i'm sure they do)!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    worth the wait though.:thumb::thumb:
     
  13. Stueysheep

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    Three weeks to go
     

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    Well, they say that they go though it top to bottom and end to end and list EVERY fault. Then they order the replacement bits which can take two weeks to arrive for odd items. Then they service, clean and wash it....

    Guess you are right, could be quicker but gives me time to get REALLY excited...
     
  15. Stueysheep

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    YAY, tomorrow;s the day to pick up my bessie. :RollEyes:
     
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    well, did you get it?.
     
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    if i ran a motorhome sales business i'd have the van prepared, repaired,serviced, washed and ready to go except MOT before it saw the forcourt then the punter hasn't got time to get excited as all it needs is an MOT(couple of days wait) and tax(local post office)

    oh! to live in a perfect world!!!!!!!!!!!!

    john (in cloud cuckoo land):thumb:
     
  18. Stueysheep

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    YAY, picked her up yesterday, Fantastic fun to drive.... A bit of a long beastie to park in supermatket car parks, Takes up 4 spaces!!!!

    Couple of issues.
    The leisure battery which was demonstarted (with the hook up attached) actually has a blown fuse. Changed that this morning and found 3v on the battery. DOH. Could it be shot? Currently on charge and the volts are up to 9volts now and will power a light bulb!

    Other issue I might ask some advice on once I re-check it out....:Eeek:
     
  19. Stueysheep

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    I thought that but they said it's surprising how many "faults" get put on it in the weeks or so being available for viewing. Catches getting broken etc by people not being used to M/Hs etc...

    PS, the other issue I had was stone chips on the chassis, I've started a new thread... :thumb:
     
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    yeh! never thought of that.:Doh:
     
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