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  1. stevensson10

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    hi all im bidding on ebay for a smaller m/h the problem is it is down in Essex and im up here in wakefield so I cant just pop round to have a look at it so I have to go on the pictures and read what they say about it.so if I am the winning bidder how do I get there from wakefield. my wife sue says im stupid for bidding on something so far away.but theres nothing that interests me any closer.if you want to have a look at it the numbered item is 251472180542 on ebay would like your advice. thanks steve
     
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    Strange looking motorhome:Doh:

    Also seems to be further away in New York!
     
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    Hi.. Obviously you put the wrong item number on your post. Getting down to Essex should be easy enough by train but you really should get a look at what you're buying first or get someone to have a look for you. Damp, gas safety and water leaks... Not to mention the engine suspension and drive train could all do with at least a cursory check.
    It's your money of course...
     
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    Don't do it!

    We did it once and when we got there (the day after winning the bid) the van was so badly described and cleverly photographed that there was no way we were going to have it. We walked away and a couple of days later the seller opened a case against us. Colin then opened a case against the seller for misleading information in the listing. Colin won!

    Photos make everything look bigger, cleaner and shinier than they really are.

    By the way your item number is wrong, it's for a baseball card or something. Try and post a link.
     
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    Having bought several motorhomes outside the UK unseen, the best advice I can give is, bid what you are willing to pay and don't part with a penny until you pick it up. If the vehicle is not what the seller says it is, then you are within your rights to walk away. It will have cost you the train fare to pick it up, but that wont be anywhere near as much as what you can save. There are bent traders out there, but there are more honest ones. Be fair and dont expect a new van at second hand price. If its second hand, it will have a few problems, but they should be easily fixable. If you are saving a few thousand over a dealers price, expect to spend a few hundred sorting it. Everyone's a winner that way.
     
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    Hi Steve just my observations if it's the van in Dave's (shiftzz)posted link --looks like some furniture is made in light oak and some in a Cherry --not sure how it's going to fit into the van -those two tall ends look too narrow to fit anywhere-- On the plus side I have a shedload of L/Oak furniture boards :BigGrin:--THE WAY TO GO IS LOOK AT THE PRICE OF THE VAN then look at second hand prices for the stuff inside --New there is aprox £3500 worth of gear ie windows roof light cooker sink loo water heater cupboard doors etc --may be 4k depending on all the bits,handles catches etc second hand this would drop to less than 2k easy :Smile: add van price and 2k second hand gear and you have it's true worth with the downside of having to do the layout already decided on (where holes etc have been cut):Smile:If I can be of any help just ask --if I was doing it I would start by making all new cupboards and units,throwing away the old carcases -perhaps using some for patterns --good luck :thumb:
    terry
    edit have you noticed the mileage is 131,000 not the first stated 13,100-- not that that would bother me -so long as engine and running gear is good
     
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    Just an observation that this m/h is in Stoke on Trent not Essex, so is unlikely to be the one Steve is looking at.
     
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    Looks a decent conversion :Smile:although it has my pet hate of veltrim carpet on the walls and lower cupboard fronts :BigGrin:-i I think it will end up nearer to 10k than 5k :Wink:

    terry
     
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    Steve, unless your circumstances prevent it you really should view this van.

    I purchase several vehicles each week, mostly from auctions.

    These days I have the ability to bid on-line and not drive to the auction. I don't take advantage of this for many reasons but mainly because I get a gut-feel for the vehicle in front of me, does it look that clean because it has been well cared for or is it because it has led a dogs life but just gone through a good valet shop?

    My point is you really should go down and look at it, it's 200 miles or so from you, so make a trip of it.

    In 1984 I spent every Wednesday driving up to Brighouse Vehicle Auctions with several drivers to bring back the spoils the same day to Salisbury, they were often cheaper "oooop naughth" you see.


    Best of luck with this one, it looks good.
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    I have been to several dealers and privately when I was looking for a motor home, the furthest was a 6 hour round trip, no go ,several others of well over 100 -150 miles one way, , the one I bought was over 200 miles away. unfortunately very rarely on your door step.
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    Hi again Steve using my own formula Van = 4k ish plus 2k for gear inside (new) then 2k for converter :Smile: so around 8k :BigGrin: Still 8K IS NEARER 10K THAN 5 K :Wink:
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    mix uphi

    hi there I think there as been a bit of a mix with with the m/h I am bidding for the van is on e bay and item number is 251472180543 and its in Essex.i thank you all so far for the advice you have given me and realise what a great club motorhomefun is .even though at times we have all been known to disagree basically we are all here to help oneanother out in times of need. kind regards steve:thumb:
     
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    Having had a quick shuftie at the van it appears that there isn't any 'proper' plumbing as there are waste and fresh water 'drums' under the sink, no sink in the toilet compartment (so therefore no shower either). It looks like someone has done a basic conversion on a van that was possibly already owned, hence why some of the stuff is 'new', or refurbished an existing basic conversion. All in all though doesn't look bad but I doubt it'll go for less than £10k.
     
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    normally I would have offered to go along for you unfortunately I am not well enough at the moment.

    There are a few funsters in Essex hope someone can help you out.

    Alternatively if you want to pay and book it in, The London Borough of Redbridge can do you a full vehicle check and send you the report, they are very thorough PM me if you want details
     
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    The sleeping arrangements look like two singles made up from the rear seating and the swivelled front seats. As the seller admits he hasn't fitted seat swivels, this will give you beds only about 4ft long. Alternatively if they make a transverse double then that will also be quite short, probably less than 6ft due to the width of the van. No good if you're tall . Also apparently no hot water or proper tanks.:Eek!:
     
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