Buying a motorhome

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  1. gazzeroo

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    Hi, I am new to motorhomes, so new in fact that I have yet to buy one. I am keen to get a swift kontiki 640 with a u shaped lounge. My budget is up to 15k. Any advise for a newbie, ie. what to look out for, what`s good or bad about this model. Or any suggestions on other motorhomes. I am a competent large van driver so size isn`t an issue, Would be grateful foe any advise
    Gary
     
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    Hi Gary and welcome to the Fun! (y):welc:

    The experts will be along soon to help with your enquiries. (y)
     
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    Hi

    Old vans.. damp is common.. and the Kontiki didn't earn the nick name Leaky Kontiki for nothing ... when you view have a good sniff, in all the cupboards, under seats etc.. if it smells musty.. walk. .

    If it passes the 'musty smell test'.. get busy with a damp meter.. around windows.. along the floor where the walls meet.. not forgetting the roof / wall joint and roof area around roof lights..

    Again.. any signs of damp.. walk

    If it passes the damp test.. try it out, sit in the bog.. ask to see the bed assembled , try it out . ask to see everything working.. heater, water heater, fridge on Gas , etc finally ask for a test drive .. and take your time deciding.. it's always a buyers market.

    If possible, take along someone who knows about motorhomes or caravans..

    One last tip.. buy Jim's Motorhome Buyers Guide http://shop.motorhomefun.co.uk/product/motorhome-buyers-guide-printed/
     
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    hi there Gary and a warm welcome to MHF.choosing a motorhome is very much a personal decision.whats ok for one person is not for another.we are in the process of changing ours at the moment and im sure our choice would not suit everyone.take your time and make sure the layout works for you.as always Jim,s (scotjimland) advice is spot on.there is loads out there so choose wisely.good luck.;).keep us posted.
    brian and jo
     
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    >>>>Hi

    Old vans.. damp is common.. and the Kontiki didn't earn the nick name Leaky Kontiki for nothing ... when you view have a good sniff, in all the cupboards, under seats etc.. if it smells musty.. walk. .

    If it passes the 'musty smell test'.. get busy with a damp meter.. around windows.. along the floor where the walls meet.. not forgetting the roof / wall joint and roof area around roof lights..

    Again.. any signs of damp.. walk

    If it passes the damp test.. try it out, sit in the bog.. ask to see the bed assembled , try it out . ask to see everything working.. heater, water heater, fridge on Gas , etc finally ask for a test drive .. and take your time deciding.. it's always a buyers market.

    If possible, take along someone who knows about motorhomes or caravans..

    One last tip.. buy Jim's Motorhome Buyers Guidehttp://shop.motorhomefun.co.uk/product/motorhome-buyers-guide-printed/<<<<

    Damp testers on sale in Lidl for £9.99 at the moment.

    Hymie.
     
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    Welcome,

    Alan + Diane
     
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    Welcome to a great site. Jim's #3 says it all. (y)
     
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    Hi Gary and welcome :)
     
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    Hello Welcome to Fun, as has been mentioned Damp is the important thing to avoid. Try not to limit yourself to one van until you have had a good look around, if there are only two of you no point in getting a van that would sleep you are not getting the most out of the space in a van, there are good vans out there but be aware of the scams on eBay , there are a lot. If in doubt ask on here. :welc:
     
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    Feeling your excitement :roflmto::roflmto::rock: !!
     
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    Just bought our first van, there are so many layouts it's time consuming checking them all out but loads of fun.

    Good hunting.
     
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    Thanks for all the advice what a friendly helpful bunch you all are, we looked at a van yesterday, 1997 Peugeot compass drifter merit 460. It's in pretty good nick, 45k on the clock. Will have full mot lot of extras. Seemed a genuinely decent bloke. Any advice on this model, things to look out for etc. On ebay so will have to bid, again advice on max value would be helpful. engine is 2.5td and no damp smells!!
    Kind regards Gary
     
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    dont just rely on the smell to check for damp. You need meter and learn how to use it first by practising with old bit of wood soaked. I once bought caravan for my daughter, didnt feel damp didnt smell damp, but was full of it.
     
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  15. Jim

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    Hi Gary,

    Many people decide they want a motorhome and buy quickly on eBay or from a local dealer. Only after the first few trips do they realise that the layout of the van could be much better, the shower is too small, there is no storage, no useable legal payload, the travel seats have no seatbelts, and they hate making the bed up etc etc.

    Then, armed with a list of things they don't like, they visit other dealers or shows and realise there are thousands of different combinations of van and layout, after a short while, they discover their perfect van and buy it after selling the old one at a considerable loss.

    Don't tie yourself down to a particular make or model, that really is not important. The layout is the biggest reason people sell their van, get that right first time and you'll save a lot of money and heartache. Please don't buy till you've done your research and know exactly what you want. Visit a few large dealers, or better still visit large motorhome shows where you'll be able climb all over in and out of hundreds of motorhomes and this will firm up your ideas of exactly what you want. Exciting times, best of luck (y)
     
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    Take your time looking ,don't rush we took about 18 months before we bought our firs van ,take the advice given on here,damp is a big problem with older vans,but buy one that suits your needs,and your budget,once bought your stuck with it ,have fun looking and hope you find a good one.
     
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    Thanks for all the advise and the warm welcomes, I am noy specifically looking for a Kon tiki, its just that it was advertised locally and we went and had a look. Unfortunately it didn.t get passed the drive by test. We are looking at a Compass Drifter 360/e Merit on a peugot 2.5 td 1995. Any advise on what to look out for would be much appreciated
     
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