Carthago Chic i5.0 lhd 3ltr 2012 TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY

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  1. Ann&MikeMancs

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    That IS the question!!! Please can we have some advice...we have a Bessi E495 which has been great for us but after using her for 18 months we now realise that we would like a different layout ie island bed and drop down front bed on a quality van etc
    We have tried on t'internet to research the pro's and cons of purchasing this van IN PARTICULAR...is left hand drive 'a duck egg'? Are we buying something that's going to be resalable? Is there any known problems with Carthago?? It's a lot of money and we would like some input asap please as we will have to make our minds up and pay a 4K deposit. Many thanks to all you gorgeous knowledgable people out there (did that do the trick?- I hope you are all starting to put finger to Ipad lol)
    Ann & Mike (The very happy Manks!!)
     
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    Know nothing about either van but I do know for certain that we are only here once :doh:
     
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    I would have thought that a left hooker would appeal more to those who travel abroad more than in the U.K.
     
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  4. Ann&MikeMancs

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    Thanks for your input
     
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    Carthago make lovely vans. I’m sure you’d be thrilled with it. LHD should not be a resale problem. Indeed you would have the advantage of being able to sell it abroad if necessary (which you couldn’t do with RHD). Many vehicles of this size tend to be LHD. I’d prefer an automatic transmission, though.
     
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    I have never read any re-sale issues with LHD.. They sell just as good as some people prefer them if travelling abroad.
    Personally I am happy with RHD but that's just me..

    Carthago, like any other van you can find issues if you search the web long enough,,,
    It's on my possible upgrade list.. Then again so many are. :)
     
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    I'm not sure what your questions are. If you are going mostly to Europe then LHD is probably a good thing. The "probably" is because we rarely overtake anything and RHD makes it easier to hug the kerb - like road sweepers. :)

    Cathargo are generally considered a quality manufacturer, the ones I've seen are all dark shiny wood inside and it must be like living in a coffin or a sauna, but clearly many folk like them. And like many continental MHs they can have tiny kitchens, not sure if this model is the same but it was suggested on here recently putting a tray on an opened drawer gave more worktop! Not sure for the price that is quite right but folk adapt and make do and forgive their MH's failings having paid so much money for them. :):reel:

    Lastly, it's a big bus. If this suits your way of travelling, then go with it. On our current trip we've been on single track roads with overhanging trees but if you are happy to stick to more major roads then it will be fine.

    What I'm trying to say, if clumsily on my common as muck Android tablet, is if the vehicle is what you want then go for it but bare in mind, if you are buying in the UK you could probably buy the same one in Belgium or Germany for a lot less.
     
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    ive got a LHD rapido,there is a little bit of adjustment in your driving style , at junctions you have to get the angle right in order to have a clear view of the road ,there are also some instances where its an advantage and you make more use of your mirrors ,mines also has the 3 liter auto box, i dont know how much it effects the resale value but if you check online that may give you an idea ,i think that if you intend driving on the continent then its a bonus as id rather drive a LHD in the UK than a RHD in europe
     
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    Can't help you with regards to the van, but I would say don't be put off by LHD. Our current van is LHD. I don't drive it, but my husband loves it. He says he finds it easier to drive than our previous van, which was RHD. Like DBK says, he's able to 'hug the kerb' on British country lanes - and avoid the overhanging trees - of which there are many where we live.
    We also like to spend a fair deal of time abroad.
    I don't think we'd want to go back to RHD, but of course, it's a matter of choice.
     
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    Even most of the major dealers seem to have no problem selling decent quality LHD motorhomes. You may save a bit when you buy it and lose a bit when you sell it. It's all relative. As an earlier poster said, it also gives you the opportunity to sell it to a much bigger market in Europe.

    I've got a LHD Hymer and have no problems in the UK. It does more miles in France and Germany than in the UK.

    Carthagos look like a decent van but usually come with a price premium.

    If it ticks your boxes, go for it.
    You'll regret the things you didn't do in life more than those you did do.

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    I like cartago.
    But here has been problems showertray e.g.
    I think the problem is that certain models are not built in Germany.
    Carthago Odranci / Slovenia Is where the chic c-line is built.

    But 2012 should have had any problems sorted.
     
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    Nowt wrong with keggy hand drive. Keeps the wife on her toes at junctions.
    As regards Carthago as a marque, a friend of ours has had his since 2000 and it still looks good :), and it's probably kept 80% of its value..
     
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    WOW :Grin:I KNEW you good folk wouldn't let us down in the advice department

    You've reassured us about the LHD. We will be doing trips 'abroad' We wild camp and try to find beaches and nice places to stay. We took our Bessi E495 @23'4" around Ireland and we didn't stick to main roads in da t we did all of The Wild Atlantic Way lol Same with our recent trip to France. By the way, the van is 3 a litre, diesel automatic. Thank you all SO much for you help and advice.:Grin:Ann & Mike
     
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    We have had a LHD for 8 years and we love it , we are looking for a new van and we both like the Carthago .
     
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    :D:DThat's the one Mel!! There doesn't seem to anything else around to compare it with unless mega expensive:gum:
    Zep thanks for your comment.
    We are sat here in the conservatory deliberating our 'future' and it's really looking positive to go LHD or keggy hand in the words of Mr B :clap: and a CARTHAGO. Will keep you all posted with our decision.
    You are great!!!
    The two happy Reds!!!:LOL:
     
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    I would say LHD is perfect.
    But then again over here it is:)
    IMO you will not be dissapointed with a Cartago

    Mel
     
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    If you choose Carthago, the owners group has a wealth of experience.
     
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    Cheers you lot are amazing x
     
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    Anne&MikeMan, says it's a 160BHP on the advert but it might be a Euro 5 180BHP if it was manufactured (as well as registered) in 2012.

    Can't really see clearly from the photos but if the dashboard is black it'll be a180. If it's grey it'll be a 160.

    The sure way to tell is look at the VIN plate under the bonnet. If the engine code is FC1E3481E then kt's a 180. Not much difference I suppose.

    Looks a nice van anyway.

    Mike
     
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