Chausson - opinions please?

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  1. Toffs-G

    Toffs-G Read Only Funster

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    Hi

    Now that we are looking again for a motorhome and having been rather good at making mistakes in this arena (layout for the first one and too big for the second:Doh: ) I would appreciate opinions on the Chausson brand

    We have seen 2 that we quite like the look of although need to see in the flesh, the welcome 69 or slightly smaller maxi suite with a rather fetching opening side.

    Would appreciate any opinions or experiences of the brand etc

    Thanks
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    Over here there are a lot of Chaussons.
    There are the entry level price range.
    Never had a bad word said agains them.
    Last week a French man told me he took delivery and had a few problems.
    But said the after sales service was fantastic.


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    we have a welcome 85 on an 08 plate and think it is the bees knees:BigGrin:

    build quality is excellent, as are equipment levels are also very good, weve looked at a few vans since getting this one and nothing has ticked as many boxes for us personally

    Only word of caution...watch out for the payload..they can be limiting without an uprate if there is more than 2 of you in it, most of them have been downplated to 3500kg from 3850kg to suit the continental market. but that can be fixed, or make it a condition of the sale
     
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    I might be wrong {I often am}

    But I think there was a test on this model in the UK

    MMM or Practical Motorhome

    A few months back.

    They alwas look to be nicely finnished off.
     
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    We have had our Welcome 27 for 7 years now and still love it. The layout works well for us and the quality is good.

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    We looked at a few chaussons before buying our lunar roadstar.

    Admittedly we were looking at years 2005 to 2008.

    We noticed quite a lot of rust on the older ones and not one we looked at had the dining room table in perfect working order. A few also had the rear end judder.
     
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    I'm intrigued. What's the point of the opening side? :Smile:
     
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    Just in case you have wind or the wife has wind.:Rofl1:
     
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    Hi

    I guess the door becomes almost an awning in itself and the airey feel inside like having the patio door open at home - well that was our thinking anyway :Smile:
     
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    Thanks I'll check it out :thumb:

    Cheers
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    Hi,
    Bought our 57 plater Flash 08 back in Sept 2011( fixed bed ), and we love it.
    Not as flash (no pun intended) as some more expensive models, but it does the job very well.
    No regrets here !!
    :thumb:
     
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    We love ours!

    Winterisation is good, water tanks are huge, shower is huge, the fridge is huge, the diesel heating is both effective and liberating. Oh and the heating works on the road!
    The CBE electrical system is well made with no pissy-thin cables causing volt drop problems.
    The polyester sides are bombproof, no easy-to-dent ally anywhere!
    The windows are all high-spec Seitz and the rooflights are all draught-proof and don't rattle.
    Plus the electrics in the back stay on when you are driving!:thumb:
    You won't get the spec of a Chausson at the same price anywhere else!

    HOWEVER, the furniture isn't as posh as some and you need to get used to the smaller oven on offer.

    We very nearly bought another a Peterborough!:Eeek:
     
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    Thanks for the heads up on the payload we were somewhat spoiled with the Elnagh Baron we originally had as that had 960kg of payload and now I have put on weight 100kg is gone already :Eeek:
     
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    Wow sounds like a peach!! Everything you mention there ticks our boxes. Not worried about posh or flash etc but build quality is important as is winterisation as we have always used ours all year round and now with junior heating staying on in the rear etc is important. Along with a good size shower.

    Cathy and i were only saying today that we wished in reality we had kept our Elnagh Baron 46 although we ended up not liking the layout we had some great times in it either for days out or fantastic trips to Dorset, brugge, germany,Austria etc and loved every minute, the same could not be said for when we had the Winnebago too big too expensive and too slow to try and conserve fuel Not practical to just take around anywhere. :Eeek:

    So we Should have put up with ladder to the bed over garage in fact if we had got a wooden ladder made with wider rungs that probably would have done the trick and lounging at the dinette, well we did it for a year and then ended up hardly using the RV because it was just too big and expensive so we wasted 2 years and I won't mention how much money we lost on it :cry:

    I should have sought more advice from here, but the we are will try to get it right this time:thumb:

    Cheers
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    Own a Welcome 72, our first new model.
    Likes: Island bed, finish, spacious garage.
    Dislikes: Small kitchen, high level TV viewing.

    Comment by another poster about rust puzzles me. Fiat Ducato not particularly renowned for corrosion, and vast majority of converters use this model. So why single out Chausson?

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    We used to have a Chausson Flash 04 (2010) and it was a lovely van, we only sold it because we downsized to a panel van conversion. From what I recall there are 3 levels of Chausson: Flash (budget), Welcome (mid-range) and Allegro (top spec), so the higher the level, the more luxurious and better equipped the van will be, but this doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with the 'lower level' ones.

    As for the suite specifically, there is a LOT of waste space in it which will restrict the storage. I would also be wary of the 'novelty' opening side too, in reality I doubt it would be used much especially as you'd have a wind-out awning on the opposite side and would probably have pitched your van accordingly on site, also the addition of this could make it noisier when travelling, possibly colder due to draughts through the edges and add weight.

    As for the interior: the kitchen has 'form over function' gas rings for cooking which are downright dangerous as there is nothing other than the 2 pan supports, no base/sides, so if you spilled something it would go all over the place - far from ideal especially with kids.
     
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    whats that then??
     
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    That bloody Fiat business!:Wink:
     
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    Hmm good point about the suite must admit haven't considered those points

    Thank you
     
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