Collecting First MH next weekend ( in France) -- Advice please...

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  1. moulin 87

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    Plan is to travel to the dealer in Villeneuve sur Lot on Friday for collection/handover Saturday morning. Then do have a 'shakedown' cruise around the 'bastide' towns of the area over the weekend, returning to the dealer with any issues on the following Tuesday or hopefully if everything is OK returning home to the Haute Vienne.

    Questions:

    What are the essentials we should take to be able to test everything sensibly on the shakedown cruise?, taking account we will be going down in the car with the dog!!

    What are the key areas do I need to get clearly sorted in the induction?

    Many thanks in advance

    ps We have decided to test it for leaks by taking it to the UK during the rainy season towards the middle of July..;)
     
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  2. John Laidler

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    Some way of securing the dog while travelling is essential I think though I know some folk don't. We use a collapsible cage but I'm planning to get a harness which clips to an eye bolt for the next trip.

    For the handover just try to understand what all the switches do, how to operate the heating, emptying the loo, filling with water, emptying waste water, etc etc after that, how the bed works if it folds or whatever.

    But I doubt you will understand everything the first time so the only essential I suggest you take is a note pad to list all the things you forgot to bring and all the things you forgot to ask the dealer. :)
     
  3. moulin 87

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    That is the most sensible thing I've read in a long time!!
     
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    One important thing I have discovered about the 12v plugs in the habitation. Apparently it's only in French ones (not sure though , I didn't go testing them all LOL!) there is a way to plug in. If you put it the wrong way .... PAN ! It blows up the whole 12V system!
    Never had that problem in a car or even in Max when I plug in the engine lighter. Whatever the way I plug it in, it works and I can charge my phone whilst driving. But it turns to be really different in the habitation.
    Now I travel with a few new fuses dealer gave me, in case I forget the way to plug it in the right way.
    Of course do ask where to change it if it happens ! Mine is under the passenger seat.
     
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  5. Fenman

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    I would love to know more about your experience of buying in France. It is a possibility we are considering once we have settled into retirement over there.
    Are you buying new or used and what make/model. How good was the dealer. All the usual.
    Wish you well with your handover.
     
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    Is it being handed over with a gpl supply, and will you require any adapters.......good luck and I hope all goes well.
     
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    Deffo true , guaranteed to test it 100% :)

    Enjoy and hope everything goes smooth :)
     
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    still don't know make?
     
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    That is crazy and very wrong. Surely someone has fitted the wrong sockets. It sounds like they have fitted AC style sockets.
     
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    Bottle opener. Toilet rolls. Washing up liquid. Washing up things. Towels. Bedding. Kettle - gas type. Crockery, glasses. Food. Torch. Hook up cable. Clothing. Hair dryer.

    Maybe record the handover on your mobile.
     
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  11. moulin 87

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    Dethleffs Esprit T7150 DBM
     
  12. moulin 87

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    If you've had a house over here for awhile you'll know that to go looking for things like Camping Cars you'll have to cover many kms going from dealer to dealer.. For us we spent last September travelling about doing just that and visiting the exhibitions specifically at Bordeaux, but before the big Le Bourget exhibition in late September everybody is just selling s/h or 'old' stock. To see the latest designs all in the same place, it is easier just to go to Le Bourget in Paris, parking is free and dealers will give you free tickets...

    Our French is OK, (just), but many of the dealers, certainly at Bordeaux and Paris had somebody who could speak English...

    In the end we chose to use YPOCamp in Villeneuve sur Lot, only because after we spent a couple of days at Paris we were undecided over two choices, they were the only dealer who had them on view side by side and were offering the same deals as that were on offer at Paris..Equipment packages, subsidised finance packages which increase warranties on Habitation items, Chassis, Engine, Water Ingress etc. up to 12 years.....

    The dealer has been OK, not great on keeping us informed on delivery which is 6 to 8 weeks later than originally intimated, but he has been in touch often in recent days now that delivery is imminent and on the issue of receiving UK TV he has chased around making sure the equipment provided will be suitable.

    In the end we chose a new Dethleffs Esprit T7150...

    Any other questions please send me a pm...

    Enjoy your time when you arrive full time, we've been here since 2004...
     
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    I would suggest you need a screwdriver of each type and an adjustable spanner or better. Just in case anything works loose and it is an easy fix whilst you are driving back.

    Also check when the cab was manufactured, mine was over a year old when 'new'. I got my engine oil changed early working on the date of the cab manufacture & first use (by the MH builders)
     
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    Cheers good make(y)
     
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    Hose pipe and assorted tap fittings or watering can to fill up your water tanks plus biological clothes wash for your toilet, BBQ, gas cylinders or get from dealer.

    One of the most important things is how the charging system works and does it do both cab and hab batteries together or separately with you having to operate a switch. You don't want to kill a battery first time out.
     
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    I recently took delivery of our Camper from Notin, a dealer here in France. They spent about an hour and a half going through all the switches, lights, cooker, gas, water, toilet, heater etc. I have had only one issue with it. When the temperature drops to below 5 Degrees C it dumps all the water in the system. There is a reset switch on the boiler system that has to be reset before the boiler will work. Its a security measure to stop ice forming in the pipes. Most of the things are common scene, but that one caught me out.
    I think you will also find the gas bottle connection here in France is different to the UK so you will need some sort of adapter. Hopefully someone on here will jump in.
     
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    Please explain 'biological clothes wash for your toilet' thanks...Not read that before...Thanks
     
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    Elsan Blue or similar is a chemical and kills the good bacteria in a septic tank system which relies on good bacteria to break down the solids. Many campsites, aires etc, especially abroad use septic tanks and thus don't want you using Elsan Blue etc.

    A very good and cheaper alternative is a biological clothes washing liquid and the bio bit breaks down the solids and the smells are kept under control. If you notice a smell you are probably not using quite enough bio liquid!

    Give it try - you will find that lots of people use it.
     
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    best tip isaw was to video the hand over with your phone that way you can go back to it
     
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    Picked up our Font Vendome Leader Camp about a month ago from Caravan Limousin at Feytiat, no problem, superb! Happy bunnies!
     
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