Does anyone have any experience of Laika motorhomes?

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  1. BobtheBass

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    I'm looking at a couple of Laika models to replace my Chausson, but can't seem to find a great deal of info on the web regarding folks experience of the vehicles and the company/dealers. They look very nice vans, but does anyone have any first hand experience, good or bad they could share with me?
     
  2. quickweh

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    We have a 2009 Laika Rexosline, we are very pleased with the build quality and storage. They are relatively rare in the UK with Southdown's being the main UK dealer. Most are on a Fiat base vehicle.
     
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  3. BryanM

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    We have a 1998 A class 200i bought back in March and find the Laika a very well designed and versatile Motorhome. It's based on a twin rear wheel Iveco chassis and is 3800kgs so you need to have your license pre 1997but has a big payload and a max train weight of 7 ton so can tow a raceshuttle.

    It's a seven berth but more importantly has 5 individual beds so when my daughter and grandchildren come over in the summer, we were able to go away with everyone having their own bed. When they left and we headed of to Tuscanny, we folded the bottom bunk up and that converted the area into a garage big enough to hold our two bikes so no worries about them getting stolen or filthy.[​IMG][​IMG]

    Likewise the lounge area is cleverly thought out with a long settee on one side, and an L shape one on the other and with the removable steering wheel, both captains seats swivel right round giving you a lounge area the seats 10! However when the two of us go away, the long settee converts into a dining table and seats but still leaves a setee for lounging in.[​IMG]

    A lot of thought also went into the drop down bed. When you initially lower it you can pull it out about a foot which, although it's still a double mattress, gives the person on the inside more height and more width keeping them away from the windscreen. It can also extend out even further to convert into a superking size bed , letting you sleep lengthwise rather than side to side. The optional kit to let you do this involved straps at either side but I was going to modify the ladder to support it, there is a steel bar the length of the bed, but as my wife said 'why bother?' as the bed as standard fits us, I'm 6'1' , and it would mean an extra mattress and time to put away. As it is, the bed and bedding is out the way in 5 seconds and we can be ready to roll in 30 seconds, a bit longer if we decide to get dressed first!!

    Another plus if you are a walker or skier is, in the older ones with Truma heater, it sits below the wardrobe but this has a hinged base with a wire basket shelf below so if you come in with wet boots and gear, put them in the shelf and hang your jackets up and when you put the heater on you have an instant hot press.

    So our thoughts would be Laika are a brand very much overlooked, but definitely worth having.
     
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    Previous motorhome was a Laika EcoVip and very well screwed together. Real wood laminates, clever storage ideas, double floor with heated lockers and tanks, fantastic black tank and cassette on many models, excellent insulation... List goes on.
     
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  5. JeanLuc

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    Laika generally have a good reputation - they are part of the Hymer Group. I have no direct experience of them but remember that Andy, the owner of Roadpro, had a C-class Laika (on an Iveco Daily chassis) for years that he used as a test bed for satellite systems. He took it all over Europe and to the shows.
    Whenever I have seen Laikas on sites / aires, they have looked good and there are still plenty of old ones running.
     
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    The son of one of our motorhoming friends has had one for a few years and speaks very highly of both the design and the build quality
     
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    We have a Laika Econvip 7r and love it, well built and still looks good after 15 years. Southdowns at Portsmouth have a good supply and there is also a dealer in Derbyshire but can't remember who or where. :)
     
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    Again a Laka Econvip 700 as above no problems gut a good vehicle . Now up for sale as I have a self build RV
     
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    They have a good reputation and great looks.
     
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  10. EssexBoy

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    Love my 2003 ecovip H710 A class. Good build quality, fully winterised & reliable as new...
     
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    I've seen a couple about, can't quote the models but A Class variants with a very similar layout to the Hymer b544 with drop down bed etc. Someone had one at the Benicarlo Rally in 2014 but can't remember who that was either :rolleyes:...I remember it was a cracking looking vehicle!
     
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    Yes.. up close and personal experience too..
    Not that I think it is really relevant mind..

    Number two daughter bought one last year.. Son in law ended up having to remove the whole back, renew all the timber framework before refitting the back outer skin !

    Mind you.. They only paid £4k for the van and it is about 30 years old
     
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    Our only experience with Laika motorhomes was whilst we were staying at Tudor Park in Slimbridge, they had a Laika owners club rally, odd that out of the 12 motorhome attending only two were Laika`s.
     
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    Its like a ride out on my Blackbird forum..
    Folk get a Bird, join the forum / club and after a few years some change for other bikes.. They like the forum so stick around.. when the ride outs happen it is usually about a 50/50 mix nowadays.. 50% Birds and the rest a right old mix of makes and models !
     
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    We had a Laika Ecovip 7R bought new in 1999 and really liked it. No problems with it, kept it for 4 years before we moved to an A Class.
     
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    Don't own one but they look well-made. However, chatting with an owner recently she drew attention to the fact that the moulding around the roof on the latest models doesn't allow water to drain off when parked level. Being Norwegian, she - and many of her fellow Norge Laika club owners - had found that when the trapped water froze, it damaged the seals of the rooflights. Just thought I'd pass that snippet on for consideration. :)
     
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    Emm bee motor homes in Bury have started selling Laika look very nice part of the Hymer group they have a few demo vehicles in stock
    Just bought my second Burstead from them nice people to deal with
     
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    Had a Liaka Ecovip for 5 years, the only downside was that it had 40ltr toilet holding tank and the problems trying to find a place to empty it, we lived in Spain at the time. Other than that it was a great van
     
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    It was us, thanks(y)
     
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