Does the base vehicle really matter?

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  1. escapecommittee

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    we are contemplating buying a motor home. We have looked at many layouts, been to two shows and have narrowed the field down to a Chausson 610. It seems to have the right accommodation, storage and the drop down bed looks better than making up a bed every night. This model is offered with a Fiat base or a Ford base. I drive a Ford Kuga, and the Ford cab in the motor home is very close to the layout in the Kuga. But....it cannot be by chance that 80 % of motor homes are based on Fiat. My only experience of Fiats is hiring cars which appear tinny and not well put together. So can someone guide me as to what difference the base vehicle makes. Also are there other models that come close to the 610? Appreciate the benefits of someone's experience. Thanks.
     
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    Hello @escapecommittee,
    No knowledge of Chausson vans but two of our three motorhomes were Bessacarrs based on Fiat Ducatos. We had no problems with them; lots of pulling power, well-equipped and servicing was inexpensive.
    Stef.
     
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    Agreed
     
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    The Fiat Ducato seems a popular choice because it was the right size. There are Transit based MHs but generally only panel van conversions. The Fiat Daily is also a base for larger MHs.
     
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    If you like the 610 have you looked at a 620... A little larger with a nice garage... available on the Fiat or Ford base... think the Fiat is a couple thou more expensive...
    Andy
     
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    I can only say that I have a Fiat Ducato base and have had no problems at all .You will get loads of People coming on saying "this ones better than that one and vice versa" ,to be honest , in my opinion theirs no major difference .They are all similar and it is no big deal . Stand back and wait for all the " experts " coming on to share their expertise .
     
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    About 70% of all European motorhomes on the road today are Fiat based, that is literally millions of both camper vans and motorhomes..

    The most important things to consider when deciding on a van are

    Layout and Payload...

    not the base vehicle ..
     
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    Had three Fiats and fourth on order.
    Speaks for itself methinks.
     
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    We chose our Chausson on a Ford chassis as on Mk7 there was the option of a 4th bed as bit more space than Fiat version plus cheaper for parts & servicing :)
     
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    The transit is a narrower wheelbase than the fiat which may affect handling -Engine wise Fiat make there own and transit pug and Citroen all share same engine although each has it's own slight modifications -All variations are very car like-nice to drive --PVC wise the transit is some 5 ins narrower than the fiat etc and about 8 ins narrower at the top -makes a big difference to room inside
    terry
     
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    Not much wrong with the Ford but the cabs do feel cramped compared to Fiat, I also think the Fiat is a nicer drive.
     
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    Our Chausson is on a Fiat base. We had a bit of an issue at a service (thread on one of the engine retaining nuts on a support bracket was stripped and we had to wait three days for a new bracket) - not sure if the service agent was at fault or Fiat but a letter to Fiat resulted in the following service being done FOC. Customer service at Fiat was first class.

    I think the Ford based Chaussons are a smidge longer than the Fiat? Would that make ferries a bit more expensive????
     
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    Rebel against the evil Fiat motorhome base vehicle monopoly!
    The new transit comes with a wide rear track motorhome chassis and great visibility from the new cab design.
    Get the Transit, not a hopelessly facelifted regurgitation of a 10 year old design!:)
     
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    Our Chausson is on the mk8 Ford 155 engine and is just like a car to drive and have had no issues in our first year of ownership ,try the swivel seats on the fiat compared to the Ford as our friends have a fiat based bessacar and I find their Seats easier operated than in our Ford but thats maybe down to layout , personally I wouldn't pay the extra for a Fiat
     
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    when it comes to panel van conversion the fiat is galvanised up to window height im not sure the ford is and i couldnt be sure about chasis cabs
     
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    The chassis cab comes with 12 year corrosion warranty .
     
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    Dont know about ford or merc etc but the fiat cabs can be supplied with the lowered ALKO KOBER rear chassis.
    A far superior chassis for motorhomes.
     
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    Apart from the fiddly seat swivels I love our Mk8 Transit Chausson. I am not an expert but have driven both Fiat and the new Transit, and at the risk of incurring the Fiat fans ire I vastly prefer the Ford (and it's quite a bit cheaper). The difference in length is only 3cm.
     
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    The one thing fiat have done is targeted the M/H business and developed both the engine/chassis to suit camper vans, not so sure Ford have done this
     
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    Nothing much has changed with the new transits except the outer shape (lwb HR pig ugly but smaller van look nice ?)--They are still only 5 ft 9 ins usable space at the bottom and they are now 5 ft 4 ins at the top (4 ins wider) Obviously this does not matter on a CB but on a PVC it matters a lot - They missed a trick and should have made the strengthening bars less wide inside freeing up much needed space -I thought they used same width back axles / running gear on all MWB/LWB transits ??? do they do a one off for CB' s ? or is it simply they don't waste all the inner space
    terry
     
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