engine and van choice help please

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  1. mick noe

    mick noe Funster

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    started to look for a new (to us) van layout decided upon. We have seen a rapido 7086f that ticks all the boxes If the dealer will fit new tyres(cracked walls) and maybe adjust screen price for cash. BUT it is a little older than first envisaged so has the 2.8 fiat engine 2005 vintage rather than the new euro 4/5 or whatever any thoughts should we try and find same layout with new style engine?
    Also it has an alco chassis am I right in thinking I cannot fit a tow bar to these chassis if so no deal not going without our lovely bike on trailer.
    Any thoughts on coachbuilt rapidos in general thanks in advance Mick and Hazel:BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    in preference I would personally say newer is better

    alko chassis, of course can have a towbar fitted. not an issue, just needs to be the correct one designed to just bolt on

    as its an alko chassis has it been maintained and greased correctly and frequently. its now reaching the sort of age their axles fail at if not regularly greased in the correct manner

    if the tyres have been left to deteriorate, check for other gaps in maintenance. but of course the dealer should repair and replace anything like that before purchase.

    its an excellent time to buy now as winter is on the way and dealers need to get rid of stock rather than have it devalue on the forecourt before spring. or wait a few months and make a cheeky low offer nearer christmas is often a good way to get a better deal
     
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    well im sure you can fit a tow bar on an alco chassis
     
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    I have a rapido 785f on fiat chassis,you can fit a towbar on alko no problem.as for build quality rapidos are exellent.i bought mine new in 2004 not had one problem up to now.I have 2.8 engine no problems.:thumb:
     
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    The 05 engines are fine, you must use synthetic oil though. You can add a towbar to an ALKO chassis - what you MUSTN'T do is drill any more holes in it! Alko have enough holes already present to fit a towbar. This won't cause any issues, unless it is a tag axle - in the tag axle version, they are made to carry weight, and not tow it which means you towing capacity is all but useless.

    A normal size van you will be fine with.
     
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