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  1. parigby

    parigby Read Only Funster

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    PVC !!!! The wife says " as you are getting old, in about fourteen months you are going to run into the 3500 weight problem. You've either got to go through the medical / eye test thingy to maintain your licence as is, or change moHome for a PVC which keeps us below the 3500 limit.

    So, being a good boy, l do as l am told, and begin to research the market as to what l can get for my money ( her's really, in that all our money is hers. In days gone by she had a bank account which was hers : we have a joint account, which is hers : l had an account, which was hers ). Now l admit that l am looking towards the top end of the market, in that this is likely to be the last ever MoHome l (she ) buys. I'm ( from now on assume that when l say l'm, l really mean " her " ) looking for high end build quality in a PVC, simply because l don't want it falling apart at the seams a couple of years down the line.

    Base vehicle preferences are, must have an Auto box ( neither of us have a licence that allows us to drive manuals ) : really, really like Mercs, but as a last resort will put up with the Fiat (sigh). The only PVC l can find on a Merc is the Lunar Landstar.

    Layout preferences : this is where it gets really difficult with PVC''s, simply because we do not like any fixed bed combo. From our point of view they just take up too much of the limited available space. We prefer lounge space to fixed beds. Why do manufacturers try to pack so, so much into such a limited space. Have they never heard of the saying " less is more ".

    So far we have come up with a shortlist of :

    Lunar Landstar
    IH (although l appear to be getting the impression from various posts on various forums, that their build quality is not what it was ( but could be wrong here )
    Vantage

    But the money they want is eye watering at circa £60,000.00.

    Anyone got any other suggestions.
     
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  2. Allanm

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    There are still a good many coachbuilts that are under 3500kg with a decent payload. I would feel that I had better value for money buying a coachbuilt if the prices are so similar.
    Have you looked at Autosleepers? I was in the showroom a couple of days ago, they do quite a few PVC's
     
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    Buy a base vehicle and get Terry to convert it to your specific needs. :)
     
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  4. Robert Clark

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    Maybe not the answer your looking for, but have you considered a 'compact'
    or C class?
     
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    parigby Read Only Funster

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    Allan :

    I've had a long look at the AutoSleepers PVC's ( our present MoHome is the AutoSleepers Berkshire ), and once l've specked it up to what l want, they too are in the £60,000.00 region.

    Maybe l need to follow you advice, and begin searching for a below 3500 coach built - any suggestions as to where to start for one on a Merc ?
     
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    Following on from my post to Allan above, what l don't want is a fixed bed variety of whatever.
     
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    This might not help if you are looking for something different to Fiat Ducato but I have been researching PVC's for the last three months with a view to changing ours for a brand new one and I have shortlisted two vans, one is the Autotrail Tribute 670 which is very good value at around £38000 and the Autocruise Alto at around £45000 but has a fixed bed. Our dilemma is that each van is not 100% perfect for us, so be prepared to have to make compromises when looking at different models !!!
     
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    I'm with you Allanm. The one major downside of a PVC is having a sliding side door that lets the cold in!

    Brian
     
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    Our Murvi Morocco is nearly three years old and nothing has fallen off internally, no leaks and it has the best kitchen, loo and lounging area you can get in my view - which is why we bought it. :) Not the cheapest, just the best.

    I wouldn't swap it for a coach built as we like the big uninterrupted door opening which let's the outside in when it is warm enough to leave open.

    End of advert!
     
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    Have you thought of a Hymer Exsis? Well below your weight limit, excellent quality and you can save a lot if you import from Germany.

    I've done it twice, it's not difficult.

    Mike
     
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    Hymer MT T super lightweight on 3500kg Mercedes Chasis starting from £50,400 before extras. Super Chasis, Hymer quality and slightly narrower than a std coach built, you can't go wrong.
     
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    Import and save bundles or buy mine in classifieds:)
     
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    Best build quality & design on a PVC that we have found is Globecar & if you import one ( quite a few Funsters have ) then considerable money to be saved (y)
     
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    Have a look at www.mobile.de
    It's the German equivalent of Autotrader but so much more.
    It has a specific motorhome section and you'll be very pleasantly surprised at the prices.
    Judge Mental (above) has alluded to it. Have a look and be prepared to be shocked at the price differences.
     
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    And makes them a real pain to neighbours and worse makes it look like a delivery van with added bed.

    Plenty of C class MHs under 3.5 and Hymer do full A class at that weight.
     
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    And that's the thing we've noticed on our travels - PVC's are great when the weather is good.
    But when it's cold or wet, it must be claustrophobic?
     
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    Mines a globecar/Pössl real nice spec:)
     
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    Now that`s an interesting thought. It it like Leather?, and with whips and stuff?

    Pete
     
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