How much does age matter (in a motor home!)

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  1. Jackiet

    Jackiet Read Only Funster

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    Hello,
    Am going to view a VW 1999 2.4 Compass Calypso - am also looking at newer motor homes around 2007 - more updated (and £!) but am wary having read about Fiat, Peugeot, and Citroen and water ingress.

    Does age really matter? The VW fits ticks quite few boxes in particular length.
    Many thanks
     
  2. aba

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    as long as its no rust anywhere got lots of mot and some service history and no damp it should be better than some newer motorhomes.
     
  3. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Age does not neccesarily matter but unless the old uns have been well looked after, just like men, they can deteriorate !

    I have some later vans that are ideal for couples and also lengthwise. like these for example:
    Rapido 709f Motorhome 2006
    Length: 5.56m / 18'3"
    Width: 2.23m / 7'4"
    Height: 2.67m / 8'9"
    Mileage: 7,750
    MTPLM: 3,400kg
    Three berth end fixed bed model


    Pilote Cityvan Motorhome 2010

    Length: 18'8" / 5.69m
    Width: 6'9" / 2.05m
    Height: 9'0" / 2.75m
    MTPLM: 3,500kg
    Two Berth Fixed Bed Over Garage
     
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  4. callumwa

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    I don't think age matters in a motorhome........


    I have seen some very, very, old people in motorhomes.........:RollEyes:

    In fact there are quite a few of them around us here at Chester this weekend.......:Wink:

    Some of them even have current MOT's, albeit it with a few advisories.....:imoutahere:
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    VW is a byword for quality engineering.

    Older MHs were built better than new ones.

    Condition is everything, if it's sound, go for it.
     
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    could always get a new old style vw t2 . google vwt2 danbury.
    brian likes old .he is old .ha ha . :RollEyes:
     
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    hi, i assume the van in question is a t4 transporter although a 1999 should be a 2.5tdi but that doesn't matter .if its in good nick and the price is right get it,it is DEFINATELY better than money in the bank as they are going up in price.i speak from experiance as i have 7 of them(panel vans) that we are converting into surf busses/campers,and i certainly don't mind having the money tied up for as long as it takes to get them done as like i said they are going up in price.good luck. steve.:thumb:
     
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    you have to think outside the box

    When it comes motor homes you need to think outside the box...

    Often you see (yanks) low mileage and fairly old... great you think:Blush: but what if they have been used full time as a home... ok low miles, so the engine is not worn.. but the tyres are stuck in the same position month after month.. the equipment on board, toilet, fridge, heating etc., etc., have been worked to death.

    So it is a balancing job.. looking at the condition overall... age v miles v condition. Then price... is there a service history, does it all add up. how many owners, how often has the motor home changed hands... has it been stored near the sea most of it's life? what information does the owner have.. has the engine had a proper service at the expected times.. mileage v age ( it may not have done enough miles for a regular mileage service ... but has it had a annual service)... what has been spent on it over the years.. good and bad...

    so it all comes down to common sense... if it looks to good then it is.

    Let your gut tell you and a damp meter and may be a report from an engineer.

    Bob
     
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  9. Jackiet

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    Than you for replies

    Many thanks for the helpful and amusing replies! Really think the VW I saw is good value - however have seen a newer version - 2001 2.5tdi v 1999 and 2.4. So will do more research.

    Drove over to Marquis (Eastbourne) - had a good time looking at all the motorhomes; one's we liked were either too long and / or expensive - but all good fun to look.

    Went along to Johns Cross today (Sunday) but closed. Said open on the web page and on the door - and answer phone message asked me to hold on as my call was valued etc... saw 4 other couples drive up look and drive away.

    Once again thank for your help - really appreciagted
    Cheery
    Jackie
     
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    Just think of women :Rofl1:

    old ones can be reliable plodders with bits hanging down and a little saggy on the rear end reluctant to start and not very racy


    new ones will be fast and go like the clappers with a pert sexy body and your friends may envy you



    BUT


    they all have one thing in common they cost you a lot of money:Rofl1:
     
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    don't make the mistake I made and assume that all the facilities work ok. make sure you get the seller to demonstrate everything fitted like the fridge, gas hob,water heater, 230v & 12v electrical systems, Thetford toilet etc .

    We went for a 1995 coach built and although everything is a little worn and tatty most things can be cheaply upgraded like cushion covers and curtains, blinds and carpeting etc.

    The most important thing to get right in my opinion and experience is to think carefully about how you intend to use the campervan and get one with the right internal layout for comfort.

    its little use buying one with a fantastic kitchen and a shower toilet to die-for when your beds and seating are uncomfortable or poorly laid out. You spend maybe 1-2 hours a day in the kitchen and toilet but at least 10 hours a day in bed and on the seating. :Wink:

    For us , 2x driving captains seats that fully revolve rearwards was one of the most important features we added . Reclining seats with armrests are simply bliss at the end of a long day.
     
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    shame that John Cross Motorhomes was closed


    Shame you did not find anyone at Johns Cross today.. one would have thought the Easter holiday would be a good time to sell motor homes and parts. I am sure Peter will respond to the facts you highlighted in your post (I hope he will). But you have done the right thing and looked at more than one dealer.

    I note you are in Sussex and there is another dealer on the A22 going towards London on the right hand side not far from Upper Dicker... might be worth having a look see there as well.

    Bob
     
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    There have been many improvemets over the years so some people would prefer newer vans. Other people will think that older stuff is simpler to repair.

    I do think that whatever age you look at a quality brand will last better, we bought an older van made by a good manufacturer rather than a new cheaper van.
     
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    I think this is Marquis Eastbourne mentioned earlier. I know it's not very near Eastbourne.

    There is another dealer on the A21 just a couple of miles north of Johns Cross before Hurst Green. Its mainly tuggers but does have some motorhomes.
     
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    i am 58 yrs i don't think age comes into it
     
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    Also there is a dealer at

    At the junction of the road that goes to Edenbridge the road between East Grinstead and Ashust (Tunbridge wells Road) .. Colestock cross Roads .. it seems to have about a dozen motor homes and about 30 caravans on the front.. may be worth a look.. some looked reasonable price.. this site changes hands fairly often.. not like the other we have talked about that have been there years... Also there is one in Peacehaven on the main road (expensive) not far from the Lideo.... main A259.

    Bob
     
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    VW are more expensive on parts. Usual suspect on these, especially 98 onwards (and does effect new ones) is the gearbox. VW state it is a leisure gearbox and thus is designed to do 65k before failure - some do more, many more in fact - others do less, alot less.....so make sure you have a warranty...preferably one that will repay on the same fault over again. The VW gearbox faults are mainly due to the bearings running on the casing, the servo casing failing and the speedo head that controls the gearbox failing - look at around £3500 budget for repairs. older ones better than facelift and newer ones, though expect a few gearbox replacement if using daily.

    French bases - Up to 2001/2 water ingress was caused by water being channeled from the scuttle over the top of the gearbox - it was a recall - make sure it was done! If there is no proof, then enagage gears, and look for flicker on speedo as this suggests high box pressure.

    After this date, we go onto the rectangular headlight and clipboard on dash models, these had the same gearbox/scuttle arrangement on earlier ones, so check and also had fuel rail spiltting faults - all of which were recalls, so do check that they were done.

    The current shape......don't bother - just don't bother!:thumb:
     
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    A Nice Lad - Maybe

    When we met this weekend I thought you were a nice lad :Eek!::Eek!:you cheeky young bugger. Still do actually - Great time in your company cheers.:thumb:
     
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    Diane and I had a great time as well, a pleasure to meet you both...........:thumb:

    Hope to meet up with you again sometime....
     
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    Age?

    Well, our old MB608, 1986, embarked on a 29000km tour to India, suffered one puncture and one centre propshaft bearing,then went to Morrocco and Sahara, came home after 2 years and flew through mot without even an advisory. Passed next 3 mots no probs. Still going strong on original everything (other than brake shoes and filters etc.). Can't think of many tupperwares that could boast that...

    Latest 1991 Ducato-based Dethleffs - let the side down totally by failing the mot 2 weeks ago - cost £3.09 to fix (cv gaiter split) ...

    One for £3k, the other £8.5 ...




    :Smile:
     
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