I crawl back sheepishly to the forum....

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by roadster55, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. roadster55

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    Unfortunately the van wasn't suitable - gutted. Just not big enough for the mutt and me I'm afraid, I'd end up stepping on her (or worse) each time I moved. Also nowhere near enough storage room bearing in mind we'd be going for long trips of a month at least. Another thing was the (couch) bed unmade wasn't really wide enough (which is a polite way of saying I should eat less pasties!). The other problems of course were small gas bottles, water bottles and mini thetford loo, all of which would run down pretty darn quickly (especially after my beans on toast and Vindaloo!!

    I got a bit carried away I'm afraid and let my heart rule my head. At least I now know what I need; there are two options:

    1. Look for a motorhome rather than a campervan that I can afford, and my current limit of around £18,000 limits their availability somewhat, though there are still quite a few older ones about, but usually with high mileage and unless they're Hymers or the like they could prove costly to own.

    There is a Hymer B534 for sale on ebay;

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191848746566?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    But it's bigger than I require really...

    2. Hold off for now and save like crazy. The dog is now 13 and a half and suffers from a few ailments too.
    Perhaps it's a little unfair to lug an old dog all round Europe? Then when the time comes re. mum's dog, I I'd be in a stronger position financially and free of worry over the old girl.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    The Hymer 534 in my opinion has one of the best layouts in a sub 6 metre van. The U shape lounge is huge, with good visibility all around. The one you posted is the last of the good uns, know as the blue stripe. That one does not seem a lot of money for a very low mileage 534.
     
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    Looks like a super van on ebay. Think it will hold it's value.

    Only you can decide what is right for you though.
     
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    That looks like a really good buy
     
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    Two great vans there for not a lot of money.
    Both built at a time when quality counted couldn't go wrong with either.
     
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    If I was in the market for a sub 6 metre van I would be high tailing it to Holland right now before its gone. Once UK registered that little RMB is all of £18K. It even has satellite internet fitted with a new Oyster sat system. @Jim will tell you what that alone is worth.
     
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    Correct, I think the light ash finish is the best colour, its bright and gives the van a modern look. A full re upholstery job in half leather including curtains and floor can be done for well under £2K as I had this done on an RMB with the same woodwork and furniture coverings. So, for under £14K you would have a van that would stand out, with all the extras already factory fitted. Below is a couple of photo's of an RMB I had refurbished.
    RMB makeover 009.JPG RMB makeover 010.JPG RMB makeover 017.JPG
     
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    What a bloody good spot Dave, that has to be the one surely.
     
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    Thanks for your input as I don't know much about Hymers.
     
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    To everybody who has replied many thanks. The Holland one looks good but I prefer the rear lounge and also manual transmission. Think I might go and look at the ebay one, it's only at Lyme Regis which is about 1 and half hours drive.
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    Never mind we looked at lots of vans before we found our first and changed our minds aswell. Have you bought anything on ebay as there is good advice on the forum for help.
     
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    The benefit of the RMB is that for an initial outlay of £11.5K he can use it as is, then if he decides to keep it he can reupholster at a later date. On the other hand, if he does not like it he can sell it on at a profit. Win..Win situation.
     
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    I've popped "buying on ebay" and just "ebay" into the search option here, but no luck. Would you be able to direct me in the right direction please.
     
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    I think it was another member buying a van on ebay. Perhaps you could start a new thread asking for advice @Minxy Girl knows a lot about E bay
     
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    Snowbird what would be the possible pitfalls you'd keep in mind when viewing that ebay B534? From my quick bit of research would I be right in saying check for rust - perhaps with more chance on the chassis, and possible damp on the interior?
    I note they've replaced a lot of things, which is good, are these the most important things in your book - or is there something else significant which may go once I own it?
    I've read a few things on older Hymers here; would there be any problem with getting insurance/rescue cover on a 1996 van? What about spares for the Fiat base vehicle? Windscreen, that sort of thing, should I invest in a DEKRA inspection before handing over my money?
    Thanks.
     
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