I need your help please!

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  1. Blaise

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    Hi everyone :)

    I want to buy my first motorhome and hope you nice people will give me some good advice. I need something in which two people can sleep, plus one large dog! I have to have an automatic due to a gammy leg, and I will be using it as my main vehicle too, so it needs to be small. I like the look of the Romahome, but apparently the two-berth comes only with manual transmission. The old-style VW camper also appeals, but they are SO expensive. (I have a maximum budget of 8k.). I know it's a big ask, but I'd be so grateful for your wisdom. It's all because my job requires me to be away overnight from time to time and I have an elderly dog who needs to come with me.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. calion

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    You could consider a Mazda Bongo/ Ford Freda. The majority of them seem to be automatic. Small enough for everyday use, but can also be camped in.
     
  3. Jonkil

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    Toyota Hiace may suit
     
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    Sorry no help with your question but welcome anyway:welc:
     
  6. Blaise

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    Thanks so much for the quick responses :). Are all those mentioned above insulated, like a Romahome? I wouldn't want the pooch to boil in summer or me to freeze in winter!
     
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    Thanks so much for all your replies. You have given me hope!
     
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    There's a dealer in Bristol who imports secondhand campers from Japan and his prices are usually well within your budget. He/they advertize a lot on ebay. I'll try and find you a link
     
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    I would put your wish list into the eBay search engine and see what pops up.
    Not strictly a camper but the Astro day vans are great with an electric bed and are automatic.
     
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    Again, thank you!
     
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    Depending on ones level of mechanical competence, the obvious answer is a PVC that is Ford Transit based. Then purchase a second hand auto box from a regular Ford Tranist and fit to the van! It is a very simple job, and even a local mechanic wouldn't charge the earth to fit one!
     
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    Welcome aboard;)
     
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    Sorry can't help with your specific query, especially as we are so far away but pleased to say "Hello" anyway.
    Hope you get sorted soon.
    Our first van was a Toyota HiAce and was wonderful. We also had a TownAce which wasn't so good.
     
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    Hi & welcome :)

    Sorry I can't help but lots of sound advice above.

    The link jonchris put on sounds good :)
     
  19. westy77

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    The old VW campers are way overpriced for what they are. By that I mean the T1 and T2's (Splits and Bays). The T3 (square looking van from 79-92) is slightly cheaper and easier to live with, but still an old pain in the arse that likes to rust. Which brings us to the T4, these can be over priced as every floppy haired flip flop botherer that can't afford an older van has taken every ex AA T4, put a billabong sticker in and headed straight for Cornwall. But you can still find decent vans. Are you opposed to LHD? If not the Westfalia vans are great and good ones can be found for under £10k.

    Do not ever buy one of those newish Brasilian T2 vans as they are rusting before they get here and for the price you can get a good origonal German built van.
     
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    I know this is advertised over budget, and I'm not sure how often the website is updated. But this is what I mean about T4 Westfalia. If it is the thing you like the look of it would be worth contacting Steve the owner and having a chat at least.

    http://www.eastfalia.com/detail.aspx?carid=258
     
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