Idea of price...

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  1. Merle Collins

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    Hi all,

    Apologies if this is not PC, but is it an annoyance if Newbies ask for advice on valuations of motorhomes? :rolleyes:

    I've seen one local that could do the job, but am absolutely clueless at the worth of them..:(

    I won't say what it is until the idea is given the thumbs up...(y)
     
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    Can't see a problem myself :) A lot depends on condition etc. though.
     
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    Oh, it'll be our first one so is a LOT older than some of the beauties the regulars on here have... :(

    1991 Ducato Chausson, 4 berth with 20K genuine miles on the clock. £5,500 ONO. :whistle:
    Only snag, other than i imagine it will not have power steering, is that it has parallel facing benches in the back...:cautious:

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    Any thoughts?
     
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    That's quite a lot of van for £5k.

    Are you sure about that mileage though?

    Check for damp everywhere I think.
     
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    Looks very tidy

    Price is o.n.o. so............................

    Power steering will cost £600

    MOT ? - How long owned ? Serviced ?.......................
     
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    Well, looks like a tidy one & I would have thought that's not a bad price. What you need to make absolutely certain of is that it is a genuine sale & the V5 is in the name & address of the seller, probably worth doing a hp check on it as well! I'm guessing it won't have had a habitation check so might be worth having a check around with a damp meter as well, then usual things like any service history etc.
    Is there anyone locally who could perhaps cast an eye over it for you?
    Good luck
     
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    Cheers guys (y)

    It looks very clean inside also. I have a feeling it's been a one owner van from new. I would almost certainly believe it will be genuine 20K, cars don't do a lot of miles up here anyway, never mind MH's...:LOL:

    The parallel benches do concern me though, as we have kids. Racking my brain as to how I would get over the safety aspect....:unsure: Is a new double seat in the front an option?

    C
     
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    There's not a Motorhome Specialist here, but I certainly could take a mechanic with me.

    Is the lack of power steering a massive (n) on these?

    Also, its only a 2.0 litre engine, would that annoy me after a while?
     
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    Seat belts might be a problem

    We do worry today about them but my first MH had the same layout, no belts, kids wee small - buses don't have belts............. Your call on that one though
     
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    Apart from your seatbelt issue, if every thing else is as stated, I would snatch his hand off
     
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    The first motorhome I bought was a 2ltr petrol engine with an lpg conversion, it was seriously under powered and was the region I wanted to sell it after about 18months. Being petrol it was difficult to sell on and no dealer wanted it as a px.

    Whilst your mh seems a good buy for the money and if later you find the lack of power and power steering a problem, you might find it difficult to resell or px. Have this in mind when you buy

    Norman
     
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    Is the retro fit power steering any good/reliable BB?
     
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    For a first van - I would agree with Chaser

    My first van was a coachbuilt with a 1600cc petrol engine - took us to France and Spain - did struggle with the Massif Centrale though but what's the hurry ?
     
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    Don't think it will ever be worth less than that, if as I said in my earlier post everything is as stated, if it's a rot box or full of damp then that's a different story, mechanicals can be fixed, ask bill the drill
     
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    Just had it fitted - makes all the difference ! A few places do it, hundreds fitted (y)(y)
     
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    if its half as good as it looks it will be a great starter van youll get used to no power steering it is only heavy when maneuvering you soon realise you can only steer once moving
    2 litre petrol will be fine possibly a bit slow on hills but again youll not be in a rush
    my only concern is children without belts
     
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    OK, this is marvellous feedback, thanks so much chaps. I was worried this was a well trodden path of a subject and would not be well received...:oops:

    I'm going to organise a viewing. Is there a check list of things I should keep my eyes and ears open for?
     
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    Looks great from the outside. You mentioned it has side benches, is there any way you could modify them so there is a a full backrest at the end and fit belts so the kids could sit in the right direction? I don't know the internal layout so I'm only guessing if it is possible. Power, or lack of it, and no power steering are issues you will get used to.

    When you are in a motorhome you can just take as much time as it takes anyway...... that's part of the magic..:)

    The belts for the kids would be my biggest concern, but otherwise for that money, it looks a great starter..(y)
     
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    Ask the guy if it has five gears, (some of the petrol models didn't). No need to worry about a cam belt with that engine, its on a chain.
    A ful LPG conversion will cost you about £1500, well worth the money at 69p a litre. (and, it can be made to supply the cooker/fridge/heating).
     
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