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  1. Triffid

    Triffid Read Only Funster

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    Hi All

    I had a Mazda Bongo for a couple of years, which was great fun but very heavy on the old mpg.

    Her indoors and I, plus the dog, fancy touring in Europe this year. We want a small camper (so that we can get into towns and park up easily) that does reasonable mpg.

    If you were me, which campervans would you look at? There is a bewildering range of choice.

    Of course I want to spend as little money as possible on the campervan as well.

    Thanks in anticipation for your comments

    T
     
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    Early model Auto Sleeper, well built, you can add the gismos to make life more comfortable, size of a transit, think its a "topaz", hold their value well as well,
    Could even go for a drive away awning.

    Best of luck in your search anyway:thumb:
     
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    welcome

    Welcome aboard:Wink:
     
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    Make me an offer for my Transit - 05 registered PVC
     
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    Small ones I love are the old Hymers in the 5 series.
    The 544 is popular but I personally love the 584 layout. Nice and short at around 6 Mtrs.
     
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    :welcome: to the mad house
    pity you wasn't here around 2 weeks ago you could Have:Rofl1: bought robs uce cream van
     
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    This could be bought cheap. ebay item no 180978199155.

    It says ended but it is still for sale. See Here
     
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    I think he mentioned 'reasonable' MPG ... :Laughing:

    Small campers are great, but you must be prepared to sacrifice facilities.., there will always be a compromise.. for example, you're unlikely to find one 'car' sized, that has a wash room and shower.. if it has, it will have sacrificed space elsewhere..

    The Hymers Karl mentioned are great.. but I wouldn't say they are easy to park in towns.. nor particularly economical to run.. for that you need a panel van conversion.. preferably short wheel based..

    My choice would be a Japanese camper van import.. based on the Toyota Hi Ace van .. they are well built, very well equipped, well maintained, and many have low mileages..
    They come in different styles with either a pop top or high roof, I've even seen one with a rear end shower room.. there are several importers and they occasionally come up on eBay ..

    For economy, look for a diesel engine.. around 30MPG .. petrol ones are thirsty.. low twenties..

    prices start from about £6k, but expect to pay £10 - £12k for a fresh import in good condition ..
     
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    And only 23'6'' - wow...!
     
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    Love my V.W Topaz, Although I travel alone ,have toured France in it. this year, around 35 mpg 2.4 diesel . p.m me if you would like anymore details.........................Del
     
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