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  1. teecee20

    teecee20 Read Only Funster

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    :thumb:Hi all
    the present wife ( blessed be her name } and i are thinking of buying a new motorhome now that i have been put out to grass !
    we sorry she cant make our minds up as to which one to buy
    it is either a bailey approach 740 or a bessacar e572 have any of you great people got an idea as to which is the best for our first motorhome ?
    we have been caravaners for the past 20years but we have never looked at motorhomes before
    any advice would be great
    thanks in advance
    teecee
     
  2. wivvy's dad

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    In a word - NO

    Only you can decide.

    Good luck
     
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  3. Popeye

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    Two nice vans, which layout? I would go for the Bessy if it is the twin single bed arrangement as it would suit us better. Nothing between them regards quality and not much difference in price. I like the central galley in both of them.

    Go and sit in them both, pretend you're making tea, cooking, sleeping, sit on the loo, do your feet fit.

    Do everything (almost) that you imagine yourself doing, you'll prefer one or the other and it's fun looking..........best of luck ...Griff
     
  4. Gran & Rog

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    Make sure you look around before making any decision or you may spend lots of silly money.

    Go back to look at the ones you like most - take your time and good luck
     
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  5. Gooney

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    Lots of folks on this site in the past have recommended not going in the deep end first time for a brand new van, the concensus is it takes 2 to 3 vans before you find YOUR ideal layout, buy second hand or previously loved until you know what suits you. I bought brand new and my only criteria was under 6 mtrs, I thought to get reduced ferry crossings, I now wish I had gone another 1/2 metre to give me extra lounge area:Doh:
     
  6. motorhomewave

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    Tony, spot on, we too bought a 120 from new in 2008, reg in 2009. We wanted the rear lounge area and a parkable sized unit. We looked at hundreds of MH's used and new and for the money the 120 won hands down but that extra 1/2 metre would be great to stretch out on. Were coming up to 3 years useage (30,000 miles) no issues yet, yours still ok ?
     
  7. Welsh girl

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    We had the avantgard 120 and lived in it for a year but always wanted the slightly longer one for a small dinette up front which is the one we now have, the downside is we cannot park this one in one space in the car parks but we dont really pay any more on the tunnel, haven't seen a lot of difference on the ferry either.
    Ours is a 7 mt van and the extra space, rear lounge 2 singles or king size bed is our van of choice but trying to find a winterised van with the same layout is proving difficult.
    We have frozen up even though we have tank heaters, the dealer said that we would be ok as the tank heaters would keep us ok but don't believe them.
     
  8. Terry

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    Best advice I can give is go look at both vans and spend time setting up beds sitting in loo/shower, imagine cooking/washing up etc,then test drive each :thumb:you should have a good idea then.:thumb:Once you have made your mind up look at others :BigGrin:
    terry
     
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  9. Enjoy_Yourself

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    I really would recommend going for an older van for the first one. Chances are you will either wish you had never bought one, or more likely, wish you had bought another layout. Either way you are going to lose big time if you buy new and have to trade in.
     
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    Only you can answer the question...the thing to do is list your requirements..ie

    layout..U shape lounge or dinette
    Fixed bed..
    Lo profile...Overcab bed
    Front lounge..
    etc etc etc....The list is endless..have a good look round dealers shows..everyone you ask will have a differing word..
    Most of all have fun looking...
     
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    Hi Motorhomewave
    Yes the 140 model would have been the Mutts Nuts because apart from that extra lounge length it is identical in every way to the 120 and I'm more than pleased with that, I had a few teething problems,nothing serious but they were quickly rectified by the supplier. Mine had the modifications already fitted re the water ingress into the engine bay that seemed to be a problem on earlier versions and at the end of the day, driving carefully 50-55mph I can quite easily get 35 to the gallon. :thumb::thumb:
     
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