New to motorhomes and have a problem help!

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  1. Blackrooke

    Blackrooke Read Only Funster

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    Hi, very new to motorhomes, picked ours up yesterday. Stayed in it last night and experienced a few problems. Can anyone help. We have just gone from our caravan of 4 years and now think we may have made a mistake.
    Problem 1
    There seems to be a bad draft at low level, is this with all vans or just Elddis, we have vents near the door!
    Problem 2
    There is 4 seats which is supposed to make a double bed with the table down, how can this be the table is smaller than the gap, maybe some one has my model and I am just being stupid.
    Problem 3
    The overcab bed is very low and like sleeping on the floor, the mattress is so slim, is this normal and people (adults) actually sleep in this area.

    Our van is an autoquest160 by elddis 2006 model.

    Maybe we have been spoilt by our caravan but I am devastated that our first night was not much fun. Please help before the wife tells me to change back to caravanning:Sad:
     
  2. CHRI$

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    i think you will find when you take the table down there is a box about 12in high, with a loose lid that is against the wall between the seat's that stores the pullout slats that make's the bed base?
    and yes the matress is thin on all elddis's.

    chris
     
  3. aba

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    welcome to the fun:welcomefunster:
    hi not familiar with that model but someone will soon help with specifics
    the low level draught could be coming from the cab area as that will be cooler than the rest of the van. or just as an effect of blown heating rising until the temperature stabilises.

    your table could be one with a folding leg (ours is) and hooks onto a bar at a low level has about an inch or so all round the edges and a crossbar support for the leg end.

    the overcab bed varies from motorhome to motorhome some are there just to make some use of the space and suitable for children only others are suited to adults.

    hope this helps.

    andy
     
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    We owned an Elddis, a 2006 Autocirrus. We found they had gone a bit over the top with the gas drop vents too! Lots of draughts and not good in winter.
    You shouldn't block any of these drop vents because they are there to vent off potential gas leaks. We half blanked ours to help, but please note this really isn't recommended!
    Our overcab was low too, we slept up there, however, in preference to breaking down the lounge. It was much nicer not to have to put away a bed before the morning cuppa!
    Our mattress too was quite thin but we were comfortable enough.
    We changed our Elddis recently for a French made 'van and we don't experience any of the same problems.
    As for the lounge bed, we haven't a clue, but we found the Elddis manual very comprehensive! Incidentally, a search round the Elddis site should find you a downloadable manual for your 'van.
    Hope this helps..............
     
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    The over cab bed in our Burstner is better than our house bed. Can't sit up but can kneel to crawl to the far side.

    However the second "bed" made from the dinette seats is not big enough for adults.

    If you have made a bad choice maybe you can persuade the dealer to change it since you've only just picked it up.

    People say your third MH is the one you hoped for from the start.
     
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    Welcome to the FUN and I hope you find out, as many of us have, that the freedom of motorhoming is a great way of seeing our country & Europe.
     
  7. pappajohn

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    hi Blackrooke and welcome to the fun.

    yes, it is a different kind of camping to a caravan.
    certainly a more cramped interior and possibly not as light and airy as you're used to.

    our last van was a swift kontiki and that too had vents in the step area...on the step risers...which did allow some drafts.

    as this is just about the lowest point of the floor they also act as gas drop vents, in the event of an interior gas leak.
    if the draft is bad you could temporarily cover them with card and tape but not really advisable.

    as chris said, look for the slat box between the dinette seats...simply pull up the lid which has the slats attached.
    they then lay on two rails on the front edges of the seats.

    we never used the overcab bed as it hadnt enough headroom for me, but the mattress was little more than a foam sleeping mat.

    the usual cure is a 1" or 2" memory foam mattress topper.

    dont give up hope on your van, you'll soon get used to it and the freedom it brings. :thumb:
     
  8. Blackrooke

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    Thanks all

    Just been out and done it, wow if only I had that last night, you are a star, I suppose I will get some foam mattress toppers which will help, do you get a lot of drafts:Smile:

    Thanks to all the replies, wow this is good site feeling positive already, there does seem to be a few vents especially near the door well. I think I will block them and see. Maybe fit a small floor blow heater.

    Someone mentioned it takes 3 times to get the right van, that's what we found with our caravan. We use it for the year and think about a change this time next year.

    Thanks to all your comments. Merry xmas
     
  9. keith

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    Just another thought. Check the cab doors, they have vents on the curve part of the door that will let a draught in. Most of us tape them off to stop the draught.
     
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    Hi
    We have a 2006 elddis 130 and are very happy with it i now dont need to tell you about the bed slats lol.
    Our model is the 5 berth and as there are only 3 of us we dont need to make up any beds, i am 6ft and find the overhead cab to be very cumfy.
    As for the drafts we dont find it to bad do get the odd one but not to bad and we use it all year round even in -9. It can get a little cold in the cab you can buy screens for this and we also hang a blanket from the overhead bed to the floor and this keeps the draft from the cabin out. Last new year when it was -9 we stuck an small cylinder style oil heater on the cab floor amazing the difference it makes.

    If you have any other problems or questions about elddis feel free to ask.

    Gerry
     
  11. rob kinnear

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    Hi and welcome to funstersflyingwelcome
    We have this year up graded to a motor home a swift sundance. first use during winter months we found draughty as well our soulutions have been
    1 extra curtain between cab area and habitation area
    2 winter covers on fridge vents
    3 change curtains for thermal lined
    3 when on site use a oil filled radiator just behind the cab area
    5 memory foam mattress topper as some one else has already said.
    We would not go back to a caravan more use from our motorhome than we ever got from our caravan.

    Merry Christmas
    Rob and Sue
    enjoy your new van
     
  12. pappajohn

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    no, we dont get any drafts now we moved into the different world of american RVs.

    we dont have as many drop vents as the Rv has a gas monitor/alarm at floor level which turns off the gas if a leak is detected.

    there are a couple of 6" x 2" floor vents but no drafts.

    please note....blocking off your vents MAY cause some condensation overnight and could cause a build up of gas if there should be a leak so dont block them on a permenant basis.

    best bet would be a propane/butane alarm and put it at floor level.
     
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    Drafty

    One thing some peeps tend to forget when parked up overnight is to switch your base vehicle heater switch to recirculating air and not fresh this will stop cool air blowing in thro the heater system.
     
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    Buy yourself a set of silverscreens for the OUTSIDE of your cab windows they make a great difference this time of year you can get then on ebay cheap quite often
     
  15. GJH

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    We have an Autoquest 100 a couple of years older than yours. Haven't had a problem with draughts from the step but do get some from the cab area.

    As people have mentioned, switching the heater vent to recirculating helps as does some sort of curtain/board behind the cab seats. We also found a bit of a draught from the fridge/sink unit where there is a slot for a piece of worktop board to fit into. Solved that by using a length of foam plumbing pipe lagging - cut to size, open the split along the length and fit it into the gap.

    Only the two of us so we only use the Luton for storage and sleep on the dinette bed. We bought a mattress topper for that and find it very comfortable.

    In case you don't have an Owners Manual you may find one which has details of your van Here.

    Graham

    P.S. The locker between the dinette seats (where the bed slats reside during the day) is just the right size to store 24 cans of beer - well it is on ours anyway :Smile:
     
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    Welcome to the site


    I have to agree if you want comfort then you need to consider an American RV.. When at a show have a nose.. You will be suprised.. Beat a euro box hands down and any caravan.... Been there done that, had a eurobox... Now on our third American.. Would never go back.

    Anyway enjoy the forum, lots of experts, lots of info

    Regards

    Bob, sue and Ezzie the St Bernard:Eeek:
     
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    Hi Bob, maybe you had the wrong " eurobox " :BigGrin: some are quite good, very happy with ours. :Smile: Its very well insulated I can park and go anywhere in it, tows the trailer and car no problem and good on fuel.:BigGrin: That all we need. :thumb: After owning a lorry for many years, its nice not to have shares in the fuel companies. :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: Bob.
     
  18. JJ

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    ...Rather a sweeping statement for a (ex) lawyer surely?

    "Objection your Honour"

    "Beat a euro box at what I ask?

    Ease of spares and repairs around Europe?

    MPG economy when touring around?

    Ease of parking and travelling on smaller roads?"

    Each to their own I say...

    JJ

    Born Again RVers... :Doh: IMO the most fanatic of them all... :Rofl1: :Rofl1: :Rofl1:

    PPS. Welcome to the Fun Blackrooke... Enjoy...
     
  19. keith

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    Not the roar of a 747 when heating is on either. :Eeek:
     
  20. Richgj

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    Eldis Autoquest 160.

    Hi we used to have a 160 so will ehlp where I can. I'm glad you have sorted the doubel bed out. We also found a good set of external siver screen worked very well and in ver cold weather used to put a pillow in th door well step to help reduce drafts. The other itwem we found was that the frdige needed resealing as there was a gale blowing through the gaps even with winter vents on the outside. We alos bought a memeory form mattress topper which made a huge difference to the double bed.

    Having said all of the above the van was great and we used it all year round.
     
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