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  1. NIC S

    NIC S Read Only Funster

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    Hi never had one but i'm thinking of buying an rv,probably about 26' the over cab bed style,cant afford a great ammount so it would be an early ie 1985-1990 age.i know the fuel consumption will be bad but have seen a chevy 6200 diesel and would like some opions as to if there was any major problems with this engine unit and some idea of fuel consumption ,would a petrol with gas conversion be cheaper to run?,i know the water incress is probably the main thing to look for but any other points to watch out for.i presume panels are impossible to get but are running gear parts readily available.i originally thought of buying a talbot/fiat type but as i need to tow my boat they aparently are underpowered and you seem to get a better spec with more room and performance,any help greatly appreciated,
     
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    hi Nic, welcome

    A few of us here have C class overcabs, mine is '84

    I have a feeling the consumption isnt greatly different with the 6 2 diesel, others will know that answer better
    mine is a 5.7 lpg (but the lpg tank is small atabout 100L) to be honest I have yet to find it's economy.. expecting about 10mpg (UK gals) on petrol, average, and maybe the equivalent of 17 on gas...

    I have water ingress in places.. defeating it now ....

    Mine is fibreglass outer, so no panels to speak of.. aluminium frame so no rust

    inside ,all old RV's seem to be made from the same basic bits.. eg water heating, furnaces, taps blahblah, just different layouts

    this makes finding parts easier.. there are a couple on this forum who can help with parts, Duncan and Linda.

    They are pretty simple vehicles, at that age...

    underneath, C classes are just american transits I would say (mine is an A Team van ! :) Chevrolet G30 Vandura

    dodge and ford are other options, there may be more..

    Chassis and runing gear parts easy to find.. Westmidlands american do most for me
     
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    hi
    my 30 footer is diesel and you should be looking at around 15 mpg min and 20mpg max in a 26 footer.
    the 6.2 v8 diesel was a new unit in my rv when it was made but since them days has gone on to power many a vehicle. very reliable and ok, whilst it is low on power any rv is not a race car and the lack of ecu,s and turbos etc mean you get a pretty unburstable engine.
    i purchased my rv cheap because it had some damp due to a leaky roof which has now been sorted. at the end of the day you just buy the best you can afford.
    that said.
    advice i was given when buying my first caravan was to buy a cheap one and see how you get on with it before spending thousands on one.
    i done that and wont have another caravan (not for me)
    and likewise i would not go out and remortgage my house to spend 50k on an rv if i have never tried it.
    the current climate means there are old rv,s knocking about for bargain prices and if you are ok with the spanners or at woodwork etc. then you could make a good one out of a poor one.
    i have managed to get an 30 foot diesel rv all sorted, serviced,modernised and on the road ,complete with a fiat towcar for 6 1/2 grand.
    we shall see how we get on with it and maybe one day i will buy a newer one.
     
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    Cheers great truck but I might struggle to get my other half and four kids to sleep in it
     
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    Ignore my previous post as I only read yours quickly and thought you were promoting your pick up-not the camper on e bay-PS had a bad day,
     
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    Perhaps if you gave an idea of your budget, people would be better placed to advise you.
     
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    Hi thanks for response,when you say low power any idea on BHP compared to v8 petrol?
     
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    Most of the early ones seem to be about £5k ish or projects for less,£5k probably tops unless I can sell some of the kids on E Bay,in which case I could have a smaller camper.Seriously I'm a bit of a project person even if I bought a nice one I'd still go through it anyhow.but I'd hate to buy one and struggle to get bits-don't want it to end up stuck on the drive as a posh dog kennel
     
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    the early 6.2 diesel was around 160bhp. most old v8 petrols are over 200hp and some much more.
     
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    Dave, Nic

    i have a table of power here :Eeek:


    1983-86 v8 federal petrol

    165Hp@3800 and 275 Lb/ft@1600

    Deisel 6.2
    140Hp@3600 and 240 Lb/ft@2000

    the 1982 petrol has 10 more Hp's
     
  12. Lindy-C

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    There are a few on here that are within your price bracket Motorhome and Caravan Trader UK - New and Used Caravans, Camper Vans, Motor Homes for sale, Caravan Loans & Insurance | www.caravantrader.co.uk
    The site isn't particularly easy to navigate, they classify everything as a "caravan" whether it has an engine or not :RollEyes:

    One thing I would say, unless your kids are small or get along extremely well, you will struggle to sleep 6 with just the sofa, dinette and overcab beds.

    The overcab is adult size, no problem, but the sofa and dinette are a tad cramped for two.
    Personally I would suggest opting for something a bit larger, say 27ft with a rear bed.....just my opinion for what its worth.
     
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    My kids are small and the style/layout I would want and the majority I've seen have the double over cab dinnette converts to small double and fixed double in rear,with either one or two arm chairs,perhaps they are 27'.From reading on here some sites refuse the bigger campers is that a problem with this size or just the plus 30'?
     
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    Hi I've never listened to one of these running are they vey noisey?
     
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    not really, infact i like the v8 grumble that you get.
     
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    Hi is the diesel still a V8 for some reason I presumed it would be a straight six?
     
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    yes its a v8 diesel.
     
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