newbie and dethleffs

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  1. abcjohn

    abcjohn Read Only Funster

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    we are newbies into vanning and would like to purchase a dethleffs t5846 which is classed as a 2 berth van. The salesman tells us that it was a 4 berth van but got down graded to a 2 berth. is this correct ? .We have 2 grandchildren and would like to take them with us (sometimes) Also can we trace the previous owner of the van as the salesman seems reluctant to give us their No.
    thanks for any help you can give us
    John
     
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    Hi I dont know much about the van you mention but if it has side facing seats then i wouldnt take any children in the rear. If you want to carry young children in the back go for forward facing seats with proper seatbelts. I dont know the date but im sure the law changed a few year ago to do with number of seatbelts to berths so this van may have been built with 4 beds but as it only has 2 seatbelts was sold as a 2 berth.
    I hope this helps im sure someone with more knowledge will be along soon.
     
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    Hi, we have a Swift Bolero (4 berth van) but because we only have two seatbelts (driver & passenger) can only travel with two passengers. Although we have side benches behind the driver/passenger seats they can't be used when travelling as they don't have seatbelts and are not forward facing. So if you want to take the grandkids make sure you have seatbelts for all passengers on forward facing seats. Hope this helps.
     
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    thanks for the reply's G & C
    this van has two forward facing seats (bench) in the rear with 2 seat belts . so it has 1 driver & 3 pasenger seatbelts but is sold as a 2 berth van. the salesman said that the rear seat & table fold down to give a double bed , with a fixed bed at the back that makes sleeping for 4 but its sold as a 2 berth . we think that the make up bed/seats is too small to be called a double bed so is only a 2 berth ??? Has anyone got one ! Ive tried asking the dethleffs owners club but it appears you have to be a member before you can email them (no phone No.)
    once again thanks for any help
    John
     
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    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Sounds plausible, dont know why they will not let you have the previous owners phone number unless they are possibly concerned you will find out what they paid for it it, which is irrelevant as you want it and they have it.!

    Everyone has to make a profit to stay in business and pay the overheads and give after sales service.

    Peter
     
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    they did say exactly that and i said that what they paid is irelavent and that everyone has to make a profit (be self employed myself) i just wanted to ask them some questions
    John
     
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    you will get the previous owners details when you get the V5 back after you have bought the van or at least their name and address.
     
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    Hi John, which model and year is it.

    My Dethleffs converts the front dinette into a bumpy smallish double. The clue is in the table leg, does it fold into kneeling position and is there a lower wall hangar for it. Lift and prop the double seat side flap for extra width, turn the passenger seat and fit the relevant extra mattress bits supplied with new van (prob in the original buyers loft).

    Best of luck, if you are at Lincoln we can show you how.:thumb:

    Regards Richard
     
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