Newbies looking for the right van

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  1. ChrisandSue

    ChrisandSue Read Only Funster

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    Hi we are just beginning to look for a Motorhome having been caravanners for a while and would appreciate advice on makes and models to find the "right" one first time (impossible we know)
    We would like ideally a low profile with an end lounge (if at all possible with a drop down table in the middle of it though that is not a deal breaker), swiveling cab seats too. Sue tends to sleep in longer than Chris so he wants somewhere to sit and read while she slumbers hence the end lounge.
    Under 6 m too for preference. 4 burners if poss though three will do (as we type this we remember how little we used more than two in the caravan) Separate oven and grill too if poss. good sized fridge with decent sized freezer would be a bonus too

    We would tend to use sites mainly though occasional overnighters in aires etc so reasonable shower would be good though most washing up etc will be done on site facilities.

    Budget around 20 to 22k

    We have seen and liked Autocruise Starspirit and Eldiss Autoquest seem to have one in the range too. Any more suggestions?

    We plan to hire for the Easter break next year possibly from HireaHymer as it is local which will give Sue a chance to drive one albeit LHD (she has driven panel vans so I think she will be fine)

    We are in no real rush as the money comes available in Feb and we are quite happy to tent it for much of next season to wait for the right van

    Thanks for your help
     
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  2. ourcampersbeentrashed

    ourcampersbeentrashed Funster

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    hiya and welcome to fun

    have a look at the lunar roadstar too
     
  3. Taran_Las

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  4. beachcaster

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    hello and welcome.

    Just look around as many vans as you can.......and think very carefully about the layout that suits you.

    The more you see the more refined your thoughts will become.

    barry:Smile:
     
  5. tonka

    tonka Funster Life Member

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    Good luck with your search..

    Under 6m !! that may be the issue but I am sure there will be something out there, friends used to have a Swift 590, that had u lounge and short but not low profile.

    As you specify a full oven / hob then your looking more at a British van as that is quite "us". The continental vans dont go in for ovens much.
     
  6. Popeye

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    Autotrail Scout, fabulous layout..........Griff
     
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  7. DuxDeluxe

    DuxDeluxe Funster Life Member

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    Under 6m will be a challenge. 6.5 m or a bit longer will give you a lot more choice and layout is everything........ Best of luck with the search
     
  8. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    These are under 6m. Couple a tad over but should give you some ideas, more details and pictures if you click on the titles. I assume you are looking at used

    Peter

    Auto-Sleeper Duetto [​IMG]
    Auto-Sleeper Duetto Length: 18'2" / 5.55mWidth: 7'7" / 2.32mHeight: 8'9” / 2.66mMTPLM: 2,900kgModel Year: 2012Three BerthEnd Kitchen/Washroom LayoutFord Transit Kombi 100L 2496cc Diesel Engine74,785 miles This...

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    Auto-Sleepers Nuevo EK Length: 18’6” / 5.63mWidth: 7’7” / 2.32mHeight: 9’3” / 2.82mMTPLM: 3,500kgModel Year: 2008Two BerthEnd Kitchen LayoutPeugeot Boxer 2198cc Turbo Diesel...

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    Auto-Trail Excel 590EK Length: 19'3" / 5.88mWidth: 7'4" / 2.23mHeight: 9'2” / 2.79mMTPLM: 3,300kgModel Year: 2011Two BerthEnd Kitchen LayoutFiat Ducato x250 2287cc 130 Mulitjet Turbo Diesel Engine10,00 miles This...

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    Auto-Trail Tracker RS Length: 20'0" / 6.10mWidth: 7'9" / 2.35mHeight: 9'11” / 3.03mMTPLM: 3,500kgModel Year: 2012Two BerthEnd Kitchen LayoutFiat Ducato x250 2287cc 130 Mulitjet Turbo Diesel Engine1,500 miles The...

    Autocruise Starfire [​IMG]
    Autocruise Starfire Length: 18'0" / 5.48mWidth: 7'2" / 2.20mHeight: 9'6” / 2.90mMTPLM: 2,800kgModel Year: 2001Four BerthEnd Kitchen LayoutPeugeot Boxer 1905cc Turbo Diesel Engine40,000 miles The Autocruise Starfire..

    Autocruise Starfire [​IMG]
    Autocruise Starfire Length: 18’6” / 5.63mWidth: 7’2” / 2.18mHeight: 9’8” / 2.94mMTPLM: 2,800kgModel Year: 1997Two BerthEnd Kitchen LayoutFiat Ducato x230 1900cc Turbo Diesel Engine66,550...

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    C.I Carioca 15 Length: 19’8” / 5.99mWidth: 7’5” / 2.27mHeight: 9’8” / 2.95mMTPLM: 3,500kgModel Year: 2001Four BerthEnd Fixed BedFiat Ducato x230 1900cc Turbo Diesel Engine40,640...

    Elddis Sunseeker 35 [​IMG]
    Elddis Sunseeker 35 Length: 20'6" / 6.24m Width: 7'4" / 2.3m Height: 9'10" / 3m MTPLM: 3200kg Model Year: 2002 Four/Five berth End Kitchen Layout Peugeot Boxer 1905cc Turbo Diesel Engine 29,700 miles The Elddis Sunseeker

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    Lunar Newstar 58 Length: 19’2” / 5.85mWidth: 7’1” / 2.16mHeight: 9’3” / 2.82mMTPLM: 3,500kgModel Year: 2002Four BerthEnd Kitchen LayoutFiat Ducato x230 2800cc Turbo Diesel Engine49,844...

    Pilote Cityvan CV57P A-Class [​IMG]
    Pilote Cityvan CV57P A-Class Length: 18’8” / 5.69mWidth: 6’9” / 2.05mHeight: 9’ / 2.75mMTPLM: 3,500kgModel Year: 2010Four BerthRear Fixed Bed LayoutFiat Ducato x250 2287cc Turbo Diesel...

    Swift Gazelle F59DD [​IMG]
    Swift Gazelle F59DD Length: 19’4” / 5.09mWidth: 7’3” / 2.22mHeight: 9’11” / 3.03mMTPLM: 3,400kgModel Year: 2001Five BerthEnd Kitchen LayoutFiat Ducato x230 2800cc Turbo Diesel

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    VW Auto-Sleepers Trident T4 Length: 15’5” / 4.69mWidth: 7’2” / 2.18mHeight: 8’6” / 2.59mMTPLM: 2,515kgModel Year: 1997Four BerthVW Transporter 1896cc Turbo Diesel Engine55,000...
     
  9. DuxDeluxe

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    I used to have an 06 plate Newstar - quite a nice van and reasonably well equipped. Only replaced it because I wanted something slightly different. Well worth a look.
     
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    welcome

    Welcome aboard:Wink:
     
  11. ChrisandSue

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    Thanks so far everyone. Looks like we may have to rethink on the length. The reason we were looking at 6m were to do with the price on channel crossings. We would normally use the tunnel though sometimes ferries. How big is the cost difference when the van is above 6m?
     
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    unless the pricing structure has changed it's around £15 per meter or part thereof.
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    just checked on DFDS and P&O bookings and the standard DFDS length is 7mtrs

    P&O is the same price for 6 and 7mtrs

    so it wont cost any more if you go longer length
     
  14. ChrisandSue

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    Ok then same spec but up to 7m
     
  15. Chris

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    I agree. We have just ordered one:thumb:
     
  16. Ralph-n-Bev

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    Hi we are just beginning to look for a Motorhome having been caravanners for a while and would appreciate advice on makes and models to find the "right" one first time (impossible we know)


    We got it right first time , so its not impossible.
    The advantage you have , like us , is that you have had caravans. So you know what layout suits you. Thats the most important thing.
    Look around as many as you can. Find a model you like , then spend time looking on the net for ones for sale. Visit them , you cant smell a picture.
    Boy do some hummmmm, even ones that are on forecourts. Foisty , damp , dog and fags. Covered up with air fresheners.
    Our budget soon upped by an extra 10k.

    We love our motorhome , and shall keep it for the foreseeable future. Our last one will be a panel van conversion , which Ralph will do . Before we retire.

    Welcome to motorhome fun BTW:thumb:
     
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    For what you are looking for and the layout you require, I think the Globebus i-1 would fit the bill perfectly with the rear lounge.

    A class, but only 20 feet in length, End lounge with dinette in the middle and pull down overcab. Plenty of space in a small bodied van.

    Only down side I can see is if you are travelling with kids, the rear lounge is a little hidden if you wanted to keep and eye on them!
     
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