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  1. crabman

    crabman Funster

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    Being a newbe and looking to buy a MH I have look at many MHs I like the look of the 2005 Fiat DUCATO 2.3 Swift Sundance 590 RS, can anyone on the site tell me what they think of them and which make of vehicle they prefer, I am going to tour Europe and never being to any MH sites before I need to ask about the electric plug ins, Europe have a different power system then the UK what do people do to plug in, do they have a transformer? Or is there a system to alter the power when you plug in for electric, any replies I would be grateful

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    Electrics the same , the blue plug you use here works there as well(y):)
     
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    You would want to get yourself a 2 pin adapter for your standard blue plug.
    Some sites have this sockets
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    Got one of them when we started going to Europe five years ago, it's never been out of its wrapper:(
     
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    Ditto

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    You need not really worry about the electrical side but one aspect to be aware of is gas. Each country has its own producers and the bottles are different. Calor as in the UK is not available 'over there' and the French gas bottles have a different fitting. If you don't have refillable bottles you may need to consider buying French ones (propane/butane) together with their connectors.

    Not a major problem but one to be aware of.

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    When you are deciding between vans take into account the pay load for each van, also check for any damp both worth checking, keep the questions coming that's what the forum is all about. (y)
     
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    We had a fiat ducato swift sundance 630g for 9yrs from new . We loved it it suited our needs at that time . However we changed our van in October for a Hymer 654 we love this van and had been looking for that model for 4yrs . Welcome to Fun
     
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    thank you all for your replies
     
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    Welcome aboard;)
     
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    Welcome to the fun.

    We have a 2010 Sundance 620 FB (fixed bed at rear, centre kitchen, 2 bench seats at front so no dinette) this is probably a different layout to the one you're looking at but suits our needs.

    Some will say Swift may have problems with damp, this isn't something we've experienced and could equally occur in other makes.

    If we could change anything it would be better insulation for winter travelling but that's really the only niggle we have.
     
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    when you say better insulation is that because they are cold, do they not have a night heater? that runs of the elec mains in the MH sites
     
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    Ours is a 600s 2005, it has gas and electric heating, like most Ducatos the cab always seems to have a draft but i,m told you can cure that with duct tape on the door vent, They are not as well insulated as continental vans but gas is not expensive,
    Be sure to have a habitation check as some of that year had damp problems,
    I think they are good value compared to some of the continental vans , But if you can afford an older Hymer or pilot go for that. PS we get a 14.5 k gas bottle from Carrfore,s (in france)for 35 euro and use a butane hose to the regulator lasts for ever
     
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    What is Habitation check and where do people get them done,
     
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    Habitation checks are normally carried out by a motorhome dealer. One of the most important checks is to see if there is any damp in the walls of the living area as some (most?) models are prone to leaks and moisture getting into the walls. This can cause a lot of damage if the construction involves wood, which a lot of older vehicles in particular do.

    The insulation issue is not quite so much how thick it is but where it is placed. Many British vehicles don't have insulated water or waste tanks and there may be gaps in the insulation elsewhere leading to cold spots. Fully winterised motorhomes will have defrosting heaters in the tanks and piping inside double floors etc.

    Before you buy a vehicle it is worth considering how you are going to use it. For example if you intend to camp away from sites you might like to consider solar power and if you want to go skiing then you need a very different vehicle to the one mentioned in your first post I think.

    If you can describe what you plan to do it will help folk give the best advice. :)
     
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    We don't have vents in the cab doors but we did get a draft from the vent in the hab door footwell. Taping it up helped a lot. What has made a huge difference is fitting curtains to draw across the hab area at night. Downside is that the comfortable cab seats can't be used in the evenings.

    And external silver screens are a must, make a big difference.

    We carry a small portable fan heater for a boost if we're on electric hook-up but have hardly ever needed to use it.
     
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    If you venture as far as the Balkans [ inc Croatia ] you'll need this adapter on some sites...
    In Greece you'll need it on virtually all sites...:)
     
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    thanks for your replies, i have yet to buy a MH and use it in Europe, i am not in a great rush so i am checking out all that i don’t know, last thing i want to do is buy a MH and find out its not suitable, got to say the new ones are expensive for what you get, the second hand ones with low mileage are not as bad but i was looking for a new one, anyone have a idea when the next MH exhibition is on, i am in north Wales so don’t want to travel to far, Chester or Birmingham ma

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    I have used the two-pin converter quite often, mainly with an additional attachment for when you encounter reverse polarity. I just change the plug around until the polarity is normal. Some funsters who are good with electrics make their own adapters by re-wiring it, a polarity tester is also useful:



    Hope this helps (y)
     
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    Also seats 17 :LOL:
     
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