Old motor home or newer

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  1. copvek

    copvek Read Only Funster

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    Totally confuse!
    There are thousands of Motor homes for sale and I am really confused. I am currently looking at 3 so here goes.
    1996 2.5 None turbo Fiat Elddis 5 berth Autostrad? 32000mls good condition. Some history needs service, cambelt. Hab check would all be done. Around £10500
    1998 Swift royale 610 Fiat 2.5 turbo 4 berth. 52000mls all history with warranty (6months) serviced, cambelt done and Hab check. Looks almost mint condition to me £14000
    2004 Fiat 2.0jdt turbo Carioca 5 berth 12000mls good condition but been standing only done 3000mls in past 3 years. Some old history no service or cambelt for last 3 years.
    I would need to get service, Cambelt and hab check £14000.
    Any advice as the newer one seems better but needs about £100 spending and I would taken the risk.
    Please what would you all do and the reasons why, Thanks :Smile:
     
  2. Armytwowheels

    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    Hi there and welcome.

    For me my choice would be led by the layout. Do they all have the layout you want? Sleeping arrangements? Big enough bathroom, storage etc.

    After layout the next big thing is damp. Do any of them show signs of it? If yes can this be fixed without too much cost and bother.

    Good luck with which ever one you go with.
    :thumb:
     
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    teddybard Read Only Funster

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    As above really but damp check is vitally important:thumb:

    go to see a few more if in doubt
    Stratford Show could be a good starting point even as a day visitor:thumb:
     
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  4. injebreck99

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    Any diesel without a turbo would be a non starter for me.
     
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  5. Minxy Girl

    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

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    Okay, my opinion of the three:

    • I'd rule out the first as it's a non-turbo ... been there, done that, not pleasant!
    • The second doesn't seem bad but even with warranty it doesn't mean its okay, and it depends on who is selling it too. With 52k on the clock if it looks mint something doesn't add up to me though ... maybe I'm just too suspicious!
    • The third one for me would be the obvious one to go for - yes it's been stood but to be fair a lot of MHs stand around for a long period of time, even if they do higher mileages as these tend to be for the odd holiday so doesn't really mean a lot. Also the fact that it has done a lot less mileage for the same cost and is 6 years younger will certainly appeal when the time comes to sell it on.

    As has been said, get any vehicle you are seriously considering buying damp checked and have a really good crawl all over it, also arrange for a garage to have a good shuftie at it for you, they won't charge a lot but could save you a lot of money and/or heartache and also prove a bargaining tool to get a better deal than you would otherwise. Something that is often overlooked is the age of the tyres, even if they look okay they could be the originals and if they are for safety you would need to be replacing them all (including the spare) as they would have weakened with age.

    Of course, this is assuming that the habitation part is okay and that the layout is what you want and that you have also done your homework on what price these MHs go for normally. :Smile:
     
  6. old-mo

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    Spend a bit more time looking... :Cool:

    What ever you get, if it`s a first M/home...... you will see one and think.... cor that`s nice..... wish we had one like that... and with that lay out... :BigGrin:
     
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  7. greyman1

    greyman1 Read Only Funster

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    get the best layout that suits YOUR needs !
    make sure its TURBO DIESEL !
    be prepared to COMPROMISE on everything else !
    good luck !!!
     
  8. Rob and Val

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    Why is everyone so down on a non-turbo diesel? We have a 1994 2.5L non-turbo and when we first got it, four years ago, we had problems with hill climbing but after we had it serviced by a competent mechanic (and continue to have it serviced regularly) it's no problem at all.
     
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  9. Terry

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    Hi Number 3 sounds the best choice-- but --I suspect you are getting a subliminal message here :BigGrin: LAYOUT :thumb: You really need to check out what will suit your needs Try making beds etc imagine showering and cooking a meal -then the big one for me feet up lounging -can you sit comfortably and watch the world go by/tv if it's raining ? Dinettes are great for eating but everyone I have ever sat in are useless for comfort :Wink: even sat across the seats I still have never sat comfortable for any length of time -bloody US :Eeek: The only time I found one comfy was when we made it into a bed :BigGrin:-All vans are great when the weather is nice but when it rains that's when you find if you have the right layout :Wink::thumb:
    Once you decide on the layout you want then look for vans with that layout,do your homework on prices (you can always ask on here if its a good buy or not) you may not like the answers but you will get sound advice :BigGrin:especially if you post a link :thumb: there are a lot of Hawk eyed funsters :Wink:-that's enough for now,good luck on your search :BigGrin:
    terry
     
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  10. RS_rob

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    If that were my choice list after looking around I would go for no2 as Im guessing that it has a rear lounge & an overcab bed giving a nice layout with space & usable options.
    The overcab bed makes for good storage or a place to rest on a long journey & the rear lounge is nice & sociable.

    No1 without looking I guess has the loo opposite the lounge but if it were & U lounge then i would also cosider it.

    No3 I lay money it has the fixed bed & cramped diner (im only guessing here btw) for which was a real turn off for me as on a wet misirable day your stuck inside & can swing a cat.

    We anted the fixed bed & tried loads & settled on a complete compromise with the rear loung & also have the dinete up front, its an awsome layout.

    Good Luck
     
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    Turbo Diesel only
    Dinette with x4 seatbelts for passengers
    Rear U shape lounge to sit and watch TV or drink beer in wet weather
    Overhead bed is ok but we use it for keeping stuff in
    No damp in it , buy a meter
    Wind out awning in case you fall out with each other :Laughing:
     
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    As stated by others the 2 most important factors are Damp & Layout in that order.
    Don't forget a habitation check doesn't always include a DAMP check, so check.:Laughing:
    After that, if it's dry & the layout you want I'd go for the newer van from the spares point of view as some parts are getting scarce for older vans.
     
  13. Baycott

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    What more can I say. This is all good advice. You must be happy with the layout.
    Mind you, as has already been said, you will see a better one after the fist year or so and want to change anyway :thumb::thumb:
    Good luck with your new MoHo and :welcomefunster:
    John
     
  14. WillH

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    Layout, layout and layout.

    Bill
     
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  15. cruiser

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    this is our third van.but this one we have had for 24 years.because it has the layout that suits us.good luck with your choice.:thumb:
     
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