our new Arapaho

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  1. robnchris

    robnchris Funster

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    Well we have had our Autotrail Arapaho now for 3 weeks, (bought it at the Newark Show) so far very pleased with it, loads more room and despite us being worried about moving from the Mercedes Sprinter engine with the Sprintshift auto gear box have to say the 3lt Fiat Ducato engine is a dream, coupled with the tag axle she is as smooth as we could wish for.
    We had the engine re-mapped and phew the Fiat is very nimble, giving 27mpg which we think is excellent.:thumb:

    Has anyone else had their Fiat re-mapped and how are you getting on with it?
     
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    I have for sale a full set of (never walked on, unused) carpets for a 2006 Autotrail Arapaho, contact me if you are interested
     
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    We have/are been looking at the Autotrail Cheyanne, 840..

    Seem to be a resonable build quality,,,, but all depends on whether we sell our RV..

    Hope you have many more happy holidays in yours..:thumb: Does it make any difference having a remap to what you can "Tow" ?
     
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    All I can tell you as I haven`t driven a standard 3ltr engine is that we now have 30% + more power, it is certainly smart away from the lights, amazing when you get a car come alongside on those two lane sections that merge into one lane after the lights, they`re thinking we don`t want to be stuck behind this and then when the lights change you pull away a tad quicker than them.
    Lovely to see their face.. opps is that a mad glint in my eye...:Wink:
     
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    Congratulations on your new acquisition. Very envious I love the arapaho layout, but a little to long for where we live.
     
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    Ahhh now then that nearly caused a heart attack moment, don`t ask me why but from the very first day of ownership of our Autotrail Cheyenne I always thought it was 24ft long, (have narrowed it down to the motor bike rack adding to it`s length) anyway can remember saying to Chris at the show whilst we stood inside the Arapaho her at one end me at the other, "this doesn`t half look long compared to our Cheyenne" will it fit in the driveway asks Chris, of course it will it only 5ft longer no worries...:Doh:

    I`m pleased to anounce we haven`t had to knock the wall down, it fits as snug as a glove...inch perfect, actually 1/4" perfect..:thumb:

    Phew that was close...but I knew it all along....:whistle:

    ps. the Cheyenne is only 21`-6" long...gulp
     
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    Glad you like your new van , we have the Comanche ,it will be a year old in June and we have been really pleased with it,we had it remapped from day one when the tracker was fitted ,and agree with you about its niftyness for a big van, (I must be a lot heavier on the pedal than you as I cant get near your 27mpg)
    Anyway enjoy your van,
    Have you got the ultimate accessory a " Motorhome Fun window sticker

    Baza
     
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    congrats on your new motorhome.
    i must look into getting a remap on mine if you can get 27mpg mind you mine is over 10 ft high has roof bars and weighs in at just under 5 tons.
    though the 3 litre is a nippy engine even in such a large vehicle i get around 20-22mpg on a standard setup.
     
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    Thanks for that we are really enjoying it so far, have added a few little extras to make it more comfortable, like a 12v outlet in the rear storage area, now we just wheel up our aquaroll, connect the submersible pump drop it in and top up the fresh water.
    No lifting or carrying easy.
    Our Arapaho is over 10 ft high and weighs in at just over 5 tons so am really pleased with the performance and enconomy, you will hopefully get the same results.:thumb:
     
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    arapaho carpets

    Hi Jim, did send you a pm, never certain if these digital messages do arrive.
    Anyway we just wanted to know what colour the carpets are.

    Regards Rob.
     
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