Replacement Motorhome

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  1. jdk62

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    We have a Bessacar 665 which was our first ever motorhome, Buster has been fantastic and we have had no problems whatsoever. It's layout has been ideal and everything works wonderfully..

    However, it is getting on for 8 years old and now thinking it is time to change.

    Must have's:
    - no longer than 7.35m
    - fixed bed
    - oven
    - 4 travel seats
    - 4 berth
    - light interior ( no dark or darkish wood....)

    Could be new or used, any suggestions for a quality replacement much appreciated

    Thanks
     
  2. Eddystone

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    Only 8 years old! Keep it. You may find it difficult to get something as reliable next time.
     
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    Mine is 8 years old, I don't expect to sell it for at least another 12
     
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    Have you thought about an A class with drop down bed? Frees up a huge amount of room
     
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  5. jdk62

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    Were you listening when I up suggested changing to my wife...
     
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    I like the idea of an A class, but in the must haves, I forgot to list my wife's fear of confined spaces and drop down beds with low headroom are a no no..
     
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    If it suits I wouldn't change. Ours is 12 years old, suits us and we've no desire to change. Why change if it suits you?
     
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    Mrs Deluxe had very similar fears, but in fact her only complaint is that (apart from my snoring - it is alleged) she has to be a little careful when sitting up in bed to drink her morning cuppa. Seriously worth a look as we were surprised, having had a couple of overcab coachbuilts in the past. Appreciate your point though - some of these roof mounted drop down beds are a good idea to free up space but have heard a few stories about the roof not being strong enough and structural problems as a result. Good hunting
     
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    Don't worry, she's says that about all the men..... Only joking......!!!!
    I like the idea of a drop down bed for the odd guests but prefer a fixed bed, however, some of the motorhomes have large garages which again gives restricted headroom in the bed. Having said that , we did see a Burstner at the NEC which had a great bed with headroom and still had a reasonable garage.
     
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    Yes, we would like a garage but also like the end bathroom even better........ There are loads of options out there so best of luck with the hunt. What I would never do again is buy a British built van, though...
     
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    Chausson 610 or 620 then!
     
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    I have read so many threads and problems with British vans and I love the idea of a quality German van, but the difficulty in trying to convince the Beauty Terrorist is that our current British built van had never let us down ,have had no problems with it and apart from a small garage suits us well. We have a over cab bed which when it is only the 2 of us (90% of the time), we can use it for additional storage. Plus the Bessacar is plated as 4050kg, so we have loads of payload..

    Am almost talking myself out of changing the more I write about it...
     
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    Hmm... ours is 25 years old and we can't find anything to improve on it ... :(
     
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    Yeah, but it'll take you that long to stop altering it! :D
     
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    If the MH suits you and you just 'feel' like a change but otherwise there's no reason, why not look to do some updating to make it feel more modern/refreshed, a heck of a lot cheaper than replacing it with all the possible 'fun and games' any warranty work brings!
     
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    You make a really good point. I could add cruise control, upholster to leather, add tank heaters etc..and would be much less than replacing.

    I could live without an automatic for a bit longer I suppose...

    With the money I save, it could pay for more trips..:):)
     
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    So to bring you back to your OP - why are you changing? Every van has compromises, if you can live with those compromises, why change?
     
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    Just bought an Elddis Autoquest 155, It ticks all your boxes and at a very reasonable price too .
     
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    Our A class has a fixed rear bed over a large garage, it is 7.1m long. The bed goes up and down on a remote control so we put it up when messing about in there but have it right down when we sleep - you dont need a ladder or step when it is down and there is very good head height. Even right down for sleeping you can still get 3 bikes in the garage plus storage boxes etc.... With the bed right up I can stand in the garage (albeit slightly stooped).

    The pull down bed is huge and pulls down so its only just above table height so not claustrophobic at all. Although ours is now not made the equivalent would be the Adria Sonic !600 SP http://www.adria-mobil.com/motorhomes/sonic+range/sonic+axess/

    Jen
     
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