Searching for my first motorhome but I can't find....

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  1. Blackcurrant-Jam

    Blackcurrant-Jam Read Only Funster

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    ....a second hand hightop with an end lounge/bed

    Hi All
    I am new here and hope that someone may be able to help me. I hired a van for a little break and loved it, so I now I want to buy my first van, but I can't find what I am looking for. I want a high top with a bed in the rear.
    It will have to be parked on the street as I live in the middle of Cambridge which is why I am going for a van conversion, but they all seem to have beds behind the driving seat.

    Oh and there is a budget, as it's my first one I don't want to spend too much in case I get the selection wrong. I have seen new ones with the layout I want but not any used.
    Are they just not that popular.

    Thanks in advance for your comments
    Cheers
    Cathy
     
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    chatter Read Only Funster

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    Hi and Welcome, Its a daunting task looking for your perfect vehicle, I would suggest a trawl through ebay and then any that catch your eye go and see if any local dealers have the same model in to check it out, or if near enough to you on ebay you can arrange to go and view (always best) before you put a bid in.
    Very few get the perfect van for them there is always a compromise made over one thing or another.
    When you have found a model/layout that you like if you post on here for any pointers of good or bad things with relation to the vehicle Im sure the funsters will be able to answer with all sorts of tips etc.

    maggie
     
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    rainbow chasers Read Only Funster

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    I am afraid, looking and looking is the only answer - if you ask any motorhomer how long it has taken to find their van, most will say around 2 years!

    Attend some shows over the summer, go to dealers on weekends, and trawl ebay when bored - it will give you a good idea of what is out there, what price it should be and you will roughly know what makes to look at.

    I would say that an end bedroom high top on a budget would be fairly steep order - be prepared to compromise on some things, if parked on a road i would say you are looking for shorter wheelbase as possible. Most end bedroomed tend to be longer wheelbase.

    Keep looking and never give up hope - the one you want is out there....you just have to bump into each other!
     
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    Theonlysue Funster Life Member

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    Hi, as an ex high top owner, I had a 1994 VW Autosleeper Trophy as this was within my budget, ang it was a vell thought out and well insulated van.
    I've gota feeling that rear seating in proffesionally converted vans didnt appear till much later, which would have an effect on the price.

    You can get some shorter coach built, perhaps another autosleeper as they tend to be a bit more compact.

    Hope this help, S.:thumb:
     
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    what you seem to require is one of the devon conversions .ldv convoy, renault or iveco.my neighbour had convoy devon sahara. very neat tidy conversion .visited the sahara as well twice.he ended up keeping the bed down and just using the front as the lounge.it worked quite well as all the front seats turned even the double passenger seat. very neat compact conversion. cheers alan
     
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    Hi Cathy

    It would help if you could answer some questions, in order that we can help you more:

    1) What is your budget?
    2) How old are you willing to go in a vehicle?
    3) Do you need to carry passengers at any time (other than the front passenger)
    4) Do you need a toilet/shower room, or just a porta potti?
    5) What is the maximum length/height/width you need.
    6) Are there any things in particular that your camper MUST have.

    It would be interesting to know also what van you hired to give us some idea of what you 'liked'.

    Mel
     
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    Thanks everyone for the input....great to get some help, but I can't wait 2 years!

    Ok Mel
    Here are my answers
    to your questions

     
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    given the answers you gave .ldv convoy sahara convertion is just what you need .keep your eyes on mmm. if i see one advertised i,ll give you a pm. you could contact devon conversions they sometimes know of sec hand ones for sale tel..01740 655700. convoy uses rear wheel drive ,peugot or ford transit engine ,both good on fuel . watch for rust thats the downfall. my mate took his over the atlas mountains and well into the sahara. i say stay off front wheel drive but others tell me they are ok .they dont get where we go thats for sure. cheers alan.
     
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