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  1. Motoberg

    Motoberg Read Only Funster

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    At long last I'm in the market for a motorhome, so, what models have overcab doubles and a U shaped rear lounge that can be a double or two front to back singles ( i.e. room for a fold out cot inbetween )
    I guess I'll be talking six berth even though I only need four ?

    tks
    PS just subscribed so have had to go for the cheap wine tonight :)
     
  2. Dalek

    Dalek Read Only Funster

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    Welcome to the Fun and with all the tips you get on here you will get your subs back so will be back on the expensive stuff before you know it :Rofl1:

    Sorry I cant suggest a vehicle suitable because if your gonna want space for a cot another Funster will no doubt be able to recommend one. Good luck in your search.

    Da;e
     
  3. Motoberg

    Motoberg Read Only Funster

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    I've seen plenty that fit the bill but they have the table combo for the extra double mid way down the van, hence the 6 berth and extra expense, Ive a reasonable budget but I'll need seatbelts to so I may end up going the six berth route and just leaving the table permanently up

    :BigGrin:
     
  4. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Hi and welcome to Fun, but a few more details would help, like budget and whereabouts you are.

    Peter
     
  5. pablomc

    pablomc Funster Life Member

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    Not a guru, but here are some we looked at that you may consider.

    All described as 6 berth. Not 100% apart from the sundance/ Bessacar if they can have two singles at the back.

    Autotrail Apache 700
    Swift Sundance 630L
    Bessacarr E495
    Swift Escape 686
    Ellddis Autoquest 180

    The middle three are all Swift group and very similar layouts, but comfort levels differ.

    There will be more that others will chip in about.
     
  6. Motoberg

    Motoberg Read Only Funster

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    Autotrails look well finished

    John,
    budget anywhere from 25-35k for the right van
    as for location.... the frozen north:BigGrin: Aberdeen
     
  7. pappajohn

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    SWIFT kontiki 640L.

    approx sizes....

    rear 'U' lounge which makes two 6ft x 2ft 6in singles or a large 6ft x 6ft 6in double.

    overcab double..6ft 6in x 4ft 6in though really only big enough for kids or smaller adults due to lowish headroom.

    four seat dinette which makes into a 6ft x 4ft double .

    Just so happens mine may be for sale in the next two or three weeks.:Wink: :thumb:

    OH! and 3 point belts on the forward facing dinnete seats.
     
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    ourcampersbeentrashed Funster

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    Hi and welcome to fun xxxxxxxxxx
     
  9. jg147

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    Hi and welcome, you know the expensive wine is overrated:BigGrin:

    We bought a Swift Kon Tiki 645 (08) this is a 5 birth/4 seat belts. It has now been replaced with the 649 that is a tag (twin wheel) and much bigger.
    Not sure you would fit a cot at the back, but in ours we do not have a dinette at the front it is 2 forward seats to travel with belts and then just a long sofa (clear as mud:Rofl1:) This gives us more space at the kitchen and the driver/passenger seats swivel round. This would offer more room for a cot. I know the Swift voyager do this layout without the sofa part as a bit smaller on length, it might be worth a look and the benefit of both is a seperate shower. A front dinette takes up space and the kids do not have as good a view. Ours also have a tv point so our son can watch whilst travelling as it runs of 12v. Once we arrive it then offers us an extra tv for his games whilst we relax in the back with a movie ect if the weather is wet

    We also looked at the Autotrail Scout and Apache700? but we decided the Swift looked more stylish and suited us. Of course this is personal as both will have loyal followers.

    Hope this helps and happy searching.
     
  10. barryd

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    I have a Swift Kontiki 640. The rear lounge bed is brilliant and flipping huge. Or you could sleep in it as two singles with space in the middle for a small cot. You will get a good one within your budget.
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    You won't go far wrong if you assume that 4 berth = 2, 6 = 4 until you can prove the last two are not just suitable for kids.

    Once you are a true FUNster you'll easily cope with cheap plonk. I've heard €1 per litre mentioned, multi-purpose fluid, drink it and wash you feet in it. The real hardened FUNsters wash their feet in it and then drink it.
     
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    I reckon if your going for a coach built the bigger the better really. There are only 2 of us in our 6 berth. Loads of space for long trips and more storage than we need.
     
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    Which is only slightly better than drinking it and then washing your feet in it eekkk yucky.:Rofl1:
     
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    isnt that known as recycling...probably tastes the same time and time again :Rofl1:
     
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    Ahhh
    Memories of the Italian Job. Lake Gada, Bardolino €1 a litre
    What more could a man want?

    Welcome to the Funsters

    :welcomefunster:flyingwelcome
    Happy Daze
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  16. Brisey

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    Memories of the Italian Job. Lake Gada, Bardolino €1 a litre

    That was the expensive stuff Chris.:Wink:

    What more could a man want?

    Bill's Vino Collapso at €3 for 5 litres.:Eek!:

    Welcome to the Fun.:thumb:

    Brisey
     
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  18. Motoberg

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    Out of the makes listed above , which would you put at the top and bottom of a build quality/finish quality league table ( lights blue touchpaper and retires to safe distance ) :Smile:
     
  19. Mikemoss

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    I don't think the Eldiss can have two singles in the back, but not sure. Re quality, all probably much of a muchness in the sense that you can get good ones and bad ones. My impression is that Swift/Bessacarr probably has the best after-sales support, but new ones do seem to have their fair share of problems (or is that just because more of them get sold?)

    One vital ingredient - maybe the most important of all - is the dealer you buy from, and some research on here will help you identify the heros and villains.

    Overall advice is go for it, it's a great lifestyle and you've picked our favourite layout which works well for two, four or six.
     
  20. Motoberg

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    I suspect I will probably buy privately but would obvioulsy consider a dealer for the right van at the right ( slightly/largely inflated to cover overheads/warranty/spit'n'polish ) price..:Laughing:

    It would be a right pain in the @rse taking any motorhome back to the selling dealer for work from Aberdeen when the bigest population of motorhome dealers ( and thus choice ) are in Englandshire
     
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