Taking an older motorhome abroad ?

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  1. John H

    John H Read Only Funster

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    Ive been thinking of going to have a tour round France later this year, no plans just go with the flow, My motorhome is a 1987 Elddis Autostratus, 20L petrol, 80,000 miles with full service history. the question is would you go abroad with something this old ?
    Most of the motorhomes I've seen abroad in the photo's seem fairly new.

    Regards, John
     
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    You are taking the chassis cab back to the land of it's birth, go for it, there should be no

    probs. You might even come back with plenty spares.:thumb:
     
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    Why not ? 80K is not a high mileage for a modern engine.

    Your only problem maybe breakdown cover if you want it.
     
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    older motot home

    my motor home is 1991 we took off for Wales week before christmas did a bit of touring around wales then went to Sons for christmas then came up the road to Inverness she is just wonderful.
    What I would do is make sure timeing belts are fairly new and filters and habitation check are done anything else you can do yourself that will give you peace of mind. Then just go for it . Enjoy
     
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    When i came over to spain my motor home was 15 years old 11 years ago I sold it 3years later to a Spanish friend who used it for a holiday back in the U.K and then back to Spain.

    Go for it:thumb:
     
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    we took our 1992 hymer to france for 4 weeks last summer. No problems but did make sure i had continental breakdown cover just in case. Hubby gave it a good check over before we went.
     
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    We use a 1992 Mitsubushi Pjero for towing and are planning to go to Italy and France with it this year. What the heck, if it breaks down so be it.
    Graham & Jean
     
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    Go for it, when we are touring around Europe you see motorhomes all ages and shapes and sizes, can see no reason why you should not to go, our last motorhome was a 16 year old on a Reaunalt and it went like a dream. Enjoy.:Smile:
     
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    I agree with the other posters, go for it ..

    besides, older engines without computer management systems are IMO far more reliable.. :thumb:
     
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    Thanks for all the replies, I like the idea of a simple engine layout, I think the most complicated electrics on the old girl is the voltage regulator.


    Regards, John
     
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    :Cool: So how about my 1989 Kontiki?

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    :Sad: Mind you. This time last year we broke down 35 miles North of Clermont Ferrand and had to spend 5 days there in -4 C waiting for parts. :Rofl1:
     
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    I realy liked the first part of your post , then you had to write the last bit :cry:I'll edit that bit out before the wife sees it :thumb:
     
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    John, I live in France and we tour around France on aires all the time, if you see some of the motorhomes that come out every year that belong to the French people I think 1987 seems a very young motorhome compared .. I am not saying they are all old, I am not, because there are some very new and beautiful and very expensive motorhomes touring around, what I am saying, it does not bother the French how old they are, they love there motorhomes and they love the out door life........incroyable.. I would never buy a second hand motorhome in France because it would have had a full and enjoyable life and been around the clock a few times.....do what all the other replies say go for it and enjoy your Holliday.....just have a few checks on the engine, service, cam belt as somebody suggested and a recovery in place for peace of mind.....no different than you would with any modern car before you would travel abroad.......don't forget your European health card is up to date :thumb::thumb:
     
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    IMO if you are unlucky enough to breakdown in France or for that matter,anywhere else in the world, you do what you would do in England,,,,get it fixed. No problem go and enjoy yourself and dont worry about things that dont realy matter, breakdowns are somtimes a good excuse to get to know the lockals better. Bye the way my old bus is now 21 years old and I wouldnt think twice about traveling anywhere in it.
     
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    If I was you I would go for but as someone said earlier, get the timing belt checked/changed. If you have breakdown cover they might insist on it prior to giving you European cover.

    Go on Go for it.
     
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    I'm a fairly competant mechanic so I'm not to bothered about minor breakdowns, wheel bearings breaks etc. I'll have to check but I think the fiat ducato 20L petrol lump has a camchain not a belt,. Ive already fitted all new fillters and drive belts and got spare wheel bearing and break pads etc to take with me. I'm looking forwards to going on this trip, Just need to sort out the dogs passport before I can set a departure date.

    thanks for all your help,

    Regards, John
     
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    The 2 litre petrol is a chain rather than a belt.

    The Talbot Express/ Citroen C25/ Peugeot J5/ Fiat Ducato is as common as dirt on the continent.
    We try to schedule our breakdowns for when we are in France because the parts and labour charges are so much cheaper.
    There isn't much on these vehicles that can't be fixed with a cross-peen hammer and a roll of duck (or duct) tape.
     
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    taking an older motorhome abroard

    for the last three years (now retired) have taken our 91 hymer to france ,spain ,portugal and italy not withstanding the numerous trips up and down gb my only problem on return from portugal got 2 miles from home and she cut out aa came within 15 minutes towed us to a safe spot off A14 and fixed a burnt wire to ignition apparantly a common fault can only say go f or it and enjoy every minute of it. happy travelling. lifes to short to pass it up.
     
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    Hi last year i wildcamped for a few days on oleron (Charente Maritime) With a guy from wales , he was returning back to the uk after spending 3 months driving down as far as Moroco where he had been touring round the country. He was in an old renault autosleeper 1985 vintage 2 ltr petrol not sure what model it was but it was pretty rough. He said he had bought it for the journey and he had paid £500 for it he had a bet on with a friend back in the uk that if he got back from his tour his mate would give him the money back for the van .The only thing that he had to replace was a battery that had failed on him up in the Atlas mountains . I don`t know whether he made it back to Wales and won his bet (i Hope he did ) so it just goes to show that it can be done you don`t have to have a new van to enjoy your hobby just go for it have a safe and happy holiday
     
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    We have had our 1990 Hymer for 5 years, we have had at least 2 trips to Europe every year averaging 2500 miles per trip. Of course we have had problems, everyone does. but so far nothing too serious, certainly nothing to call out the breakdown services for--- yet. European Breakdown cover is available cheaply if you insure through Saga-- hope I don't have to find out how good it is.
    Go for it, our older motorhomes are far easier (and cheaper) to work on than the later ones, should anything nasty happen-- believe me, French garages are helpful if you make an attempt at the language-- and are much cheaper.
    Relax, and book your ferry-- Seafrance are £19 each way, or they were last week when I booked our spring holiday--- you'll love it!

    John
     
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