Thinking of changing the motorhome

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  1. lorger

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    We have been thinking for a wee while now about upgrading the mh.

    We have two or three in mind and wouldn't mind your opinions on them.
    We are looking for a fixed double two single or bunks across the back with garage under, would like the lounge to be l shaped so we have two seatbelts in the back as Sophie tends to bring a friend on holiday. It doesn't need to be fully winterised as its not to cold here in Scotland:Rofl1: but we do use it all year round so good insulation would be a help. Also like to have a drop down bed at the front to save us making up beds as getting lazy :Rofl1:.

    The ones we have in mind are

    Adria matrix 680 with the drop down bed over the lounge, finding it hard to get a secondhand one though.

    Rollerteam t line 700 family same lay out as above not sure if they are same quality so feel free to advise.

    Hymer i562 roughly the same layout as above two.

    We have always like Hymers and realise we might have to go for an older one to get what we want, seen the adria at the Lincoln show last year and was really impressed with it and although I haven't seen in the roller team it does look pretty good. We currently a have a 2006 autoquest 130 so depending on how much we get for that might sell private if no good trade in price but we are hoping to spend under 40k would stretch it a pound or two if the right van was there.

    Cheers Gerry
     
  2. Chris

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    Have a look at a Burstner Aviano i684 like ours. Just the layout you are looking for.

    Quite a few about.

    I dont like the layout myself as I dont like the lounge.

    Ours will be on sale at Johns Cross about March time when we swap over. it might be a bit over your budget but not by a great deal and its in great condition.
     
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    personally gerry i wouldn't go for a large garage model as they tend to be stuck way out the back miles away from the axle so you are really limited what you can put in them without overloading the rear axle.

    i know this from the van i own 150kg in the garage takes the axle over its plated weight.

    if there are 4 of you going to be travelling for a week or more at a time make sure the van you want has at least 600kg spare payload to allow for the food/clothing and the people for you to be really comfortable. but don't rely on the paperwork get the van weighed and work it out from the weighbridge print out.

    good luck on your hunt.
     
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    I believe the payload on ours Gerry is about 750kg but being me I have never visited a weighbridge.:Doh:
     
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    I'm sure with my funsters discount it would be in budget :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Did have a look at them well on the Internet look really nice but trying to find one under 40k is hard as I don't think they have been on the go to long, just out of interest what don't you like about the layout and what layout you going for.
     
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    The Adria is a nice van Gerry.

    We picked a brouchure up and nearly got tempted on a brand newen at the NEC... but decided we like ours way too much.
     
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    Thanks aba
    I'm not needing the garage for massive weight just for things like willies and waterproofs as we tend to be out in the rain a lot which is a bit surprising considering we live in sunny Scotland. I can't think of the top of my head what the payload is for the elddis we have just not but I normally get Lorraine and Sophie to empty their handbags before we go and that gives us a few spare kilos:Rofl1::Rofl1:. We just don't have loads of storage room and if we want something out we have to remove about ten items lol so it's more to make life easier rather than carry loads.
     
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    Yes it seems well made and if we stretch our budget by a little we could possibly get a new one as I think a new model is out next year and some good deals on them but I will try and find one within my budget first.

    It's trying to weigh thinks up do we go for a new or nearly new Adria or a 5 or 6 year old hymer. Being a true Scotsman I will probably be sitting here next year asking the same question as we don't part with money easy :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    We find the layout of our van very convenient. It's a dinette rather than L shaped lounge but with the bench and swivel seats, easily seats six. It has two belted seats. See Here.
     
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    I would say you would get a 2007/2008 one for £40k Gerry. Bear in mind that we bought ours in 2008 brand new with extras for £47K. They might be £70k+ now but thats mainly because of the weaker Euro I believe

    The only thing I dont like is the front lounge. You have the 2 forward facing belted dinette seats, the cab seats which turn round and then a further small settee thing behind the drivers seat.

    The TV mount is near the hab door so behind the drivers seat meaning the 2 dinette seats cannot be used to watch tv. The dinette seats are also a bit cramped I think (possibly cos I am a fat git).

    It just doesnt make for a great lounging van. Fine in the summer when you want to be outside anyway.

    Its a terrific van though. The habitation door on ours is seriously good quality. I think that came as a winterization pack.

    We are going for an Autotrail Scout with a rear u shaped lounge.

    The wife and kids love the present van but just occaisionally the man of the house has to put his foot down:BigGrin:
     
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    Typical suvverners, don't appreciate a great van layout :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Graham that's roughly the layout we are looking for.

    Chris I get your point about the lounging part the way we are looking at it is with in the next year Sophie will probably only want to come with us when we are going somewhere hot so in the winter it will probably be two of us more often than not. The van we have just now is a dinette and a side bench with over cab bed which is mainly used for storage it's not ideal for everyone viewing the tv so we put a swivel on the passengers seat and now we can all see the tv.

    48k new a couple of years ago some dealers are asking that for them now.
     
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    Its perfect for two people Gerry:thumb:

    We got a bit of a bargain I think 4 years ago :BigGrin:
     
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    Really?:Wink:
     
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    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    I meant wellies bloody spell checker on iPad changed it :Rofl1: got you interested though :Rofl1:
     
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    There are several in the Burstner range with that layout. We find it perfect for two but, being used to your Autoquest, I don't think it would give you any problems using it for four.
     
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    I understand that Asda have now finished their special write-off-an-Autoquest offer so you may have to part-ex :Laughing:
     
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    Hi Gerry we have an Adria 670 the build quality is excellent. our previous van was a new in 2008 CI; same stables as the Roller team and by comparison the CI is a budget build van! i had some trouble with mine on delaminating interior roof panel and a hab door that was warped. not exactly speedy with their spares and warranty support. hence its gone....
     
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    Hi phill
    I had heard that about the parts from a dealer who used to sell them until earlier this year, they did say however they where far superior in build to the older models of a couple of years ago. I know dealers can tell you anything but he had no need as didn't sell them anymore.
    We do like the Adria the one we where in seemed to be good build quality.
    This buying motorhomesadria isn't an easy lark :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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