Thinking of changing van

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  1. jezport

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    Well we've had our Frankia for over 4 years and we still love it, but as our kids don't always come with us we don't need all the space.

    We have seen a few really nice panel van conversions on lwb sprinters and ivecos. We have virtually every mod con on our current van so choosing a new one is hard, especially as many vans don't live up to high expectations after over 4 years of trouble free Frankia ownership.

    We need 4 travelling seats, a decent size garage/load space, a good size bed and a second smaller bed for occasional use by our kids. We love the ivecos as they have a big payload and can tow a big trailer.

    Any advice is welcome, does anyoneknow of decent companies who can build a van to our spec? Don't think we'll have trouble selling our Frankia as we have had people asking us about it at shows, we even have uninvited people walking in to take a look round but were open to offers.
     
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    If you have enjoyed owning your present motorhome so much then you will have to be 100% sure that the next one is going to live up to similar expectations. There are a number of good looking vans out there but if you look very close I think you will be very disappointed. Unless you can get hold of a Merc 609 or 709 then most of the van conversions are quite small and compact inside. We once owned an IH which the build quality was unquestionable but you couldn't swing a cat round it inside and you have to consider the insulation and condensation aspect. There are many pro's and con's but there are many smaller coach built ones to consider that are well insulated.
     
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    Hi check out Barnsley sports homes on Carlton ind est, and RS,MOTORHOMES AT GOLDTHORPE :thumb: bOTH CLOSE TO YOU
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    Give you a fiver for your extendable table top! :BigGrin:

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    As an owner of a 21' A Class and with only 2 of us we have considered changing our mh but have always come out against it for the following reasons.

    1. To part exchange would mean us having to part with shed loads of cash for a vehicle with much reduced space.
    2. After such a long time with our mh we have come to love it and trust it and feel confident in it; it would take twelve months anxious motoring before we would arrive at the same level of confidence with another mh.
    3. Knowing my current mh I know most of what is likely to go wrong and can plan ahead with a new vehicle it is a big unknown.
    4, Buying a smaller mh means less space - fine when the weather is good but if you have to spend 3 weeks in it as we did at the beginning of our France trip we were glad of the space.

    My opinion is keep what you have and continue enjoying your mh especially as you have a class vehicle.

    Norman
     
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    Quite like the RS Equinox. Im going to look at one next week.
     
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    Why not buy my van and make your fleet up to 3
     
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    What's wrong with having plenty of space?

    As long as it's not too big for you to drive and because you love your van, I would keep it.
     
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    My daughter will be learning to drive so will need more space on our drive. Cheaper Pitches at shows etc. Easier to get on and off show pitches.
     
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    A word of warning :Eeek: RS were in the hands of the recievers and may still be :Wink::Eeek: (no doubt some funster will know how to find out if they still are)Use this as a bargaining chip.remembering they could go at any time so no GTEE =6/10k off what is a very good but expensive van :thumb::BigGrin:
    I don't think they were in trouble so much, more that they have stock and not shifting it -large stock ie 3m plus- and could not afford to pay surpliers.No doubt if they managed to sell the stock they would be able to pay everyone :BigGrin:As things stand the boss may have bought his company off the recievers for next to nothing and carried on trading leaving surpliers out of pocket :Angry::Eeek:
    Back to the vans they look super :thumb: although I don't like the layout in the Equinox :BigGrin:Just as I don't like carpet on walls same as the Convertyourvan pics but what I like may not be to everyone elses likeing :Wink:
    If you are going to RS I am only 1 mile away :Smile:happy viewing
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    Cheers Terry,
    Im arranging to view a rather nice RS van on monday, only problem is its a 500 mile round trip so may make a holiday trip of it.
     
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    :Eeek: RS factory is only in S Yorks so depending on where you are in west yorks it may be worth a quick trip to the factory to see what they have on offer :thumb:as I said in other post they were desperate to shift stock :Wink: don't know if they still are :Smile: and not entirly sure if they had/have a showroom down south
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