Thoughts on a Renault Master PVC

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  1. Jellyterror

    Jellyterror Read Only Funster

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    Hi there
    Hope somebody can help. I'm new here and looking to join the ranks of the campervanners. I've hired many over the years but now it's time to buy one. Which is a bit scary!
    I was wondering if anybody would give me some thoughts about this van:

    http://motorhomes.autotrader.co.uk/...b20d7a0144c0277efe7ee0/makemodel/make/renault

    I hope that link works, but if not its a renault master in Preston on Autotrader for £15000. Thinking about going to view it this weekend.
    I'm after feedback on the van itself, the conversion and the price. any advice much appreciated!

    Many thanks in anticipation.
     
  2. New Dawn

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    Hi & welcome to the site. As a fairly new newbie, would not like to give advice. But having said that, looked on your link, it looks very smart outside & inside. Feel sure that a lot of the experienced motorhomers on the site can advise you on your query.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
     
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    all looks good other than the high mileage at 118 thousand miles. not bad for a 9 year old commercial van but due to have a few mechanical issues due to wear. must have a full and comprehensive service history
     
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    Also note that it is very much geared to be used on site with electric hook up, both water heating and interior heating are 240v mains only, a van at that price I would be expecting a better set up than that,
     
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    looks like a reasonable conversion but milage is high for a motorhome obviously it had a former life
    think the conversion has been done on a budget for a proper go anywhere camper youll need some gas heating and gas hot water doesn't say what the fridge runs on needs to be a three way really or if its a compressor you'll need extra batteries and solar panels
    i also didn't like the raw ply edges inside the cupboard doors
     
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  6. Spenders

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    My two pennorth.....

    First impressions were good..... smartly done and looked fresh and new. On closer inspection however, saw the gas warning sticker on the back door but no other sign of where the gas might be.

    I also thought that the layout looked somewhat compromised. Seems to have the two fixed front seats and the U-shaped lounge but no way to connect the two areas, making the cab seats useless when parked up. It mentions a table in the text but the space in the U-shaped area seems a bit slim to accommodate a table freestanding there. The cab looked to be extremely clean for a former commercial vehicle that's done 118,000 miles.

    I'd want to see it in the flesh so to speak.... good first impression though and worth a further look.

    Simon
     
  7. wivvy's dad

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    Pricey for what's there, or rather what's not there.

    I'd offer £10k, then walk away.
     
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    Agree with previous posts.. re price and lack of gas powered water and space heating..

    I would also add that it has

    No Shower
    No cassette toilet.. Only a porta pottie
    The toilet isn't a wet room, so that would need doing to fit a shower.
    Rear binds are domestic roller blinds.. will allow light in and swing about when driving

    It mentions a battery charger .. but is it a proper motorhome unit.. or just a cheap car charger.. ?

    Not knocking home conversions, many are excellent, but the resale value is never as much as the cost of building .. and for that money I'd want a 'branded' van. that holds it's value.

    I don't like the rear u shaped lounge layout, however that is subjective..

    IMO.. You can do an awful lot better for £15k
     
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  9. Terry

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    Hi and welcome :thumb: let me say from the beginning that someone has made a very nice job of the woodwork /cabinets in the van :thumb: The rest leaves a little consideration so I am listing my observations and personal dislikes :Smile:
    screws showing in roof panels
    not keen on carpet/veltrim on the walls -some ok but not lots :Wink:
    raw edge on water cupboard ? They are doing that on somenew vans now :Smile:
    ply bed bases, prefer slats
    blinds next to useless -they will let lots of daylight down the sides
    no shower? Tap to loo sink .? Loo?
    concerned where gas is ??
    NO option for gas water or heating so warm weather /electric hook up sites only :Eeek::Eeek: ok converter saved 1k but that wouldbe a deal breaker or 2k off price:thumb:
    No same covers in cab again cost saving
    118k miles no problemprovided running gear is all good :thumb: lots of these around with 200k on clock :Smile:
    I agree with all what has been said by the other funsters :thumb:all good advice:Wink:
    terry
     
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  10. UK Pete

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    The Renault Master is a fantastic van, good mpg, fast, easy to get spares, the conversion on the ebay one your link went to , at a glance seems very tidy, however make yourself a list of what you require, and look out for the perfect van that suits you, keep looking for a couple of months as there are many up for sale, and you might get a better milage and spec for £15000, but if that one suits you and it has a service history, and needs no work done then it might be worth an offer but i would say more like 12- £13000
    pete
     
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  11. Jellyterror

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    That's great, thanks to you all for taking the time to check the van out and post your thoughts. Much appreciated! On reflection, I may not be heading over to view it this weekend.
    Meanwhile, any recommendations on anything better for a similar price would be great.
     
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