Transit Diesel

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  1. geoff956

    geoff956 Read Only Funster

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    Hi all, I'm looking for help if possible.
    Knowing nothing at all about Motorhomes I'm looking around trying to find something suitable. Not sure at all if I'm on the right track but this is how far I've got:-
    I was thinking of getting something based along the lines of Ducato/Peugeot/Citroen and had a quick look at some of the reviews of the vans that use this type of chassis. I must admit I was a bit downhearted to read so many problematic experiences so I've shifted my attention to a Transit. (I'm a Vauxhall man really)
    I know they can be rust buckets, but having hired a few over the years I've always found them to be reliable and sufficiently powerful, so I was thinking of something like this:-

    http://motorhomes.autotrader.co.uk/...-id/at8a60b91b318f9fab01319f4bed09625e/advert

    I'm not mechanical. Would this be powerful enough?
    Also need clarification of the 3,500 Kg MTPLM.
    Any comments or advice greatly appreciated.
    Thank you in advance.

    Geoff
     
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    That would be a more than adequate campervan conversion, at a good price and reasonable mileage for the year. That's the 125bhp Duratorq engine, and that conversion will be well within the 3500kg limit. As long as you change the engine oil every 3000 miles, that should go on for ever.

    If I didn't have one already, I'd buy that.
     
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    My opinion is that it is over priced .. the base vehicle trade value is around £2500 - £3000.

    The conversion looks ok, but who by, is it a home build ? Nothing wrong with a good home conversion but they don't sell so easily nor hold their value.

    Mileage suspect .. the van is 9 years old.. had three owners, the first owner would have kept for 2 -3 years and used commercial, why only 65k and can this be proved ?

    I think you can do a lot better for the the same money ..

    just my opinion .. no doubt this will be contended.
     
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    Thanks very much for your reply which is very encouraging. Not sure of the implications of the 3500kg limit. Is it the weight limit that some people can drive?
    I'm 68 by the way and have been driving for nearly 50 years.
     
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    Hi I agree with Jim :thumb:although it looks a half decent conversion :thumb: carpet on the walls is a big no no for me What are they hiding under the carpet ?
    terry
     
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    Thanks again for your comments - and a few points I hadn't thought of.
     
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    At least its a MK6 so you can blank the EGR valve off :thumb:
     
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    Looks a nice conversion but top dollar, carpet on walls looks OK, used for insulation and decor, doubt if any gremlins are underneath as its a tin body.

    Mileage does need checking.

    You can at the moment drive over 3500kg so no problems

    Peter
     
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    Don't suppose you could elaborate????
     
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    Does that change when I'm 70?
     
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    MTLPM is the Maximum Technically Permitted Laden Mass, stick to 3500kg and you'll be OK. Above that and you would be required to take a medical at age 70.
    Geoff.
     
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    Thanks very much Geoff
     
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    Could it be that one of the reasons there are more negative reviews on Ducato/Peugeot/Citroen is just because they have such a huge share of the market that pro rata there will be far more reviews, both good and bad.

    I have had 3 with no problems at all....:thumb:
     
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    Transit Mk 6....conversion

    Hi., If its any help we have a Transit Mk 6 [56 plate]..Its quite a large M/Home at just under 7mts. and a max weight of 3500. and Twin rear wheel drive.
    Nothing but praise for this well tried and tested 125 engine....Sqillions of them pounding the roads...[White van man!!] comes to mind. + ours also tows a 'Toad' .Performance has been most acceptable...circa 25 mpg whilst towing and AUTOMATIC as well:Smile:.

    The pics' in the ad seem to display a 'Tidy' vehicle but no doubt you will have it thoroughly 'Tested' by an Engineer type person.
    If the Base vehicle is then given the OK..its up to you to ENJOY if you buy it.:thumb:
    Hope this assists you....
    David & Liz
     
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    I suppose we have to glean what we can from reviews. Some say that those with bad experiences are more inclined to post than those with good experiences.
    As a point of interest I also checked out reviews of the Toyota Hiace (vans). I've never seen such an array of 5 stars. Must mean something.
    Nice to hear you've had 3 with no trouble. Long may that continue!
     
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    Without wishing to labor the weight thing, I'm looking at several Transit vehicles and they're talking about 'Gross Vehicle weight'.
    Is that the actual unladen weight? If so, some are around 3000KG and If I'll be limited to 3500 KG in 2 years time (at 70) that doesn't seem a lot of headroom.
    Or is 'Gross Vehicle Weght' the same as 'MTPLM'?
    Thanks for your patience, these things are confusing at first.
     
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    Gross vehicle weight (GVW), Maximum technically permitted laden mass (MTPLM) and indeed Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) as it is now being referred to are all exactly the same thing and relate to the weight of the vehicle complete with all equipment and occupants carried.
    Geoff.
     
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    A last thought though - so you'd have to know the weight of the vehicle before you put your gear in?
     
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    Yes, that information is usually provided by the converter and shown on a plate , but in it's absence take it to a public weigh bridge.
     
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    Thanks again - quite clear now.
     
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