Wanted Motorhome Advice

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by bloddy, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. bloddy

    bloddy Deleted User

    Please can anyone advise us? We want to buy a small high top van - no longer than 5.8 metres. Any recommendaions please?










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  2. haganap

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    hi and welcome.
    might be usefull to give a little more info for some good answers. Ie how much do you want to spend? what usage do you intend? etc etc
     
  3. Bulletguy

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    Lots out there under this length.

    My campervan is a Ford Transit swb and comes in at just 4.6 metres. Even the long wheel base Transits are only 5.3 metres so well within your 'spec'.

    Both versions run with the 2.5 diesel engine (very few with petrol but i personally wouldnt bother with a petrol). Main difference is early 90's Transits, the engine is direct injection (non-turbo), where the later ones are fitted with turbo. The turbo 2.5 returns around 30 - 33mpg on a trip where non-turbo will acheive as much as 40mpg (got just over 41mpg from mine on a tour around Scotland). With the direct injection diesel you simply need to change down a gear when climbing a hill and be prepared to 'potter'......but then no camper/mh's are designed to race up hills anyway!

    I wasn't particularly keen on Fords and had never owned any type of Ford vehicle.....but buying this Transit changed all that!

    Whatever you eventually go for i'd bear this in mind. The more common the vehicle, the easier it will be to source spares, and often cheaper too.

    Ford Transits are 'common as muck'.....millions of the damn things all over the place, not only in the uk, but in many other european countries as well.

    Buy some obscure make, and you could find yourself stuck waiting for that vital spare part to arrive at great cost, possibly from the other side of the globe, and a mechanic who doesn't have a clue how to tackle the job because he's never worked on such a vehicle before. Not very funny when you are on holiday!
     
  4. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    If you ring our Andy, he has been motorhoming for years and can give you some unbiased advice. Mind you he might try and sell you one!:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Peter
     
  5. bloddy

    bloddy Deleted User

    Motorhome advise!

    Thanks for the advise so far - we want to spend under £25,000 (if possible), a new, two berth van.:Laughing::Doh:
     
  6. Terry

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    Hi Bloddy,You may have to up your budget a little bit (about 3k) for a tranny but I would be more concerned on comfort/layout.Go to a big dealers or a show and have a good look around (take a camera for reference) making up beds and anything else you can think of :thumb: These things soon blight your new purchase unless you have tried them you will only find it after use.good luck :thumb:
    terry
     
  7. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Hi Bloddy,

    You will not find a new Panel Van Comversion at under £32K, you would be better off to buy a low mileage pre-owned and let someone else take the big hit on depreciation.

    Peter
     
  8. Caztur

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    At the Manchester Central show a few weeks ago they were practically giving them away - well under £32K, and the salesman was offering a further £3K off for a deal done on the day.
     
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    curently sitting in my Timberland van in sunny Spain. Ours has a bench seat that folds down for the bed and we have to make/unmake the bed daily> a bit of a grind. We have looked at exchanging it for a fixed bed but in a 6m long van it takes away so much space. It depends what you intend using it for. We do a lot of Continental touring and probably use it 6 months per year overall. If you only want to weekend then there are loads of van out there Try Devon, Murvi, IH etc go on line and look in MMM for sales. good luck
     
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