Which are the best built MHs?

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  1. Lamby55

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    Hi Everybody,

    We are newcomers to this interest. I am 56 and am planning retirement. I intend buying a Marquis Majestic 145 as a starter because We like the layout and the size.
    What I really want to understand is who makes the best MH? Everybody knows which companies produce the best cars, and I am sure that we are not buying the "Volvo" of the MH world, but for future musings can someone give me the BMW, Merc, and Rolls Royce marques of the MH industry please?

    Brian
     
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    pilote there french brillllllll:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Oh what a can of worms this is going to be!!

    I should think everyone has there own preference. Personaly I believe its more down to which Country rather than which manufacturer. In my case I would say for build quality and longivity first would be USA then Germany and lastly France. British I wouldn't give house room. I looked at some NEW British ones at a reputable Dealer in Somerset some years ago on a very wet and windy day ( my choice ) One had no sealant around some of the windows, another had a tarpaulin over a skylight to stop the rain getting in. Another the draw unit collapsed when pulled out.

    So basicaly I wouldn't buy new, always go for second hand, that way any niggles have been ironed out by the original owner.

    All the best in your quest

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    I haven't been in an RV so cannot comment on them for build quality.

    We have a German van and it's pretty well built and solid compared to the British vans we looked at - but massively more expensive too.

    I suggest you visit a number of dealers and check them all out:thumb:
     
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    Leaving aside USA-built RVs of which I have no experience, I would vote for German vans first, then probably French. I would not buy British although many do and are very happy with them.
    In terms of best makes, I would probably short-list the following:
    Concorde, Niesmann + Bischoff, Hymer, Eura Mobil, then Burstner, Rapido, Pilote and Laika. Lots of other worthy brands of course, but that's my vote.
     
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    I saw the Concorde reviewed on the Caravan channel over the weekend - all £160,000 of it:Eeek:

    I wasn't all that impressed with anything except the boot size to be honest.

    I was looking at a Burstner Elegance (longingly) a few months back for £89000 and thought that topped the Concorde.

    I agree with Jeanluc though in terms of the short list.
     
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    For £89k you can get a brand new A Class American RV with all the bells and whistles :thumb:
     
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    phew, haven't had this question for quite a while.
    Generally works lke this--
    if you have loads of wonga, then Concord, Cathargo .

    if your just rich- Hymer, Burstner, Rapido, Frankia Euramobil N & B

    If your in the real world,

    An older german built Motorhome is as good as they get. I have an Adria, (Slovinian) previously had a CI (Italian) and both are (have been) excellent and a fraction of the cost of the upmarket brand.

    By choosing the right lay out your doing the right thing. be careful you choose the layout correct first.

    good luck
     
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    USA - Build Quality Not seen those terms used together for a long while:Smile: My experience of RVs is that they are thrown together will little attention to detail.

    Outside of RV's most motorhomes use the same components, its just the way they nail and glue them together thats different. :Smile: Most things German will be well built but pricey so you would expect that. Some Euro "value" vans are amazing quality for the price. Choose your motorhome by layout rather than maker first, then get the best quality van in that layout. One thing about motorhomes is that you are always spoilt for choice.
     
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    It's all about budget, IMO. I think you generally get what you pay for in motorhomes.

    If you've got the money, it seems that German brands are the best, although some now say that Hymers, for example, don't have the quality with current models that they did a few years ago.

    I like Chausson (I'm on my second) because they're a mid-lister, not too expensive, but better quality than some of the bargain basement vans. There's nothing wrong with any of them. Some people will always want to buy the best, money no object.

    I wouldn't have a British van, because the habitation door's on the wrong side :Laughing:

    Gerald
     
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    not nit picking but ,,, rapido and pilot are the same company just that one is built in the north of france and one in the south of france,:Eek!: and burstener Cupboards and fittings are built by rapidio in le moulnere in the newes jig plant in the eu so nearly the same,,,just look and you will see:Eek!:
     
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    10 years ago I would have said Hymer. These days not so much. they are still good but not great. The older ones are still worth looking at though.

    Euramobil is the only one I have recent experience of and it was fantastic. Great quality and well thought out.
     
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    not overimpressed with Denali :cry:
     
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    An American RV for me, everytime!

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    I cant comment on US RV’s too big, too expensive to run.

    European – have looked at a number, I agree that the French and German ones are well built. Early Hymer are solid and can be sparse. French ones have style and are designed to be used, not designed by a committee.

    British- we currently have an Autosleeper, the build is solid, the design is dated and thats the problem, they have failed to move on...
    The truth is that you only get what you pay for, if you go for the lower end of the market, then don’t expect solid wood, hand crafted. Expect laminated chip board.

    In my mind the 1st van you buy is your 1st mistake. The second van is the one you know what you want and cant find it. The third is possibly the van of your dreams, you know what you want and have found it.

    Just enjoy whatever you get and lets hope you are lucky,
     
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    A couple of people have already stated that you get what you pay for including ^^^^^^.

    But, that is not true. Because there is a pattern going on here, that being don't buy British. Yet a top of the range British van from a well known company will cost you into the 80-90k Yet, a real decent Burstner, hymer, Euramobil can be picked up for the same price..:Smile:

    I know some own British vans and swear by them, most of the components these days are transferable to all cans, heating, cooker, water systems etc. All the difference is, in the way they bang them together.
     
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    Maybe - but without the build quality of German motorhomes. As already mentioned VERY diplomatically - 'US RV' and 'quality' are not terms usually seen together.

    The question posed was 'What is the best built ... ' not 'What has most bells and whistles'.

    A HOBBY would be my first choice if I could afford one, and in particular a 750 Exclusive or, a bit smaller, the exquisite VAN L Exclusive. All beautifully built !
     
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    Does he know?
     
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    Definitly GERMAN, we have had four MH,s 2 German, 5* 1 Spanish, 3* 1 British (no comment on that)

    Quality comes at a price though!
     
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