Zaskars new pride & joy!

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  1. zaskar

    zaskar Funster

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    At last, I've got some piccies. Rig is absolutely wonderfull. VERY comfy, loads of space. Even our Dougal loves it and has spent all week tearing up and down the bedroom steps! Must be nice for him to be able to walk about without the fear of being stood on!
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Nice one mate.. lovely looking outfit, I had a nosey round a Kountry Lite at the Peterborough show .. very impressed.. good luck :thumb:

    Jim
     
  3. vwalan

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    i bet you thought all your birthdays had come at once! lovely rig , see you on the road somewhere .soon this will be 5 alive motoring fun site,ha ha
     
  4. brianju

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    Very very nice :Smile:

    Good Luck to the three of you in your new home :thumb:

    Brian & Julia
     
  5. chaswb100

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    Congratulations! Outfit looks great.Any tips on what to check on collection as we collect our Kountrylite 26RK on monday? How do you find the Navara handles the weight?

    Thanks - Chaswb100
     
  6. zaskar

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    Oh, dear:Sad: I was afraid of being asked this!
    What can I say? The rig is wonderfull, the dealer and his wife are EXTREMELY nice people to deal with, but, TBH, both they and the American manufacturer need to sharpen up thier act a bit.

    The rig was delivered from the States with a differnt bathroom layout than that specified and unknown to either me or Calder!
    Certain personal mods had also not been carried out by the manufacturer as promised. This was VERY annoying considering that I took the time and effort to construct a PowerPoint document and e-mail it to both Calder AND Allen Trailer (the US manufacturer of KountryLite)
    This document contained screen grab photos off Calders site with assosiated text and labelling which specified EXACTLY what we wanted. It simply didn't happen. These faults are ALL Stateside, not Calder.
    When I E-mailed the States to complain, although I recieved a lengthly appology, I do not accept some of the comments within. When answering my point about the wrong bathroom layout, I was told that by the time my e-mail arrived, the shower tray and different sink cabinet had already been fitted and that it would take a WHOLE,
     
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    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    Nice looking rig,, well worth the wait, I bet..:thumb:

    Hope you have many happy holidays and trips with it..:BigGrin:

    Hope to see you at the Americana..:thumb:
     
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    Looks fantastic! I think you were more than tolerent with the suppliers as well!
     
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    Thanks for all the info_Our Kountrylite is an ex demo so hopefully all snags will be sorted already, but we will check everything works as it should.We are going to the Lake District for a few nights on the way home so will let you know how we get on.Our Navara is a manual Euro3 & has also done 8k so will be an interesting comparison on fuel.

    Thanks Chaswb100
     
  10. robrobc

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    Nice Rig Zaskar.........I wish the three of you many happy miles and sites.:thumb::thumb:


    I am interested in the fact that your mpg is worse than mine with a 6000cc V8 Diesel, this goes back to the old chestnut of size and power vs frugality.

    This all is an irrelevance, you are very happy with your outfit and that is all that matters, I hope that we may bump in to each other one day out on the road (by bump I do not mean literally !!!!)

    Happy Travels

    Rob
     
  11. zaskar

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    Nope, dont agree mate.:Wink:
    You made a very good and very valid point and one which future 5ver buyers should seriously consider.:thumb:
    In my case, I knew that my milage would be limited, so for us, onsite comfort had to take priority over on road performance.
    For people considering a European tour, then I would think seriously about a yank V8 pickup. As you know, because the engine isn't working as hard when towing, then based on my findings with my Nav, then it is possible to get similar consumption from a Ram or 250/350.
    I think where the Nav will benefit, is when driving solo. We will be using it for everyday use (solo) for shopping/sightseeing etc and in those conditions, 27-27 is easily acheivable with a sensible right foot.

    Me too mate:thumb: ffi' and I haven't been to an MHF rally since one of the first at Rivendale near Ashbourne years ago. We had a great time with the crew and keep saying we must repeat it.:thumb:
     
  12. Jackomet

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    Z,
    We have the high profile 26RK and are presently in Spain.
    Have you had the Nav chipped? Ours is and you DO get 30+ (best 34 on a run)solo and we averaged 19mpg in in the 1,200 miles down to here. Going over Pyrenees dropped to 15 or so. As it's about an additional 25BHP it also helps in "acceleration" if you can call it that but I can not compare it to anything (first time towing). So for approx. £300 I think it is worth it.

    I agree 100% about Calder, they don't seem to work to a rigurous hand over so they were a few things we had to sort after delivery. All the people are genuine and care, I guess as the business "just grew up" some proper business rules went missing. BTW did you get a manual on the actual rig itself, I was told they was none?
    One thing you should do is get something to hold the steps in, if you hit a big bump they can pop out (it happened), we use a strong belt.
    Other than above it's a great rig and can not imagine having anything else.
    Regards John & Tricia
    Swinhoe's 5th Wheel Euro tour
     
  13. zaskar

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    Hiya guys:BigGrin: Yes, our Nav is also chipped, and yes, it definately makes a positive difference. I dont know about difference for towing the 5ver cos I've only towed the rig once the Nav was chipped, but certainly solo, last week it was 21-21 MPG. Now its been chipped, its about 24-25mpg which is going to add up nicley over the years thank very much:thumb:
    Possibly the difference in our mpg's (yours compared to mine) is the engine type and milage? Mines a late 08 Euro 4 spec engine with just 8k on the clock. Because of the bl**dy tree huggers, its basically been strangled to death re emissions and so it is a known fact over on the Navara UK Forum that the earlier Euro 3 spec engines get faaaaaar better MPG cos they're not as strangled.


    No, we didn't get a KountryLite/Allen Camper manual, just LOTS of little 'uns for all the equipment.

    Good tip:thumb: Must admit that I had wondered but thought, "nah, don't be daft!" Now that you've said that, I think I'll invest in a strap, just in case.

    Got a return tip for you, that was passed on to me by another owner. :thumb:
    If you're internal 240 system trips (at the van, not the post), normally you'd reset at the little blue lever on the trip box that Calder install. This owner was trying and trying, but it wouldn't reset, even tho it should-nothing at all was on in the van. When he spoke to Calders spark, it turns out that the little square white test button (stamped with a "T")on the same box is a begger for sticking in and has to be teased back out with a knife/small screwdriver before the little blue lever will re-set.:Doh::thumb:

    Regards John & Tricia
    Swinhoe's 5th Wheel Euro tour[/QUOTE]
     
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    Very very tasty!:man_in_love:

    Peter
     
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    When I say irrelevence I mean it is not exactly rocket science to compare a Navarra with a Ford F250, what is useful IMHO is being to able to capture live data from people who are using these vehicles in real life situations, bit late maybe for those of us that have already bought :Doh: but it may help those who are on the brink of buying.
    I shall have used a full tank of diesel shortly (takes a long time as it is a 90 litre tank....:Eeek::Eeek:) and then I may have some data on the economy when running solo.

    Rob
     
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    My F150 Lightning is the Ferrari of pickup trucks is has a 5.4ltr V8 supercharged engine and will outdo a Porsche from the lights :Blush::Wink:. I drive it every day both for work and pleasure and having owned a Navara would NEVER EVER go back to a Jap/Euro pickup.

    I get around 15-18mpg normal driving round town and maybe up to 20 on the motorway, if you hammer it (and its very hard not to :Rofl1:) the mpg drops to single figures and if you thrash the arse of it (and its very hard not to :thumb::Rofl1:) you get about 5-6 mpg :Eeek:.

    It is rated to tow over 4 tonnes and does so with ease. I often tow a very heavy trailer with a 2 1/2 ton access platform on it and you hardly notice its there. I havnt noticed any change in mpg when towing but this will no doubt be down to a lighter right foot and slower speeds.

    The main difference between the Lightning and the Nivara is EVERYTHING!! :Rofl1:

    I get out of the Lightning after a 200 mile drive towing the trailer as fresh as when i got in it, the Nissan was like driving a tractor by comparison and i always felt half dead after a drive of more than a couple of hours. The autobox and cruise control make for very lazy easy driving my ONLY complaint about the Lightning would be the noise from the exhaust which has 2 volumes, loud and VERY loud, which on a long haul can get a bit monotonous but thats why there is a volume control on the stereo i guess :Wink:

    The steering wheel on the wrong side is something you learn to live with very quickly and as its so bloody fast, overtaking from a few feet further back than you would be in a RHD vehicle is not a problem.

    The Nissans etc are a great looking truck with all the chrome bling bits but i can honestly say i havnt met 1 person yet that would rather have a Jap/Euro truck instead of mine even with the less than great mpg. I could get it converted to gas which would give better economy than any Jap/Euro truck but i knew it would use fuel when i bought it and just accept that the price to be paid for performance, looks and the sheer usability of it is well worth every penny.:thumb:

    Im afraid its USA pick ups or nothing for me and i dont even own a 5er!!! (but i do keep going on to SWMBO about it with no luck :cry:)
     
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    Z,
    Mine is an October (58) plate and has 7K miles, same as yours I guess (174 BHP original spec)
    One more tip, the rubber covers on the rear bumper, they come off unless you tape them on.
    Also as you (we) are over 12m overall you will need "long vehicle" stickers/plates if you intend to drive in Europe.
    Regards Jack
     
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    Best place to buy these from??? Thanks in advance.

    Rob
     
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    any truck accessory place or auto factor. from 1996on vehicles over 11mtr they can be yellow with orange/red border with out long vehicle written on . they are not expensive .last ones i bought were 9.5+vat for apair aluminium backed.
     
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