2007 Rapido Serie 90dF 9048 dF (1 Viewer)

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I posted this on the Rapido forum as well by mistake

Hi, I am falling in love with this van but know nothing about them. I saw the one for sale here...

https://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/rapido-924f-2005-2-8jtd.193354/

A lovely van at a great price and very tempted, so started looking at them and saw a 9048 with the slightly larger lounge, perfect!.

I'm losing the will to live trying to find a late autotrail cheyene 635 without something radically wrong with it, been to see four of them now.

I have been told that there is an acknowledged problem with the nearside locker door leaking on all the 9048 Rapido vans and the one I inquired about has this problem which has caused delamination to the floor inside the locker. This will obviously need to be fixed before we can buy it and I have been assured it is not too serious.

Anyone know if this is in fact a well known common problem/fault??
 

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I have a 9048 & love the space the layout gives, the one your looking at looks to be well looked after.
 
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We have the 9048df and love the space.
Can't comment on damp issue other than ours has just had it's 3rd year damp check and nothing shown up in that locker.
Only had it a month so can't comment any further
Gary and Janet
 
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Thanks for the replies, I think I'm having this, we are going to see it the weekend to finalise the deal subject to seeing the damp problem first hand.

The only thing that I'm a little uncertain of is the 3.0 ltr 07 Ducato its on. Did that reversing problem get sorted out on the early ones? It will be parked on a fair slope and have to be reversed off every time we use it

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Never heard of this issue. Mine is not damp, it’s a 2008. The locker can take in a little water when driving in heavy rain but this is due to the seal the locker shuts on to. I drilled a small hole in each lower end of the locker floor to allow water to escape. The wooden floor is not affected and the locker itself is a composit material not subjected to rot. It’s not been a problem.
 
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Well, apparently the dealer has two of these vans on site and they both have the issue and he say's that Rapido are aware of it?? I don't think its bs but I'll soon know when I meet him in person I think.
 
Jan 31, 2016
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May not be floor may be the rear shelf. Not a big issue my 9097f 2008 model is in for repair as we speak.
I am not concerned with it at all and would not stop me getting another one. Just get dealer to fix before purchase.
If it's the older model will have wooden floor cannot remember when changed think it was 2006
 
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Ref gearbox,I cant remember if this one had the problems,but do recall a number of threads on here about the culprit box.
Suggest you use the search facility.

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Just found a different van, a real cracker, no damp issues, all checks out spot on, looks immaculate and well loved, a private sale. hopefully will pick it up on Saturday.

Thank Christ for that, at last I am happy with a van and to be moving to an A class.

I thought I was too old to fall in love:)
 
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Right! we are probably picking this up in the next three few days:).

Help with the following required please...

Wind out awning, or, inflatable drive away,(I didn't spot that it didn't have an awning)

Which one would you recommend??

How to improve the payload??

What about no spare tyre? I'm not really happy with this.

Essential stuff to have on board, just for UK for now.
I used to have a 40 litre aquaroll to top up fresh water when ensconced for a week in one place with a similar volume Fiamma fresh water tank used as a waste tank on wheels which fitted by the spare wheel on my Autotrail 635, worked a treat.

That sort of suggestion if you get my drift (crap phrase) sorry.

Critical happy fluids are well and truly engrossed and completely understood :) Hic!.

Waste tank volume, I can't find this online??

Lose a gas bottle to save weight??

Lightweight stuff, ramps etc.

Err... Help..
 
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Why do you need an awning? Used our wind out canopy twice in two years,suggest you see how you get on without one first.
Payload.... Before you worry about it,load up with everything you think you need,then go to a weighbridge. You’ll need water on board and fuel. Loads of payload threads on here.....search.
Yes,I like having a spare wheel. You could probably fit one,but they are heavy so if you are short of payload that won’t help.......so need to prioritise.
Waste tank volume is normally about 80% of fresh water tank volume.
Yes,you could just have one gas bottle to save weight,especially if going away for short periods.
Water....we always fill up at home before leaving and I carry two large watering cans to top up on sites and CL’s. Also carry a hose but only used it twice.
Essential items.....do a search on here is my advice.
Enjoy!
 
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We have awning only used twice not sure will get another on next van we will see.

We purchased a brand new steel wheel off Ebay £60 then just got a tyre fitted

Prob find 100 litres water tank

We have 13kg and a 6kg lite bottle

What is it played at? Our Rapido was 3600 but upgrade to 3850 paper exercise. If on light chassis max you can go to.

Dont use aqua roll we just have some empty 2litres bottles which we use on a weekend rather than sometimes topping up main tank

We have quattro ramps yes heavy but ours is 7.5m believe yours is 6.5m so triple should be okay.

Good luck with your new van
 
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We have a wind out awning which we use frequently when the sun is out. We don’t have a spare wheel and it has never bothered me as I would not try to change a wheel myself. I have read one poster saying he carries a spare tyre only (no wheel)which just fits in the underfloor locker so I think that quite a good idea as long as it’s the same make and type as those on the van since in France you have to have the same on each exile. You could have one large gas bottle and one small one for use in emergency when the larger one runs out, that would save some of the weight of a tyre or whatever. We do travel with a full fresh water tank but we don’t use any other container such as an aqua role. Some say they use watering cans, we have collapsible buckets for top ups but generally use a hose. We usually only top up fuel to 3/4 to keep weigh down and we don’t carry items we dont really need. our 9048 is plated to 3750 and I have tested it ready to go on a weigh ridge with full water and 3/4 fuel and including fridge contents ready for the road and found it was slightly under. You could get the van loaded ready for the road and get it weighed. Then you can decide if you want an awning or not as they weigh a fair bit. If you decide against it you could sit out on the shadow of the van if it’s very hot. Good luck

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Right! we are probably picking this up in the next three few days:).

Help with the following required please...

Wind out awning, or, inflatable drive away,(I didn't spot that it didn't have an awning)

Which one would you recommend??

How to improve the payload??

What about no spare tyre? I'm not really happy with this.

Essential stuff to have on board, just for UK for now.
I used to have a 40 litre aquaroll to top up fresh water when ensconced for a week in one place with a similar volume Fiamma fresh water tank used as a waste tank on wheels which fitted by the spare wheel on my Autotrail 635, worked a treat.

That sort of suggestion if you get my drift (crap phrase) sorry.

Critical happy fluids are well and truly engrossed and completely understood :) Hic!.

Waste tank volume, I can't find this online??

Lose a gas bottle to save weight??

Lightweight stuff, ramps etc.

Err... Help..
Dump the aqua roll, use a watering can, dump the waste container, use a bucket. Won’t save much on weight but save on space.
Spongy
 
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Well, we went to see it today and it is lovely, everything is in excellent condition and the people selling were even lovelier.

However, on taking it for a test drive it seemed very noisy , especially in the cab area.It seemed like the drivers side was a bit loose and rattly and the pull down bed moved quite a bit. A lot of noise came from the cab blinds too. I have to say that the van was completely empty and none of the usual oven and sink noise deadening had been done.

Is this normal for a Rapido A class, or any other for that matter? I'm not sure I could put up with such a noisy drive and obviously, being my first drive of one as opposed to a standard coach built van and have no proper comparison, a bit of a bummer really:(
Its the drivers side noise I found the worse... anyone else experience this?
 
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Our front blinds did rattle but small rubber wedges under the securing straps stopped that (Homebase). Our bed does move slightly when going over bumps but it is fully made up with pillows and quilt. If they are removed there is little, if any movement. The drivers side noise may well be from the gas locker. Were there unsecured gas hoses or were there gas bottles that were not secured properly. Also if there are chairs & table etc in the underfloor locker these can be heard bouncing occasionally. The large Heki roof light has pull over blind and insect mesh, these can rattle and the little wedges sorts this out as well.

As you don’t know the van I would suggest a second look. Make sure all lockers are empty, or any contents. Well padded, blinds, including lounge window blinds are secured and inspect the gas locker and underfloor lockers to see they are are empty. It might be an idea to check tyre pressures as if overinflated its like riding on bricks. For us, on Michelin Agilis CP it’s 75 rear and 62 front seems just about right.

With ours it was a process of concentrating on one sound at a time and dealing with that, then the next etc. I wouldn’t say we are totally quiet it very nearly and there is nothing that bothers us.
 
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Thanks mate, that's a great help from someone who knows, much appreciated and as you say, "nothing that bothers us" is the key. I didn't walk away, but wanted some time to think about it, a three and a half hour drive home, three cans of good boy juice and I made my mind up. We will take it next week and I will dick about getting it as quiet as I can (taking onboard all advice) and live with the result. I don't think we could find a better van and its a decent price from nice people so...

Buying a motor home is a wonderful thing, but my word, making a decision, months of hard work digging and your still not sure.:)
 
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Agree with comments above however just be on safe side get you head under with a torch and look at the front springs and suspension should be okay, however when I was younger had a car made a racket and spring had broken.

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Mine made a lot of noise when I first got it, getting the tyre pressures correct made a huge difference!

Nice choice by the way, that was very high on my list when I was looking originally.

Jim
 
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Just a point, Rapido had problems with the fire proofing material used in the front wings on 2007/2008 models Causing delamination. Ours went back to the dealer to have it sorted although well out warranty (5years old) Rapido paid for it. Might be worth checking and asking the vendor if they had the problem and if so was it fixed.

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Just a point, Rapido had problems with the fire proofing material used in the front wings on 2007/2008 models Causing delamination. Ours went back to the dealer to have it sorted although well out warranty (5years old) Rapido paid for it. Might be worth checking and asking the vendor if they had the problem and if so was it fixed.

Spongy

Can you give a bit more detail on that please, do you mean inside the dash or outside in the engine compartment? There is nothing on the engine compartment on mine except the insulation below the dashboard.
 
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This relates to the front side bodywork i.e. in front of the gas locker and the same the other side. From what I understood at the time the fire resistant material that the GRP is bonded too absorbed moisture resulting in the GRP delaminating. I hope this is helpful.
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This relates to the front side bodywork i.e. in front of the gas locker and the same the other side. From what I understood at the time the fire resistant material that the GRP is bonded too absorbed moisture resulting in the GRP delaminating. I hope this is helpful.
Spongy
That’s helpful thanks. No problems with mine.

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That’s good to hear, I know it wasn’t all affected but I was told there was “ 1 or 2 “ when I had mine repaired.

Spongy
 

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