Alko ALC as promised

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  1. Speve

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    hello to anyone interested inc @PeteH a reply from Alko Kober as you see it means strip to Germany so not sure if it's a good deal or not.This is for anExsis i698.

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    Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2016 9:38 AM
    Subject: RE: EN SE: Kontaktformular Unternehmensseite [#17]


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    Good Morning Alan
    Thank you for your enquiry.
    We offer you as follows:
    ALC incl. mounting 2.400,-€ incl. tax
    The conversion takes place in our customer center in Kötz, Germany and lasts approx. 1 day.
    http://www.al-ko.com/de/kundencenter

    Please note that we have a lead time of approx.. 3 weeks (depending on season)
    If you have further questions or want to make an appointment please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Have a nice day!
    Mit freundlichen Grüßen / kind regards

    Michaela Eisenlauer
    Kundencenter

    ALOIS KOBER GmbH
    Bahnhofstr. 40 (Kundencenter)
    D-89359 Kötz


    Fon +49 8221 97-8337

    Fax +49 8221 97-8550


    michaela.eisenlauer@al-ko.de
    www.al-ko.de
     
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    Firstly I would be worried about driving down shown in the video and secondly WHO drives their MH through through ballards at speed................. but joking aside not allowed to be fitted in Spain as it is a "mod" to the vehicle that was not fitted at factory.
     
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    More expensive than air bags, assuming they could be fitted instead, but effectively fit and forget as the ride height is adjusted automatically. If you suffer from a saggy bottom they could be very convenient.

    The idea has been around for some time I think for use on cars and my memory might be playing up but the early Range Rover could have had something similar.
     
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    air bags or only air assist...This looks much better
     
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    We had a Montego diesel estate years ago that had self levelling shocks like that, brilliant car except for the body rusting. In fact if the body hadn't dusted away I'd probably still have it.
    Totally reliable, very economical & best of all, no bloody electronics.
     
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    Got them on my current van and on my new van when it gets delivered in May.

    Doesn't really make any noticeable difference in handling but it does take the firmness out of the back end caused by having a heavy duty chassis and standard rock hard alko chassis needed to carry it.

    Would I pay for it? Nope.
     
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    Yes it is an option when We imported our van it was new but of course already built so wasn't offered the option.
     
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    Looks like the Nivomat system, is there a problem with simply fitting air suspension on an Alko chassis ?
     
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    Yes it's old Technology, excellent bit of kit. I had them on a Volvo tow car in the 70's.(y)
     
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    should ask how much delivered and get fitted here unless in Germany anyway. when I searched i think it was tow all offering fitting for £800 and something..sure a garage would do it cheaper
     
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    I did enquire Alko Uk did not have facilities to do it and the Towall offer is an old one so not sure if they do it they were talking £899 Iwill do a bit more investigating.
     
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    No I don't think so I just saw this and thought I would see how it worked out as comparison Air Suspension is around £900-£1000 so it would be a cheaper option but I quite like the idea of fit an forget it no maintainence.
     
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    this looks like its in a different league to air assist, and a hell of a lot cheaper then full air which costs over £5k..probably not comparable but better then standard I'm sure
     
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    @Judgemental I think you're right and being as we are heading off over the channel in a couple of weeks To Spain I am considering a detour to have it done?
     
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    lets see what @lennyhb he knows all about Hymers
     
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    Can't add much to this thread. Both Hymers we have had the rear has always sat higher than the front, even the current Exsis with Goldschmitt front springs. With my van fully loaded rear end hardly dips. I really don't see the need for self-levelling shockers on an AMC chassis, unless the heavy (4250, 4500kg) chassis is a completely different beast regarding suspension setup.

    I will say on my van ride comfort and handling are superb, the longer chassis's do ride much better than the short ones, some owners have had problems with a choppy ride on the B504 which has the shortest chassis Hymer use.

    The only problem I have is weight capacity with the light chassis it is limited to 2000kg and with a long overhang and the water tank behind the rear axle very easy to reach max limit, also the front end on the Exsis is fairly light which means a higher percentage of the vans weight is on the rear axle. The only way of uprating is to change the tyres and fit air assist, goalposts have now moved on air, as the Dunlop kit one of the cheapest options was about £800 in basic form (nearly twice the price of kit for Fiat chassis) is now only available with the full compressor set up at £1500. Dunlop say too many people have been running the bellows under inflated and damaging the bellows so they will now only supply it with the compressor kit. Sounds like a marketing ploy to me.

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    @Speve is looking at it for his Exsis i698, that is on the same chassis as my van, so I can't see any advantage of having it.
     
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    So in summery you wouldn't bother?
     
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    @lennyhb I agree completely Lenny however I tow a car trailer and just feel the rear could do with being a bit higher even without it tows well and the ride is good doesn't feel bumpy at all by the way our Exsis is the 4250 kg so plenty of payload.
     
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    I forgot yours was 4250, from all the comments I have heard the heavy chassis is a lot stiffer than the light one. Obviously a towbar adds 50-80kgs to the weight behind the axle plus the trailer noseweight.
    What is the noseweight of your trailer?
     
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