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Having started our motorhoming with a large C class, Autotail Dakota, then downsized to a PVC when I became disabled. We needed something I found easier to move about in and which Mrs Norfolk was happy to drive. We have now reached the stage everyone tells you when you start out. It takes at least three vans before you find the right one for you.
I have now regained a lot of mobility and need something with more space to move around in, we still want the compactness on the outside of a PVC though. We came across the Hymer ML T a compact narrow coachbuilt, which seemed to tick the boxes for what we wanted. Only thing was that from a starting price of around £86k, by the time you put the options which we would need on it the price was nearer £120k and the wait at the moment is into 2024. We then happened to come across the Weinsberg CaraCompact which had pretty much the same spec and layout as the Hymer. It’s on the Merc chassis with the 170hp engine and 9 speed auto. It’s left the factory and on the way to the dealers. It has already been spec’d with all the extras we would want, oven, solar, LPG, carpets etc. And it’s just over £80k, that’s around £40k less than the Hymer.
I have read a fair few reviews and they are all positive. It’s said to be well built with quality materials. Does anyone on here own one, and have any comments about them. We have put a deposit down and are viewing it next week to really confirm, but views of funsters with experience of them would be appreciated.
 
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We took delivery of ours in September this year and only used a few times since them. It is well built and well equipped for a compact coacbuilt. Space is at a premium but you'd expect that anyway but it has everything you need. Build quality is top notch with no squeaks or rattles at all. It really is nice and quiet to drive.
The Mercedes chassis is a gem and is night and day compared to our previous 21Transit based Chausson, the gear box is a peach, the handling superb and typically German - sure footed and compliant. The only gripe I have is the front seat armrests that clash with the cab doors, can be fiddly to spin around and the seat belts are easily tangled - but im getting used to it now.
If you need any more info just drop me a PM.
 
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Nice looking van but my only concern would be that if you are looking for a "compact" van the width appears to be 2.3m, which isn't really much less than a standard coachbuilt. (Our Adria compact for example is only 2.12m wide).
 
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Can’t help with direct experience of the CaraCompact but I’ve owned a CaraBus for 4+ years and, while not perfect, overall I’m happy with the quality. As I’m sure you know it’s basically a Knaus. When I was looking the main advantage with Weinsberg compared to the competition was the inclusive high spec, particularly so with the special editions like ‘Fire’ and ‘Pepper’ - good value. Are you using Premium Motorhomes?

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Thanks ontheroadagain and seasideBill . We are using SMC. They sold us our current Autosleeper Kingham and have been excellent with their after sales service when we had to have a couple of faults sorted. They are offering a good trade in so it’s looking positive all round.
 

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Forgot to say the link is for a compact one as it's the Van model.
 
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I believe the Cara ones are meant to be their entry level, or they were when they first came out. If you've visited SMC you will no doubt have looked in a Knaus so possibly seen the difference in them.

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I believe the Cara ones are meant to be their entry level, or they were when they first came out. If you've visited SMC you will no doubt have looked in a Knaus so possibly seen the difference in them.
I think they were, although the Pepper edition seems to be really spec’d up wit all the extras included. For a Merc Chassis with the 170 engine and auto it does look good value.
 
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Well we have gone and done it.
Drove from Norfolk to SMC in Newark today to look at the Cara Compact. We also looked at the Knaus which you could not get before 2024.
The build of the Weinsberg was superb, well equipped and available early 2023. Certainly not an entry level van. That with the trade in plus the fact Mrs Norfolk won free 5G WiFi fitted to it in the SMC give away swayed it for me.
Deposit paid and ready for the next adventures
 
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Update. Great news. Had a call from SMC today. Handover date arranged 15th February. Woohoo. Then just need to get it booked in to have hand controls fitted so I can drive it😀. Happy days
 
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Update. Great news. Had a call from SMC today. Handover date arranged 15th February. Woohoo. Then just need to get it booked in to have hand controls fitted so I can drive it😀. Happy days

Great news, just in time for Spring! If you see a Weinsberg Carabus Fire on your travels it might be us, I’ve yet to see one in the UK. I quite like the idea of the Compact as our next van, a bit more space might be useful as we transition to oldies!
 
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Great news, just in time for Spring! If you see a Weinsberg Carabus Fire on your travels it might be us, I’ve yet to see one in the UK. I quite like the idea of the Compact as our next van, a bit more space might be useful as we transition to oldies!
seasideBill I’ll make sure I wave😀. The additional space was one of the reasons for us to move from a PVC now I can move about more. The separate dining, kitchen and fixed bed areas were what we felt we need.

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Well the big day arrived yesterday. Drove up to Newark in the Autosleeper to part ex it. Came back as a passenger in this beauty. Just need to get the hand controls fitted now and the world will be my Oyster again. Great service and handover again from SMC Motorhomes.

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Jan 31, 2022
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Well the big day arrived yesterday. Drove up to Newark in the Autosleeper to part ex it. Came back as a passenger in this beauty. Just need to get the hand controls fitted now and the world will be my Oyster again. Great service and handover again from SMC Motorhomes.

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Nice van but I would say that as I am biased. Had ours nearly 18 months are you happy with yours.
 
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Nice van but I would say that as I am biased. Had ours nearly 18 months are you happy with yours.
we Are very happy with it. Well built, layout is just right for us and it is a joy to drive. This one is a keeper. An added bonus is I have found a Weinsberg caravan dealership in Norfolk who can do the habitation service so I don’t have to do a 200 mile round trip to have that done.
 
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we Are very happy with it. Well built, layout is just right for us and it is a joy to drive. This one is a keeper. An added bonus is I have found a Weinsberg caravan dealership in Norfolk who can do the habitation service so I don’t have to do a 200 mile round trip to have that done.
Yes Beez are really good did ours, family outfit and they are doing warranty work too. Enjoy if its a keeper would honestly get it ceramic coated as it seals logos on the side too plus its a breeze to clean.
 

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