Garages in British vans

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  1. rosalan

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    Why don't British vans welcome garages?
    I like Autosleepers, so asked which models had a garage. The rep said they do not have garages in their vans. This was 18 months ago so things may have changed.
    Looking at all the other vans at motorhome shows, I think I saw one Swift model with a garage.
    The rest of the known world (Europe) seem to have a garage in almost every marque. Is it true that British buyers do not want one?
    As I look around the Aire where I am parked up in Spain, all but two old vans lack the garage feature.
    I for one, could not wish to manage without one and I do understand the sacrifices that some designs require me to make. I.e. my wife climbing over me in the night...
     
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    British vans don’t float my boat at all, quite honestly. They seem to be inferior in build to the continental ones and they don’t offer the features we want.
     
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    I agree with you rosalan. We are looking to change our MH but the one thing it must have is a garage this time. Our current one, which is our first MH, hasn’t got one.
    We would like a large garage that would house two large electric bikes and singles or an island bed. We were looking yesterday and there were only three on the forecourt - all foreign and all too expensive for us. Shame.
     
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    I think one of the sacrifices for a large garage is a high bed and that’s not for me.
     
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    Carado T447 . 7.2 mt has a great garage .i carry my 125 motorbike in it and still have room for the spare wheel. Tables and chairs etc the T337 is about 6.8 mt but smaller garage .
     
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    From what I gather, Brits seem to really favour Rear lounges and Brit vans follow Brit tastes...
    Rear garage and rear lounge don’t go together....

    Forgetting the “british vans are no good” brigade..... its a supply demand thing I expect
    There are just one or 2 ..... I have a Swift 684 which is rear elevated singles over a garage
    I believe Elddis are launching a similar layout (194) for 2019

    Good luck
     
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    The British buyer has traditionally preferred the space and comfort of a U shaped longe... largely due to inclement weather when you spend a lot of time indoors.

    conversely, continentals with a better climate do most of their living outdoors.. cooking , eating and relaxing.. so the preference has been a fixed bed with garage rather than a comfy lounge.

    Our Hymer B644 had a huge garage and fixed bed, both excellent, but at the expense of a comfy lounge. It had an L shape sofa which was fine for dining, but no good for lounging..

    The alternative layout in the B644 was a dinette .. again useless for lounging ..

    It was always be a compromise..
     
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    Which make/model do you have out of interest?
     
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    I am yet to see my perfect MoHo, PVC or smaller coschbuilt.

    Rear fixed double bed
    Front lounge/kitchen
    Garage

    I think if we were full timing we would probably go for an A class to get what we want, but find them aesthetically unappealing and cumbersome.

    I’m sure someone will point out the error of my ways, but I haven’t seen THE ONE yet
     
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    Burstner 821i, the best of everything, shame they discontinued i.
     
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    Agree 100%
     
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    You can get rear lounge layouts and large garages... Hymer Duomobil for instance. I'm sure there a lots more but that's the one that springs to mind. Not British of course.
     
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    OP was asking about British van availabilty though
     
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    I know, but if the British vans don't have them he may want to look for a European one.

    You appeared to be saying that it wasn't possible to have a garage with a rear lounge so I wanted to let the OP know that they are manufactured with that layout.
     
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    I wonder why they discontinued them...:whistle:
     
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    Sorry, didnt mean that loung/garage layout was impossible, just unusual and therefore hard to find. OP did use the word BRITISH in his thread title, i tried not to get into the “german is best” discussion but got dragged there again
     
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    That's not correct.

    We have a large garage and the bed is at the normal height.
     
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    Or does it have more to do with that being the classic touring caravan layout and almost all of the British converters were originally caravan builders? The other thing is that a great many British motorhomers are former tuggers so that's the layout they're most familiar with.

    If British people really prefer that layout why are European built vans so popular here?
     
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    It seems to me that a lot of British manufacturers are still building caravan but on a van chassis, I suppose they are doing what they know.

    Martin
     
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    I said "traditionally" .. but for whatever reason, history or for practicality, they are still preferred by many Brit buyers..
     

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