Any one got any advice or views on Hobby vans?
As has been said already, Hobby caravans do have a reputation of being liked by Gypsies. Even more worrying, I saw a Hobby motorhome on one Gypsy camp recently.
We recently saw a gypsy camp with a couple of RV's on! Does that mean that they should also worry oh:
Totally agree! Thats exactly what we were trying to say.Why should we be surprised that Gypsies fiind an RV ideal for full-timing - we full-time and we find it ideal - what's the difference?
If you think about it logically - the gypsies have always led the field in upmarket caravans, fifth-wheelers and now RVs.
It was the Gypsies and Show-ground people who had the big shiny aluminium and cut-glass caravans packed full of Royal Doulton. Then they switched to Hobby caravans - not the little ones but whopping great big twin axle jobs - then they switched to 5'ers and now they have found RVs.
Well good on them - I may not envy their lifestyle - and I certainly don't envy the hassle that they get constantly - and I do pay my taxes etc whilst apparently they don't - but why shouldn't they have somewhere decent to live in - as long as they have paid for it in the normal fashion?
Anyway - this is all getting away from JCM's original post - should they take on the Hobby Concession!
In my view, yes, they should - if only to give normal Euro-motorhomers something for comparison.
Go for it J-C-M
Its a credit to you as a dealer and to Motor Home Fun, to think this forum and its members worthy to assist in making your decisionWe have been aproached by Hobby to take up a dealership alongside our Swift Franchise.
Any one got any advice or views on Hobby vans?
Have just bought a hobby toskana exclusive 750 flc ( 2009 ) after having a swift kontiki 669 , biggest mistake we ever made , there are so many faults to list even down to ... no place in the bathroom to hang a towel , waste water backing up the shower from a nearly empty waste tank , leisure battery ( rubbish ) for the size of van , dosn,t hold charge for more than 1/2 an hour unless plugged into mains , there are too many to list as I say , also the finnish of the biuld quality is very poor , for the same price ( £66,000 ) anyone would be better going for ANY of the swift range as we never had any problems with them ............. have a good look at them before you consider them for your dealership ( you dont want a bad name , do you ? ) .
PS THE PAINTWORK ????? on the out side , is not paint , but stick on transfers , hope this helps .
We researched a lot before buying a Hobby Motorhome last year. After one season, we are very happy with our choice. Lots of gripes (I'm a perfectionist) but the overall build is excellent. Mainly we live very well in it, sleeping, cooking, showering, driving, shopping, stopping... everything works as you would wish it. For us it was the perfect balance of German build quality and sensitive interior design which makes you feel good just being in it. Hymer may be better built, but they feel like furniture vans. Italian and French makers feel and look good, but the finish (and so, I suspect, the rattles) are not up to scratch. We are British, living in Prague and we bought in Dresden, Germany. All very complicated, but the Hobby factory was extremely helpful and friendly in providing information in English, and the documentation we needed to re-register etc. I had the feeling of a very good company. If they products are ubiquitous, its because they are so good (and they last).
(I was distressed by the knee-jerk discussion of Gypsies, and its tone. As a tribe, "Motorhomers" display their own peculiar habits, and I would have expected us to be tolerant, even admiring of our close relatives!)
We have one - couple of years old ClassC on a ford Transit chassis. Overall pretty good but the fabled German engineering falls down in a few places.
Pretty good in severe winter conditions - now, but only after I spent a day pulling kitchen cupboards apart to get at the frozen pump suction hose that was stupidly routed between the skin and the uninsulated thin plastic wheel arch. Put in inboard where the other hoses are and expect no more problems.
Entry door bashes against the side window if it is open so can't be latched open and if the wind catches the door, the winow is likely to be damaged.
If the awning stays are clipped to the side of the MH, can't open the boot door unless the awning is fully extended
With EHU plugged in, if the gas locker door is caught in a wind gust, it bashes against the EHU inlet cover and breaks it.
Water fill point is below the top of the tank. Water must run uphill to enter the tank so need to be a bit clever to use a watering can to fill.
These are stupid design and build faults that someone needs their pants kicking for, but when considered in the overall scheme of things, don't detract too much from a nice product.
Elvis, exactly who is "them"?