New Kontiki To Spend The Summer In

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  1. James Hearn

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    Hello all.
    I have purchased myself an old 1989 Fiat Swift Kontiki - petrol, 6 berth.
    The plan is to basically live in it with my wife and daughter for the next few months. BUT, we've never owned one before and therefore, need to learn fast.

    So any help and tips would be fantastic.

    My initial plans are to sort the sloppy gears, add power steering and convert it to lpg. The inside we'll update ourselves. Anything mechanical I tend to avoid.

    So, any help with recommendations for servicers, parts etc. for MH's this old around the Yorkshire area would be great!

    Hope everyone is well and look forward to connecting with you all.
     
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    Hi and welcome to FUN. I'm sure should you need advise then someone on here will be able to provide all you might need. (y)
     
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    Hi just saying hello
     
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    Hello :welc:
     
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    would of been cheaper to buy a newer van than add power steering and convert to lpg
     
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    Hello
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    To get answers to your specific questions I would start a new thread in the Motorhome Chat forum, more people will probably look at it. To get the most out of MHF you need to subscribe and pay your £10, it'll be the best tenner you've spent for a while!
     
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    Sounds like you are entering an interesting phase of your lives, hope it goes well (y)
     
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    Hello & welcome

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  9. James Hearn

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    OK great, thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I didn't know there was a paid service!
    But I do as you advise.
    Thanks again.
     
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    :hi:Hi and :welc:you couldn't have joined a better club to give you plenty of information and tips,:clap2: there' s plenty of willing members just waiting to help if they can (y) Good luck and hope you get everything sorted. Mew & Mick
     
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    Welcome! I would suggest getting it checked for damp if this hasn't been done and I'm not convinced about the LPG conversion. How many miles do you expect to do and will any savings over that distance recover the cost of conversion?
     
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    Yep! I agree with DBK.

    Checkover what you already have before splashing the cash. Older motorhomes can be real money pits.

    You need to cost out every improvement against the market value and the potential savings of that improvement.

    I would doubt very much that an LPG conversion is worthwhile on a Brit motorhome. It would be more worthwhile on a large Yank RV, but you need to get some miles in to make it worthwhile on the Swift. Plus it stops you using the Chunnel.
     
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  14. gibbon

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    Hi & welcome, you'll find lots of info re the sloppy gear change at the Talbotoc (Talbot owners club).
    UK vans of that era were badged as talbots but we're fiat ducato's.
    Also No.1 Gear is another place you'll find bits(y).
    Got no info about the swift bit other than make sure it's not a "Konleaky".
     
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