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Feb 17, 2014
48
49
Lossiemouth, Scotland, UK
Funster No
30,136
MH
Auto-Sleeper Symbol
Exp
Since 2014
At present I'm looking at buying a new Symbol but I've read a lot of negatives regarding the internal Whale submersible pump fitted in the water tank.

Is it as bad as painted or just because more people tend to post on a forum when they have problems?

I suppose what I'm looking for are comments from current owners who've had no problems to give a bit of balance.

This is the main thing that's putting me off from buying.
 
Feb 15, 2022
71
128
Crieff, UK
Funster No
86,902
MH
Auto-Sleeper Bourton
Exp
Since 2014
I've only my experience on other forums, you will find people looking for help and so read about more issues than compliments. If I paid attention to all the negative posts about items I own I would not have my car, my motorhome, my TV etc.
 
Feb 18, 2017
4,342
8,371
Greenwich, London, UK
Funster No
47,382
MH
Hymer MLT 570
Exp
1986
A pump is a £50 replacement part.
My van is 2018 and I'm on my third pump and have a spare in the toolbox.
It's very low on my priority list.

I'd be looking at the base vehicle first (Mercedes, Fiat, Iveco, Citroen, Peugeot, Ford, etc. probably in that order)
Then looking at the quality of the top (German, French, Italian or British, again, in that order)
Then once you had your top decided, chose the manufacturer(s), Hymer, Delitlef, Burstner etc.
Then choose your length (Under 6m, under 7m, under 8m, etc)
Then start looking at layouts, which in turn can influence all the decisions above,
which may mean starting again!

Remember to stir budget into the mix !

All M/H's suffer from known faults or design issues.
Ideally you need to know what they are before you start.
Some items (such as water pumps are easily fixable and upgradable.
Whereas the known issue with Fiat gearboxes on vans of a certain age can cost thousands

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Mar 23, 2012
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32,651
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Funster No
20,245
MH
c class
Exp
1
A pump is a £50 replacement part.
My van is 2018 and I'm on my third pump and have a spare in the toolbox.
It's very low on my priority list.

I'd be looking at the base vehicle first (Mercedes, Fiat, Iveco, Citroen, Peugeot, Ford, etc. probably in that order)
Then looking at the quality of the top (German, French, Italian or British, again, in that order)
Then once you had your top decided, chose the manufacturer(s), Hymer, Delitlef, Burstner etc.
Then choose your length (Under 6m, under 7m, under 8m, etc)
Then start looking at layouts, which in turn can influence all the decisions above,
which may mean starting again!

Remember to stir budget into the mix !

All M/H's suffer from known faults or design issues.
Ideally you need to know what they are before you start.
Some items (such as water pumps are easily fixable and upgradable.
Whereas the known issue with Fiat gearboxes on vans of a certain age can cost thousands
On your choice of base vehicles our ford has been reliable for the past 8 years with one recall for a remap. The Fiat you list as your preferred choice seems to have had a lot more problems mechanically especially with the electronics. I think your preference could be summed up more succinctly as you would prefer the most expensive in all categories!
 

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