Rapido or Auto trail ???

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by RS SPIKE, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. RS SPIKE

    RS SPIKE

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2014
    Messages:
    192
    Location:
    derbyshire
    Ratings:
    +33
    We are looking for advise on buying our first motor home ??
    After visiting the lincoln show at the end of last month and many dealers up and down the country i think we have narrowed it down to two Motor homes !!!!

    The rapido 986M OR The Autotrail 634L ??? I'm limited on size because of storage and engine size because i will be pulling a trailer,the spec is as follows:

    Max length 22 FT
    2.5 Minimum engine size
    Capable of towing a 1500kg braked trailer
    shower
    Fixed bed if possible
    U or L shaped lounge (no railway seating)

    Looking forward to your comments good or bad, all advise will be most welcome as we are virgins at buying a motor home

    Regards phill & tracey
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  2. treetops1

    treetops1 Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2013
    Messages:
    1,258
    Location:
    yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +1,802
    For me its the Rapido every time lol.
     
    • Like it Like it x 2
  3. BreweryDave

    BreweryDave Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2011
    Messages:
    2,007
    Location:
    On tour!
    Ratings:
    +5,717
    Rapido. Always go for a European - far far better build quality;)

    IMHO !!!
     
    • Like it Like it x 4
  4. laneside

    laneside Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Messages:
    3,686
    Location:
    Oradour sur Vayres
    Ratings:
    +6,527
    Rapido, rapido, rapido every time
     
    • Like it Like it x 4
  5. Clive

    Clive Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2012
    Messages:
    962
    Location:
    Canvey Island
    Ratings:
    +2,049
    Has to be the Rapido, bias as I have a one (y)
     
    • Like it Like it x 3
  6. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    29,092
    Location:
    .
    Ratings:
    +28,332
    ditto ^^^^^^^^
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  7. DuxDeluxe

    DuxDeluxe Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2008
    Messages:
    9,664
    Location:
    Planet Zog
    Ratings:
    +32,415
    Got a Pilote - so if that is the choice then it is the Rapido. They look nice as well...........
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  8. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    14,370
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    Ratings:
    +18,783
    Of course :D
     
    • Like it Like it x 2
  9. Cal54

    Cal54 Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2014
    Messages:
    1,784
    Location:
    Lancaster uk
    Ratings:
    +17,406
    Can't really comment on a comparison but can advise that I received exceptional service from Auto-Trail when I owned a Cheyanne. The MH mysteriously developed a small fracture in the side panel at 5/6 years old and the side was totally replaced by Auto-Trail at no cost to me without question.
     
    • Like it Like it x 2
  10. DuxDeluxe

    DuxDeluxe Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2008
    Messages:
    9,664
    Location:
    Planet Zog
    Ratings:
    +32,415
    One thing you should check is payload - that is real life payload, not what the rather imaginative manufacturer's figures............
     
    • Like it Like it x 4
  11. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    14,370
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    Ratings:
    +18,783
    Most stories related to autotrail are indeed regarding customer service and the frequent need for it.
     
    • Like it Like it x 2
  12. dewaltman

    dewaltman

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    159
    Location:
    south wales
    Ratings:
    +49
    Rapido
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  13. Ladylea

    Ladylea Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2010
    Messages:
    320
    Location:
    Pembrokeshire
    Ratings:
    +89
    Rapido
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  14. jonandshell

    jonandshell Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,402
    Location:
    Norfolk
    Ratings:
    +9,159
    The rwd Rapido for tailer tugging I suggest!
     
  15. Masman

    Masman Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2009
    Messages:
    334
    Location:
    south yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +264
    RAPIDO(y)
     
  16. chippy63

    chippy63 Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Messages:
    355
    Location:
    Birmingham
    Ratings:
    +220
    I don.t know about the autotrail, but the rapido 986m only has two belted seats, even though is a four berth
    thats why we did not buy one when we were looking, bought a Rapido 941M instead :D:D.

    last van was a rapido also.
     
  17. MikeD

    MikeD Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Messages:
    2,344
    Location:
    London
    Ratings:
    +2,383
    I have a 2012 Autotrail - buy the Rapido (y)
     
    • Like it Like it x 6
  18. cranky

    cranky Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2012
    Messages:
    541
    Location:
    essex
    Ratings:
    +779
    eeeerrrrrrrrmmmmmm let me think





    ok totally unbiased but I think Rapido
    but only if it suits you, sir(y)
     
  19. johnandsue

    johnandsue

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2011
    Messages:
    104
    Location:
    Central Scotland
    Ratings:
    +140
    When I was buying my first motorhome the best piece of advice I received was do not buy new. The reason given was that until you have had one it is difficult to work out exactly what you want I.e fix bed v make up, garage v limited storage, payload requirements etc.
    I took that advice and glad I did as my first (second hand) motorhome was too large, not enough payload, no fixed bed etc etc., despite all those still had great time in it..
    Now purchased a brand new one which with a bit of experience should meet our needs and guess what - it is a Rapido!
     
    • Like it Like it x 3
  20. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    14,370
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    Ratings:
    +18,783
    All this makes me even more surprised that there isn't a UK owners club. I've had to join a french owners forum to exchange/share ideas. Anything I post on here as an alteration also gets shared with mes amis and is received warmly
     
Loading...

Share This Page