Rapido or Auto trail ???

RS SPIKE

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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
 

DuxDeluxe

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Got a Pilote - so if that is the choice then it is the Rapido. They look nice as well...........
 

Cal54

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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.
 
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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.
 
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eeeerrrrrrrrmmmmmm let me think





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

johnandsue

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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!
 

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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
 
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