Small Japanese motorhome show.

Nov 18, 2011
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the build quality should not be to bad I would not think 88k or there abuts expensive but the jap have plenty of money
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DuxDeluxe

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Typical Japanese naming...... “Nuts Border type D” has a real ring about it. Mind you, they probably think that Autotrail Cherokee sounds weird as well

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Lenny HB

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They look quite smart but you will never see them in Europe, the engine between the cab seats makes the front seats unusable when parked, defets the point of having an A Class. With that engine arragement they won't meet EU safety standards for crash protection.
 
Nov 18, 2011
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18,938
They look quite smart but you will never see them in Europe, the engine between the cab seats makes the front seats unusable when parked, defets the point of having an A Class. With that engine arragement they won't meet EU safety standards for crash protection.
why wont they meet safety standards for crash protection.
Japan has some of the highest road safety standard in the world don't think they will be lowering there standers any time soon to comply with the EU.
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DuxDeluxe

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why wont they meet safety standards for crash protection.
Japan has some of the highest road safety standard in the world don't think they will be lowering there standers any time soon to comply with the EU.
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That may be so, but they may not meet EU standards, which may not be better or worse, just different.
 

Puddleduck

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They look quite smart but you will never see them in Europe, the engine between the cab seats makes the front seats unusable when parked, defets the point of having an A Class. With that engine arragement they won't meet EU safety standards for crash protection.
My Hiace had the centre engine as did the Merc Hymer. Both had seats that swiveled.

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Sep 23, 2014
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Since 1964 Gosh that makes me feel old.
Mazda Bongo's & Toyota campervans are still being shipped to, & sold in the UK today.
 

DuxDeluxe

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With No toilet they don't meet my standards :D2
I was wondering how the Japanese get on in a motorhome with the "flushing facilities" when they are obsessed with electronically controlled, heated, self washing, music playing (so that nobody hears the ladies tinkle), hi tech bogs............
 

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One way or another they will be here in a few years. The Japs are not silly.

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Feb 6, 2019
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panel van
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The MH/campervan scene in Japan (autocamping as it's known) is not what it was. It got huge in the 90s and companies were springing up everywhere building vans, that has all changed now, many abandoned camp sites. Back in the day there were even sunday morning TV shows about how to pack your vehicle, set up an outdoor kitchen, how to wash your van etc etc, it was daft.

Many of the forward control Japanese light commercials are not up to EU safety, you'd be surprised what is left out. Generally well engineered, remember the Japanese home market vehicles do not have an ounce of rust proofing, if you import one, get it wax oiled.
Wait five or six years and what's new now will be cheap and affordable, even with the high value of the Japanese Yen.

Ten year old vehicles are worth nothing in Japan, the scrap yards are full of them. Reckon it costs $2000 to import to the UK plus taxes plus any changes (speedo, fuel filler etc).
Lastly, a lot of low kms vehicles from Japan, they're genuine, but remember they've spent all summer with their engines running the a/c. I've seen vans ticking over all night...

The Mazda Bongo/Ford Freindee freetops were launched at the height of the Japanese autocamp boom. They were cheap new (Mazda is a cheap brand in Japan) and again for buttons secondhand.
Top of the tree were the 4wd Mitsubishi Delicas, they were everywhere! The forward control Delicas could be a handful if pushed, the later Delicas are surprisingly good on the rough stuff.oct 14 020.jpg
 
Feb 25, 2018
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Bailey 754 Autograph
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They look quite smart but you will never see them in Europe, the engine between the cab seats makes the front seats unusable when parked, defets the point of having an A Class. With that engine arragement they won't meet EU safety standards for crash protection.
we had a Honda stepwagon that had been converted (UK conversion) where it had the engine under the bonnet so you could enter the habitation area from the front seats - which made it so much easier.

so they do exist and as the Japanese drive on the same side of the road as us, it makes japanese imports well worthwhile considering especially if you can get one with pop top fitted.

if I was looking for one I would definitely consider the Nissan Elgrand !
 
Jan 2, 2017
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Coach Built
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4 years
All look very clean, smart & stylish ... who cares about swivel seats when you've been driving for hours? Don't think you could cook a good meal in any of them, though - the disappointment continues .......!

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Northernraider

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They will still be ridiculously priced when sold second hand here.

Look how much the companies that are importing 20 year old bongos ask for them

15k etc

No toilet or shower and a very uncomfortable looking straight back lounge and dinette

I think I'll pass
 
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