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Oct 29, 2016
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We have been waiting years for a Continental or UK van manufacturer to offer "the Murphy Bed" solution for space & convenience, but when this baby was launched on the 5th Jan in the US, my jaw dropped with the list of included toys.
It takes this fast speaking american sales guy 29 minutes to describe the exterior & interior of this van, that's how much stuff has gone into it.
So many well thought out items/designs, the list seems endless.
Ok this model is designed for two people, but having to share with the soon to be wifey is something I can live with:D
The Price I hear you ask?

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Prices start at $ 113,620 plus some of the "options" that were mentioned.
If we were able to buy at those prices here in sunny UK, and not encounter shipping and import tax implications, then it would be a serious contender IMV.
Ah well, dream on folks, sorry if its spoilt your day.
Les
 
Jun 17, 2012
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Ordered mine on the strength of winning in next week's Euromillions syndicate.
I can see someone driving away with bed down and crockery crashing onto floor.
 

icantremember

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I'm surprised that pull down wall beds are not used more often in motorhomes. I had not previously heard of them as "Murpy Beds" .. they are not a new invention and my parents had one in a 18' touring caravan in the 1950's.
 
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Can we play "How Many Times Did The Bloke Say FANTASTIC" ?

My guess is 300,000

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Seriously though, it’s a cool looking van, but at 8m long it wouldn’t suit anyone looking to downsize.
 
Feb 22, 2008
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We have a drop down bed in our B544, does the trick and creates lots of space .(y)
 
Aug 26, 2008
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I'm surprised that pull down wall beds are not used more often in motorhomes. I had not previously heard of them as "Murpy Beds" .. they are not a new invention and my parents had one in a 18' touring caravan in the 1950's.

I remember seeing a small low profile MH at one of the NEC shows that had a double bed that folded up against the back wall. I think it was a Chausson.

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Puddleduck

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I didn't listen to him, just had the sub-titles on and that was bad enough.

I still prefer the layout of our van and it's a metre shorter.

The Murphy bed is great but as Brian @icantremember says, not a new concept. The shower room is very similar to one of the Chausson layouts which also had a ski-locker at one side.
 

Puddleduck

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Full marks, looks as good as anything European I've seen.

Only a small two burner hob though. We have a sink similar to the one on that van (but rectangular) and have to use a bowl inside the sink as it's too big.

Plus only 2 berth and 2 travel seats.
 
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funflair

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Looks good to be fair, I like the way he say's there is loads of headroom in the shower as his head sticks out of the skylight.

Martin
 
May 31, 2015
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Seating area doesn’t look comfortable and the bed just gets in the way......

Still, if you buy one you won’t have it long.....

It’s a Ford...:LOL:
 
Jan 13, 2014
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I’ve been watching this manufacturer for a couple of years and have to say I am impressed by their product and do believe it oozes quality and actually gives value at its price point,however, storage is the problem despite all the bells and whistles they include they haven’t as yet got the Garage concept.

Thinking about it they have a road system and RV parking whereby space isn’t a problem and put the toys in a trailer,sadly for us.
 

Falcon 269

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The American is a Canadian, like the company who make the vehicle. :)

Needs more garage storage for me, too, but not a bad-looking MH. Good point about the road system generally supporting trailer towing but what if you want to get away from the main routes and off into the boonies?

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May 29, 2013
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I like it !! But 7.5m is a bit long for us.

But a few observations in no particular order;

It comes with "lane assist" and "driver fatigue" warning, well so does mine, it's called the wife !! Tho I guess the Ford variant is cheaper and more forgiving.

Love all the underskirt storage.

Shoe storage area is good

The bathroom is not much, if any, bigger than ours on the Flash 10

The seating seems to be "anti-social" in so much as there are the two swivel seats then the two very square upright seats, but not angled to be sociable to each other.

It may have a reversing camera, but it does not have a "look back down the road camera"
 
Jan 25, 2013
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Crikey! What a motormouth! Like the van, but I also liked the 5th wheel I towed around for 8 months in USA and it was far more versatile for off site touring when the pickup was detached. Ahhhhhhh Nostalgia, not what it was!
 

SuperMike

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Its a Ford, will it be stolen easily. :sneaky:

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TerryL

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At first a nice van - but there are so many things that are just not us. And as for socialising, totally impossible.
 
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I agree with some of the comments thus far,and I got a shock horror moment when I converted our 7.4mtr MH to good old feet & inches.....and its 24 feet .278 inches:eek:
But seriously there are some great ideas incorporated in that van, like the shoe store at the entrance, this could be done in any double floor van, but gerry hasnt thought of it yet;)
The folding table seat over the "china" loo, great idea as ours feels like its gonna crack the lid when I sit on it.
The Truma Aquawater heater was surely the best though as "it gives continuous hot water to shower under" seems so much better to have a seperate water heater, and a seperate room heater, sorry "Furnace"
Black & grey tanks, LPG gennie, 1000 watt pure sine inverter, wi fi, TV and Radio amps,Dometic Roof mounted Air Con,OS BBQ & Shower point, the list goes on & on.
I have to say/ask at this point how do they manage all those toys at that start price. They are using all the makes that our vans use like Truma, Dometic, Aldi,etc, and they can be included.
Its easy to add say20K/30K on top of a German Premium vans standard price, and it still would not have many of those toys fitted.
Les
 
Aug 27, 2014
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Looks good to me - much better quality than most American offerings, maybe because it's Canadian ;) Nicer internal finish as well, all the American stuff tends to look a bit stuck-in-the-80's to me. I liked the design. Make it a bit narrower in the body and that would be good for over here.

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