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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 21:21 Thread Starter
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Any Suite Maxi Owners?

I'm planning on taking a look at a 2012 Chausson Suite Maxi that's caught my eye and on paper at least it ticks most of our boxes feature-wise.
I know that - like the adverts say - "Past performance is no guarantee of future success" but does anyone have a Chausson Suite Maxi? And if so, do you have any tips for details/possible problem areas I should look out for ?
Or in fact any views, advice or comments on it?
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Bought mine yesterday, now sitting on the driveway !
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Afternoon all,

I,ve been looking at the suite too in paticular the mini because the bed comes down much lower I might have bought one but cannot get a decent px for mine. I like the shortness of chausson mini, but at the same time the big lounge area, the flash ten appeals but because it is on the Ford chassis which is about ot be replaced puts me off.

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What puts you off?

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The Challenger Prium, Chausson Sweet, Flash 10, Burstner Ixeo Time 585/595 and Autostar 58 all have the same type of layout.

Sweet Mini was great because it was shorter, but i just couldn't live with outside storage the size of a biscuit tin. Fridge was also too small.

The maxi had everything for us.

Flash 10 didn't have enough kitchen worktop (none, actually) and the Burstner Time 585 had a fairly small bathroom where you leant on the sink while on the toilet. The burstner lounge was great, and the kitchen on the 585 was the biggest we've seen for workspace.

on the Sweet / Priums, if you bring the bed right the way down, its a lot of fiddling putting the table down, dropping the cushions and backrests etc. I've never like having to make up my bed, and with this you don't make up your bed, but you have to 'make up' underneath it. So, we are very happy to drop it down just to the headrest level and then use the ladder.

I always thought i had a 'cheap' van before with the Rimor, but was quite surprised to find that the fridge wasn't auto-power-select, was surprised that the Truma heater didn't have anti-frost water drop, etc (stuff the Rimor had as standard).

Does anybody have a picture of how the lounge cushions fold into a bed, because we cant fathom it !
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After looking at several Chaussons, we finally decided on a Flash 22, 2013 model, the one with the two bunk beds at the back.
We like the idea of being able to take the grandkids occasionally, but having the bunk bed area as storage most of the time when we're on our own.
It's on the Ford 2.2, so I'm interested too in that question mark about the For chassis changing soon. The Ford base vehicle was one of the plusses for me.
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We have ordered Flash 22 as well and awaiting delivery in March, hopefully fingers crossed for Easter.
Our grand-daughter often comes with us so it is ideal.

The space in the 22 was the plus point for us with 3 dogs.

We can't wait for it to come and get out in her.

I have heard nothing about dropping the Ford Chassis

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Hi Hessi,

We're quite pleased with the Flash 22 so far - although with the current weather we've only been out in it one night.

The space available by taking out the bottom bunk is excellent.

Things (that weren't immediately obvious to us) to look out for with your new van:
1. Location of the electric sockets.
2. How to wind the bed up/down if all power is out.
3. How to empty the fresh water tank for winter storage
4. Location of the switches for the led lights over the cab area.

Enjoy your van when it arrives. Hopefully a bit of decent weather will arrive with it!

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Thanks for the info, are you going to tell us or is it a secret

with regard sockets there are only 2 we have seen. 1 below cupboard in galley area and the 2nd in tv cabinet.
i have requested additional double sockets, first in double seated area and second in rear for the grandaughter to charge phone etc
Lowdhams want £350 for this

Do you have the additional cushion to make into 6 berth?

Enjoy

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Why do they make the suite models with just the lap belts?? We almost had one bought 2013 suite garage but passed it up once we realised the lap belts, is there a reason why the forward facing seats can't be fitted with 3 point seat belts?? Surly this will hurt sales
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