Join Date: May 2005
Location: South Dorset Coast
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We sat and drooled for months over our RMB when it was listed on a German website. We knew what base vehicle, layout and equipment we wanted as our Hymer B694 was eventually perfect for us, but quickly wearing out.
As most RMB seem to be, at least in the old days, hand built to the original owners specification, it takes some time to locate one that suits. We wanted a cassette toilet, bar version, fixed rear bed, no drop down bed and oven at the very least. Often we found one with a marine toilet, dinette and no oven...Germans do not seem to bother with them. In the event all we compromised on was the bed...changing our two singles into a double once we owned it.
These motorhomes were the creme de la creme with a price tag to match. Ours would have sold at nearly £200,000....The workmanship is second to none....the cupboard we removed had pencil figures and words on every piece and slotted together beautifully. The wood in the older models is solid...no melamine type material here. There are loads of extras as standard.....generators etc.
We were also lucky that £1,900 had recently been spent on the upgrading of the satellite system...we would have managed with a tv aerial, but hey....! The RMB came with two lever arch files of receipts and instructions. The German owners are very thorough.
Incidentally, when we were at the Dusseldorf Show a couple of years after we bought our RMB, the previous German owner came and knocked on our door. We did not speak each others language but a helpful passing Belgium gentleman obliged! We had plenty to talk about.
We particularly wanted an older pre-electronic 814d based truck to cut down on breakdown possibilities. We call our motorhome an ongoing restoration...it is so worth it. Mercedes have all the parts available throughout Europe. They also have their own breakdown service for trucks that we have used....just a phone call away. We are even on the computer system in mainland Europe having had a couple of occasions when we needed parts when we were away.
We would thoroughly recommend taking on an older RMB. We saw the new ones at the Dusseldorf Show....they are now part of the Frankia group and felt they are no longer as well made or as special, despite the huge price tag.
I apologise for the long post, but hope it helps someone!