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Hi. Recently bought a Rapdio V43, paid way too much for it, and can't wait to get rid of it.
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Hi, maybe you had more money than sense? Surely you did your homework before parting with your cash.
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I downsized from a 15 year old Burstner Class C to a van. The idea being to get rid of my car as well, and have only one vehicle. First off, I blame no one other than myself for my folly. I thought that I had done enough background checking... but in reality I had not. I was bedazzled. Which for a 63 year old retired civil engineer, which I am, signals that my brain has started its downhill slide. The Rapido V43 was pretty, the perfect size, and the price was only slightly higher than average for vans... which I accepted because of the convenient dealership location. My reasons are not cosmetic... they address the functionality. Here's the short list containing 10 items of why I'm eventually trading for another van:
1. Only room for a single 11kg LPG bottle... not adequate for four-season camping. The heater runs off LPG not diesel. Admittedly, had I realized this at the time it would have been a showstopper right then and there.
2. No window in the WC... just a rooftop vent with a fixed screen making it troublesome to clean out any debris or bugs.
3. The dinette/passenger bench seat is too small for anyone other than a small child. There is no armrest in the middle or on the outside of the bench. The passengers, although seat-belted, tend to be thrown out toward the aisle. The bench seat does not recline or extend... Four adults cannot sit around the table.
4. The table leg is fixed with screws to the underside of the table, and only the bottom half of the leg can be removed, (in order to use the table as a 3rd bed). This makes it difficult to store the table when not in use.
5. The bed cabinets on the driver side bulkhead are so low that you are forced to sleep with your head on the passenger side of the van only.
6. The armrests on the pilot and copilot seats are basically covered with cloth... no padding to speak of.
7. The refrigerator is located on the floor at the narrowest part of the aisle... you have to get on your hands and knees to utilize it.
8. When the pilot seat is swiveled into its position at the table, there is hardly room for your feet.
9. When the copilot seat is swiveled, your feet don't touch the floor.
10. Interior lighting... there must be 25 light fixtures installed... but only one 230v plug and 2 12v plugs.


Note: All is not glum and doom... and these may be high class complaints. AND I traded my 15 old camper and 6 year old car... so out of a 50K euro price tag, I only parted with 27K euro cash. And the yearly insurance and taxes are much cheaper than that of the other two vehicles.
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Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

That is a sad tale, but you seem to be looking on the bright side, so any figure above £27k will be a bonus.

Not good but £50k less the VAT is roughly where you need to be, it should sell well enough at around £40k, £41,666.67 being the cost to you minus the VAT which is gone forever.

The Rapido V43 description appears to be wrong, at least Google has never heard of it?
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Maybe if you can list your requirement list someone will come up with a suggestion to narrow the search down?
Mine was just 'big' but still too many compromises. So we sold.

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My woeful tale is not a complaint, but rather designed to alert anyone who may be considering the V43. Not a lot of info on the web regarding this model... other than Rapido marketing sites. In fact, I've found only four of these for sale. The Dreamer brand seems to have replaced them. There are a bevy of other brands that make 5.4 meter vans that I can swap for. Any money loss gets chalked up to the "my experiences ledger". I've spent most of my money on booze and women. The rest, I've just wasted.
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