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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 28-09-2010, 23:16 Thread Starter
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great site!!

Hi to all!

I'm glad i came across this great site...
Right just a little about me, just retired from the chains(job) and looking soon to buy a motorhome to go long term travelling across europe.
I am still unsure of what type of van i need as its just me..
I have just returned from OZ travelling all away round in a hi-top nissan thingy for 9 months and it was great van but sold at the end of my trip.
I am torn between a couch build and a hi-top but the van will be used for most part of the year running away from jack frost( unless i take me ski's)
I will be happy with any advice you guys+girls can give me.
My budget is around 30000.but looking for something newish.

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I can only give you my experience, Manxladd - and welcome to the forums btw

I plan on doing the same as you, and so bought a coachbuild after doing the rounds of dealers, shows, etc and I have to say, I love my Hymer... But, after a few trips, I think I find it a bit too big for requirements and I now begin to wonder whether or not the hi-top may not have been a better bet for soloing...

You could always rent one of each first, to trial and see how you get on.

But, as a wise old dealer once told me at Pickering show, the first one you buy will never be the right one.. just the one that shows you what you REALLY want...

But whatever you buy, you'll never regret joining us out on the open road.
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Hi Manx lad
Give us some details of what basics you want ie wife and kids, dogs etc and what you plan to do and someone will help you i am sure

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Hi

Thank you for your post. Right it's me on my own as daughter has grown up and left the nest, no partner.
I will use the van for touring and long stay-ish from dec-april around euroland ie: spain france.
The van i have in mind is a FORD TEC-FREETEC 628G but for the life of me can't find much on the interweb!!
4 berth 2007 with 2130miles, but hardly ever used!
The dealer is looking for approx 29995 but can't seem to find any detail, only what dealer has giving me. It's auto ford transit 2.4 TDCi
great condition that the interior beds and cooker/sink and the shower has never been used.
Again thanks for your replys

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welcome manxladd, could you give us the dealers name please, as I dont know this model and if there is a pic it might just jog some ones mempry.
The transit is it a rwd, 5 or 6 speed gearbox, has it sigle or twin rear wheels.
what class of insulaton has it got and size of water tanks. does the mains hookup charger charge cab and leisure batteries. I could go on but will stop here.

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Hi Cabby

The van is for sale at local car showroom in the IOM.
There's no web site for dealer.
The engine is a 2.4 TDCi automatic, don't have much details as to rest of the van yet but try this linky--



http://www.lowdhams.com/home

Not to sure about this model, but it's a trusted ford
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Had a look at that one at loudhams, looks in good condition, but dare I suggest that you look for a more upmarket van but slightly older to compesate on price.
Not knowing your age, but do you want to have to clamber up to a bed above the garage. do you need a luton bed over the cab either.
If you are going to be in Europe mostly then consider a LHD. matbe a Hymer or chausson, rapido. look on german ebay for pics and layouts.

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