Join Date: Jun 2007
My Motorhome: Hymer Exsis-i 504
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Hi CeeDee, welcome to the forum. It's an exciting time looking for your 1st motorhome! Just keep asking the questions and hopefully we can help.
Barry's mentioned checking for damp. I'd add to that, check the payload. That is, find out what the van actually weighs (get them to use a weighbridge, don't trust what any dealer tells you and they'll likely have no idea regarding a van of that vintage with whatever has been added to it over the years.) Then take that figure away from the maximum laden weight and that will give you the weight you'd be able to add to the van - that will have to include any passengers (and possibly the driver, depending on how it was weighed), clothes, kitchen equipment, water, gas....
Something else you should consider - if the maximum weight is over 3.5T then you must have a C1 licence (which you will have automatically if you got your licence before 1997, otherwise you'd need to take a test) and if your nearing 70 you will only be able to keep the C1 beyond that birthday (for 3yrs at a time) by passing a medical.