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Being new to owning a motorhome I know nothing about it at all so I am seeking some advice please. We are thinking of buying a 1994 Talbot Topic but I am concerned that if anything goes wrong I will not be able to obtain spares. Is this usually an issue or can they be sought from somewhere?
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Welcome to the forum. I have a 1996 Swift Kontiki and it is a problem on occasions but usually we find them. Plenty of breakers about.

Biggest thing you want to get properly checked on a van that age (or any van really) is a damp test.
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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.

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Barrys van is Fiat powered and parts although still can be difficult, they are about, but Talbot parts will be significantly more difficult to get, maybe move on and find something a bit newer, they are out there, but you need to look every day be patient and be quick when you do see one, the 2.8 or 2.3 fiat engines will be better, the Jtd even better Fiat is the market leader for Motorhomes, so more spares, they are also a good van overall, but there are lot's of Smiley front Transits out there, some quite cheap in good nick.

If you let me know your budget, I'll PM you if anything pops up as I'm looking right now too, but for vans newer that 2006 hopefully.
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Thank you all for your comments. We have decided against the Talbot as it seems to be a bit of a risk for us. Back to the drawing board, but after a couple of days to recover as they all seem to blend into one when you are constantly searching don't they?! I will take you up on your offer too Kev when we have re-evaluated our requirements.
I'm sure we will speak again soon, thanks again.
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No worries cd, think which layout you fancy to.
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It's useful to have a list of Must-haves, would-like-to-haves n not-bothered items.

I did..... and still managed to buy a MH without a double floor.... However the insulation must be better than my previous 2008 MH as it's not been a problem.

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