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Oh yes. Already have. I give them a good grilling. I almost bought a 1999 Hymer B544, 62k miles, 2.8 fiat, gaslow. in good condition. For sale for £16k. I offered £15,500 if he kept it till I got there, which I thought an ok deal for both of us, but he pushed for the 16.
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Just a quickie, have you driven an A class before?
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Nup! I have driven in France though - a mighty Renault Twingo. So I must surely be prepared - right? Thread a Hymer through the middle of the Arc de Triumph.

Had you driven one before you'd driven one?

Are you thinking I might not like it, or might prefer a different kind?

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Dunno really, I hate the damned things, and unless you are going to use the drop-down bed, a bit of a waste of space, I have driven 7.5t trucks etc for 30 years which are wider, but driving a A class scares the sh1t out of me, I much prefer the C class coach built vans, proper cab etc, (easier to fix, better engine access, cheaper windscreen) so I think you should deffo try before you buy, go to a dealer, they will have proper insurance in case you scuff it.
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Yes, I could try some over here. Engine access is a good point as I generally prefer to service myself, but even if I didn't if it's harder it'll cost more. So in an A class is it via a panel between the seats?

I suppose with an A you can gauge your width because it's there right in front of you, but with a C you could get wedged in, but then in a C if your mirrors hit you can't go and all you've done is push the mirror in.

One of the reasons is the bed being up there for better use of space. Otherwise you're making a bed every night or using a lot of space just for one (if you don't want a long vehicle). I did think also the cabin adds to the feeling of space inside - even if it's not very used while stopped. I do need to check that though.

Normally I am a very careful shopper, but buying from a distance is making me be a bit more reckless/trusting/adventurous (depends how you view it). I really can't see myself shelling out that kind of money without some way to check it out first. Either in person, via someone else, or at the very least video chat.

It is really good to be able to talk things over on here, so thanks.
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Don't listen to the bear A class are by far the best

In my 40+ years of motorhomes I've had many vans and more than a few have been A class and my current van is a Pilote 733LJ, which is a 7.4 metre A class on a Mercedes 3 litre V6 base, we love it.
My vans have ranged from basic self builds to 8.5 metre A class and can honestly say I find no difference in driving any of them.

If you have a coachbuilt then you have the basic bulk, length, width and height whatever format it is.

Your comment ref the drop down bed is as you say a bonus for space saving on a shorter vehicle.

Engine access, all modern A class will have no internal access to the engine all from the front outside, via some type of bonnet arrangement, incidentally Hymer are some of the worst for access, with the access often referred to as a letterbox.
My current Pilote is good for access, strangely some of the more up market vans are the worst, often needing accessories to enable even the simplest of things such as toppiny up oil or coolant.

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Yes, I could try some over here. Engine access is a good point as I generally prefer to service myself, but even if I didn't if it's harder it'll cost more. So in an A class is it via a panel between the seats?

I suppose with an A you can gauge your width because it's there right in front of you, but with a C you could get wedged in, but then in a C if your mirrors hit you can't go and all you've done is push the mirror in.

One of the reasons is the bed being up there for better use of space. Otherwise you're making a bed every night or using a lot of space just for one (if you don't want a long vehicle). I did think also the cabin adds to the feeling of space inside - even if it's not very used while stopped. I do need to check that though.

Normally I am a very careful shopper, but buying from a distance is making me be a bit more reckless/trusting/adventurous (depends how you view it). I really can't see myself shelling out that kind of money without some way to check it out first. Either in person, via someone else, or at the very least video chat.

It is really good to be able to talk things over on here, so thanks.
You still need to find a way to tax and insure if you haven't already.
I'm sure it will also be tough in France or Germany.
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Yes, I could try some over here. Engine access is a good point as I generally prefer to service myself, but even if I didn't if it's harder it'll cost more. So in an A class is it via a panel between the seats?

I suppose with an A you can gauge your width because it's there right in front of you, but with a C you could get wedged in, but then in a C if your mirrors hit you can't go and all you've done is push the mirror in.

One of the reasons is the bed being up there for better use of space. Otherwise you're making a bed every night or using a lot of space just for one (if you don't want a long vehicle). I did think also the cabin adds to the feeling of space inside - even if it's not very used while stopped. I do need to check that though.

Normally I am a very careful shopper, but buying from a distance is making me be a bit more reckless/trusting/adventurous (depends how you view it). I really can't see myself shelling out that kind of money without some way to check it out first. Either in person, via someone else, or at the very least video chat.

It is really good to be able to talk things over on here, so thanks.
Have you considered buying close up, by renting a small place or doing B&B so you're more mobile to view vans?

Johns right A classes do have more space etc, but we have to play devils advocate and be sure we're not steering you in the wrong direction by asking questions to give you pause to think, it is very easy to get caught up in the excitement and buy badly, there is also the weird thing of not knowing what you want until you've bought the wrong van, many do it and is why there are so many quite new vans out there.
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I forgot to mention in my answer to your PM Bill that in Germany the TÜV is every 2 years, can´t say if it´s any different as far as the testing is concerned.
And I have no idea about exporting anything to the UK, as I said ours came from the UK to us via Hull and Zeebrugge.

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