Join Date: May 2005
Location: God's Own Country (aka Devon)
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Not a Ravenna owner, but its slightly larger brother the Rienza - same base vehicle and engine though.
After a large number of comparatively minor but infuriating faults were put right at the factory (it's got to go back for a couple more 'adjustments'), we're very pleased with the vehicle - suits us down to the ground.
The quality of AutoSleepers has, IMHO, slipped a bit in recent years, and I hope the injection of new money/supervision/techniques/ideas by "that foreign lot wot 'ave just taken over" A/S, will improve things. There are aspects of their design that are stodgy, old-fashioned and 'amateur' and a bit of Italian flair might help. Having said that, the quality is immeasurably superior to a lot of the cheaper Italian imports, but nowhere near as good as the German m/homes. Look after it and you'll be fine.
The Ford base vehicle engine is super - very strong, bags of power, easy (and v cheap!) to service, and we hope to get many, many years use out of it. Spares and servicing in years to come will, I hope, be a doddle. The Ford bodywork (underneath) will need looking after, but a liberal coating of Waxoyl, or maybe attention by RustBusters, might be a good investment.
Good luck with your new Ravenna - you'll love it.
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