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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-12-2009, 10:28 Thread Starter
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Anyone know anything about the Herald Range of vans??

During our preliminary investigations into a suitable "new" van for us, we have changed our minds a few times.

I have seen a few vans of the Herald range on sale, all on transit base, and these seem to tick quite a number of our boxes, so "what does the panel think?"

Has anyone any experience of these vans, good or bad.

I await with bated fact my breath has never been so bated>>

(edit) just to say it's the older versions I'm looking at (1994/9
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Hi Badger

Weren't Herald another badge of Autohomes before they went under? Or was it an Elddis brand? Either way, they used Fords for all the base vehicles. Obviously you don;t see many about now, not sure when they stopped making them?

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Hi badger, Herald was an independant company based in Poole Dorset. They were taken over by Compass and incorporated into the Explorer Group. The Herald was used for caravan dealer specials and I had a 2000 Herald magnum which was a Mendip special based on the Compass Rally.
They have a members club who camp next to MHF at Shepton Mallet MH shows.
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Compass & Herald Motorhome Club
Mrs. J. Walters,
26, Priory Road,
West Kirby,
Wirral, CH48 7EU
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Compass and Herald Owners Club
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4 Nursery Lane
B78 3AS

United Kingdom

and I am sure one or other can can help you.

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Hi Badger.
We had one for a couple of years it was the Herald Esquire E on a Ford Transit 2.5 we did a lot of travelling in that van and the Transit never let us down to service too.
The build quality was not top of the range but quite adequate although the insulation was a little lacking.
One thing with the Transit running gear I didn't like was the rear axle ratio was too low IMO as on a motorway travelling at say 60 mph the engine was revving very high which can get very tiring........ mind you with that axle the Pyrenees were no problem.
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Hi Badger,
Herald arose from the ashes of the Autohomes collapse.

They were the ex employees and managers of Autohomes who started up in the same factory in Poole. They built coachbuilts on Transit chassis' - quite well made but obviously dated now.

Unfortunately, the 'climate' was still not conducive to success at the time and the venture failed.

Elddis took over the Autohomes name, and did the same by buying out the Herald brand.

I understand that a couple of specialists down Poole way are ex Autohomes/Herald staff.

From the ones I have looked at over the years, the usual caveats should apply - damp ingress etc. I guess by now that the Transit body on some will need attention due to the dreaded tinworm.

There are a few out there - choose carefully!!!
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Thanks guys n's just that we saw a couple of reasonably priced models that fitted our brief and we wondered if they were worth looking at....they did seem in nice condition. Will look out for the "worm".
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We have had two Autohomes and two Herald's andnow a Buccaneer.All of them based on The trusty Transit.Herald's were well made and finished and we had no reliability problems.We loved our Aragon which was a 2/3 berth.We only changed to the Buccaneer because we wanted a 5 berth.Would be hard pused to change to any other base vehicle but a Transit.Just read the post's and all the problems with Fiat's Etc.nly problem with Transits is tinworm.but wings etc can be bought very cheap on Ebay.Good Luck
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Hi Badger,

We still have a Herald Templar Hallmark II, which I haven't got round to advertising. It was first registered in august 1996, so is on a P plate. Currently waiting for it's third owner.

As has been said, they were designed and made in Poole, until the Herald company was taken over by Compass.

My Herald was assembled by Compass but seems to be made from parts which they acquired with the Herald name. Having taken it to several club rallies it seems to be like the Poole built models rather than the later Compass builds. I was lucky.

Agree with the rear axle comment, and support the advice given to take a good hard look at everything. If it's a good 'un you should find it quite satisfactory - subject to your box ticking, as with any van you look at.
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Hi LeoK

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Red face herald on ducato chassis

hi to all out there, just stumbled across this site looking for herald bits,and i reckon i must have THE ONLY HERALD IN EXISTENCE that is on a fiat ducato chassis and it is in mint condition no tin worm and no water ingress
every time i talk to insurance company's they automatically say oh yes that's a ford and i have to correct them i have the v5 and i am the 4th owner from new and the last owner had it 16 years so does anyone know of a herald on a ducato chassis apart from mine,?? if so please email me on [email protected] anyway what i am looking for is the over cab bunk bed windows with no cracks or splits as although mine do not leak they have seen better days or does anyone were i can get them made????
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