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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 20:04
 
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Hi Drummer,
I stick to 55 for the fuel savings and a quieter drive. Steep hills is second gear and let it wind its way up at 20-25mph. Go for third and you'll be wishing you had'nt. However 4th & 5th ok for any motorway hill
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post #22 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-02-2005, 23:50 Thread Starter
 
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Hi twodogs.
Went to check for little pull up thingy, not fitted so I guess I don't have difflock. I also discovered that I don't have a starting up engine either so what I do have is another problem to solve.......
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Ha! Brilliant, at last I've found out that "S" = Mercedes, thank you people! I have a little VW Westfalia, (bought from DMIUK), and am thinking of upgrading to a Hymer this year to go extended walkabout.

Money is always an issue, but I thought I'd go for an elderley Mercedes Hymer of late 80's early 90's vintage because I want to make a few specialist alternations without ruining its resale too much! Start cheaper then there's less to lose.

Are there any particular failings to look for?

I think an S6?? - S7?? is the kind of thing. I want to (A) make a desk area aft for computer and files, as well as maybe keeping a single berth there. Also I want (B) to create a dachshund friendly area under that seat where I can bang-up the animal if I want to, and also maybe make it accessible from an outside locker, so a damp and mucky little person can go there for an hour before being allowed forward. Also, because I come from a boating background, (C) I'd like to put a refleks diesel or solid fuel heater in there, and (D) if it doesn't have one a decent oven. I like eating.

I'd like to be able to tow as well, though speed is not an issue, so long as I can stumble along motorways at 50 that'll do nicely. I intend to be out of the rat race so I will no longer care, but tugging ability will count.

I am 60 and unfortunately single again, so I think it's time to re-evaluate lifes aims and ambitions. Revisit the scenes of my misspent youth and become a layabout for a bit. Not forever, just for a little while.

All advice opinions and abuse welcome!
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Hello neverrememberit,
If you go for a classic hymer look for one built on a mercedes 410D as theres a bigger chassis loading .
I like your livabourd idea with the solid fual stove stove you may find it a bit hot as the hymers are warm to start with .
one of them "dickinson" boat stoves look nice you can have hot water off them as well.
a colarfier off the engine would be nice loads of hot water .
all the hymer layouts are on the deepcar website.
nice plan all the best
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post #25 of 28 (permalink) Old 13-03-2005, 21:46
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I have a retired RNLI lifeboat and she has a Refleks diesel heater, it's a very dry heat and nice to sit by, more character than a blown air system. I also used to have a strange camper built on a Bedford truck chassis to go overland to China, and I put a Morso Squirrel stove in her. There is nothing quite like being in a blizzard in Braemar in deep mid winter sitting before an open log fire. I do like to travel when others don't, summers are better spent at sea if possible. I like quiet out of season places, a bit run down and not too self conscious.

She, (or are campers "it"), also had a calorifier and it was fantastic, though I think one can go too far putting expensive systems into vehicles that already have something that does the job, nice though the idea is. I don't know why it's not done more, probably the propane things are a much cheaper option. Boats seem to go on getting more valuable, at least in pound terms even if the money's not worth as much.

I've taken on board your advice to choose a 410D. I think I probably do need to tow a Smart car or something, so many car parks are unfriendly to tall vehicles.

By the way I have always liked the Dickinson stoves too, and I had a big MFV that had something called a "Perkins Galleypak", which was a stainless steel Aga type, like a Dickinson but an injection fan assisted burner that did the hot water, wet central heating and the cooking. The problem with Dickinson and Sigmar cookers is that like my Refleks heater they take a long time to get up to temperature, which is fine in mid-winter, but less acceptable on a hot summers day, but beautiful kit none the less.

Also Kuranda sell the Wallas oven, which is fan assisted diesel, not the character of Dickinson but a really good option for keeping propane off a vehicle.
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Now THIS would do very nicely. The layout seems a little unusual but would adapt well to what I have in mind. All in all it looks the right vehicle and the right price in the wrong place and two months too soon.

Apart from that it's perfect!!!!!!!!

http://caravan.2dehands.nl/markt/car...edes%20220%20d
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Now that is NICE!
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hello
S700 biggest and best of the time I think.
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