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Advice sought for 2002 Globetrotter

Hello everyone!

I'm thinking of buying a 2002 globetrotter that looks to be in excellent condition and relatively low miles. It's an alko tag axle on a 2.8 manual Ducato. Absolutely huge at 8.5 m.

I'm reasonably confident about the Ducato chassis side of things but I've never had a dethleffs so I wondered if there was anything to look for? Any known problems with these that I should check?

What is the construction of this era of dethleffs? Are they wooden frames with fibreglass either side? All metal frames like Hymer?

Any tips pointers and general advice would be most gratefully received...

Thanks in advance.

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First thing you need is a good damp meter and then thoroughly check the van.

Around windows, roof lights, rear wall, locker doors, floor area, under and around cab side windows, delve in and get everywhere.

128hp on a heavy 8.5 metre van, it will struggle a bit up hills, ok on the flat
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Hello Adam
Dethleffs have a decent reputation for quality. I personally have never heard of serious large scale problems like with some other manufacturers who will remain nameless. But do please ask under the dethleffs sub forum.

Nevertheless you need to look after your money.

The damp meter check would be a good start. Also see if there are any previous habitation services done. These check electrics and gas as well as body water ingress. The best check though for water ingress is your instincts. Water ingress is the thing you want to avoid. Most other things can be fixed but if there has been serious water ingress this can - in severe cases write your investment off.
So go round the van looking and smelling for signs of damp. Corners, window frames, roof vents especially at the front end as water will be driven into all the nooks and crannies when driving. Likewise the floor where water sprays up. Check the tyres as with 6 of the buggers its a big shell out if they are near the limit. Check the dates of them too as they may be original and though the treads might be OK they may be out of date seeing as its low milage

If there are any signs of it walk away. If you ignore it you might live to regret it. Ignore anything the dealer or seller says about some damp being acceptable.

At 2002 i dont think it will be a metal construction but im not sure. You can tell if its metal as all the corners and edges will be more rounded like putting coving up in your living room.

Good luck and keep us posted as us old hands like to know how you young bucks fair when buying new vans

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