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24-08-2016 19:06
Janebarr
Really interested in how it all worked please

Can we ask how you got on with your 740, we found this thread and read it twice for details as looking at same model, would love your comments on it please 😀
26-05-2015 21:41
Tezmcd Graham


I will measure the aperture tomorrow for you and report back - however I "believe" it is just over a meter so may fall short of your needs in that respect
MMM have done a short review if you search for it on youtube - I believe the reviewer refers to it as a "proper garage" being just over a meter tall and can fit bikes


On a different note we were also interested in the Hymer Duomobile but found a couple of points that put us off


1. The price for a comparable spec van is probably 20K more on paper (though I never got around to actually talking numbers on one - just what I read)
Although if you must have a Merc you must pay for it and the Frankia Merc chassis is 1,000's more too.


2. I'm not sure Hymer warrants the extra price - and personally I like the fact that Frankia's are a little more scarce (I used to love Audi's when BMW was king - now I don't like Audi hehehe)


3. The biggest decider for me was the rear lounge is actually has smaller sofa's I felt due to that very nice but space hogging rear parcel shelf (which I don't live in but can plug my phone in!)
The UK offside sofa felt a little cramped between the rear shelf and the cupboard.


As you can tell I'm a fan of the Frankia - but then opinions are like bumholes - we all have one but we don't have to like each others


Hope that helps for now


Terry
26-05-2015 20:16
grahamcooke
Frankia A class I740 Plus rear lounge

Teaxmcd - I am pleased that you rate this van so highly. I have read this thread with interest as this Van is on my watch list together with the Hymer DuoMobil.
One of the features that attracts me to the van is the garage.
May I trouble you to let me know the dimensions of the access to the garage (once the door is open) as I would like to know if I can load either of my scooters.
If I remove the back boxes fly screens and wing mirrors I need a clearance of 120 centimetres.

I can't find the dimensions from the Frankia website and it's not in the sales brochure. Can you help?

The Frankia has the advantage of the rear door which will help with the loading and tethering of the bike.

Many thanks
26-05-2015 16:45
NormanB Great news! A happy bunny.


Out of curiosity, I emailed Frankia about what our build number (8400GD on a Mercedes 518 chassis) weighed, as it left their factory. They replied by return, out of interest, "vehicle weighed 4008kg, without water, gas, fuel and driver, including Dometic aircon but excluding awning".


The van is plated at 5 tons with potential to re-plate to 5.3tons. We love the van, its space and comfort, for us perfect for over wintering by the Mediterranian.
25-05-2015 21:20
Tezmcd Well after several months wait we finally picked her up last Saturday and went for a 2 night shakedown weekend


I'm sure we will find a few niggles over the coming months but for now we are totally blow away with the WOW factor and quality of build


Everyone has always asked me why I love motorhomes and my standard answer has been "I have a hotel room on wheels with a different view every weekend"


I can now say "I have a presidential suite on wheels with a different view every weekend"


....................one very very happy bunny
04-11-2014 09:10
NormanB Enjoy this post-order time! I reckon it's one of the best states in life, to be in.

You've done the research, walked that line between affordability and additional extras and you sitting back anitcipating the arrival of a dream, imagining future plans for travel adventures.

Hope everything works out as it should,

Norman
03-11-2014 20:58
Tezmcd well I'm happy that after water, fuel, me, the dog (40KG), the wife and a +5% allowance over the manufacturers specs I still have about 300+ kg left

I know we have a couple of chairs, a Morrocan mat, a Cadac, some clothes, some food etc and that may push us close - but I also realise that I travel without water so that's another 150Kg right there - and I have never been weighed in the last 3 MH's I have owned!

To be honest I'm really not sure how a dealer would react to someone saying I'll order a custom built motorhome but only on these terms (xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) - and you build it and I have the right to reject it - though I understand the reason why some have said it.
03-11-2014 10:24
bigtree Congratulations,if it's as good as mine you will be happy.
03-11-2014 01:02
Jezport We are on 4500kg but could uprate to 5000kg (paper exercise)
We weighed our van fully loaded and are close to the limits.
Its easy to forget all the accessories you add on all add up!
02-11-2014 23:39
tony50 Before I spent that sort of money I would insist to have the front axle weighed then the rear axle weighed and then the whole vehicle, check weights against axle loadings on the Plate on the vehicle, and you need to be there when vehicle is weighed, don't trust the salesmen he/she will just get the figures from the spec. sheet, believe me I got caught trusting the seller, my wife would have had to sit in the rear of the vehicle to make sure the front axle was not overloaded. when I found out weighing the vehicle myself, I changed it within a year and it cost us 7000 more.

PS. and I used to spec. commercial vehicles, but trusted the seller to know the product. The spec. sheet. usually say +or - 6% er on the side of + 6%
PPs. If they refuse to weigh it walk away if I were you.

Tony A.
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