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20-10-2020 11:43
dghr272 Undoubtedly AT, like lots of builders have damp issues, have experienced one myself. Being one of the most popular ones in the U.K. youíll hear about it as bad news travels fast and wide.

There are numerous owners with good news stories but unfortunately those stories donít make the headlines.

Bottom line, no matter what make you decide to purchase, get it damp checked well before AND regularly after purchase.

Also be aware that manufacturers do give damp guarantees but they come with strict adherence clauses for you the owner.

Terry
20-10-2020 01:44
peribro As Andy suggests ask Autotrail - or one of their dealers.

I had an Autotrail a few years ago (2010) and that had timber constructs. In fact the model I bought had fewer timber supports than the previous year in order to reduce weight. At the first check the dealer found damp in the garage and realised that the garage door wasn't closing tightly enough. A new door was ordered that also didn't close. Then the penny dropped! The side of the van had bowed because of the removal of previous timber supports!

I then decided to trade it in for a Burstner and the supplying dealer found more damp on the opposite side of the Autotrail in some timber supports. Fortunately all still under warranty but be warned!
18-10-2020 17:25
Mrplodd Why not ask Autotrail themselves ???

https://www.auto-trail.co.uk/contact...SAEEgJ4yfD_BwE
16-10-2020 16:48
dghr272
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I draw the same conclusion. I am on FB and I'll look into that now. Thanks very much
The FB ĎAutotrail Owners Groupí has over 6k members, itís a closed group to safeguard it from trolls. Just give the admins when contacted the reason for your interest in joining and theyíll happily admit you.

Terry
16-10-2020 16:47
morde123 Thanks. I was aware At and Swift were unrelated. Just from my research to date, I can see Swift used to have a problem but they seem to have made leaps forward in recent years. Pity, because I like the look of the AT from the outside
16-10-2020 16:03
EJB Swift and Auto Trail have never been involved together.
Swift had a dire reputation only a few years ago...the new construction programme may have relieved some of the problems.
AT still use wood....the same as the vast majority of constructors. They have always been in the 'Above Average' league although like many more recent production is not quite as good as in the past!
16-10-2020 15:16
morde123 I draw the same conclusion. I am on FB and I'll look into that now. Thanks very much
16-10-2020 15:02
dghr272
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Thank you. I've watched that and the 2017 one but there is no reference to the wood content or more importantly, lack of it.
I would have expected for them to trumpet non-wood construction if it was the case, therefore it only leaves one conclusion for me.

Terry

Edit, there are several Auto Trail owners groups on Facebook, worth a query there if you have FB as many of them have been on visits to their construction plant.
16-10-2020 13:59
morde123 Thank you. I've watched that and the 2017 one but there is no reference to the wood content or more importantly, lack of it.
16-10-2020 13:54
rayc
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Hello. I wonder if anyone could help please. I want to buy a motorhome (first timer) and have found various construction methods available ie Swift from 2016 use very little /no wood which is a huge bonus for me. Could you help with the construction of Autotrail from 2016 onwards wall and floors please. Anyone? Thankyou
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