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userAndrew MMM
Posted: 20 September 2012 10:21 AM
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The October issue is out today and it's packed to the rafters with 2013 models.

So in honour of this glut of shiny new motorhomes, we'd like to know, which of the 2013 launches are you most interested in and why?
userrobertandjean
Posted: 20 September 2012 8:04 PM
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Really looking forward to seeing the new Rapido range, particularly the 691FF with fixed island bed and drop down front bed. Have seen pictures in Le Monde du Camping car (last month, come on MMM catch up!) and looks really good with great look. Yes it is 7.3m long, but our Tribute is almost 7m so not worried about that. May have to wait a year or two to change as not yet had Tribute a year, but do change often so who knows! (The main trend in continental coach builtsthis year is fixed island beds, together with drop down beds and more modern interiors).
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Posted: 20 September 2012 9:43 PM
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I would like to see if any PVC affectionados are seduced by the new Hymer Compact.
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Posted: 20 September 2012 10:21 PM
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Retread24800 - 2012-09-20 9:43 PM
I would like to see if any PVC affectionados are seduced by the new Hymer Compact.


Well I suppose someone will like it but personally I don't see any features that I like and plenty that I don't - so even if we were into PVCs there are too many shortcomings for our taste!!

Much prefer the A/C Rhythm type layout for a good balance of comfortable non claustrophobic and practical use of space?

But it takes all sorts dunnit!!
userTony Jones
Posted: 25 September 2012 12:28 PM
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Whichever ones AREN'T on Sevel bases!!
userTony Jones
Posted: 26 September 2012 9:43 AM
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Which, now I've looked through the article in detail, narrows the field rather!
Welcome Flash still on Ford, one of the Hobbys is a Renault, and one or two Roller-team models are Fords, that's about it. Good job I'm not actually in the market then isn't it!

Are other base vehicle manufacturers
(a) not bothered or
(b) not offering good enough deals to converters or
(c) victims of saturation marketing (and magazine coverage) by Fiat??

It's already very hard - it'll soon be IMPOSSIBLE - to find a new motorhome with a specific layout, or with specific features, that's not a Sevel. Monopolies and Mergers Commission anyone?

Edited by Tony Jones 2012-09-26 9:43 AM
userKeith T
Posted: 7 October 2012 7:05 PM
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without wishing to sound negative, to be honest and practical, none of them.....as the prices for new motorhomes are well outside our pockets now. We've managed to purchase new ones over the last 20 or so years, but now.....well they are simply beyond us,so have to make the present one (Burstner) now 5 years old,last for its - and our lifetime. - ......well as long as we wish to have one anyway!

Over the period of ownership, we've travelled many thusands of miles, been to lots of places/countries, visited many shows (indoor and outdoor),have seen a lot of motorhomes, but basically what comes around goes around, and there's really not much in the way of new ideas - and indeed what was termed 'compact' (ie 5m or thereabouts) has grown tomore than 5m which in our view is certainlynot compact,and other than PVC are now far to wide for comfort,given the additional width of the mirrors now used.

So we shall stay with what we have until further notice, then possibly look at buying a 'small' caravan and a bugger car, ro coming out of this lifestyle (which we shall miss terribly) and instead of investing huge sums of capital, will just use the likes of Travelodges or short term stays in mobile homes...
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Posted: 7 October 2012 11:35 PM
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Keith T - 2012-10-07 7:05 PM

So we shall stay with what we have until further notice, then possibly look at buying a 'small' caravan and a bugger car, ro coming out of this lifestyle (which we shall miss terribly) and instead of investing huge sums of capital, will just use the likes of Travelodges or short term stays in mobile homes...


I hope you mean a BIGGER car Keith - unless you're thinking of buying a Fiat of course!!
userTracker
Posted: 8 October 2012 10:26 AM
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I hope to see a new range of non French (half dinette) or German (high up bed) layout coachbuilts on a Toyota / Isuzu / or similar base vehicle - but I am not holding my breath!
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Posted: 16 October 2012 11:21 PM
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Evening all,

The new Ford transit van before any decision is made.


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Posted: 16 November 2012 7:40 AM
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Hymer Exisis i 504.
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Posted: 13 January 2013 9:10 AM
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Hi
With you Poppy, looks really nice, will check it out at the N E C, just need a decent garage for the bikes, fixed bed, and a comfy lounge, do not like not having an electric ring on the hob......

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Posted: 6 March 2013 10:58 PM
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Went to the NEC, checked out the Hymer as stated above, but kitchen very disappointing , in fact all the European vans had bad designed kitchens .... Either no oven (was told an optional extra) or ovens high off the ground which made it un usable........
userkelly58
Posted: 9 March 2013 3:00 PM
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We have an AutoTrail Tracker RS on order purchased from the NEC show last October this will be our 4th motorhome previous others were 2 end kitchen and 1 fixed bed layout. This time we fancied an end washroom and for its size the A/T RS ticked all the right boxes. Just waiting now for it to be delivered then we can load it out and get back to touring France.
userBrian Kirby
Posted: 9 March 2013 5:02 PM
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Caddies104 - 2013-03-06 10:58 PM

Went to the NEC, checked out the Hymer as stated above, but kitchen very disappointing , in fact all the European vans had bad designed kitchens .... Either no oven (was told an optional extra) or ovens high off the ground which made it un usable........

If you want an oven sensibly installed in a van, you more or less have to buy a UK made van. Continentals don't demand ovens, so their designers don't incorporate them. What is exported to the UK is then a botched version of a continental design with an oven that all too often either doesn't work very well, or is installed at a dangerous height, or both! So, either buy British, or review cooking habits! IMO, oven = big waste of space and time. Roasts? Cakes? While touring in in a motorhome? Plus all that cleaning! Why? Just asking, mind.
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Posted: 9 March 2013 7:12 PM
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Caddies104 - 2013-03-06 10:58 PM

Went to the NEC, checked out the Hymer as stated above, but kitchen very disappointing , in fact all the European vans had bad designed kitchens .... Either no oven (was told an optional extra) or ovens high off the ground which made it un usable........

If you want an oven sensibly installed in a van, you more or less have to buy a UK made van. Continentals don't demand ovens, so their designers don't incorporate them. What is exported to the UK is then a botched version of a continental design with an oven that all too often either doesn't work very well, or is installed at a dangerous height, or both! So, either buy British, or review cooking habits! IMO, oven = big waste of space and time. Roasts? Cakes? While touring in in a motorhome? Plus all that cleaning! Why? Just asking, mind.


Sadly I think you're right Brian - but I've no idea WHY "Continentals" don't want ovens. We don't bake cakes, or do roast dinners, but lots of supermarket "ready-meals" go in the oven, and we do like to try out a recipe sometimes! "Tuna-pasta-bake" is one of our standbys.
userMel B
Posted: 10 March 2013 11:55 AM
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Tony Jones - 2013-03-09 7:12 PM

Brian Kirby - 2013-03-09 5:02 PM

Caddies104 - 2013-03-06 10:58 PM

Went to the NEC, checked out the Hymer as stated above, but kitchen very disappointing , in fact all the European vans had bad designed kitchens .... Either no oven (was told an optional extra) or ovens high off the ground which made it un usable........

If you want an oven sensibly installed in a van, you more or less have to buy a UK made van. Continentals don't demand ovens, so their designers don't incorporate them. What is exported to the UK is then a botched version of a continental design with an oven that all too often either doesn't work very well, or is installed at a dangerous height, or both! So, either buy British, or review cooking habits! IMO, oven = big waste of space and time. Roasts? Cakes? While touring in in a motorhome? Plus all that cleaning! Why? Just asking, mind.


Sadly I think you're right Brian - but I've no idea WHY "Continentals" don't want ovens. We don't bake cakes, or do roast dinners, but lots of supermarket "ready-meals" go in the oven, and we do like to try out a recipe sometimes! "Tuna-pasta-bake" is one of our standbys.


Tony, and here was me thinking you had more taste than that! I bet you like Frey Bentos pies too!!!
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Posted: 11 March 2013 8:19 AM
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We made an appointment at the now nearest Hymer dealer we have to see the exis 1.They knew we had about a 2 hour drive and that we were coming.We arrived.They didn't know where the van was.We were the only customers and plenty of staff.Instructed to go to coffee machine for polystyrene cup of coffee while they searched for the van.Finally found it and brought it roundDealer said it was heavily upspecked and would go quickly.It wasn't..It was a good van but kitchen very severley compromised.We commented on the good payload for the dealer to agree but adedd as a rider that 2000 kgs was actually a very good payload!!!!! He then misquoted the price of the van by over 10.000 poundsOn their side..BIG mistake as my husband (who may look like he is fresh off the boat but isn't) knew to the penny how much it was advertized at.Dealer had to go away and find sales list!! It would have cost us 25.000 plus to upgrade our little Hobby but for some strange reason we didn't feel like spending it there.We left.It is still up for sale.
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Posted: 23 July 2013 8:59 PM
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Posted: 29 September 2013 11:33 PM
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We're off to the NEC shortly and want to view an Autotrail Tracker RS (lucky Kelly - see above) and also will be interested to see the new Elddis Accordo and the two new (narrower) compact low profiles from Bailey.

We probably won't be able to afford a new one, but it will be a chance to see if we like anything coming out now, that we might be able to buy as a 2-year old in 2015!

It will also be a chance to finally suss out which of the continental vans we can definitely dismiss because they've got split-level flooring. This isn't usually noticeable from the website photos, but as nuevogirl has almost broken her neck a couple of times while viewing some of them, it's a major no-no for us.


I suppose technically they will be 2014 launches, won't they.
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Posted: 4 October 2013 5:48 PM
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New lightweight Hymer Exsis T slimline coachbuilt looks interesting as does the very light Carthago A class.
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Posted: 5 December 2013 12:37 PM
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Staying with the Autotrail Apache, has everything we need especially the large Garage and outside water and Gas points. This model now has Astra Sat tv.
Happy Motoring .....
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