Home

   Log in or Register



Insurance Quotes
forums Campsite Search Comp Directory tips virtual brochure Profile
Tent and Awning Reviews Competitions Caravans and Motorhomes For Sale Shopping Diary Contact Us

Advertisement

Message Forums

Welcome Guest Register Login Search The Forum Posts Since Last Visit
 Reception - All Forums
  Motorhomes and Campervans
Share   Tweet This!  Share on Facebook  Email  Printer Friendly Version Print

Motorhome Protect - Get a motorhome or campervan quote - call 01865 818345
From adventures in Europe, to summertime retreats in the UK - there is no better way to experience all this than in your motorhome or campervan. Get a quote today by calling our team on 01865 818345 or visit our website
Subject Topic: Renault Trafic Camper - advice please!
Page:  1  2 Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by Lisa Redg23/4/2017 at 3:07pm
Outfit:  None Entered     Location:  None Entered
Joined: 23/4/2017
View Lisa Redg's Profile View Profile   Reply to Lisa Redg Reply   Quote Lisa Redg Quote  
Lisa Redg
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   5

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

My husband and I are not new to camping/caravanning, but are new to campervans. We've just seen a 1991 Renault Trafic Campervan, it's done 72,000 miles and the interior is in very good condition. Mechanically it's had a lot done in the last 3 years: 2014 - new driveshaft, alternator and auxiliary belt, 2015 - new clutch and bearing guide, 2016 - new starter motor, MOT and full service, 2016 - new water pump fan relay. We are keen to buy but there are a few areas of rust on the bodywork - mostly on the wheel arches and a bit on the drivers side window, front bumper and passenger side mirror. What would we be looking at in terms of repair? Is it something that can be done easily enough with a manual/you tube tutorial and supplies from Halfords or something? Or if we get it done at a workshop what's a ballpark cost? We'd like to know before we decide whether to buy or not. Please help!! Thank you :-)

Message posted by fleck223/4/2017 at 4:19pm
Outfit:  Elddis accordo Motorhome     Location:  Derbyshire
Joined: 27/4/2006
View fleck2's Profile View Profile   Reply to fleck2 Reply   Quote fleck2 Quote  
fleck2
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Forum Posts:   1166

Site Reviews Total: 8
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Depends how much you're paying for it I suppose. A van like you describe would have to be very cheap to tempt me.
Is the mileage verified?

Motorhome Protect - Get a motorhome or campervan quote - call 01865 818345
From adventures in Europe, to summertime retreats in the UK - there is no better way to experience all this than in your motorhome or campervan. Get a quote today by calling our team on 01865 818345 or visit our website

Message posted by Lisa Redg23/4/2017 at 4:20pm
Outfit:  None Entered     Location:  None Entered
Joined: 23/4/2017
View Lisa Redg's Profile View Profile   Reply to Lisa Redg Reply   Quote Lisa Redg Quote  
Lisa Redg
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   5

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Hi, thanks for your reply! Mileage is verified. We can get it for 1000 I reckon.

Message posted by Greg M23/4/2017 at 4:24pm
Outfit:  Elddis Majestic 155     Location:  South Wales
Joined: 27/10/2003
View Greg M's Profile View Profile   Reply to Greg M Reply   Quote Greg M Quote  
Greg M
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Forum Posts:   915

Site Reviews Total: 40
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 1  
Site Reviews 2020: 1  
Site Reviews 2019: 4  
Site Reviews 2018: 5  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 3
Site Nights 2020: 1
Site Nights 2019: 14
Site Nights 2018: 5

Hi,
Please excuse the negatives here but being realistic, a van that age will require quite a bit of maintainance.
OK if you are handy at DIY and mechanics.
They were renowned for rusting along the windscreen lower corners which can be repaired (I done my own years ago).
I would however have someone check underneath as well.
Unfortunately any garage work is not cheap now and bodywork repairs can mount up hourly wise..
The biggest problem I found was acquiring spares not only for the van itself but also the habitational side of things ,eg water heater, and controls.
You do not state a price for the van so difficult to know if it is a bargain or not.
Having said that we had a lot of fun in ours and it never let us down.
Good luck if you go for it.
Regards,
Greg

-------------
Growing old is not for sissies

Message posted by Lisa Redg23/4/2017 at 4:28pm
Outfit:  None Entered     Location:  None Entered
Joined: 23/4/2017
View Lisa Redg's Profile View Profile   Reply to Lisa Redg Reply   Quote Lisa Redg Quote  
Lisa Redg
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   5

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Thanks for your reply Greg. We can get it for 1000 I reckon, possibly slightly less. At the moment neither I or my husband are very 'mechanically minded' but we could learn! Depends on if it's worth it or not really. The current owner has had a lot of work done to it mechanically, so I'm not worried about that. My only concern is whether the body work will be too expensive!

Motorhome Protect - Get a motorhome or campervan quote - call 01865 818345
From adventures in Europe, to summertime retreats in the UK - there is no better way to experience all this than in your motorhome or campervan. Get a quote today by calling our team on 01865 818345 or visit our website

Message posted by Greg M23/4/2017 at 5:01pm
Outfit:  Elddis Majestic 155     Location:  South Wales
Joined: 27/10/2003
View Greg M's Profile View Profile   Reply to Greg M Reply   Quote Greg M Quote  
Greg M
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Forum Posts:   915

Site Reviews Total: 40
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 1  
Site Reviews 2020: 1  
Site Reviews 2019: 4  
Site Reviews 2018: 5  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 3
Site Nights 2020: 1
Site Nights 2019: 14
Site Nights 2018: 5

Hi Lisa,
By the way, welcome to the forum.
If it has a long or new MOT, and everything works, a thousand (or better still less) I would be tempted.
We can all learn how to repair things.
If you had someone with a bit of knowledge it would be handy for you to check brake pipes ,chassis etc..
Sounds like it might be worth a punt.
Depends how much 1000 means to you I suppose.
Good luck should you go for it.
Regards,
Greg

-------------
Growing old is not for sissies

Message posted by boxerman24/4/2017 at 10:08am
Outfit:  Auto-Sleeper Symphony     Location:  Preston Lancs
Joined: 03/4/2012
View boxerman's Profile View Profile  Visit homepage My Homepage   Reply to boxerman Reply   Quote boxerman Quote  
boxerman
Avatar
Silver Member
Silver Member

Forum Posts:   104

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Hi Lisa,
There are many far older Trafics giving sterling service in the RTMR http://www.rtmr.org .
Rust is always something to watch out for on any van, Trafic or not, Some Trafics suffer badly from rust, but others [of the same age] seem to be relatively rust free.
There is nothing on them which is too complex for a DIYer, apart from say, the diesel injector pump [is this one diesel?] but again, that is true of any van.

Trafics have always been at the cheaper end of the market, which is why so many first time motorhomers are attracted to them, as was the case when we bought ours. I loved ours, but there were features which we decided we wanted which were not available on any Trafic conversions so we bought the Symphony. I still have a soft spot for Trafics though and I'm still a member of the RTMR.

1000 sounds a bargain.
Frank

Message posted by fleck224/4/2017 at 11:23am
Outfit:  Elddis accordo Motorhome     Location:  Derbyshire
Joined: 27/4/2006
View fleck2's Profile View Profile   Reply to fleck2 Reply   Quote fleck2 Quote  
fleck2
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Forum Posts:   1166

Site Reviews Total: 8
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Yes I would be tempted at 1000. If it's MOTd What's the worst that can happen?

Message posted by marleymarl24/4/2017 at 3:34pm
Outfit:  Toyota Hiace Cruising Cabin 1991     Location:  None Entered
Joined: 22/7/2009
View marleymarl's Profile View Profile   Reply to marleymarl Reply   Quote marleymarl Quote  
marleymarl
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   50

Site Reviews Total: 2
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

A grand is cheap for any camper van if it is MOT'd and safe to drive.
My only concern is why would the seller have all that recent work done and then be prepared to sell for a grand or less?

Mechanics are easily sorted....structural repairs are not - make sure the chassis is solid, otherwise I would walk away

-------------
From VW to Merc to Toyota

Message posted by Lisa Redg24/4/2017 at 3:38pm
Outfit:  None Entered     Location:  None Entered
Joined: 23/4/2017
View Lisa Redg's Profile View Profile   Reply to Lisa Redg Reply   Quote Lisa Redg Quote  
Lisa Redg
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   5

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Hi everyone, thanks so much for your replies and advice. We've decided not to buy on this occasion as the rust was quite extensive and the van would've needed quite a lot of interior work in order to fit me, my husband and our large Greyhound in!! We're looking at other types of van now, such as VW T25's. Thanks again.

Motorhome Protect - Get a motorhome or campervan quote - call 01865 818345
From adventures in Europe, to summertime retreats in the UK - there is no better way to experience all this than in your motorhome or campervan. Get a quote today by calling our team on 01865 818345 or visit our website

Message posted by marleymarl24/4/2017 at 4:40pm
Outfit:  Toyota Hiace Cruising Cabin 1991     Location:  None Entered
Joined: 22/7/2009
View marleymarl's Profile View Profile   Reply to marleymarl Reply   Quote marleymarl Quote  
marleymarl
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   50

Site Reviews Total: 2
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

If you are looking at T25s then expect to add another 4k to that grand - I have had vans for a long time and was looking to spend 5k on a T25 - I didn't see any that were worth that price tag....I think the VW badge doubles or triples the price.
In the end I spent more - 7k but I went Japanese and bought a Toyota Hiace - it is like driving a car....in my opinion it's interior is better designed than most T25s and is more economical to run...the advantage of a VW though is the amount of parts available and the amount of mechanics who know the engine.
If you do decide to go for a T25, my advice would be to concentrate more on the condition of the bodywork and chassis, rather than the mechanics....mechanics can be easily sorted...rust cannot, at least not cheaply anyway
This is like the one I got - I have had VWs and Mercs, but I absolutely love this


-------------
From VW to Merc to Toyota

Message posted by Lisa Redg24/4/2017 at 4:47pm
Outfit:  None Entered     Location:  None Entered
Joined: 23/4/2017
View Lisa Redg's Profile View Profile   Reply to Lisa Redg Reply   Quote Lisa Redg Quote  
Lisa Redg
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   5

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Hi MarleyMarl, cheers for the pointers! I'm still looking at other vehicles as well, it's just that with such a large dog the T25's seem to have the best interior configurations to fit all three of us in. I will look at Toyotas too, and have on my EBay watch list an American RV, a Talbot Express pop top and a couple of Hymer motor homes - all for 3k or less. Am I being mental in hoping I can get something halfway decent for around 3k? I'm prepared to spend a bit during my ownership of a van to keep it well maintained etc but ideally want a van in decent running order to begin with that has a clean, non damp interior!! Is that too big an ask?!

Message posted by marleymarl24/4/2017 at 5:26pm
Outfit:  Toyota Hiace Cruising Cabin 1991     Location:  None Entered
Joined: 22/7/2009
View marleymarl's Profile View Profile   Reply to marleymarl Reply   Quote marleymarl Quote  
marleymarl
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   50

Site Reviews Total: 2
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Hi Lisa, I suppose the old adage is 'you get what you pay for'. There are bargains out there, but I went well over my budget of 5K because I have lost out before trying to spend less in the hope it'll be OK in the end...which generally it wasn't.

If you are looking at Hymers then I would expect to pay 7-8K minimum for anything half decent.
American RVs are generally expensive to run and difficult to find parts/mechanics
If you want a larger van, then the VW LT range is worth looking at. I had one and it was great inside - there are several variants LT28 LT31 and LT35....I think the bigger numbers carry more weight. They are not as desirable as the smaller VWs but if you don't mind going slowly (my LT35 was happy at 60mph) and you don't mind paying more in fuel (mine was a petrol and did about 20mpg)- I reckon 3k would get you a decent one.
Also worth a look are the Merc 307D and 308D - some are aluminium so don't need to worry about rust....ones that I have seen that are decent go for around 5-6K....let us know how you get on

-------------
From VW to Merc to Toyota

Message posted by kenles24/4/2017 at 9:52pm
Outfit:   Fiat Ducato campervan     Location:  Gloucestershie
Joined: 25/2/2007
View kenles's Profile View Profile   Reply to kenles Reply   Quote kenles Quote  
kenles
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Forum Posts:   1506

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Get the seller to get it MOT then you will have a good bye

Message posted by Lileen14/8/2018 at 3:04pm
Outfit:  None Entered     Location:  None Entered
Joined: 14/8/2018
View Lileen's Profile View Profile   Reply to Lileen Reply   Quote Lileen Quote  
Lileen
Avatar
Standard Member
Standard Member

Forum Posts:   1

Site Reviews Total: 0
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 0  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 0  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 0
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 0

Hi Gregg, I am a relatively new owner of a Renault San Remo. I see you were an experienced owner. Could you please advise whether it has a Leisure battery and if so where usually stored and also the floor pump for the water seems to have stopped working? Any advice would be much appreciated!

Message posted by Capt Lightning14/8/2018 at 4:26pm
Outfit:  Romahome R30 Dimension     Location:  Turriff Aberdeenshire
Joined: 17/8/2006
View Capt Lightning's Profile View Profile   Reply to Capt Lightning Reply   Quote Capt Lightning Quote  
Capt Lightning
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Forum Posts:   2283

Site Reviews Total: 43
Site Reviews 2022: 0  
Site Reviews 2021: 0  
Site Reviews 2020: 2  
Site Reviews 2019: 0  
Site Reviews 2018: 5  
Site Nights 2022: 0
Site Nights 2021: 0
Site Nights 2020: 6
Site Nights 2019: 0
Site Nights 2018: 5

I'd avoid the Talbot express. I had one - No power steering, terrible gear change and wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding - but it was reliable.


-------------
Two drifters off to see the world.

I'm tired of reality, so I'm off to look for a good fantasy.


In order to post a reply you will need to register, or if already registered please log in here

Prev       Next

Jump To Page:  1  2

Quick Links - All Forums - Motorhomes and Campervans - Top of Page

Printer Friendly Version Printable version      Share   Tweet This!  Share on Facebook  Email


Latest News, Discounts and Competitions  see all...





1265 Visitors online !

Free UKCampsite.co.uk Window Sticker  -  Recommend to Friend

[Message Forums]  [Caravan Sites & Camping]  [Company Listings]  [Features / Advice]  [Virtual Brochure]  [Shop!]
[Reception]  [Competitions]  [Caravans & Motorhomes For Sale]  [Event Diary]  [Contact Us]  [Tent Reviews



Please note we are not responsible for the content of external sites & any reviews represent the author's personal view only. Please report any error here. You may view our privacy and cookie policy and terms and conditions here. All copyrights & other intellectual property rights in the design and content of this web site are reserved to the UKCampsite.co.uk © 1999 - 2022


Advertisement


Advertisement