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Message posted by HEJC72 on 08/8/2006 at 5:47pm
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Hi All

I was pretty sure we were going to take the plunge and invest in our first caravan - the Lunar Quasar 615

We need a 6 berth - 2 adults, 4 kids and a dog and have a total budget of around 15000 but are hoping to buy second hand in case I don't like it (spent a fortune on a tent and all the equipment and hated it - don't like being cold!)

Anyway, the Quasar had the perfect layout for us (we want to be able to shut the children off in their own "room" at night with a solid door rather than a curtain) but we have now found 3 other potential vans with layouts that would also work for us.

These are:
* Compass Corona 636
* Dethleffs Camper DL 520
* Elddis Avante 636

We have an MTPLM of 1700kg and will be towing with my 8 seater Toyota Hi Ace Super Custom.
Not too bothered about "top of the range" models as it will soon be showing war wounds with 4 kids bounding in and out, so entry level spec will do just fine!

Anyone have experinece of ANY of the caravans mentioned? Good points and bad??

HELP!!!! I'm now totally confused but need to get this right as it is a lot of money to spend on a mistake!!

Thanks in advance - I know I can rely on you guys for advice and words of wisdom.
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Helen xx


Message posted by Scampi on 08/8/2006 at 5:53pm
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We faced a similar dilema when we bought our 'van - lots of choice of 4-berth end bathroom models!  We wrote a list of the features/design points that were important to us (eg - space in the bathroom, worktop space in the kitchen) and 'scored' each potention 'van against our list.  This approach, together with the good old 'it feels right' factor meant that we have been completely happy with our choice!  Have fun choosing.

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The only way you can make your mind up is to go and look at them all.

We spent ages choosing ours and went to see each one we liked at least twice before we decided.

Good luck.

Steve.

 


Message posted by richy75 on 08/8/2006 at 6:20pm
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Hi i have the Avante 630 the 5 berth model just before the 6 came out

the avante is the base model but it has everything i need.It does have the solid door to lock the kids off also the layout is ideal as the kids have there own bed and no doubles at the end it is a massive improvement on my old van a 91 swift rapide

but just have a good look round every van available :)


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We looked at the Bailey Ranger 500/5 at the weekend and fell in love with it!!  They do a couple of six berths too I think.  We bought a cheap caravan to see if we liked it, well I do as I have done it before and OH has taken to it like a duck to water.  I can see us upgrading in the not too distant future!!

Have you thought about picking up a cheaper van to begin with, getting a feel for it before laying out 15,000 on something you may not like?  Another guy was on here a couple of weeks ago wanting to sell his brand new Bailey because they didn't like it and was set to lose thousands!

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Start cheap incase you hate it then build up to bigger and better. Its like buying houses, going for the mansion at the begining takes away all the fun

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Message posted by HEJC72 on 09/8/2006 at 9:08am
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Looks like I'll be haunting our local dealers again at the weekend - they must be sick of the sight of me by now!

Top price we can afford is 15000 but I'd like to spend about 10000 including awning, water carriers etc... If I can be "on the road" for less than that I'll be delighted (and so will hubby!) but want to get something half decent - if I buy a shed I might be put off before I start, if you know what I mean.

Barrons had a Bailey Mars for less than 9000 new (only 5 berth and not our ideal layout but would do the job to begin with) which OH quite liked.

Think I will sit and write a list of all the "must have" points that we need and take it with me on my next caravan hunt and see which one ticks all (or most) of the boxes as suggested by Scampi.

Thanks again for the advice
LOL
Helen xx


Message posted by wlee on 09/8/2006 at 9:34am
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If you are not yet sure whether you will like caravcanning it may be wise to rent one first. This also may give you some insight in the practicability of a certain layout.

A point of consideration as to size is that big size can also become a disadvantage. Size would rather lead me to the 520 type of size, maybe 570. After all you also have to get on the pitch with your van, probably including an awning.
Moreover kids have a tendency to want to camp in their own pup tent after some time. At that point the van can become smaller and the layout can become different as it's mostly dinner time you are interested in to be inside (during rain). Plus of course the kitchen, as cooking for more people takes a bit more space.

Big caravans with lots of bunks overhere (Holland) are much more difficult to sell. Therefore once you will change vans as you don't need the kids bunks anymore and would prefer a second larger settee (sitting by that time becomes more important than sleeping inside), one runs the risk to loose value.
On the other hand, if you would decide to buy second hand, the chance is there that you will find a relatively cheap one second hand.

I do admit (now vanning for three years, tenting before also with kids) that I do like having everyhting dry and warm inside during bad weather, especially out of the regular holiday season (spring, autumn, winter).
If you are a typical summer camper, a TT may also be a good alternative foor a large family, as they usually offer more space, but it looks like you've made your first choice for caravanning now. A caravan however has most advantages in an unpredictable climate.

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Message posted by riverdene53 on 11/8/2006 at 11:17pm
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go for a bailey they hold there money and you won`t buy a better caravan regret trading mine for eldiss the build quality is far superior on the bailey especially the pagaent range 

Message posted by Vic Wildish on 12/8/2006 at 10:33am
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I can only speak from experience of the marque and I would recommend the Avante.

We've had three Elddis 'vans over the last 10 years and they've all been excellent with little or no trouble at all.

Hope I'm not tempting fate..............

Vic

Message posted by sinbad on 13/8/2006 at 7:43pm
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Don't be put off if you find a bargain with a sliding door but no fixed bunks - we leave the kids beds made up all the time and it works for us.  Try second hand if you can and negotiate them down!



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