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Post by Jaylee on Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:37 pm

Hi there,

Just joined this excellent forum, we are looking to purchase our 1st Autosleeper, searching the web at the moment. We're giving up the folding caravan as would like to arrive ready and no more unfolding! Probably looking at 1995 onwards, quite like the legend with 'u' shaped lounge. As we are new to motorhoming apart from a week in a hymer, we would appreciate and advice on models and tips on what to look out for when buying, please.

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Post by daisy mae on Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:58 pm

Monocoque bodies are excellent no leaks, although they can from the windows, so check with a damp meter, check window where the side catches are as sometimes there is a crack where previous owners have just pulled window shut, ( when it is open ) without lifting further up first then lowering it , had this on mine when I bought it dealer replaced both side windows with new. check floor for laminating, floor soft, check as you would for a caravan really, if buying from a dealer usually you will get a warranty, I had 12 months for habitation and vehicle, make sure it has hab check check for rust on base vehicle. Others may come up with something else.

Good luck, exciting times ahead.
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Re: Hello we're new

Post by Paulmold on Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:15 pm

Welcome from N.E Wales.    handshake

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Post by Jaylee on Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:49 pm

Thank you for your advice Margaret, can't wait to get travelling.

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Post by mikethebike on Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:10 pm

Hi Welcome to the forum.

asof_welcome2

Price is the main factor.Work a budget and then see what you can get.
If you have cash a private sale will save you thousands.


Hope this helps

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Post by Jaylee on Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:34 pm

Hi Micky

We do have cash, went to a dealer last weekend they had about 4 only one looked in good condition, we did think they seemed expensive!

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Post by daisy mae on Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:44 pm

Auto-sleepers are more expensive than others because of the build quality , there are also highly sort after.
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Post by mikethebike on Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:45 pm

Yes mouth watering expensive.
Look and go away .
Search for a private seller of the van you like. There are many out there.
It costs money in fuel looking,but don't be fooled by glossy pictures.
Ask many questions first.I will say that again.Ask all the questions first.
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Post by Jaylee on Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:43 pm

Thank you Micky, advice much appreciated

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Post by Swansea Jac on Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:28 pm

We knew from searching all the pretty pictures that it was a Legend (long wheel base) that we wanted.  read

The first one we saw was a poor example... uncared for, dirty, and with screws from the shower compartment showing through in the living area!...It was being offered by a dealer, but he was unable to answer simple questions... and even suggested sticking fablon over some botched woodwork. happyno

Needless to say, we walked away.  But it proved to us that it was the model we would be happy with. 

Our van was purchased (cash) from a private seller, who was able to answer all our questions, could produce all the relative paperwork, and who had obviously loved and cared for the van happyyes

Don't be in too much of a hurrry... but when you find the right one and you are sure...you'll know!
Good luck in your search! detective
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Post by Jaylee on Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:44 pm

Thank you for your advice and encouragement, we've been looking at pictures for a long while, but Monday was the 1st time we went to view, such a shame the dealer hadn't even valeted some of the motor homes, they seemed unloved and uncared for, spare parts in the cabs, bit scarey to be honest, he wouldn't even give us 2 mins of his time to discuss his stock. Needless to say we walked away at a very quick pace!

You are so right we will know when we see her

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Post by burlingtonboaby on Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:53 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum from Bridlington 
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Post by Jaylee on Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:10 pm

Thank you for your welcome Boaby

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Post by modelman on Fri Nov 14, 2014 7:48 am

Hello & welcome from S/Yorks. drinksallround

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Post by Jaylee on Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:31 am

Thank you for all the advice and welcome messages.  Well we've found her!  She's an Executive model in really good condition 49,000 miles on a Peugeot base 2.5 Td.  Collecting on Satuday, and having just 1 night away before the weather turns bad, so excited hugegrinshugegrinshugegrins
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Re: Hello we're new

Post by roli on Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:22 am

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The Legend is considered by many to be the best AutoSleeper ever made and they do hold their price.  They are getting to an age where rust could be a problem however being a Transit, the wings are readily available and not too dear. The Tranny is a decent motor to drive and IMO you won't be disappointed with your choice.  May take you a few months to find what you want

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