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Post by Paulmold on Sat Mar 21, 2015 5:13 pm

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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by daisy mae on Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:18 pm

Just one thing that I noticed, the kitchen sink is over the step, I would think that wouldn`t be very comfortable to use, very awkward I would find it, how do those of you with that arrangement manage?otherwise a very nice van, would love the dinette and the extra room, colour wise it is very pleasing on the eye. jmho.
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Post by m8form8 on Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:44 pm

daisy mae I had to take a look seeing that comment on sink, wonder why they did that, ours is the other hand so not immediately over the step but the drainer is. Have to say putting the sink that way round also limits what the drainer can hold, I regularly lean things against the lifted lid and the side to drain, its like building a house of cards but it works. lol  hugegrins 
Yes its a nice van, but I still love ours and between the two prefer our older model one. That upholstery would soon look stained with our Dude the dog! One thing we like is the practical upholstery in ours.  wave Seems the mk4/5 Transit was also the last true Ford Automatic. I love my automatics.  hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins
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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by daisy mae on Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:48 pm

Yes you are right about the upholstery, wouldn`t be like that long with my long haired dog , although I do have throws on the  ones I do have, think the older models are more robustly built, I like the layout though.
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Post by m8form8 on Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:03 pm

Our Dude (dogs name he is a rescue beagle cross with?)is not actually allowed on the seats but i covered the bottom of his bed with vinyl and Velcro and he is allowed to sit in that with his seat belt harness on so he can look out the windows when we travel.  agree3
The only thing about that newer one I envy is the loo, although i have never actually used one like that i do find the thetford built in bench with loo on it not deep enough for comfortable sitting, as built for skinny people.  hugegrins hugegrins
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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by daisy mae on Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:12 pm

We have a loo like that in the caravan, they are good, drawback is the cassette is smaller as it has wheels on it, so needs emptying more often,  in the monoque I find that the toilet lid is too straight up, and if on a slight slope it tends to fall down, hugegrins thinking of using Velcro lol,  yes I think the toilet area would be nice if a little larger but it is getting a quart into a pint pot, still  luxury compared to  tenting, which I did for years in all weathers. I do love my Clubman.
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Post by gemdeco on Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:21 pm

Hi
  Have you seen the Amethyst MK 7 Transit on Ebay very nice
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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by Paulmold on Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:30 pm

Isn't that what I started this thread with?

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Post by m8form8 on Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:36 pm

We do love our Bertha as very comfortable, gave up camping and caravans many years ago now. Went into sailing yachts instead and they annoy me loo wise. Although you can get a full size sea loo bowl when you look around boat shows regardless of how much you pay for a yacht they always fit compact sized bowls as standard. I have a full size bowl on mine but had to swap it over and there is loads of room in our boats heads. We got Bertha as we detest flying and wanted another dog so got Dude at Christmas. He has yet to get his sea legs but has started to get used to Bertha. Loves to sit and look out the window. 
Back to the subject, did not realize the cassette was smaller, bad enough the one we have now when on tour. Fortunately blokes only have to sit occasionally. It works that's the main thing and being diabetic I often need to spend a penny, often hard to find places when out in the car. Bertha makes travel very comfortable, she drives so well too.  It's often admired as in exceptional condition for 20 years of age. So I am happy and her veneer work is better quality than later ones I notice. allthumbz

Sorry gone off original thread, but all Amethyst models are great and spacious if you ask me.
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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by daisy mae on Sat Mar 21, 2015 11:18 pm

I love the Amethyst layout just too long for me as mine is my everyday vehicle and some car parking  spaces are not that big.
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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by roli on Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:47 am

It does look like one of the last in what started as the Marquis branded Amythyst Gem livery.  I do like that colour scheme

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Post by m8form8 on Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:38 am

I like the external colour use, anyone have one this late and can tell me what the side openings under the windows are for on both sides outside? Looks like they lowered the gas bottle locker as well. confused3
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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by roli on Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:59 am

Near side has external locker and Gas Locker and water filling point, Offside has external locker and Toilet Cassette locker, Boiler Vent and Hook Up

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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by m8form8 on Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:05 am

Ah yes that explains it so cosmetic stuff not extra locker space, wonder if they did away with under seat draws and locker that we have so well fitted in ours?  confused3
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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by daisy mae on Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:27 pm

Perhaps it is like my Clubman, lift up the seats to access the whole of the space underneath, can get more in than the drawers, I had the drawers in my Topaz.
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Post by m8form8 on Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:39 pm

Probably so "daisy mae" like we have on our boat the lockers are under the cushions. Have to say the draws on our old Bertha are huge and hold copious amounts. There are 3 all 3 foot long and good deep draws, i don't think we miss out much space on the amethyst built 20 years ago. The front under locker in the other seat is shaped to go around the water heater so uses nearly all the space there as well. We keep all our shoes in that one.  up!
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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by Sue68 on Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:59 pm

daisy mae wrote:We have a loo like that in the caravan, they are good, drawback is the cassette is smaller as it has wheels on it, so needs emptying more often,  in the monoque I find that the toilet lid is too straight up, and if on a slight slope it tends to fall down, hugegrins thinking of using Velcro lol,  yes I think the toilet area would be nice if a little larger but it is getting a quart into a pint pot, still  luxury compared to  tenting, which I did for years in all weathers. I do love my Clubman.
I've used a a circle of sticky backed velcro to hold our toilet seat up. It works a treat

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Post by m8form8 on Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:12 pm

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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by Pophods on Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:59 am

Ours is an O9 registered model of the one in the ad. Bought it 2.5  years ago. We love it - true sink is a bit awkward, but no big deal smile!
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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by Paulmold on Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:06 am

I didn't realise they were still being made as late as 2009.

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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by m8form8 on Tue Mar 31, 2015 10:32 am

Shame they stopped making Monocoque models at all really, but then like everything fiberglass they are going to be hard to dispose of once the van part is past it. 
I expect a fair few of the older strongest laid ones might get reused on newer chassis in time. The use of fiberglass has changed as time progresses to being thinner as they learnt to spray it with boats in particular rather than hand lay it as they did in early days.  it's durable material but apart from chopping it up it is a problem to dispose of.  confused3 confused3
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Re: Is this one of the last Amethysts

Post by Pophods on Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:52 pm

Paulmold wrote:I didn't realise they were still being made as late as 2009.
Might it have been in dealer or Autosleeper stock for a while before selling and registering it?
According to the Ford database (Etis) the Transit chassis was buit in 2007.
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