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Post by Liam on Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:53 pm

Hi Yammy
Does that mean you are thinking of jumping ship! 
I have to say I don't find the front end of Hymers very inviting - could be the result of meeting a LHD one coming in the opposite direction on the Ring of Kerry who wiped my cab mirror out and failed to stop!!
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Post by yammy on Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:59 am

Hi Liam, absolutely not, no intention of getting a Hymer, just happen to look at one at the show because I was looking at the Mercedes cab, despite my comments, I love Autosleeper's and would never get anything else. Ps I had a car reverse into me and then drove off, didn't do any damage but the **stars never stopped. Cheers Rob.
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Post by willy eckerslike on Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:05 pm

Just a suggestion Yammy, why not source your sprinter cab with the features you want from Mercedes and take it along to AS and ask them to put the motorhome on it ??

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Post by Liam on Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:57 pm

yammy wrote:Ps I had a car reverse into me and then drove off, didn't do any damage but the **stars never stopped. Cheers Rob.
Just the sort of situation that makes me think a "Dash Cam" might be have been useful - but I am still cogitating on it. I keep looking at Techmoan reviews.

Willy - I can just imagine the conversation regarding liabilities and warranty issues that would be raised (not forgetting final certification by DVA)  if one were to turn up at Willersey (or indeed any motorhome manufacturer) factory with a bare chassis and asked them to fit their motorhome design on it. But I am sure it would work State side!!

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Post by Peter Brown on Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:35 pm

A couple of years ago they took a new chassis from a customer and built a bespoke camper/race car transporter/workshop on it. They have also built other specialist vehicles. Obviously as not built on the production line it is expensive

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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:42 pm

If it is built on the production line, does that make an AS cheap? hugegrins

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Post by bikeralw on Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:12 am

Having recently driven my nephews brand new Ford Transit panel van, I can say it has the most well equipped cab of any van I've driven. All the bells and whistles along with effortless driving. That would be the cab I'd go for if I was in the market for a new MH.
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Post by inspiredron on Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:57 am

bikeralw wrote:Having recently driven my nephews brand new Ford Transit panel van, I can say it has the most well equipped cab of any van I've driven. All the bells and whistles along with effortless driving. That would be the cab I'd go for if I was in the market for a new MH.
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Post by tony50 on Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:42 pm

I had 2 Rapidos on Mercs and loved the drive, if you go down that route I doubt whether you will be disappointed I would like the New AutoSleeper  Corinium when It comes out next year (I hope spelling is right) it has a Island bed, but on a Peugeot and no Automatic available on this chassis as far as I'm aware.
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Post by yammy on Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:57 pm

Hi Tony, definitely interested in seeing the Corinium, will be at the NEC in February, hopefully they may use the Fiat with comfort matic or better still use the Mercedes chassis in time.
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Post by GWAYGWAY on Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:07 pm

The  next thing for the Mercedes  is the Euro 6 equipment and a big price hike to pay for it but at least you will be able to divert into the LEZ with them. They do look a bit dated now but so is the big VW, are they the same base like the Seval vans are.
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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:21 am

My 2011 Gloucester (Euro 5) is LEZ compliant already.

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Post by GWAYGWAY on Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:13 am

Not for too long it will not. The enhanced EZ is coming to cities near you soon, the bandwagon has started and they will make it more embracing before long. Euro 6 will be the only specification that will be allowed into the central London area not that we would EVER consider taking a motorhome in there for any reason. I got caught taking my (3860kg LORRY) motorhome down the A13 when the Dartford tunnel was restricted and the police sent me that way.  It cost a £1000 penalty if they catch you on camera.  The rules for over 3500kgs are a lot more restricted and Euro 6 will be the minimum soon for them.  It seems to save pollution I was required to go all the way around the M25 the wrong way 122 miles, along with several hundred other lorries. That is the bureaucratic mindset to save the population of London from Diesel Death. Your Euro 5 HGV will not have a long time before it applies to it as well, under the magic weight it will be a bit longer.
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Post by stoneb on Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:21 am

GwayGway, 

Of course the Mercedes Sprinter "tin bashings" of body and chassis bits are also used in the production of the VW Crafter body. The face (headlights, engine, brakes, suspension etc) is changed in the same way as the Fiat Ducato begets the Peugeot Boxer and the Citroen version (Jumper? Sorry, I've temporarily forgotten it's name).

They are all excellent vehicles these days, or nobody would buy them, poorly produced vehicles don't stay on the road do they? Commercial work demands high quality vehicles for realistic prices and running costs, or they buy something else that does the job. 

It's people like us that want it to look pretty or have bells and whistles etc. Vehicle manufacturers know that and does a lot of research to provide what we want. But they can only do this for the price we're willing to pay, and they have to make profits to stay in business, hence the use of standard parts from other manufacturers to produce an acceptable finished product. Lean production and JIT (Just-In-Time) where components arrive at the production line point Just In Time to complete that stage of the vehicle's manufacture.

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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Sat Dec 26, 2015 12:45 pm

GWAYGWAY wrote:Not for too long it will not. The enhanced EZ is coming to cities near you soon, the bandwagon has started and they will make it more embracing before long. Euro 6 will be the only specification that will be allowed into the central London area not that we would EVER consider taking a motorhome in there for any reason. I got caught taking my (3860kg LORRY) motorhome down the A13 when the Dartford tunnel was restricted and the police sent me that way.  It cost a £1000 penalty if they catch you on camera.  The rules for over 3500kgs are a lot more restricted and Euro 6 will be the minimum soon for them.  It seems to save pollution I was required to go all the way around the M25 the wrong way 122 miles, along with several hundred other lorries. That is the bureaucratic mindset to save the population of London from Diesel Death. Your Euro 5 HGV will not have a long time before it applies to it as well, under the magic weight it will be a bit longer.

You are referring to the ULEZ, same area as the Congestion Charge, CCZ. There are no announced changes to the LEZ. Who in their right mind would want to take their MH into the CCZ anyway.

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Post by tony50 on Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:07 pm

Changing the post again, I would have thought the price AS charge for a Motorhome they would have put Aldi heating in, which is far superior than blown air
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Post by Peter Brown on Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:29 pm

tony50 wrote:Changing the post again, I would have thought the price AS charge for a Motorhome they would have put Aldi heating in, which is far superior than blown air

This post really does have no relevance to a discussion on Mercedes - I suggest you repost in a more appropriate general section of this forum under the title (say)'Aldi Heating in AS?' and those members who have interest other than Mercedes may see it and comment.


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Post by tony50 on Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:50 pm

Peter Brown wrote:A couple of years ago they took a new chassis from a customer and built a bespoke camper/race car transporter/workshop on it. They have also built other specialist vehicles. Obviously as not built on the production line it is expensive
Um! I see what you mean,
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Post by Peter Brown on Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:26 pm

I've now clarified the meaning of my penultimate post.

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