Thinking of buying a Fairford

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Re: Thinking of buying a Fairford

Post by Brian R on Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:48 pm

Thanks Stew
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Re: Thinking of buying a Fairford

Post by sylvester1954 on Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:26 am

You may wish to consider the AS Kingham as well. We have found it has plenty of storage space, travelled for up to 12 weeks abroad mainly wild camping with little issue around gas, electric etc. Some niggles but hey find me a MH without them. There are the two of us and a medium sized pooch.
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Re: Thinking of buying a Fairford

Post by Cookie99 on Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:06 pm

Totally agree with sylvester1954.
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Re: Thinking of buying a Fairford

Post by inspiredron on Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:01 pm

There is significant extra space and storage in a coachbuilt at the expense of a few inches in width and possibly a small increase in height.
Comparing the Nuevo with a 6m van conversion - in the Nuevo you have a proper wardrobe, a bigger toilet compartment and the top lockers are significantly larger (door to side of van).  You also gain an outside accessible wet locker for ramps, EHU cable etc.
Paradoxically, apart from the slight extra width which you quickly get used to, the Nuevo is EASIER to drive than a van conversion IMHO. It is on the short wheelbase chassis so its turning circle is a lot smaller than the van conversions which normally have a wheel at each corner so that a 6m van conversion would be on the medium wheelbase chassis.  I find that the Nuevo is as easy to drive as our Prius because of its smaller turning circle  My wife disagrees as she does not like the bulk (width, weight and heaviness of controls), nor the fact that it is a manual gearbox. 

A van conversion is likely to give better fuel consumption than a coachbuilt with a Luton as it has aerodynamics rather less related to those of a brick!

Earlier posts have referred to other differences.  We went to the 2011 show to look at changing our Hymer 6m coachbuilt for a van conversion and, after 2 full days crawling over a multitude of vehicles, bought the Lancashire (a Nuevo) which ticked all the boxes then and still does.  If I was buying today I would also look at Elddis who now have some nice coachbuilts at 6m and where quality seems to have improved but I know that we would not fit easily into a 6m van conversion, particularly in bad weather. And I reckon two children would only just fit into a 4 berth Nuevo.

As others have said - try to imagine what youwould do in various van configurations when away - and particularly if the weather is unkind.

Good luck in your considerations! allthumbz

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