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Post by DeeGee7 on Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:34 pm

Went to a tyre specialist the other day and watched as they attempted to remove a rear wheel from our Marquis County Hampshire (2009 reg).
It took 2 men, 1 Trolley jack, 1 Bottle jack and a lot of effort to actually get the body work high enough to get the wheel out from under the wheel arch fairings.
Even if we had a spare wheel there is no way we could have changed it at the roadside.
Who on earth designed this motorhome?confused3
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Post by AlanT on Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:42 am

Your Hampshire looks very similar to my Sigma which has air suspension on the rear. I can pump this up to raise the rear end quite easily: for example, increasing from 30psi to 40 psi gives a wheel arch rise of 1cm. I can inflate to 100psi but can't say that the rise would be linear.

I agree with you re design though.

Main thing is they managed it!

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Post by Peter Brown on Fri Jul 05, 2013 12:10 pm

This is the case with most coachbuilts. Where necesary AS supply a plinth to use under the jack to get the height needed. A year or two ago AS did some trials and demonstrated that wheel changing was not a problem if the base vehicle manufacturers instructions are followed.

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Post by DeeGee7 on Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:35 pm

Peter Brown wrote:This is the case with most coachbuilts. Where necesary AS supply a plinth to use under the jack to get the height needed. A year or two ago AS did some trials and demonstrated that wheel changing was not a problem if the base vehicle manufacturers instructions are followed.

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Our Hampshire was supplied by AS with neither a jack nor a plinth, in fact the jack had been removed from the footwell where it would normally be kept.
This I assumed was because AS did not fit a spare wheel.

Having watched 2 qualified tyre fitters struggle for 40 odd minutes to remove and replace a wheel does not in my book represent "Not a problem"

To have to do this at the roadside would have been nigh on impossible.

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Post by mike on Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:39 pm

It seems that some members are defending Autosleepers. As for fitting Air assistors, a great idea for ride improvement, but pretty expensive to try to use as a jack. The lift required in this case was (I know the owner) rather more than a few centimeters, so air assistors would not have resolved the problem.

I bet that Autosleepers would not be prepared to accept the challenge of removing this rear wheel with any standard Mercedes jacking equipment. I realise that in this case a jack was not supplied, however standard jacks are used by Mercedes white van man.

WE NEVER get Autosleepers coming up with a defence or an offer to " bring it to the factory or take it to our own sales outlet Marquis" and we will show you how it is done confused3 . WHY ?? Dosn't anyone at A/S read the forum.
I would have thought that from a business point of view, a designated person, 10 mins a day for a quick scan, feedback to relavent design ?? departments, and helpfull replies on this forum would produce lots of good feedback on this and then reproduced on other forums--- " What a caring company they are"
Sell 1 extra motorhome with good publicity, lose several through unhappy customer comments - You do the maths. 

Dont they care ???

Yes I obviously have an A/S, but I had to pay a garage £35 for them to swop my spare with the Offside rear, so my comments over this issue may well be coloured. Would I buy another - yes - but there would be questions and possibly demonstrations required befor I spent my money.

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Post by groundhog on Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:49 pm

Am I the only one that HAS got a spare wheel:confused3: Wouldn't fancy trying to change it with the jack though.
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