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Post by David Benson on Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:47 am

We are thinking of changing our Mercedes based Devon motorhome for a new Peugot based Broadway EB.  We really like the interior lay out but find the Peugot cab more cramped than the Devon with the driving position more awkward.  I am a normal 6 foot man and my leg seems to brush against the facia.  I realise that most people on the forum probably drive the Peugot and I would be interested to know how they find the driving experience.

In addition some people seem to have teething problems with the new Broadways.  Is this that common or do most people find them trouble free?

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Post by stepps110 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:18 pm

I am just over 6' and find the Puegeot very comfortable. The steering wheel comes up, seats also, so there is plenty of opportunity to adjust to suit.
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Post by ajrm on Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:32 pm

Just a gnats whisker under 6' and find there is plenty of room and adjustment to sit comfortably. 
I do notice however, that when the steering wheel is pulled out as far as it goes, the keys on the ignition rattle against my knee. Ok with trousers, but annoying with shorts
I really need to have a good look and adjust everything a bit better. 
Apart from that, it's a very nice place to be.
I always found Mercedes seats to be a bit too firm for me, the Peugeot seats are just about right
Best thing to do us go and have a sit in one and see how it feels to you
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Post by Guest on Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:34 pm

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I'm much shorter than you and find both easy to drive. The Merc has as narrower track than the Peugeot and will probably have more body roll as a result. However there is a significant different in the engineering design of these 2 base vehicles, which is reflected in the base price and overall reliability. 

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Post by ajrm on Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:03 pm

Most of the Broadway range have an alternative model with the Merc chassis. I know they are more expensive  but maybe worth a look?
Luckily, the dealer I bought mine from  (Choose Leisure In Canterbury, excellent service too) doesn't sell the Merc range or I might have been tempted....
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Post by tony50 on Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:25 pm

David Benson wrote:We are thinking of changing our Mercedes based Devon motorhome for a new Peugot based Broadway EB.  We really like the interior lay out but find the Peugot cab more cramped than the Devon with the driving position more awkward.  I am a normal 6 foot man and my leg seems to brush against the facia.  I realise that most people on the forum probably drive the Peugot and I would be interested to know how they find the driving experience.

In addition some people seem to have teething problems with the new Broadways.  Is this that common or do most people find them trouble free?

David
Having experience in mechanical terms I prefer the Mercedes , although I understand the latest Peugeots are supposed to be very good , perhaps it's also the sound of a Mercedes engine that seems right to me , I would just add that the Mercedes is being/or has been face lifted for 2014 model range of Auto Sleepers , and the Bourton  model for 2014 will have a built on gas tank , so I am advised but, best to check out my comments  for yourself.

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Post by groundhog on Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:01 pm

We are all going to have different experiences but I will not be going back to a Peugeot after owning a Mercedes. Have owned three Peugeot/Fiats, they do the job adequately but the Mercedes does it so much better in my view.
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Post by inspiredron on Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:16 am

I am over 6ft. Until last year I had a Fiat based 2001 Hymer.  I found that just OK but from time to time my right knee would hit the wiper stalk particularly on fast wipe.  My 2012 Peugeot is much better.  Do have cruise control.  Last July I drove 450 miles in one day and got out as fresh as when I started off.

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Post by tony50 on Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:55 am

hoopman wrote:David
I'm much shorter than you and find both easy to drive. The Merc has as narrower track than the Peugeot and will probably have more body roll as a result. However there is a significant different in the engineering design of these 2 base vehicles, which is reflected in the base price and overall reliability. 

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We  have   had 2 A Class Rapidos  one grossing at 3500 kgs ,we found there to be no noticeable Body roll the second Rapido grossed at 4660kgs ,but that was with twin rear wheels which would have been stable anyhow ,to be blunt and if I decide on a Auto-Sleeper or any other make   will be on a Mercedes , unless we really like the internal design better than what is available on a Merc.

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Post by ajrm on Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:17 pm

You will certainly get a wider range of vehicles with the Merc Chassis. Most of the larger ones are over the 3500 kg threshold if that makes any diffeence, but of course you will get a bigger payload too
I have. Broadway FB, the Mercedes equivalent appears to be the Gloucester, but with a more powerful engine and auto box. Max weight is another 300+ kg and fuel consumption is probably a tad higher
If I could have afforded the Merc base, I would have gone for that one.
I am sure you will find the right model in the Mercedes range
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