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Post by Duffs Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:00 pm

Hi

Thank you for the add

We started with a tents, then bigger tents, then on to a caravan but now looking for an Autosleeper circa 1997 - 2000,

Hubby passed away in January so my new adventures begin  hulahoop-girl

cheers Jakki x
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Post by Tinwheeler Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:00 pm

Welcome, Duffs, and good luck with your search for a van.

There are plenty of people here willing to give advice if needed.
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Post by Gromit Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:16 pm

Hi and welcome.

If you are thinking only of solo travels, you might be lucky and find a nice Mezan. Best of both worlds as it's a nice little van for one (smallish) person, and no bigger than a car for parking and access under height barriers.

Just something to consider.  smile!
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Post by Paramedic Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:55 pm

Hello and welcome to this most friendly and informative forum.  wave

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Post by burlingtonboaby Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:11 pm

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Welcome to the forum from a very wet Bridington.
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Post by steamdrivenandy Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:55 pm

I had a look through Autotrader the other day and there were quite a few Mezans for sale but I think they were more 2006 to 2009 in the £16k to £25k price range.
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Post by modelman Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:43 pm

Hello & welcome from S/Yorks. drinksallround

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Post by Duffs Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:07 pm

Gromit wrote:Hi and welcome.

If you are thinking only of solo travels, you might be lucky and find a nice Mezan. Best of both worlds as it's a nice little van for one (smallish) person, and no bigger than a car for parking and access under height barriers.

Just something to consider.  smile!
Thank you, but after having a caravan, I would like a loo and shower, also out of my price range, but thank you xx up!
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Post by Duffs Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:08 pm

steamdrivenandy wrote:I had a look through Autotrader the other day and there were quite a few Mezans for sale but I think they were more 2006 to 2009 in the £16k to £25k price range.
Hi, thank you, but slightly out of my price range x up!
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Post by steamdrivenandy Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:34 pm

I've just had a look on Autotrader.

42 A/S vans  from 1990 to 2001.

Cheapest is a 1995 Duetto at £4,495 and most likely very rusty.

Tridents and Troopers have no washroom so may not be suitable.

The next van with a washroom is a '93 Clubman at £8,950, followed by a '98 Symphony at £9,995.

Then it's £10,500 for a '97 Duetto and a '99 one for £11,950 and £12,500 for a '96 Talisman.

And A/S vans from the years you mention go up to £22,000, so a wide price range.

I guess that you really need to be more specific about what you want in a van, the facilities you could not do without. 
So does size matter? 
How many belted seats?
How many berths?
Is a toilet required?
Is a shower wanted?
Is an oven necessary?
Is a microwave important?
Do you need a lot of storage for bulky items?

Etc, etc.
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Post by Duffs Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:01 pm

steamdrivenandy wrote:I've just had a look on Autotrader.

42 A/S vans  from 1990 to 2001.

Cheapest is a 1995 Duetto at £4,495 and most likely very rusty.

Tridents and Troopers have no washroom so may not be suitable.

The next van with a washroom is a '93 Clubman at £8,950, followed by a '98 Symphony at £9,995.

Then it's £10,500 for a '97 Duetto and a '99 one for £11,950 and £12,500 for a '96 Talisman.

And A/S vans from the years you mention go up to £22,000, so a wide price range.

I guess that you really need to be more specific about what you want in a van, the facilities you could not do without. 
So does size matter? 
How many belted seats?
How many berths?
Is a toilet required?
Is a shower wanted?
Is an oven necessary?
Is a microwave important?
Do you need a lot of storage for bulky items?

Etc, etc.


Thank you steamdrivenandy , I've been unable to actually to look seriously yet as I was selling our Navara, that's now being picked up tomorrow so the funds will be in my bank at last.

I had loads saved on Gumtree, Autotrader ( some you've earmarked too)and Ebay, over the last 2 weeks the reasonably priced ones were going, I had another earmarked at £8250, in Cheshire 2000 low mileage a Symphony etc, got taken off this morning grrr.

I would like a shower, toilet etc, after having it in our caravan I couldn't do without now.
I like the 2 layouts, middle sleeping or end sleeping.
3 seat belts if poss  and 2 berth, but 4 with the sliding bed on the top is ok for grandkids.

The trouble is many of them are miles away, lots in Scotland that are good too, I'm in the East of England area, about 16 miles from P'boro.

So the Symphony is ideal, not too sure about a LWB either, needs to about the same length as our Nav 5.2m to fit in our parking but could go slightly bigger.

Hope this helps, budget up to 10k, but would prefer less.

Cheers jakki x
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Post by Duffs Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:48 am

Got one, a Ford Duetto, 1995, bit older than I would have liked, 68k miles.

Very pleased, interior is excellent, paintwork bit faded on the green stripe front, more mint than green sadly.

It's in for its Hab check this week, then off to local site for a night when allowed. ex owner forgot to bring handbook so I've really no idea how it all works, he did go through it, but I was so excited I've forgotten.
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Post by Dbvwt Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:09 am

Deleted.... didn’t see the last post! 

Well done, enjoy.
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