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Post by Snowy Howells Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:48 pm

Hi!
This forum looks to be a font of useful information - very pleased to have found you all.
I am starting the search for a campervan/motor home. Long time tent camper, but with the kids no longer interested it’s time to upgrade! 
Ive been perusing all the ads and decided an Auto-sleeper is the way forward. Size is limited by parking space to a van style rather than motor home, but want a bit more than a VW campervan. Will be used mainly by me and 2 dogs, for campfire weekends with friends, And an occasional husband for company. 
I’m smitten with the Peugeot Boxter style vans, but with only about £12k I suspect my options are limited. Also a bit confused with all the different names I’m seeing - Symbol/Symphony, Gladys???  Any advice gratefully received! content
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Post by Paulmold Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:01 pm

Gladys must be someone's pet name for their van. Symbol is later version of Symphony  with only minor differences  although they were produced alongside each other for a couple of years while they used up the older parts. You should be able to pick up a reasonable  example for your budget.

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Post by burlingtonboaby Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:26 am

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Post by Paramedic Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:06 am

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Post by Dave 418 Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:29 am

Welcome to the forum from just up the A46 in our corner of Lincolnshire.
Not being a Peugeot fan we looked at a couple of VW vans before we bought the Duetto. The Topaz would have been ideal having a bathroom and being slightly smaller than the Peugeot it would be easier to park on our drive and use for transport for work. 
We decided on a Duetto in the end. They were cheaper than the VW, the bed was longer and there was a cooker rather than just a grill. It was a great starter van within our budget but it will be down to you’re choice in the end. Good luck with you’re search.
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Post by Snowy Howells Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:28 pm

Thank you Dave. Must admit I have been browsing Duettos this morning and I may have been swayed already! allthumbz
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Post by Dave 418 Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:03 pm

I know you were not an avid reader when I had the Duetto so I will say now don’t be put off by the rust saga on mine. There are lots of threads about were to look for rust on any van conversion no matter what chassis you choose. 
I liked the Duetto layout so much that had a newer model been around at the time we sold ours I would still have another one. I think the last ones were on the Mk6 Transit chassis. 
When I saw the Rienza I thought that it wouldn’t fit on the drive and I couldn’t use it for transport to work. I was sort of in a position to retire early, pension due to start and a boss that didn’t want me. It just fits on the drive and it was too good to walk away from. 
The newer Transits are quite civilised to drive unlike the early ones. Our Duetto was quite posh compared to the first one I drove with a gutless petrol engine and seats you stuck to in the summer. It would be convenient to be able to test drive all the vans you like but any test drive will tell you if it’s right for you.
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