We have a wonderful old Hymer B544 4 wheel drive motorhome which we have loved but are moe looking to change back to a car and caravan. Our last caravan was a Coachman 500/5 VIP 1995, 2 years old when we bought it and it cost us a fortune to keep having resealed as it leaked like a seive. This made us wary of 'traditional' caravans. We thought Alutech was the answer until we read the Bailey horror stories. Would love to hear other peoples experiences and see if anyone has any answers (i know the glib answer is don't buy a leaky van, but how do you know if it's new). Does anyone have any advice for us.
Hi, and welcome to the forum! I'm realtively new to caravanning myself as i've only had my van for just over two years, so there will be lots more people on here vastly more experienced than me! Personally, i would have a full habitation check done on any van before i bought it, this would include a thorough check for damp (I would especially do this if the van was more than five years old) but i do know people who have had water ingress problems on brand new vans! You will get a full report on the check. It will cost you, but it will be money well spent and give you peace of mind.
Welcome to the forum, most vans these days come with a 6 or 10 year 'Water Ingress' warranty, which does give a little peace of mind, provided that the warranty can be transferred to a second owner.
If the van is relatively new and has been regularly serviced then a full habitat service should not be necessary, but a full 'Damp Report' would be a wise move, there are lots of Mobile service engineers that could do the job.
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Thanks guys, We would be looking at a new or nearly new van as a retirement vehicle (otherwise we wouldn't swap the Hymer) so guess initial damp wouldn't be an issue. After our coachman experience though we would be wary of any traditionallty constructed van. Have also heard horror stories of new vans. One of my clients was told by the dealer, having the nth problem on their new motor home fixed 'of course if you'd bought a used vehicle the snagging would have already been done'!!!!! Weree looking at Burstners with a pull down bed but don't think anyone imports Burstner caravans into the uk any more.