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#1 kenzo

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:34 pm

Hi All.
We have a 2017 Hobby 620CL. All great except that the bathroom is smaller than we expected, particularly for two teenage girls!!! We have a shower head and curtain installed.
We have seen LMC 595 on some Hobby dealer websites. One dealer has been very helpful and sent us a video. Bathroom looks big "enough" and wife and I will get our own bed 🙏 Wife also liked the kitchen and i like the fact that the services are on the offside.
So, wondering if any of you have bought one, or seen one in the flesh . .. would appreciate your opinion.
thanks in advance.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 08:01 pm

We saw this, and were quite impressed seemed a lot of van for the money. But it is slightly over legal body length 7020mm for U.K. Regs

http://caravans.auto...157b462da2c1d4e

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:57 am

We saw this, and were quite impressed seemed a lot of van for the money. But it is slightly over legal body length 7020mm for U.K. Regs

http://caravans.auto...157b462da2c1d4e

 

Thanks Fred,

Did you actually see it "in the skin" ???

Wondering about the quality and the bathroom particularly. We are well impressed with the quality of our Hobby and wonder is it a match.. perhaps better . ..

 

 

Thanks, Ken



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:31 am

We saw this, and were quite impressed seemed a lot of van for the money. But it is slightly over legal body length 7020mm for U.K. Regs
http://caravans.auto...157b462da2c1d4e

If it's over the legal length then what's the point?. . . Static only?

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 06:41 am

I almost bought a LMC Maestro last year (they come in Vivo, Musica & Maestro over here). Excellent build quality, they are a 'perceived' better quality caravan than Hobby and after checking out lots of models from both brands I can confirm that they are. A fair bit more expensive than Hobby though, if you were to compare Hobby with say Skoda or Seat, LMC would be of AUDI quality.

 

Be it Hobby, LMC, Knaus, Tabbert etc German caravans don't have such large bathrooms like British caravans, 95% of them don't have showers, ovens, leisure batteries etc as standard (you can have the lot from the options list). Continental sites generally have better facilities than UK sites so showers in caravans just seem like a waste of space.


I don't think they do a 595 here, we almost bought one of theses:

 

https://www.lmc-cara...o/maestro-560-e

 

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:18 am

Thanks Fred,
Did you actually see it "in the skin" ???
Wondering about the quality and the bathroom particularly. We are well impressed with the quality of our Hobby and wonder is it a match.. perhaps better . ..
 
 
Thanks, Ken


Let me explain, I think I have been in that actual van. It just happened that we were on a CL about a mile from where they were selling the van, we went for a look. We didn't examine it in forensic detail because we weren't really serious about buying. But our impressions was it did appear to be well made, can't recall seeing any obvious faults, the shower room was iirc smallish but I would guess usable. We thought a practical van a certainly something we would consider if we were going to permanently site. The dealer was just outside Criccieth also had Hobby caravans. Where they are located has an advantage for you as they are no more than an hour from Holyhead.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:30 am

If it's over the legal length then what's the point?. . . Static only?


After I made my post. I re-read the advert. They claim it is legal to tow. The specs say the body length is 7020mm. This is over 7m which I thought was the legal maximum to tow with a non commercial vechicle. Equally it is less than an inch too long so I would have you would be unlucky to get pulled. Maybe I am wrong about the 7m maximum length.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:02 am

You aren't wrong, it's 7m max body length in the UK, fine in the rest of the EU though.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:44 am

The advertiser is not wrong. Just economical with the description. He forgot the words "with a vehicle that has a gross weight of more than 3500 kg". Get yourself a big white van and your legal limit is 12 meters.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:45 am

You aren't wrong, it's 7m max body length in the UK, fine in the rest of the EU though.


I had to smile to myself .would "I'm just on the way to France officer" be a defence?. .
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:54 am

I was tempted by a twin axled LMC last year but the fact that its body length exceeded 7m meant I couldn't bring it to the UK so I didn't buy it.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:06 am

many thanks for your input.
We live in Ireland and other than our annual trip to France, the caravan is sited.
Pleased to hear about the quality . .. was kinda hoping you would reply Borussia !!!
So, the ASST MANAGER is going to Wales to have a look. Being resident in Ireland, our scope to investigate this stuff is limited.
Thanks again.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:08 pm

I was tempted by a twin axled LMC last year but the fact that its body length exceeded 7m meant I couldn't bring it to the UK so I didn't buy it.

Probably going to get shot down in flames here; but isn't it the case that, if you are legal in your country of registration you are entitled to drive anywhere within the EU? That is assuming your car and 'van are registered in Germany.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:21 pm

Probably going to get shot down in flames here; but isn't it the case that, if you are legal in your country of registration you are entitled to drive anywhere within the EU? That is assuming your car and 'van are registered in Germany.

 

Unfortunately not.  The UK tends to be tolerant with foreign visitors regarding over length caravans but  legislation applies to all using UK roads.

 

DoT information here page 2 specifically http://tinyurl.com/ydxv9ym3



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 03:58 pm

 

Unfortunately not.  The UK tends to be tolerant with foreign visitors regarding over length caravans but  legislation applies to all using UK roads.

 

DoT information here page 2 specifically http://tinyurl.com/ydxv9ym3

Every day is a school day :)  Thank you for putting me straight.

 

I suppose it should have occurred to me that Borussia would have done his homework. I'll go stand in the corner :blush:


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:27 pm

lol


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Posted 17 September 2017 - 03:02 pm

Just got back from a rally talking to a bloke who has a Exquisite 695 VIP. I asked him about it and he raved abou it had it 3.5 yeas and is going to keep it because there is nothing on the market better for his needs. Interestingly I was going to ask what was the quality like compared to Hobbys. But he told me unprompted that it was much better built than his previous Hobbys he has had. He has fitted a 12v battery system and an upgraded hot water system because it came without a battery and the hot water tank was only 5L. But overall a very positive report hth.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 07:40 am

Hi Fred,

 

Thanks for this update. it is really helpful.

Once SWMBO gets over to Wales to have a look,we will make a decision. Also thinking of taking a trip to Birmingham for the show.

Many thanks,

KK



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 09:12 am

Hello,
We have over the years always bought hobbies had about 8 different models but have not changed to LMC 655VIP Exquisite and as others say find the build quality far better than hobby as for the shower and toilet this is a very good size and does not take up all the floor space we know about lengths etc but have suitable vehicle to tow anything we need to, although we spend most of the time in Spain.




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