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  1. Hello everyone, After a lot of family debate, we've decided its time to sell our van. As we won't be buying another one, trading it in to a dealer isn't really an option. We'd like to get as fair an amount back out of it as is reasonably possible rather than take a big hit as I suspect you would at a dealer (unless you're buying something new!) Trouble is, I've no idea where to begin. Does anyone have any experience of valuing and selling a van privately that they'd be happy to share? I've tried looking for the same year / model of van on ebay etc but havent found any matches yet. Many thanks!
  2. I hadn't considered any pickups but I will look into them thanks... Budget? I'm guessing decent examples of all bar the Landcruiser Amazons ought to be available for around 5-6k... I suspose at the moment I'm leaning towards an early LC3/4 landcruiser but there dont seem to be that many around and the prices are towards the top end of the budget. I'm guessing that most of them ought to have had the injector issues sorted out by now...
  3. @CommanderDave I have weighed up the possibility of keeping the ML after all the money I've sunk in it but the reality is that it needs money spending on it just to get it towing again (the electrics melted). Combine that with another host of issues I'm aware of that are just bubbling under the surface and I feel its time to stop throwing good money after bad. @Fireman Iain @FrankBullet I've not considered the Touareg or the XC90. Something is ringing alarm bells about towing with the XC90 - can't remember what it is, I'll need to google it. I think I've not considered the Touareg as its a similar era to the ML we have and so I expect it'll have all sorts of electronics and a funky fuelling system that could go wrong. The Jeep I've discounted because I think it shares the engine my ML has and I've already had to change the turbo on that once due to a design flaw. It was well under 100k miles at the time...
  4. Greetings all! We've been towing our large twin axle van (1800kgs, 100kg noseweight) for close to 5 years now with my wife's 2006 Mercedes ML 320CDI but changes in our daily commutes and the ever increasing maintenance bills the old girl has been generating, combined with pretty high regular running costs necessitate a rethink... The plan is to put my wife into something smaller and probably new(ish) that'll be more suited to her commute and to the family for all the general running about that we all do... That leaves us needing something to get me to work and back (15 miles a day round trip) and tow the van. At this kind of mileage, MPG doesn't matter so much. What does matter to me is getting something that isn't going to cost thousands every six to nine months in repair bills like the ML does... I'm a fan of older, simpler and generally more robust motors and it will be a sad day indeed when I say goodbye to my unstoppable Mercedes w124 estate (shame its not a few hundred kilos heavier). I'm hoping to swap my old girl for a similar generation of 4x4. Something reliable, automatic, maybe early to mid noughties, prefer diesel but without too many expensive bits to go wrong. On my list so far are: Toyota Landcruiser, any of them (Colorado, LC3/4 & Amazon) - depending on condition. Hyundai Terracan - though fuel pump & injector issues seems to plague them. Wonder if it would be worth changing all of these on a car I wanted to run for 3-5 years. Mitsubishi Shogun. Less familiar with these but aware of various faults that can be expensive to sort. Looking for any advice anyone has on these kinds of vehicles and perhaps alternatives if I'm missing any... Many thanks in advance!
  5. I did try that but fear we might have missed the boat this year. I can't get a round trip booked in at all, only 1 way (forget which). Also, we're a family of 5 and the cabins are all 2 or 4 birth so that jacks up the cost quite a bit!
  6. Thanks Mick! I know its been a while since I posted this but just wanted to circle back and tie it up. We went for the Europa 380 in the end and its been great! Had it up for 2 weeks in the summer and didn't have to pump it up again once it was pitched. Also, love the porch bit at the front which became our little seating area in the evenings. All in all, would heartily recommend!
  7. Hello everyone! For our summer trip into Europe this year, we'd quite like to head down to sunny Spain (there's a site near Pals that we particularly like the look of ) but its a long way and I'm looking for some guidance to help with planning our route. .. Our usual plan goes something like this: 1. Travel down to Kent the evening before, staying overnight at the Black Horse. 2. Up at the crack of dawn and onto the first ferry / train possible. .. 3. Drive for 5 or 6 hours and then stop overnight at somewhere we prebooked with the CC. 4. Repeat step 3 until we get there. .! However, with such a lengthy trip in front of us, I'm wondering if there isn't a more efficient way of approaching this. What if we could do something like this? 1. Travel down to Kent the evening before, straight over the channel and into France all in one go with no stopping overnight. 2. Get as far into France as possible and then stop for a few hours rest in an aire(!!) 3. Back on the road and repeat step 2 until we get to Spain. .. Now, I've heard all sorts of horror stories about Aires and we've only ever stopped in them for an hour or so during daylight hours but are they really that bad? I assumed that it might depend on location but really would appreciate your advice on the topic. .. An alternative might be to stopover at proper sites but I'm thinking that the problem there might be with late arrival, particularly on the first night. Again we would appreciate your advice on this also. .. Many thanks in advance! Robin.
  8. Hi All, Its fair to say I have a lukewarm relationship with awnings. I've frequently stopped bothering with our rally 260 because it just feels like too much faf for a short stay. But so often with the weather in the uk, its difficult to do without one. Last summer on our hols in Austria, I put up a full size traditional awning which really was a job to do on my own. It has the old fashioned, really heavy poles and I lost a couple of finger nails in the process but anyway, by the end of the holiday we realised that we'd hardly used much more of the space than is afforded to us by the rally 260. A bit more but certainly not enough to merit lugging that thing across the continent. So anyway, I'm looking for a new awning that needs to be big enough for our summer hols (usually abroad) and small enough / easy enough to not put me off putting it up for a weekend. Looking around the sites these days and it seems that everyone has a kampa of one kind or another but looking around the interweb, I stumbled across these: http://www. ebay. co. uk/itm/Outdoor-Revolution-Europa-380-Caravan-Air-Awning-now-649-2017-Model-/122537085580? Now, I'm pretty sure I've yet to see one in the wild but it does look pretty good and I've always been curious about this particular style of awning versus the typical kampa rally kind that most folk have. Does anyone have any experience with either this brand or model? How do they stack up against the Kampa offerings? Cheers!
  9. Hello all eBay has nothing similar for auction right now so it's difficult what price I ought to put on this awning - in good but used condition. Any ideas roughly what it might be worth? Cheers!
  10. I don't have it in front of me but I think it's around £340. Not too dissimilar to last year from what I remember. The van is insured for the new cost plus the cost of the mover - which was expensive as it's a 4 wheel one. I think it's 22k all in.
  11. Hello all, Our van will shortly be 3 years old. The renewal just came through from the CC and I notice that the policy quotes at the same value that was originally stated when we bought it new. I understand we have the 'new for old' level of cover. My question is, will they really cover new for old? i. e. Actually buy us a brand new van at the same size and spec in the event of a total loss? I'm pretty sure that with car & home cover, insurers will go to any length to reduce their exposure to big payouts and I'm wondering if it's simply naive to assume that 'new for old' is what it purports to be. Secondary thought is, of course, would I be better off insuring against the vans current value - though I've no idea what that value is or how to calculate it!?! Any/all advice appreciated! Cheers
  12. I had to go out hunting for some free wifi to post this topic earlier but upon returning to the van (and finding free wifi in the site bar) it no longer looks that bad to my eye. Like a silver of donner meat at the local kebab shop! Here is a piccy: Ooh, need to figure out how to post a pic first it seems!
  13. Looks like a kerb has taken a strip of rubber off the side wall of our near side rear tyre (it's a twin). It hasn't gone deep enough to expose the cord or anything and there is still a flap of rubber hanging on. Question is, do I need to change the wheel over to the spare or will it get me there and back - maybe another 3 days of driving. If I need to change it, can I jack up the van with a car jack? (Why I didn't think about getting a proper jack before I don't know!) Cheers!
  14. Nice and easy then - thanks for confirming for me!
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