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 #149050  by rickster49
 Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:47 am
Hi all...

Your thoughts please on Bailey vs Benimar motohomes both supported in NZ by Traillite

Thanks in anticipation
Rick
 #149051  by Skiwi
 Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:19 am
On the amount of information you have supplied you'll most likely get generic answers that wont make your decision any easier.

Start by making a list of what you want to do with your van and what's important to you in the way of amenities, build quality, budget, weight, length etc, that should narrow your choices down quite a bit.


Cheers
Skiwi
 #149340  by Waymad
 Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:53 pm
And the chassis choices - FWD vs RWD, brand, motor size and specs for power and torque, ditto for tranny specs (both important if there's a toad in your future). Because that's what's gonna haul around the stuff built on top or trailing behind...
 #149341  by Roamnz
 Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:47 pm
Rick, there is a lot of information online on the various motorhome forums and Facebook pages relating to the vast number of Motorhomes coming from the UK. Some of the forums or Facebook pages are company run therefore very one sided and often no negative comments see the light of day for very long, better to search for forums or Facebook pages run by groups of owners of the specific brands. Try typing in the year, brand and model of the motorhome that interests you, then UK owners forum or Facebook page. That could be a good starting point for you.

We recently sold our ‘forever’ 2017 imported UK caravan because it no longer suited us after receiving a brutal cancer diagnosis. We have now decided that we do after all need an RV for the lifestyle we want to continue for as long as we can, but a low set light weight motorhome was a better option now due to my cancer diagnosis.

We are currently waiting for delivery of a CI Motorhomes 2019 Riviera 82xt motorhome which we have recently purchased through Shane Smale at Walkabout Motorhomes Ash Rd Wiri. In our many years of buying various motorhomes and caravans, Shane would be the easiest sales person/business owner we have ever come across. He does what he says he will do and is very easy to deal with. His replies to either emails or txts are fast and thorough. Shane has a new shipment of Motorhomes which arrived into the country last week. I don’t know if they are all presold, he has several nearly new models out on his yard at Wiri as well. Our new vehicle is currently in the workshop of the contractor who Shane uses, where it is currently having all the many extra electrical components we have specified, fitted, ( lithium 200 amp battery, 2200 PSW Inverter, 520 watts solar, and much more) plus the awning, the TV etc are being fitted there as well. It is a huge bonus that this is all being done by a competent motorhome person and all being done at the one workshop, other than the duraseal coating which is being done elsewhere.

The only thing that we hesitated about prior to ordering our new Riviera 82xt motorhome was that the habitation door is on the drivers door side ( the motorhome was built in Italy.) After talking to several people who have this configuration we decided that it wouldn’t be a problem for us and we placed our order with delivery probably late next week. There are various layouts, models and sizes in the CI Motorhomes range. The Trademe listing number for a similar motorhome to ours is https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/carava ... 90bc251ca9

A helpful website is
https://www.cimotorhomes.co.nz
 #149344  by Andycap
 Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:58 pm
Hi Rick , i second what Skiwi says but don`t forget that you are also buying`a vehicle `,its easy to be pursuaded by fancy interior stuff ,they nearly all have the tv ,microwave etc etc . You need to be comfortable thats its good to drive ,ie ; got plenty of pulling power ,gear ratios seem right ,easy to handle on our roads , not gonna get stuck on the first bit of wet grass you go on, good dealer back up ,and it`s fit for the purpose you are buying it for. etc .etc . Get a good test drive of what your choices are on all sorts of roads . The overall performance of `the vehicle` would be my first priority .
 #149354  by Nut17
 Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:45 am
We have two friends who purchased Benimar motorhomes after extensive research. One is on a Fiat chassis and has the entry door correctly on the passenger side, and the other is on a new generation front wheel drive Ford Transit chassis - Entry door on drivers side. They are both very happy with their purchases. Both have had some relatively minor warranty repairs that were able to be dealt with locally. Traillite did not insist on bringing the vans beck to Pukekohe.
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