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    I've been looking at second hand larger M/Homes again as we might be going to look at old Plan A of living in one for a few months again.

    What are the disadvantages or something like a whopping great tag axle HYMER B694, apart from supermarket parking? This an old 1994 model.
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    Sharon, if you have the licence, can afford the extra tyre costs and extra fuel due to the weight, apart from needing more room to park, there are no real disadvantages and a lot of advantages with room, storage and payload!
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    We’ve had two 9m tag axles, no problems at all but you just need to plan a little more in advance and not go down lanes if your not sure. If you can read a map and not rely on Sat Nav it helps.
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    Hymer B694 disadvantages?

    We recently bought a 92 Hymer and were very happy with overall. The main things to be aware of are the lack of traction from a vehicle which has front wheel drive and powered by a Fiat Ducato engine of only 2500cc.
    It is not a 'sport' machine which we can deal with and being a diesel it is quite reasonable on fuel.
    Our biggest cost and disappointment has been the gearbox. It is shocking that Fiat can turn these out.
    Ours had been replaced and the previous one rebuilt as well. We now have a further problem with 5 th gear which has failed.
    The gearbox parts are obselete and the gearboxes are the same.
    Not a good situation to be in.
    Ours has been off the road since late July, the gears had to be made in Italy and it will not be ready for another few weeks.
    Other than that it is a substantial van with quality fittings.
    Good luck, regards, Growlie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Growlie69 View Post
    We recently bought a 92 Hymer and were very happy with overall. The main things to be aware of are the lack of traction from a vehicle which has front wheel drive and powered by a Fiat Ducato engine of only 2500cc.
    It is not a 'sport' machine which we can deal with and being a diesel it is quite reasonable on fuel.
    Our biggest cost and disappointment has been the gearbox. It is shocking that Fiat can turn these out.
    Ours had been replaced and the previous one rebuilt as well. We now have a further problem with 5 th gear which has failed.
    The gearbox parts are obselete and the gearboxes are the same.
    Not a good situation to be in.
    Ours has been off the road since late July, the gears had to be made in Italy and it will not be ready for another few weeks.
    Other than that it is a substantial van with quality fittings.
    Good luck, regards, Growlie

    That would be my main concern with an older commercial vehicle is that parts will not be available as all the vehicles used as commercial vans will have been scrapped long ago , someone did tell me that the steering parts are no longer available either and he was having to scrap his old Hymer but can't remember what model he had.
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    I had a B694 Hymer tag axle 2,8 Turbo diesel for about 10 years, right hand drive,great vehicle no major problems with it except it needed a new clutch in Portugal one trip. we got 30 MPG easily from it, it was not heavy on tyres as some seem to think , great van for full timing, although we weren't full time we spent a lot of time in it, at the time we did not have a car so we went everywhere in the van [ Greece, Norway Spain Portugal Germany etc] and never had a problem parking or getting anywhere in it, you soon get used to the size and drive it like any other vehicle, MOT s need a garage that can lift the 4.5 tonnes it weighs , but my local garage used to do the MOTs and their lift was rated at 3.5 tonnes , if you want one I would say go for it, have fun.
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    We have a 1994 Hymer 694 and have no more problems with it than any other good luck with your hunt
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