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    Hello Ant. I see from the forum that you have an awful lot of knowledge re Romahomes etc. I wonder if you also know what is the recommended mileage for a cambelt change. I have the original Service Manual but can't find any reference to recommended change. I have a 1987 Bedford Rascal 970cc, with a Demountable Romahome, not that the back end makes any difference to cam belt. I have taken onboard the advise re tyres and are about to have fitted 4 Nankang 155/80R 8ply Commercial Tyres. We have found very few 12" to choose from. Thanks for all the advise on the forum, its interesting reading and very helpful. Cheers Daisie.

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    Hi Daisie.
    Vauxhall( Bedford) don't give a Timing belt change mileage or time, however the engine is a Suzuki engine and they give a 60000 mile interval or 6 years on the Suzuki super carry with the same engine. I would go 50000mls or 5 years which ever comes first. The belt is quite short and doesn't have to do very much work ( no power steering or air con to run) and I've never known one break but better safe than sorry.
    Ant

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      #3
      Hi Ant,
      I have no experience of most of the vehicles used as a motorhome base, but as a retired motor engineer I would be even more cautious than you.
      I would never retain a timing belt for more than 75% of the manufacturer's rcommendations for time/mileage. I have seen so many fail "early", usually with disastrous and expensive results.
      I see it as insurance.
      On one make of car included in a fleet I controlled, the belts almost never lasted as long as they were supposed to. Fortunately that engine type never suffered damage, but even changing them early did not prevent premature failure and a lot of inconvenience.
      Jim.
      Keeping people waiting is stealing a part of their lives.

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        Hi Jim.
        I'm with you on the 75% for a cam belt, especially the ones that run PAS, water pump, air con as well as the cam shaft. The Rascal belt goes from the crank to the cam shaft as a simple loop and tends to put up with it for longer periods. Better safe than sorry non the less.
        Ant

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          #5
          Thanks for the advice both Ant and Twolitre. I have just had our Berlingo serviced at a main Citroen agent. The mileage is 46k and the age 7 years so the timing belt was not scheduled for a change. I believe it is recommended after 10 years or 70k for the 1.9 engine.

          I asked for them to change the belt, with the covers off they found the water pump needed changing. I think the 75% figure is a good one to work to, better to have the work done at a scheduled service than after a breakdown.
          Derek Our Berlingo camping car

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            #6
            I am not comfortable with rubber belts driving important bits of engine that can collide if in the wrong position. Our Berlingo car is 10 years old and has done 140000 miles, i changed the cambelt at 50000 and 100000, I will change it again at 150000. Our 4 year old Romahome has done 44000 and I will change it this summer. They both have the 1.9 DW8 engine and are relatively straightforward to work on.

            Peter

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