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    Hello there I'm brand new on this forum today. I do hope I'm not stepping on anyones toes as I don't know the posting etiquette yet. This is for Romahome buffs...I really want a C15 Romahome because it would help my work a lot! I'm a musician and I play far from home quite often and I just can't do the loooooong drives home anymore. I am thinking an oldish C15 would be a great place to start but my husband says we can only invest if I find out as much as I can about them. My main worry is maintenance so I wonder how easy the vehicle parts are for garages to get hold of. I'm going to ask my local garage tomorrow if they have much experience of them but any pointers or tips on what to look out for would be great or direct me to a thread already on this topic. That would be wonderful xx

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    Hello and welcome. I used to have a C15 but have moved up to a Berlingo. C15's are getting a bit long in the tooth now but there were lots built so I suspect spares may not ne too much of a worry but someone with more expertise will be able to advise. My one piece of advice would be to very, very carefully inspect any vehicle for rust, the doors and sills are prone as is the subframe. Mine rusted badly in the subframe and each MOT I was throwing money at welders - in the end it just became uneconomical.

    If you find your finances can run to a Berlingo based model t would be much better, galvanised against rust, newer but still produced in their thousands so spares are no problem and Belingo based Romahomes actually have brakes that work effectively!

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      #3
      Mechanical parts are readily available for the C15 but body panels are getting hard to find and unfortunately the model is prone to rusting away before your very eyes. If your budget can stretch to it, a Berlingo based model is a far superior vehicle.
      Better a rainy day on the hill than a sunny day in the office!

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        #4
        Or if your budget does not run to a Berlingo, you could think about a demountable on either a Daihatsu Hijet 1300 or a Suzuki Carry 1.3 - I think the Carry is probably better. Although our Hijet has been the length of the British mainland and back this year. Donk's Dad may tell you more about the Suzuki Carry.
        Jon

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          #5
          The option with a De-Mountable is...When the base vehicle come to the end of its life you just jack up the camping pod (habitation unit) and (with a little Jiggery Pokery) put it on another base vehicle.

          C15 Habitation units can and have been moved onto newer donner vehicles but this is a more specialist job and possibly beyond the skill of most owners.

          I personally would opt for a later 1.3L Suzuki Carry (not to be confused with the 998cc super carry, like the Bedford Rascal) as it has a bit more leg & head room and is a bit more up to date (last made in 2005) has electric power steering and air bag.


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            #6
            Just came here to say hello and welcome.

            What I would say in addition to the above is to make sure whatever you buy will be comfortable to sleep in. My bedford rascal demountable beds were the same length as me... only 5ft long. Not sure if the older C15s are the same length. You can make a double bed up in both and sleep on the diagonal though.

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              #7
              I love my C15 HyLo. I like the concept of the raising roof without the more modern canvas option. You do not say where you are based, if near South Lincs then you are welcome to view mine and ask any questions that may arise.
              Too old to know everything!

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                #8
                Originally posted by jayjay View Post
                .................
                What I would say in addition to the above is to make sure whatever you buy will be comfortable to sleep in. My bedford rascal demountable beds were the same length as me... only 5ft long. Not sure if the older C15s are the same length. You can make a double bed up in both and sleep on the diagonal though.
                The bed in my C15 was 5ft 9ins - just right for me from top of head to pointed toes - it was designed with an extension that could be put in if you slid the front seats forward but the passenger seat on mine had been pushed so far back it wouldn't move forward again.

                I concur with other posters - an early Berlingo conversion (R20?) would be a much more viable option than the newest C15, there was some overlap in production.

                Also, beware of older pods that have been botched on to newer base vehicles.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jayjay View Post
                  Just came here to say hello and welcome.

                  What I would say in addition to the above is to make sure whatever you buy will be comfortable to sleep in. My bedford rascal demountable beds were the same length as me... only 5ft long. Not sure if the older C15s are the same length. You can make a double bed up in both and sleep on the diagonal though.
                  That is strange, our pod has never been modified and the beds (by which I mean the side seats - single bunks), are a standard 6 feet - jayjay had someone shortened yours - maybe adding a cupboard at the bulkhead end?
                  Jon

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by kernowjon View Post

                    That is strange, our pod has never been modified and the beds (by which I mean the side seats - single bunks), are a standard 6 feet - jayjay had someone shortened yours - maybe adding a cupboard at the bulkhead end?
                    Jon
                    No, Jon... the pod was a mark one... unmodified. Maybe the beds were a tad longer than I originally stated, but certainly not long enough for one of my friends at 5ft 6" to sleep on straight. As I'm only 5ft, I could just about fit!

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                      #11
                      I am 5' 7 & 1/2" (The 1/2" makes all the difference ?) and the de-mountables are longer at around 6'. and when made up as a double = a kingsize !

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                        #12
                        I'm 5'10" and I sleep comfortably in a C15.
                        Too old to know everything!

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                          #13
                          Hello and Welcome All depends on your budget really and then what you can find, Good Luck

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