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Old August 13th 05, 09:35 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Martin Hoad
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New to the Caravan game !!!!!!!!

Just purchased a Compass Kensington 'Escort' 1999 460/2

The salesman chap did his bit and convinced me it was the deal of the
decade.....

Can anybody advise me on what to look for before the warranty runs out ????

Thanks - Martin



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Old August 13th 05, 10:25 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
bill lord
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On Sat, 13 Aug 2005 22:35:34 +0100, "Martin Hoad"
wrote:

Can anybody advise me on what to look for before the warranty runs out ????


Get hold of a damp meter and do a thorough damp check, particularly
along the inside wall wherever there is a rail outside, but also
checking carefully around each window frame. Then check visually for
any small raised pimples on the wall boarding, if you find any check
those areas with a damp meter as well. Then if you can check for damp
where the floor it meets the edge of the caravan. Other than that if
everything works then you should be OK.


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Old August 13th 05, 10:25 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
bill lord
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Default New to the Caravan game !!!!!!!!

On Sat, 13 Aug 2005 22:35:34 +0100, "Martin Hoad"
wrote:

Can anybody advise me on what to look for before the warranty runs out ????


Get hold of a damp meter and do a thorough damp check, particularly
along the inside wall wherever there is a rail outside, but also
checking carefully around each window frame. Then check visually for
any small raised pimples on the wall boarding, if you find any check
those areas with a damp meter as well. Then if you can check for damp
where the floor it meets the edge of the caravan. Other than that if
everything works then you should be OK.


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Old August 13th 05, 10:30 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
G. String
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"bill lord" wrote in message
...
On Sat, 13 Aug 2005 22:35:34 +0100, "Martin Hoad"
wrote:

Can anybody advise me on what to look for before the warranty runs out
????


Get hold of a damp meter and do a thorough damp check, particularly
along the inside wall wherever there is a rail outside, but also
checking carefully around each window frame. Then check visually for
any small raised pimples on the wall boarding, if you find any check
those areas with a damp meter as well. Then if you can check for damp
where the floor it meets the edge of the caravan. Other than that if
everything works then you should be OK.


In a van this age a bit of wear n tear and maybe some damp damage is
unavoidable, as has been said before.
if you really expect a van to be 100%...u need to buy new....my van is
older...it has some slight marks on interior...really very little...but it
is there and the source was repaired....im happy and i can live with
it.....you need to accept that older vans (and some newer ones) will have
damage due to water ingress.....this is UK not Florida......i dont mean to
be a scare monger...just trying to be real...
hope you get a nice van that serves "Your" purpose well...good luck

GS.


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Old August 13th 05, 10:30 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
G. String
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"bill lord" wrote in message
...
On Sat, 13 Aug 2005 22:35:34 +0100, "Martin Hoad"
wrote:

Can anybody advise me on what to look for before the warranty runs out
????


Get hold of a damp meter and do a thorough damp check, particularly
along the inside wall wherever there is a rail outside, but also
checking carefully around each window frame. Then check visually for
any small raised pimples on the wall boarding, if you find any check
those areas with a damp meter as well. Then if you can check for damp
where the floor it meets the edge of the caravan. Other than that if
everything works then you should be OK.


In a van this age a bit of wear n tear and maybe some damp damage is
unavoidable, as has been said before.
if you really expect a van to be 100%...u need to buy new....my van is
older...it has some slight marks on interior...really very little...but it
is there and the source was repaired....im happy and i can live with
it.....you need to accept that older vans (and some newer ones) will have
damage due to water ingress.....this is UK not Florida......i dont mean to
be a scare monger...just trying to be real...
hope you get a nice van that serves "Your" purpose well...good luck

GS.


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Old August 14th 05, 06:25 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
arthur norman
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Default New to the Caravan game !!!!!!!!

If your warranty covers damp get a specialist to check it & if he finds any
get it done under the warranty because it is a very expensive job.
"Martin Hoad" wrote in message
...
New to the Caravan game !!!!!!!!

Just purchased a Compass Kensington 'Escort' 1999 460/2

The salesman chap did his bit and convinced me it was the deal of the
decade.....

Can anybody advise me on what to look for before the warranty runs out
????

Thanks - Martin





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Old August 14th 05, 06:25 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
arthur norman
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Default New to the Caravan game !!!!!!!!

If your warranty covers damp get a specialist to check it & if he finds any
get it done under the warranty because it is a very expensive job.
"Martin Hoad" wrote in message
...
New to the Caravan game !!!!!!!!

Just purchased a Compass Kensington 'Escort' 1999 460/2

The salesman chap did his bit and convinced me it was the deal of the
decade.....

Can anybody advise me on what to look for before the warranty runs out
????

Thanks - Martin





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Old August 14th 05, 09:06 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Don
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Default New to the Caravan game !!!!!!!!



In a van this age a bit of wear n tear and maybe some damp damage is
unavoidable, as has been said before.
if you really expect a van to be 100%...u need to buy new....my van is
older...it has some slight marks on interior...really very little...but it
is there and the source was repaired....im happy and i can live with
it.....you need to accept that older vans (and some newer ones) will have
damage due to water ingress.....this is UK not Florida......i dont mean to
be a scare monger...just trying to be real...
hope you get a nice van that serves "Your" purpose well...good luck

GS.

On a happier note, I had my first Compass for ten years and have had my
second Compass for nine years up to now. Both remained bone dry during
that time and that's not unusual for Compass models made before the
recent company changes..

Don
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Old August 14th 05, 09:06 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Don
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Default New to the Caravan game !!!!!!!!



In a van this age a bit of wear n tear and maybe some damp damage is
unavoidable, as has been said before.
if you really expect a van to be 100%...u need to buy new....my van is
older...it has some slight marks on interior...really very little...but it
is there and the source was repaired....im happy and i can live with
it.....you need to accept that older vans (and some newer ones) will have
damage due to water ingress.....this is UK not Florida......i dont mean to
be a scare monger...just trying to be real...
hope you get a nice van that serves "Your" purpose well...good luck

GS.

On a happier note, I had my first Compass for ten years and have had my
second Compass for nine years up to now. Both remained bone dry during
that time and that's not unusual for Compass models made before the
recent company changes..

Don
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Old August 14th 05, 06:06 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
bill lord
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Default New to the Caravan game !!!!!!!!

On Sat, 13 Aug 2005 22:30:56 GMT, "G. String"
wrote:


"bill lord" wrote in message
.. .
On Sat, 13 Aug 2005 22:35:34 +0100, "Martin Hoad"
wrote:

Can anybody advise me on what to look for before the warranty runs out
????


Get hold of a damp meter and do a thorough damp check, particularly
along the inside wall wherever there is a rail outside, but also
checking carefully around each window frame. Then check visually for
any small raised pimples on the wall boarding, if you find any check
those areas with a damp meter as well. Then if you can check for damp
where the floor it meets the edge of the caravan. Other than that if
everything works then you should be OK.


In a van this age a bit of wear n tear and maybe some damp damage is
unavoidable, as has been said before.
if you really expect a van to be 100%...u need to buy new....my van is
older...it has some slight marks on interior...really very little...but it
is there and the source was repaired....im happy and i can live with
it.....you need to accept that older vans (and some newer ones) will have
damage due to water ingress.....this is UK not Florida......i dont mean to
be a scare monger...just trying to be real...
hope you get a nice van that serves "Your" purpose well...good luck


I disagree, there are many vans out there which are dry after a
considerably loger period than this, it should be the norm not the
exception. We would not accept a car that leaked , why should we
accept a caravan. Until we demand that this is the case then
manufacturers will continue to produce vans which are likely to leak
as a consequence of the manufacturing process. What is more whilst
they continue to use the materials they do then should any damp
finally penetrate the outer shell then it is likely to do considerable
damage to the van. It was for this reason and this reason alone that I
bought a Hymer van two and a half years ago. As I have said previously
the old Award van that I had previously was built in a far better way
than the Hymer vans, it was more solid in every way, it's only problem
was that it leaked like a seive. As time goes by I will keep this
group up to date with how this german van fairs, but I have more
confidence in it's reisitance to water than I have had in any van I
have ever had previously.
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