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having traded are old 1400kg van for a S/ 05 model Abbey Spectrum i was a little unsure how the treg would cope with 1800 Kg of Van (including SWMBO's 'essential' items i.e 20 changes of cloths for monsters...)

anyway excellent, held 60 up all the hills on A303 and A361 without a problem, and big twin is very steady compared to the single axle... even with its little 2.5 engine the stabilty nd torque is impressive, Simon's attention gives max power around 2000-2200 which is just where its needed for towing around 50-60 mph!!!! even got just over 22 mpg on the run down here !!
 

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Good report

Simon did well

 

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Excellent
, and nice van
We have an Abbey Aventage SL (dealer special Abbey Aventura 330) on a SA layout. Looking at the 600 next time tho and with a 3.0 TDI V6 on order, that review makes excellent reading


Just out of interest, how many "vanners" are there on here that own tregs ? I've never actually seen one towing


Si

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And another Abbey Van
so thats 3 treg vanners, all with Abbeys.... What good taste we all have


**Kaine, please feel free to edit this post if I'm not allowed to advertise other sites (non treg competetive, honestly and I did look in the FAQ etc first)**

I'm the admin and a regular contributor on the Young Caravan Club.
http://www.youngcaravan.org
with a very active forum : http://www.youngcaravan.org/forum

In case anyone is interested
regular meets and a good craic


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Marriott Points Card here at the mo


But I can see the inevitable happening

Know of any good 6 berthers?

Bear in mind I only have the detachable tow bar fitted, will this take a monster van?
 

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Yup, detachable can take the new Alko 3004 stabiliser so no probs there. Should sand the paint from the ball though (and keep it dry and rust free) to make sure the stabiliser works properly (its the red handled one).

IIRC the detachable towbar has a noseweight of 140kgs, so no problem.

IMHO best 6 berthers are the Abbey Vogue 540 (new version of ours) on single axle, fixed bunks, dinette which turns into another set of bunks and a front double bed/lounge.
http://www.swiftleisure.co.uk/Caravans/ ... crollTop=0
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The twin axle version of the above, the Abbey Vogue 600. It is 6 berth and has the same features, but has a rear bathroom which gives more room and allows for a proper shower unit as well.
http://www.swiftleisure.co.uk/Caravans/ ... crollTop=0

For the best prices/deals and equipment, buy a dealer special version of the van you want at a show. Awesome discounts and you get ALL the equipment included for around RRP of the base level van from the manufacturer !!!


Lovely vans, had ours a year (first year of vanning) and LOVE it


I have no link to Abbey, just a satisfied customer.

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Nice one - Top post

Glad to see Abbey are still the top dogs

Last caravan I went in was parents 1977 Abbey Durham that they got as a show special - gave 22 years of sterling service
 

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Hi Nap,
Nice rig
Another Sterling owner, we just got a new Elite Explorer, you're right the twin axle vans are a lot more stable on the road. Our 3.0TDi pulls the van no problem, it also pulls my Bowler offroader 1500Kg on my Bateson trailer 900Kg in and out of fields without any great problem (the road biased Michelin Diamaris are the weak point).

Happy caravanning.
 

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mjstubley said:
Marriott Points Card here at the mo


But I can see the inevitable happening

Know of any good 6 berthers?

Bear in mind I only have the detachable tow bar fitted, will this take a monster van?
We've got a Compass Corona, I know it's considered base spec, but does all the things you'd need from a 6 birth, the treg tows it fine too, stability is excellent being twin axled, and I can reverse it better than anything else I've tried.

Best thing we've found is the two end bed set ups, gives the option of two living area's both with TV points. Kitchen is well equipped too...

Check the spec here, and the dealer who sold ours to us last year has just tried to sell us another (same) for 10k or 10.5k.. If you're interested could send you the details of the stealer...

http://www.explorer-group.co.uk/2006/1152/caravans/Compass_Corona_636.htm

*Edit* Forgot to say, we have a detatchable too, perfect for the job, think the load weight is 100k... Didn't get anywhere near that with a loaded van. Will look this up, to be precise, am sure Scottie would have it to hand.
 

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Our current van is a Lunar Lexon fixed end bed which is fab

Previous vans 2 x Burstner 520?s (one stolen
) German engineering which just can?t be beaten. Towed like a dream and nothing ever fell off / stopped working !!
Prior to them was 2 x twin axels, swift and an ABI, great whilst the kids were young and needed to be inside but don?t miss the space at all now.

Having towed with just about every 4x4 out there I must say the Treg is second to none :wink:
 

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Buggers I am to old for your young caravanners club.


Afraid to say but I sorry we change our vans as much as we change or cars.

Picking up a new van next week. Which will be a Bailey Ranger 620/6 nice big van for not to much ???. Hopefully I will like it bought basic and then adding a whole load of stuff. The van has just been launched.

Previous Vans.

Geist xk565 had this from September last year great build quality best we have had but I hated the dark wood interior so it had to go plus trying to go from a big van to a small van just was no use. Don't think Allan is best pleased as the idea was to go small as we tour Europe most in the van.

Luner Delta

Fleetwood Heritage

Avondale Landranger

ABI Award Tristar

Fleetwood Garland

Safari.

My aim is to one day get a Airstream Europe version saw one the other day and the guy just new we were following him to have a good look at it. Funny thing was he stopped so we could

our big ugly Jeep would have went well with it he thought better than his transit van.



I wouldn't want to get into which make of van is best thing. We all have our own opinions fortunately for me one of Allan's friends owns and runs a Caravan sales. So this time round we took his advice on what vans to avoid from a aftersales point of view.

Anyone thinking of buying a van. This is now the time to do it as most have really had to bring the prices down. After having spent last week going round various different suppliers it was good to see them being more affordable. No point in forking out loads of ?? for soemhting you only spend 6 to 8 weeks a year in.
 

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Simonp had a wee look at your site looks good. Noticed the thread on caravan movers. Wait till you see what I am getting fitted to my van. Oh and it won't be no Reich crap.
 

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lol, go on then, what is it ?
We've not got a mover on ours, although when we move house, we may need one to get it into the tight spot on the new gravel drive .....

Si
 

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simonp said:
IIRC the detachable towbar has a noseweight of 140kgs, so no problem.
Si
Can really go off some people you know... Although yours was word of mouth, can't beat cold hard facts to back up those claims...

So I was right in my assumption of being practically perfect in every way...
 

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lol, it wasn't word of mouth, I'd only looked at the spec the day before, hence the IIC (if I remember correctly)...

:p

Anyway
, back on topic. I've got a new facelift 3.0 V6 TDI Altitude for the day today. Bloody awesome thing
Love it..... Mine gets built next week, and our first tow with it will be up to Clumber CC site at the end of May


Si
 
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