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    • #3200
      gazdoubleu
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        Hi guys, this is my first post, hopefully my request falls within the forum etiquette.

        I’m looking for an Exsis SG or SK but have no idea what to look for in terms of wear/tear, faults etc. in order to ensure I get a well looked after vehicle that will last me at least 10 years.

        I’ve seen this on ebay, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hymer-Exsis-Very-good-condition-2-berth-4-seatbelts-motorhome/174497232878?hash=item28a0d877ee:g:W7YAAOSwT3hfmbZ9

        I thought the mileage might be a bit on the high side, but then these vehicles seem small enough to be used day to day in parking spaces etc. What do you guys think without commiting yourselves too much?

        At face value does it represent a typical price/condition for a 2004 Exsis?

        I’m not a complete newbie btw. I’ve had a demountable camper which sat in a pickup bed. I have at least as much knowledge as your average motorhomer given that I installed my own reversing camera, solar panel, inverter, SOG and air suspension.

        Thanks in advance folks, Gary

         

         

         

         

      • #3201
        k9dougie
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          Hi Gary,

          These go for strong money if its been well looked after. I wouldn’t be too concerned about the mileage as long as it’s been well maintained – these are commercial vehicles so they can cope with very high mileages.

          Look for corrosion underneath, inner wheel arches, inner sills. Front wiper mount mod. Check front windscreen shelf nearest windscreen for damp (condensation causing wood to rot). I’m sure other owners can help with more.

          The one on Ebay is a very rare Vario Seat SK, it can carry 4 with seat belts. I have this version and have done a mod that is very handy for seating (check out my post on this forum).

          To sum up, if it’s in good nick and been looked after it’s worth every penny….in my opinion.

          Good luck,

          Dougie.

        • #3202
          gazdoubleu
          Participant

            <p style=”text-align: left;”>Thanks for all the tips Dougie, guess I’m going to have to wait until after lock down to view as it’s a long way from me & dont want the cops after me. The seller is not too liberal with info unfortunately. The table mod looks the part. All part of the fun, modding in my opinion as long as it’s done well.</p>
            <p style=”text-align: left;”>The van is on the South Coast so I guess I need to be especially vigilant about cocorrosion although no reference to anything serious on the MOT reports.</p>
            <p style=”text-align: left;”>Is it the front wiper mount that causes the windscreen shelf to rot i.e because of water ingress or just condensation?</p>
            Thanks again, appreciate any advice I can get.

            1. Gary

             

             
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          • #3207
            k9dougie
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              Hi Gary,

              The wiper mechanism and the windscreen shelf are 2 separate issues.

              1. During production/design the windscreen wiper motor had to be moved to accommodate the Hymer designed cab (its a different shape to the original Ducato). It was held in position with brackets that were just not strong enough causing some wiper mechanisms to self destruct. So now many have been ‘beefed’ up with stronger bracing. Look it up on this site, there are plenty of articles including my own mod.

              2. The problem with the rotting shelf is caused by condensation on the inside of the massive windscreen running down and collecting in the corners. Underneath the top matting is a thin plywood sheet and this is what rots. Not all vans suffer with this as it very much depends on how the condensation is dealt with in the first place. My shelf is solid but then I use a desiccant dehumidifier during the winter months and consequently get no condensation at all. Again there are plenty of articles on here and the Little Exsis Book.

              If you are serious about getting an Exsis then it will serve you well to do some reading on this site and the invaluable Little Exsis Book. Don’t be put off by the problems as you need to put them into perspective. All motorhomes of this sort of age have niggles and design flaws but only the Exsis has so much to offer compared to ‘others’ If you have ever seen one in the flesh as it were then you will know why they are so sought after…the amount of space is unbelievable, a very clever design.

              Good luck with your search.

              Regards Dougie.

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            • #3209
              gazdoubleu
              Participant

                Thanks Dougie

                I will have a good look around the site as you suggested.

                Just missed what looks like a bargain http://vi.raptor.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemDescV4&item=224169746239&category=14256&pm=1&ds=0&t=1601555148000&ver=0&cspheader=1#emp-ad-ebaydesc-img-full-19 only saw the ad today but I’m told it sold over the weekend.

                Please let me know if you hear of any memberss selling if that’s allowed.

                I put a little Peltier dehumidifier in my old camper which was great for when out and about but not good for over winter as it would freeze.

                Are there quite a few active members on this site, seems a but quiet? Guess it is ‘off season although the Hymer being winterised is one of the draws.

                Cheers

                Gary

                 

              • #3211
                Fred & Gill
                Participant

                  I think that Dougie’s post quoted below is a classic!

                  “If you are serious about getting an Exsis then it will serve you well to do some reading on this site and the invaluable Little Exsis Book. Don’t be put off by the problems as you need to put them into perspective. All motorhomes of this sort of age have niggles and design flaws but only the Exsis has so much to offer compared to ‘others’ If you have ever seen one in the flesh as it were then you will know why they are so sought after…the amount of space is unbelievable, a very clever design.”

                  FYI Gary and other prospective newcomers, there are still quite a few of us who have owned our vans from new and several more long term owners as the merits of the Exsis still outway other considerations.

                  This Forum and its predecessors have primarily been friendly and helpful information sharing and assistance when needed. We have never seemed to be a ‘chatty’ type forum, so hopefully if it seems quiet we can assume that all is well.

                  Best wishes and if you should decide that the Exsis is for you and that you would like to see one then you could state the general vicinity that you are and ask if someone nearby could PM (private mail facility on this site) and arrange for you to view one. I allowed someone to do this a couple of years ago.

                  Regards to all,

                  Fred

                • #3213
                  gazdoubleu
                  Participant

                    Thanks Fred and Gill

                    I’ll take your good advice if you think people are likely amenable to a viewing, that would be really appreciated.

                    I wasn’t sure what to expect from the forum i.e. whether there would be lots of members and lots of interchange.

                    Suppose that’s a throwback from a demountable forum I used to be on 🙂 which was quite busy back then.

                    Happy motorhoming,

                    Gary

                     

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