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18 Jul 2020 @ 17:23:39 pm
Robert Cano
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Hi guy's 

We are in need of advice.

We are looking at buying a used Exclusive caravan.

From what year can we start looking at. 

What year did the materials change or they have not changed for manufacturing. 

Besides the fact that we must be careful of the cancerous rot.

Any advice will be welcome. 

Thanks 

Robert 

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18 Jul 2020 @ 20:01:11 pm
George
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hi robert , what tow vehicle will you be using. 2004 was the last year with the grey pattern material, there after they switched to a much lighter color  and pattern, the earlier ones got an almost like african print. earlier ones tend to pick up wood rot at the rear corner on the toilet side, check for bubbling there or push your thumb in next to the corner joint down the whole side of the wall. check for chassis rust in the chassis underneath that same corner [ where the corner jack is bolted on ]

moisture in the shower when used will cause corrosion on the micro switch on the shower tap and it stops working , but its a simple fix with a strip and clean.

2005 and upwards are probaley the nicer ones in terms of there layout in the seating area, however having said that , 2004 [ which i have ] and older are equally  nice if you get a good one.

earlier ones were also fitted with an aluminum geyser which will corrode through from the inside , fortunately they not made anymore and can be replaced by a stainless steal one made by the same company.

PS try get one with movers fitted. a tow bar fitted to the front of your vehicle is also a great help.

we been living in ours now for a year and a half and we have no regrets about the choice.
 
two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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18 Jul 2020 @ 20:35:39 pm
mulderpm
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Hi Robert, I have a 2015 Exclusive my 3rd "caravan"

You can start looking from 1979 until 2020, they are still making them. Stood the test of time!

Until 2020 the construction has been either wood with an Aluminium skin (1985) or a "vacubond" wall with Aluminium outer skin, styrafoam and wood sheeting inside. Braced with wood and metal strips for inside cupboard and roof support.

In my humble opinion (and repair shops) Exclusives, due to there long dimensions are prone to flexing and water ingression (wood rot). This is expensive to fix. If you buy one have it professionally re-sealed. They do it MUCH better than the manufacturer, dingkam. No question!!

The Exclusive has been my best caravan hands down. It is heavy to tow, and a bitch to manouver (get movers) but when you have Arrived it is just a pleasure. A home away from home!

Depending on your camping frequenticity (is there such a word) you must decide?

When I was a school holiday exploring camper the Exclusive would not have made sense!

Good luck Robert. 

 

 

 

 

Groete,
Paul
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18 Jul 2020 @ 21:31:22 pm
Robert Cano
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We have a Mahindra XUV500 W8 it is a 2.4L diesel engine capacity to tow 2.5 ton, we live permanently in our now Sprite Swing 2004 model.

Wow thanks lots of points you mentioned to look out for.

Very much appreciated 

Robert 

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19 Jul 2020 @ 10:46:44 am
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If you can find someone with a thorough knowledge of caravans to take with you when  inspecting a potential buy, you might save yourself a lot of bother afterwards.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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19 Jul 2020 @ 10:59:43 am
Chuck Norris
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Hier staan n paar mooi Exclusive's wat te koop is in Gauteng.

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransies. (Parys - Frankryk)
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19 Jul 2020 @ 11:25:59 am
Robert Cano
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Hi Chuck.

Yes we have noticed that they are all in Gauteng / Pretoria, we are living on the KZN South Coast (Shark supporter) 😁 LOL, what would it cost to have someone with experience to check and negotiate caravan, or the simple way is to go through caravan dealers and not private which would be maybe cheaper but more problematic.

What's your thoughts on that.

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19 Jul 2020 @ 12:42:58 pm
Fred
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Probably no cost.  Perhaps there is someone on this Forum living in your area that can assist?  Let's wait and see.  There is no certainty that you will get treated fairly by a dealer.  I don't say you won't, but over the years there has been many complaints in this regard on this Forum. Personally I woould depent more on an unbaised friendly person's opinion.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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19 Jul 2020 @ 13:38:43 pm
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The dealer has his mark up and thus more expensive for the same thing. No garantees that the caravan is faultless from the dealer. Just less of a chance of having major faults.

When you feel you have narrowed your choice down to 2 or three caravans take a friend with you who is pedantic and ask his opinion. His judgement is not clouded by wanting to buy. He will see things that you may miss.

Take your time to decide but be ready with the money when the right deal presents itself. The right deal usually sells quickly and normally it is first come first serve.

I bought all my second hand caravans from private sellers and sold my caravan out of hand. They all had some defect somewhere but I paid a lot less than from a dealer. The cost of fixing the defects were fractional compared to the saving.

It is your choice. Pay more at the dealer and get a dealer garantee or pay less and fix the faults yourself.

Groete,
Paul
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19 Jul 2020 @ 14:32:44 pm
Chuck Norris
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Kyk on is n klomp wat hier bymekaar bly, ons sal almal bymekaar kom en Na die karavaan gaan kyk wat jy in belangstel.

As daar 4 of 6 mense by n plek opdaag Glo ek nie n dealer gaan bollie Om ons praat nie.

Hy dink hy is slim as hy met jou oor die foon praat of as jy alleen daar is.

Ek was netnou hier by exclusive motors, daar staan 6 x exclusive met mover's, power of ewik. Van R150k tot R300k, 2007 tot 2016.

Laatweet ons sal jou help.

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransies. (Parys - Frankryk)
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19 Jul 2020 @ 14:43:05 pm
mulderpm
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"Ek was netnou hier by exclusive motors, daar staan 6 x exclusive met mover's, power of ewik. Van R150k tot R300k, 2007 tot 2016."

Jin, het daai exclusives motors in?smilewink

R300k vir n' 2016 is goed. Ek het laas jaar R290k vir my 2015 betaal as n' private sale.

Groete,
Paul
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19 Jul 2020 @ 15:14:28 pm
Chuck Norris
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Exclusive Motors is die plek se naam. Hulle verkoop motors en karavane.

Mooi Paul...... Lol.

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransies. (Parys - Frankryk)
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19 Jul 2020 @ 16:54:49 pm
mulderpm
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cool

Groete,
Paul
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20 Jul 2020 @ 16:43:02 pm
Rodrigo
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We have a Mahindra XUV500 W8 it is a 2.4L diesel engine capacity to tow 2.5 ton, we live permanently in our now Sprite Swing 2004 model.

Wow thanks lots of points you mentioned to look out for.

Very much appreciated 

Robert 

Hi Robert, I'm looking for buying my first caravan in the near future, I was looking at the Sprite Swing / Splash. Since you have the Swing, what can you tell me about it? Happy? the good and the bad?

Rodrigo

Brazilian Camping in South Africa
Sprite Splash
Everest 2.2L 4x2
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21 Jul 2020 @ 18:03:18 pm
Robert Cano
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Hi guy's thanks for the helpful comments and offers, we were making inquiries and planning to do the purchase in January 2021, sort of checking out the availability, pricing and knowledge of what to be careful of which you guys have steered us.

Rodrigo we have enjoyed our Swing, know that we have become permanent campers, we have done quite a bit of remodeling like.

1. We removed the benches and fitted a chemical porta loo, with shelving for clothes.

2. We removed the small fridge and made a hanging wardrobe.

Now the van is a genuine Bedroom, we have got our full kitchen outside with  a bigger fridge same as standard home, with a add on room for the wife's sewing room.

So it does make it very difficult to get up and move, although everything finds its place in the van, and that is the reason for going for a bigger van, we will be retiring in two years time, and go see our beautiful country a month at a time. 

For holidays the Swing is the way to go, for permanently living it is not recommended.

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09 Aug 2020 @ 21:03:09 pm
Robert Cano
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Hi guy's. 

We seen an advertisement on a 2004 exclusive for 165th on Gumtree we have been in touch with the owner and has sent us more pic's on the what's app.

Does anyone in the forum live in the Midrand Glen Austin area, who could have a look at the caravan if it's worth buying.

We live in Margate so we someones help.

Thanks.

Robert 

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