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Old 04-16-2004, 11:08   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys.

You may know that I am currently in Europe, and I am planning to do
a European campervan 'touring' holiday with my wife. Well, the first
step is done, and I bought this Mitsubishi Express L300 in Amsterdam
this week for 5800 Euros. ($9300 AUD).

I tell you what, petrol here costs double what it does in Australia! The
camper is a 1.6L Petrol engine (60kW), and it only has a 4 speed tranny,
so the bloody thig revs at 4000RPM at 110km/h. This combined with
the fact that it is really un-airodynamic gives it a top speed (going downhill)
of 120km/h. If you press the clutch at this point the thing just gets pulled
back by the air something shocking, and rapidly slows down. This, and its
weight makes it really fuel inefficient. It takes 18L per 100kms! The camper
also tends to get blown around a bit by gusts of wind...

Other than that though, it seems really good, clean and reliable! It has
running water, gas cooker, fridge on 12V/220V/Gas, and even a chemical
toilet!

The one minor concern I have is the play in the 'loose' feeling steering.
It's almost like you have to keep adjusting the steering wheel to keep
the car going straight. Sometimes it just goes straight, and then seems
to veer off slightly by itself. Could this be worn ball joints ? Or some other
part of the steering ?

Anyway, I can't wait to take this little beast around Europe. In the end
we will sell it again (hopefully for what we paid for it) and we will save on accomodation and meals too!
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Old 04-16-2004, 15:16   #2 (permalink)
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Re: My new campervan!

How long are you going to be travelling for?

I would love to do the same thing, but around Australia.
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Old 04-16-2004, 15:56   #3 (permalink)
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Jake, great to see you finally got one. Have a great trip, you've earned it!
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Old 04-16-2004, 19:10   #4 (permalink)
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When your trip is done you could bring it back to Australia, it could be the BSR mobile HQ
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Have a safe trip. Just remember to stay with the trucks in the right lane of the autobahns, yeah?
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Old 04-17-2004, 03:27   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by laminge
How long are you going to be travelling for?

I would love to do the same thing, but around Australia.

It's a 3 month trip, hence it makes sense to buy/sell rather than rent.
I think it gives you heaps of freedom to stop, and stay wherever you want
rather than being restricted by where a train or bus stops. Also, you don't
have to bother looking for accomodation - just jump in the back.

Dark Horse: Yes, I know that the autobahns can be hair raising if you
venture into the fastlane at speeds below 150km/h.

I will give a long report at the end of my trip in a few months time, with
tips and stuff for people who may be planning something simmilar in the future.
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Pacemaker headers (Waste of money).
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Windows: Tinted.
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have to bother looking for accomodation - just jump in the back.
Very handy when you havent seen the wife for a few months!
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Very handy when you havent seen the wife for a few months!
LOL, that's true Casper !
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Pacemaker headers (Waste of money).
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Windows: Tinted.
Gearstick: Shortened.
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