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JB83



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PostSubject: Potential new Brazilian owner looking for guidance...   Potential new Brazilian owner looking for guidance... EmptyThu May 28, 2020 1:39 pm

Hi there,

What a cool club!?

We are a young family of 4 looking at brining a camper into our lives and we love the idea of one of these Brazilians. But we have a couple of thoughts that we'd love some experienced opinions of...

It would potentially replace our daily car. What are they like day to day? How do we all cope without mod cons such as aircon?

Are they expensive to run? Tax, typical MOT, insurance etc.

What are the pros and cons? What makes you stick with van life in your everyday?

Are any items a 'must have', like engine types, internal configurations, controls/gadgets in the 'cock-pit'?

Any other words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated and thanks for your time!

JB
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osg

osg

Cabin : Exec 015
Location : Merseyside
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PostSubject: Re: Potential new Brazilian owner looking for guidance...   Potential new Brazilian owner looking for guidance... EmptyThu May 28, 2020 4:00 pm

Lots to read on here
Suggest you use the Search function on the Home page.
3 searches for :
owner
Brazilian, or
water
will give you lists to look through and some answers to your questions
Happy hunting
osg
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Tallulah

Tallulah

Cabin : Flight 011
Location : South Somerset, UK
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PostSubject: Re: Potential new Brazilian owner looking for guidance...   Potential new Brazilian owner looking for guidance... EmptyThu May 28, 2020 7:32 pm

Hi JB and welcome.

Lots of questions and lots of different answers possible, but lets start with your first one:

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It would potentially replace our daily car. What are they like day to day? How do we all cope without mod cons such as aircon?

There are several owners who use or have used their kombi as a daily drive. Tallulah used to be used daily either by ourselves or when out on hire, but now enjoys a happy semi retirement on our campsite. The only 'extra' we opted for was power steering (EPAS) which makes it easier to manoeuvre at low speed and in tight spaces like car parks. It makes all the difference, and while we were accustomed to driving her without issue before this was added, we often had feedback from people hiring her saying that she was really hard work to steer - the truth is they just weren't used to driving any vehicle without EPAS.

As for other mod cons - if you want aircon, open the window. Other things can be added at will, much easier than adding something to a 'conventional' car.

Team Tallulah.

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PostSubject: Re: Potential new Brazilian owner looking for guidance...   Potential new Brazilian owner looking for guidance... EmptyThu Jun 04, 2020 12:43 pm

Hi, I sold my Brazibay recently after 11 years using it as our only vehicle. Ours was a watercooled van, so I can't speak for using an air cooled one daily, but ours was fabulous, used for work, shopping, school runs and holidays. In the eleven years we did 81,000 miles, the only mod I would recommend is power steering, we had Litesteer which was fabulous, especially living in town and needing to park in tight spots when working.
Our son grew up in it and loved it, we have many happy memories of holidays and trips. I would probably suggest either hiring one or maybe if you are close enough pop,down to VW Kampers at Henfield in Sussex when they re open and have a look at thier vehicles, and pick thier brains, not much the team there don't know about Brazibays.
Good luck.
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