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I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Wed Jul 05, 2023 10:41 pm
by eribaMotters | 5.277 Posts

Firstly I've never named my Eriba's, but I might call this one Ivor. I will let you work it out.

My ownership of Tourings started back in 2003 and I've had four of them. The time had come for something a bit bigger than our Triton and first thoughts suggested a Troll. I'm sorry to say I discounted this for several reasons. I cannot see how Eriba can justify the price for one of these vans. The new style did not meet my aesthetic requirements and come across as being" Bling". Finally, build quality has not made the steps forward it should have and lacks sadly behind earlier vans.

So I bought a Feeling. I'm first to admit it lacks the style and gorgeous looks of a Touring, but it came in about £8K cheaper and appears to be in a different league where it come to build quality. It is very well put together. The observant amongst you will notice solid top cupboard hinges and catches along with the old school wardrobe catches bar and a nice positive lock mechanism on the fridge door. It also tows like a dream. I'm guessing this is down to the wider track and lower to the road stance.

I bought from Wandahome near Hull, a 750 mile round trip from Devon, back via a family visit to Merseyside. I'd initially discounted the van as it appeared to be a "poverty spec" but after a £4K reduction I phoned and made enquiries. The van was in fact a good specification and they had not listed it or priced it correctly. Extras such as 1500kg axle, electric hot water, electric heating, autonomy pack, spare wheel, door screen, extra locker under front seating etc had all been missed in the listing.
The collection had to be rescheduled as Hymer had shipped parts out and the arrival date had been unknown. It took 6+ weeks from order to arrival to get alloy wheels, Alko Premium jockey wheel and the wrong cycle carrier. I've subsequently ordered and received this through a third party in 3 days.
The collection from Wandahome took nearly 4 hours whilst they sorted things out. I'd noticed the mover fitting had resulted in unsealed holes through the floor, which upon sealing gave the engineer an electric shock. It looks like this was static as a strip down and re-wire of mains in and continuity test showed no problem.

I've now spent a couple of days fettling it.
- Fiamma Caravanstore in place on the back
- Extra sockets installed, the front doubles on the window area not an easy job making the oak boxing due to compound angles and curves.
- TV bracket to side of wardrobe and hanging bar under top lockers at foot of bed fitted
- co-axial outlets and 12v socket fitted for above
- usb touch spotlight replaces one of the rear spotlights
- isolator switch for water pump fitted
- some boxing in of wiring, in particular the spaghetti found in top locker over long front seating cabinet. If I bought the appropriate unit I could power the front speakers.
- adjustment to bathroom door that DID open during travel. The problem was not cabinet work flexing but the projection of the door lever into the lock plate. A large screwdriver blade was inserted into the gap between door and hinge and the door eased over a few mm, meaning the lever threw further into the lock plate.

The rubber gasket around the pop-top is often mentioned on Tourings. This does not have a gasket. The edge pulls down onto black rubber pads at key points. This leaves a 5mm gap for water to drain away.

At 6.07m total length the van is a little longer than a Troll and feels feels very spacious. Splitting hairs, the top lockers could be a bit deeper, but so far that is my only gripe. The bathroom storage is excellent although the seating a bit tight.
Mrs eribaMotters does not like the curtains so has volunteered to make something more tasteful. The originals will then go in the loft along with the nets the Germans think we like.


I have a few bits to still do, including a drop-in storage box behind the gas heater [I'll leave a 75mm clear air space] I also need to fit the cycle carrier.

I did have some initial concerns over the mover to be fitted. A Reich 1.6 was dealer specified but I upgraded to the Reich 2.0. The fully auto unit of this was in fact fitted along with the Remote switch instead of the red/black isolator lever and is a nice touch [Thanks for the suggestion JohnE] Ground clearance at 150mm is better than I had hoped for and exceeds the chassis to road clearance of 130mm and bottom suspension mount to ground clearance of 120mm.

Colin

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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Thu Jul 06, 2023 12:49 am
by SOULBLUESMAN68 | 1.109 Posts

Thanks for this Colin

Very interesting and good photos.

Hope you both have a lot of fun with it. I will mention to Kath the making of curtains, but probably to no avail........

Mike


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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Thu Jul 06, 2023 9:59 am
by Randa france | 12.844 Posts

Well done that man although I think the Beatles had one before you. Let it Be (1970)



I suppose you've only towed it empty but what is your "Feeling" on its towability with your car, when the van is stacked with boxes of French wine?

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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Thu Jul 06, 2023 2:23 pm
by eribaMotters | 5.277 Posts

I don't think I'll ever get up to the full/max load on the van, as the Frenchies will not allow me to bring home a swimming pool size quantity of vino any more and the payload is so high.
The tow back had the van at about 1100kg, but the car was also running light with just me and a weekend bag. Nose weight with the spare wheel in the front but nothing else in the van was 50/55kg. This bodes well for two bikes on the front as the loo, fridge and main storage is at the back of the van.
I think when both van and car are in normal holiday mode the ratio should be similar to the empty tow, with the noticeable thing being a higher fuel consumption. I achieved 36mpg from Formby down to Devon with heavy traffic and delays on the M5, so not to bad.
If I load it as the Triton I will probably be running at about 1350kg, so will still have 150kg left for any shopping Mrs eribaMotters decides to sneak in.

Colin


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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Thu Jul 06, 2023 10:25 pm
by Steamdrivenandy | 980 Posts

Don't forget the usual mantra with an Eriba Colin. The MIRO is for a Spartan van and all the options use payload. Our current Bailey Phoenix + 420 has a standard payload of 115kg, but we upgraded to the axle limit and have 271kg, with just ATC and a solar panel as extras.


I had nothing to do on this hot afternoon
But to settle down and write you a line


Skoda Karoq 1.5 Petrol DSG and a 420. A Bailey Phoenix + 420, with oven, microwave, shower cubicle, solar panel, ATC and external gas point.


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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Thu Jul 06, 2023 10:39 pm
by eribaMotters | 5.277 Posts

Andy, the great thing about the on-line configurator is that you can now get an accurate weight. It starts off with the basic bare vehicle and as you add on the extras the weights are added for you.
If you look at the attached you should see I've got all bases covered. I have the 1500kg axle.

Colin


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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Fri Jul 07, 2023 6:49 am
by Islay | 210 Posts

Congratulations! Can you post some pics of the inside?


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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Fri Jul 07, 2023 8:50 am
by zippy | 69 Posts

Could not see the 100+kg for booze allowance on that spreadsheet


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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Fri Jul 07, 2023 5:49 pm
by eribaMotters | 5.277 Posts

As requested, here are some internals, and the front cycle carrier.

Eriba say the Thule Superb is the model they fit, so that is what I ordered and received. A short version is available, which means short in depth and not width. This may be the model fitted by Eriba, I'm not sure. I've looked through as many photos as I can find, most in NL dealers and it is not clear as both models seem to have been fitted.
The short is about 10cm less in depth so your two bikes will sit the same distance off the van but fit very snugly together. I've had carriers where the wheel runners are close together and have found it very difficult at times to load the bikes. If I do find the second bike is close to the back of the car I've always got the option to relocate the wheel runner back towards the van.
One thing is sure and that is everybody removes the A frame cover to fit the carrier. I could not see why, and as it would look better in place I tried to leave it. I had to drill out some of the embossed lumps so the mounts would sit flat and all was going perfectly until I could not get the U bolts to fit through the rear mounts. It all came off and I tried without the cover only to find the same problem as the mounts definitely needed another hole. They got the hole and the cover and I'm please with the end result. It certainly beats drilling holes through the back of the van.
I've just got to play around with the loading now to get the nose weight correct.

Colin

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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Fri Jul 07, 2023 7:34 pm
by Randa france | 12.844 Posts

Can't see that you've mentioned the Model. Is it a 425?

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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Fri Jul 07, 2023 10:40 pm
by eribaMotters | 5.277 Posts

An administrative error on my behalf sir. Yes it is a 425. We would have liked a 470. Imagine a Troll 540 but with a larger dinette and back to front layout. At nearly 6.5m this would have been to big. Perhaps with a larger car in 5-10 years time before we all go electric.

Colin


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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Jul 08, 2023 7:49 am
by Islay | 210 Posts

Thank you. She looks lovely.


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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Jul 08, 2023 10:41 am
by Simboc2004 | 641 Posts

You can still bring in, duty free, according to the Gov.uk website:

"beer - 42 litres
wine (still) - 18 litres (24 standard bottles)

You can also bring in either:
spirits and other liquors over 22% alcohol - 4 litres
or sparkling wine, fortified wine (for example port, sherry) and other alcoholic drinks up to 22% alcohol (not including beer or still wine) - 9 litres

You can split this last allowance, for example you could bring 4.5 litres of fortified wine and 2 litres of spirits (both half of your allowance)."

Note the use of the word ALSO - so beer/wine PLUS sparkling/fortified wine/spirits...


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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Jul 08, 2023 11:52 am
by eribaMotters | 5.277 Posts

We used to bring back a lot, enough for the year and extra in case our next crossing was later in the summer the following year.
There are a few wine boxes we like so 55 x 3L boxes = 165L = 220 bottles.

Colin


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RE: I've a Feeling

in Anything Eriba-related Sat Jul 08, 2023 12:32 pm
by Randa france | 12.844 Posts

With gin, vodka and whisky so cheap in Italy, we did stock up. A long way north of 4 litres. In a large rycyling box underneath the cat cage. So Mrs Cat did pay her own way then.

What is annoying is that in Wales, alcohol prices are way higher than in England and also a tad higher than in Scotland. A bottle of gin in England is about a fiver cheaper than in Wales and who benefits from the tax?

Quote:- "Will minimum alcohol pricing help pay for the NHS?
No, as this is not a tax the cash does not go to the government or towards things like the Welsh NHS. It will go back into the pocket of the pub, retailer or brewery."

How ridiculous is that?

Randa


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