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Motorhome Model Hints and Tips >> Explorer Group
Can't really comment on the exposed timber at the rear but I had an Elddis Autoquest until last year when I changed to an Adria.
My Autoquest was bought new in 2009.
Year one was fine with only a few minor warranty issues. Year two and serious damp in overcab area. Reading in excess of 30%. In fairness the dealer and Elddis agreed to repair under warranty without question.
I became seriouslym worried that such high damp readings could be found in such a new van. Lost confidence in the method of construction of Elddis vans and sold it.
HoPe you get it all sorted out ok. It is a worrying time without question.
Damp Reading in Elddis Motorhome Autoquest 140
My naivety as a first-time motorhome owner is progressively being revealed! I had no idea that the underside of a motorhome was largely constructed in wood! I now discover that in some cases (such as Elddis), it is not just the wooden floor which is exposed to the elements, but the side and rear wall sections of the carcass as well!
WHO MIGHT HAVE TOLD ME ABOUT ALL OF THIS PRIOR TO MY PURCHASE OF A NEW VEHICLE?
I have now discovered that it is not JUST the rear timber wall (which does backs on to rear lights/number plates moulding, Divil!) that is totally exposed and untreated (attracting a damp reading of 30%), but also the nearside and offside walls, which each have a thin strip of untreated wood running their full length.
This could explain why these sections registered damp readings of 16 - 18% (when the acceptable maximum is meant to be 15%). The dealer had previously told me that it was because it was a damp day!
Anyway, Marquis tell me that they'll sort the whole thing out (including some bits of supposedly "treated" wood which have already deteriorated).
AM I STILL WORRIED? WELL, SHOULD I BE? PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.
As long as you have your habitation checks done on time and by a caravan council approved centre then there is a 5 year water ingress warranty with Elddis,might even be up to 6 years on the new vans so any problems will be repaired under warranty.I had some repair work on my 2 year old 115 but feel the same as you that its pretty poor to have problems like that on a newish van....i still think they are great value for money though.