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    We are thinking about taking the plunge and spending a small fortune on a new van - either a T6 from (we think) Hillside Leisure or a Ford Terrier 2 from Wellhouse. Any good / bad experience of either? The Ford Terrier looks like better value for money - any thoughts? Thanks!

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    Hello Devanewbie and welcome to the site

    Can't help with actual knowledge but have had a look and can see why you are having trouble choosing.

    I like the airiness of the T6 and the fact that everything is neatly out of sight but would imagine that the covered fridge door/cup cupboard could end up being a pain for the person in the passenger seat.

    Hope somebody else comes along with practical knowledge for you

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    Difficult to say without knowing exactly which models you are looking at, and what your requirements are.

    Generally speaking, the VW will hold it's value better but the Ford is wider so gives you more room.

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    My T5 was converted by Hillside about 7 years ago. I use it a lot and I am happy with the conversion, it's well planned and put together.
    I have heard criticism of the quality of the external paint and my high top has definitely faded, but it is getting on a bit.
    I got a good deal from Hillside after a lot of negotiation and the guarantee has covered a number of things that have gone wrong.
    No idea what the ford is like I'm afraid, VWs do hold their value well.

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    Ive got a Wellhouse Hyundai conversion and been mostly pleased with it.it has a 5 year guarantee on the vehicle and the conversion as long as its serviced. The spec had changed a bit to keep the price down which spoiled (for me) the heating.The Terrier might have a different spec but if you are buying new Id get an up to date spec direct from Wellhouse instead of relying as I did on a Hyundai or Ford dealer.

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    We also presently have a Wellhouse Hyundai, have been very pleased with it and how Wellhouse have been very helpful with a problem we had when our rear seatbelt got jammed and we couldn't get the bed up - tiny adjustment and we should have been pulling the seatbelts forward anyway, we were given Mr Elliot's mobile number so we could contact him direct anytime. Can't say fairer than that.

    We are also changing our vehicle, gone for another Wellhouse, the Wellhouse Terrier Ford Lux-XL. Looking forward to September when we will get it.
    The Hyundai was great for going into our garage, that doesn't matter now as we don't have a suitable garage so can get a fixed roof.

    Good luck with whatever choice you make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldybantam View Post
    We also presently have a Wellhouse Hyundai, have been very pleased with it and how Wellhouse have been very helpful with a problem we had when our rear seatbelt got jammed and we couldn't get the bed up - tiny adjustment and we should have been pulling the seatbelts forward anyway, we were given Mr Elliot's mobile number so we could contact him direct anytime. Can't say fairer than that.

    We are also changing our vehicle, gone for another Wellhouse, the Wellhouse Terrier Ford Lux-XL. Looking forward to September when we will get it.
    The Hyundai was great for going into our garage, that doesn't matter now as we don't have a suitable garage so can get a fixed roof.

    Good luck with whatever choice you make.
    Hi baldybantam,I am presuming you have the Webasto heater with the 1533 oval 24 hour timer. Has it worked well for you or would you have gone for a 7 day timer. The current model has Eberspacher air heater fitted which doesnt warm the engine so i am thinking of adding the Webasto aa my post . David Elliott has kindly given me details and contact at Webasto .

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    Am not sure what heater we have on the Hyundai, we have never used it in 3 years so can't comment, it is always tested at habitation.

    On the vehicle we will be having built, we have opted not to have the heating, we have had heating in several vans and have never used it, we don't wild camp and always take a fan heater with us.

    The instruction manuals are all in the van so can't look it up either, however it wouldn't help as it hasn't been used.

    Hope you get sorted out.

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    Do you go back to Wellhouse for your habiatation service or use a local firm

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    We went to the dealer we bought the Hyundai from to begin with, now we have moved house we took it to a local approved workshop.

    As long as it is a local approved workshop it is OK, we have obviously had to have all the servicing/habitation done to keep within the warranty.

    It would be too far for us to take it to Wellhouse themselves!!

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    I bought a new T5 Hillside Birchover early last year. All Hillside staff very helpful over the years I was researching and asking questions, during the ordering, conversion and handover, and with queries since. Fabulous van which I love. Adequate storage, door in front of fridge is useful and not a problem and probably helps insulate the fridge. Good heater.
    I found David at Wellhouse unhelpful each time I spoke to him at shows over several years, though their vans were my second choice, but most people have opposite view!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEB View Post
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    I found David at Wellhouse unhelpful each time I spoke to him at shows over several years, though their vans were my second choice, but most people have opposite view!
    Sorry to hear you saying that about David Elliott, we have found him most helpful when buying both vans. When buying our Hyundai we had enquired before the price went up, he held the old price for us when we decided to purchase, we were very grateful for that.

    Also, as mentioned before, when we had a problem with the bed and came back from a holiday, he gave us his personal mobile number so we could contact him at any time. I'm sure not many camper/motorhome firms would do that, perhaps Ant may be like that.

    We are looking forward to taking delivery of our new Wellhouse Leisure Lux XL early September. I'm sure everyone has their favourite makers.

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    I have owned my 2009 Birchover for almost three years and I'm very happy with it. The door over the fridge is very useful.

    It gets a lot of use and stands up to the wear and tear well.
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    I found David Elliott very helpful,had remote heater starter fitted and one day it didnt work.Rang David and he put me through to the fitter who talked me through a reset which fixed it.He has a Yorkshire bluntness if I could put it like that but I would rather that than sweettalking by a salesman with no interest after a sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deli dave View Post
    I found David Elliott very helpful,had remote heater starter fitted and one day it didnt work.Rang David and he put me through to the fitter who talked me through a reset which fixed it.He has a Yorkshire bluntness if I could put it like that but I would rather that than sweettalking by a salesman with no interest after a sale.
    You are so right deli dave, you've hit the nail on the head

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