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★★★★☆

“Hi, Mine is a 1990 Leisurehome Crusader. I bought it...”

Written on: 16/04/2009 by bornagain hippy (1 review written)

Good Points
Spacious, comfortable (both for driving and camping/sleeping etc). Well equipped and designed (I particularly like the fact you can breakfast in bed if you wish! ie can get at cooker/frig etc with double bed down) Keeps up with the traffic despite height/weight etc.

Bad Points
Could really do with power steering - particularly in crowded areas. The steering is heavy, and not much lock. The gearbox is awful - very stiff, and gears are far too 'close'. The steering wheel obscures view of instrument panel (particularly the SPEEDOMETER!). Extremely difficult to access sparking plugs (particularly No. 4.) Lowering spare wheel will brain you if you're not very careful!

General Comments
Hi, Mine is a 1990 Leisurehome Crusader. I bought it locally and privately here two years ago for £6,500 'As seen'. Although bodywork was o.k for its age, it had abviously been neglected mechanically (needed new clutch/steering linkage etc, plus a new Alternator, and last year I needed a new fuel tank and starter/solenoid unit. The Propex heater was sent back to them for an overhaul, and have now converted it to Calor gas as I refuse to pay the exhorbitant price for Camping Gaz (yeh, I know you can get it worldwide, but most of my camping is done in the UK - and you get the benefit of the bigger bottles!) So to date I recking I've spent about another three grand - but haven't regretted a penny of it! She now drives well, is really comfortable, spacious and warm. No problem in the high winds we get here in Orkney either (unlike my previous van - a Renault Trafic-based Hi-Top Holdsworth, which at only 1600cc was also terribly underpowered - particularly in snow) Yes, as someone else mentioned, a bit 'thirsty' - I reckon I'm getting 25 top on a run, and 20 around town - but you really have to balance that on what you'd be paying for B+B/Travellodge etc over a year. If you don't do a lot of 'overnighting'/'weekending' etc - then you've got the wrong vehicle in the first place! The 'plus' side is it parks as easy as a big estate or twin cab pick-up, and so can be used for the weekly shop, auctions/boot sales bargain hunting etc Mileage to date:180,000