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Old 03-22-2016, 06:18 AM   #1
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Hi I'm a new member of the this RV forum.

Last year we (my wife & I) bought a '93 Winnebago Brave (chevrolet 6,2 diesel).

Lat summer the RV has been complete renovated. She is a real beauty now and we are glad to hit the road coming summer season. We have planned a roadtrip thrue France for at least two months.

I wonder how many of these Winnebago models are still on the road...
As you may know, there are just a few American motorhomes in Europe.

Happy trail everyone!
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Welcome to iRV2. We are glad you joined us. Your Brave looks great. I never knew Winnebago made a Brave with a Diesel engine. Post often and share your RV adventures with us. Enjoy the forums;

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Welcome to your new set of friends on IRV2! I (and I'm sure many others) have a dream of taking our coaches to Europe to enjoy all of the wonderful history, cultures and peoples. We would all appreciate if you would share any helpful tips, pictures, etc. about your renovation. Your experience will help others ...

Best wishes ... safe travels ...
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Nice looking coach. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and have a great season. Safe travels.
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Hi Willem! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:37 AM   #6
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For European terms this is this one of the a bigger RV's ... in your terms of Americans this is the smallest... 23 ft.

But in good condition, the complete interior has been updated. In Europe there are two types of Chevrolet engines, the 6,2 ltr diesel and the 6,5 turbodiesel. and of course the petrol engines. You certainly know!

Soon I will post some pictures of the renovation. In which section can I best post these pictures?

Thanks for your message.
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Hello Willem,

Welcome to iRV2.

A very good froemd of mine lives in Eindhoven.

He has a travel trailer he goes camping with him family in......

Enjoy your Winnie!!!

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Welcome Willem!

I lived in Europe for 30 years (on and off) total, and speak several European languages (including yours), but since this is an American forum, I will continue in English of course.

I have a question,........why Europeans LOVE small motorhomes? I understand the fuel costs, but even your 27 footer is not exactly a "fuel saver". As far as space available, ...your main roads are the same width, and as you probably know, seeing 45' tour buses full of people in the NARROW streets of Southern France (or Greece) is a daily event. If those bus drivers have no problem maneuvering through those streets.........why would "civilians" be intimidated?

You can go to the "vintage" forum, and post the answer over there, along with the pics of your remodel. As you know, your "pride and joy" is vintage, and so is mine (as of last year) which you can see in my avatar.
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Daniel:

You may consider it "Vintage" but that term has a specific meaning in Europe. It means the vehicle was built before 1931. At least it does for cars - later are referred to as "Post Vintage Thorough-breds".
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Hi Willem

Glad to have you here with us. We look forward to hearing of your travels by RV through Europe.

Congratulations on your beautiful Brave!

Best of luck and Happy Trails!!!
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To DaniŽl:

It isn't only the lenght of rv, it's just width... A normal basic camper in Europe isn't wider than 2.25 meter. A USA rv is at least 2.45/ 2.50 meters.

Also the camping place for the night is often small. Small campings, not equipped for 12 meter rv's. We do n't have that that big trailer parks as you have in the USA.

The driving with a big rv on the European roads isn't the difficulty, it's more the small places of camping/ trailerpark.

The public place are smaller, such as for example parking lots, etc. narrow streets where you can't leave you're rv behind on a parking lot at the side of the road.

But that again has its charm...

Have a great day!
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And Daniel:

My Winnebago Brave has a Chevrolet 6.2 V8 diesel. It's consumption is n't more than 8 liters per 100 kilometer with
a everage of 10 liter/ 100 km when I drive on the main roads/ high ways with speed of 95/ 100 kilometer per hour.

that's certainly not wrong? A everage European camper/ rv will consume the same. The most rv's in Europe have a diesel motor.
The most famous RV brands are Hymer, Cartago, Knauss, LMC, Niesman Bisshoff, etc. often on a Mercedes and Ducato and Ford chassis.

Have a great day!
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