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Old 09-29-2007, 05:25 PM   #1
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Not fiberglass, but this trailer and tow vehicle stood out at the KOA in west Texas we stayed at when returning with our new Casita. Didn't see a name on the mini-van but it sure looked small for that trailer. Also the "screen door" were a dozen thick hanging cotton ropes! Never saw the occupant(s).

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Old 10-01-2007, 05:04 PM   #2
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That's quite the find! Many Europeans tour North America by RV, but usually in rental rigs. These people brought over the whole rig - trailer and van.

The grille shape suggest perhaps a Peugeot, although I can't make out the lion logo... maybe its a earlier version of the 807?
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Old 10-01-2007, 05:19 PM   #3
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Looks like a SEAT van to me. I had one like it in diesel configuration in Ireland once. Very nice vehicle: lots of poop and superb mileage. We need them over here!

Later... Here's the site for the SEAT Alhambra.

http://www.seat.es/es/generator/su/es/CWAl.../site/main.html
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:29 AM   #4
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Looks like a SEAT van to me...
Excellent spotting!
I guess that's a stylized "S" logo. Since we don't get Seat here, I didn't recognize the logo or the box grille shape - the shape just looked vaguely like something Peugeot has used.

This isn't a tiny vehicle: Seat's Alhambra web site says the wheelbase is 2,835 mm (or 111") and curb weight is 163 to 2024 kg (3636 to 4452 lb), depending on engine and other options. It has up to a 204 hp V6 gas engine or 140 hp diesel. That puts it in roughly mid-size SUV territory (like a Toyota Highlander), but smaller than most current minivans sold here.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:29 PM   #5
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Yes it's a SEAT Alhambra. Good Spotting.
SEAT (Spanish carmaker previously affiliated with FIAT)
is part of Volkswagen, and this model is
also sold as the Volkswagen Sharan, and through
a joint venture, as the Ford Galaxie.

Could we use these here, especially the diesels? YES!
I saw a Sharan with Mexican plates about a year ago
in Raleigh.

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Old 10-04-2007, 11:32 PM   #6
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The Brits call these "Sharambralaxies".
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Old 10-05-2007, 12:10 AM   #7
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Thanks for IDing this. I looked it up. After my crying stopped, I decided to share with everyone a few specifications of a recent model:

1968 cc turbo diesel
4 cyclinder
6 speed manual
42 mpg

4,400# towing capacity

http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/review...aspx?model=814
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Exactly! Mine got 42-44mpg with 5 adults and LOTS of luggage. And even then was quite spry. *SIGH*
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In my travels, I have run into a surprising number of Europeans who have shipped over a van camper, or pickup truck camper or small motorhome to tour the US, CA and MX. You can usually tell because they have their home license plates on them.
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:26 PM   #10
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The Seat Alhambra is a car of the category that we call MPV, multi purpose vehicle.
In Europe it is not a small car.
The trailer is a Fendt, a very popular trailer of German origin. Stick built of course http://www.fendt-caravan.de/

Our plan to ship our rig to NA once still stands
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...howtopic=21175
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Guys, guys.... Don't get too excited about 42 mpg - that will be calculated using British gallons which are 120% the size of a US gallon - so that fuel economy 'translates' as 35mpg.

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Old 10-09-2007, 05:36 PM   #12
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And those miles are made on the wrong side of the road!
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Not Imperial gallons. Liters. I converted them to US gallons to arrive at my MPG.
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