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Old 28-06-2011, 01:49
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Old 28-06-2011, 21:37
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Hi We only purchased our ABI Derwent in March of this year so only time will tell on how good it lasts !

Anyway here goes!

In through the side opaque glass door brings you straight into the U shaped kitchen with radiator on the right wall and dining table and 4 chairs to the left. Step forward into the kitchen area with the stainless steel sink and draining board facing you with window above. To the left is a large work surface with side by side fridge and freezer which has matching door cupboards. Above this and supported by a chrome pole is a cupboard and a shelf for a microwave with a smaller shelf above, handy for the wine. To the right is another cupboard. To the right of the sink are a series of wall cupboards of varying sizes. In the middle of the right wall is the gas full sized cooker with extractor hood and light above. To the right of this is one more floor and wall cupboard. There are also two cupboards under the sink.

Turning left at the kitchen takes you to the open plan living area. To the left facing the right is a large three seater settee which is built in but doesn't look as though it is (IFYWIM!) after that is a small shelving area ideal for a lamp and radio etc. The front of the van is all windows with front opening patio doors (this was an option we chose) leading to wooden decking. To the right of the patio doors is a shelving area for the TV. Turning to the right wall is a middle wooden insert which houses the electric fire (pebbley type) with mirror above and small shelving below. Turning again is a two seater settee which has its back to the kitchen but faces the front. This area is very light and airy and is decorated in neutral colours.

Turning right at the front door leads you through an internal hallway. On the right is a long bathroom with shower to the right, wash hand basin and loo. There is also a heated towel rail against the internal wall. Next to the toilet is the boiler cupboard which is where I store the broom/mop. The space between the loo and the internal wall is quite tight if you are tall. The bathroom is a 'jack and jill' so there is another door next to the boiler cupboard leading into the master bedroom.

The master bedroom is large with a king size lift up bed in the middle of the outside wall. On the right wall there is a dressing table, stool and mirror with shelving above and a double wardrobe which has drawers on the inside and shelves above. There is a bedside cupboard each side of the bed and shelving and cupboards above with reading lights built in. There is a tv point on the internal wall

The second bedroom I have changed from two single beds to a double with a small bedside cabinet, shelves and cupboards above and a wardrobe in the corner. There is also a vanity shelf and mirror above.


I absolutely love the layout of my van but if there is one thing I would change is to have an ensuite rather than a 'jack and jill'. It causes no problem for us as there are only two of us but we are used to an ensuite at home so would choose this in an ideal world.

Hope others find this useful.

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Hi Scotty

Thanks for posting - we are seriously considering an unused Derwent 2010 which we have seen on a nice park. Your posting is very helpful. The site is wanting almost 30k sited - does that sound reasonable to you please?

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Hi Poppy

Thank you. I think 30k is just about the going rate for the Derwent sited. I love the van and knew it was the van we wanted as soon as we saw it despite getting in and out of hundreds of others. ABI have been very good also with the snagging list (very minor things) so no grumbles from me at all.

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Thanks Scotty - that helps. We have looked in lots of vans too. The problem is that the more we look at the more confused we get. The Derwent feels right though. Its just the price - more than we originally intended spending.
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Thanks Scotty - that helps. We have looked in lots of vans too. The problem is that the more we look at the more confused we get. The Derwent feels right though. Its just the price - more than we originally intended spending.
but have you found 'your site yet? as prices will vary from site to site dependng on the facilities are on each site... also if there is decking that will bump up the price... you could always go for an older model and update her as you go along.... as and when funds are available to you x
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