Debate on Twitter and Facebook as to our latest van has been fierce, with most people recommending their own van as being the ideal new van for us. It seems we all put our heart and soul into finding our “perfect” van that really nothing else compares. We’ve got to admit that, for a time, we wondered why everyone wasn't running around Europe in an Adria Twin!

We feel we’re incredibly fortunate to have bought a van which ticked ALL of our initial boxes – lowline, non-fiat, fixed bed, big fridge, big 3.0 engine, 6 speed, German build quality, air-con and very close to our budget. Oh and a tow-bar and bike rack fitted to boot!

We had originally decided that we would go for a Chausson Allegro 67 or a Welcome 95 but really didn't want the old X244 Fiat base and the bathroom was a bit “ plasticy” on these. 

So, what did we go for?

A 2006 (56) Burstner Delfin T680

We had previously discounted the Burstner Delfin because they were circa £30k or more and not a great deal less if bought direct from Germany even if we did have the time.

The story goes a little something like this. The van came up for sale when we were at the Lincoln show with just 24,000 miles, 12 months everything and full service history. There was a Delfin T695 on display there so we went and had a look. It had been a while since we had been in Catherine and Chris’s Burstner (and we didn’t rummage in their cupboards!) so it was good to try and pull the thing apart. We couldn’t and we were seriously impressed with the build. 

So we phoned the seller, the guy sounded genuine and we haggled hard, got a great price and after a quick HPi check we transferred a deposit over that evening. Totally unheard of for us, never the impulsive type but we were so sure that this van was the one that instinct took over!

Just one snag – the van was 300 miles away in Portsmouth! That meant a 600 mile round trip for Sophie in a Smart Car and a 300 mile drive back home in an unfamiliar van for me. I’d never driven a Renault Master before but so far we’re very impressed with the 3.0 DCI 140 engine. 30’s MPG, 6 speed, bags of power and cruises / handles very well for a van of its size. It definitely feels more like a “truck” then a “car” but that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

Any pre-2006 Burstner is subject to a habitation window delamination recall. There was two options – a nasty plastic nut screwed into all four corners of the windows (with many now suffering from crack fatigue or water ingress) or full replacement which Burstner would cover 60% of the cost. Fortunately the previous owner of ours had them replaced, so no worries there. Also the eBox is fully working – you can time the interior (or exterior) lights to go on and off!? Is this really a 2006 van?

The bathroom really is something to behold. A full size walk in shower (no more wiping the floor down) and literally tons of slide away storage which I think even we will have trouble filling!

It would have been nice to have had a performance T615 – same layout but with the AL-KO chassis, under slung storage (and a bin!) but quite frankly we’re lucky to have got a non-Fiat Burstner at all within our budget so we’re incredibly happy.

Of course, with any new van comes a mass of DIY tasks which we will attempt to write some information on as we undertake.

Those include: 2x 125AH leisure batteries,  2100W inverter, remote-controlled LED lighting upgrade (semi-done, write up to follow), refit one of the blown air heating ducts, get the auxiliary belts changed (engine has a camchain, but belts are new due) and fit our 'laptop dashboard dock'. Etc etc. Oh, and the chintzy net curtains are first to go! We are looking forward to having our first family holiday in her. 

The only task left is to think up a name!

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  1. 2100W inverter

    Why such a large inverter? We have a 1000W and it's too large. The inverter itself almost uses up as much power as the appliance you're plugging into it! Just curious...

    1. The only thing we used an inverter for is Sophie's hairdryer!
      See blog post here

      It's about 90% efficient, but we still only use it with the engine running before setting off.

    2. Ah, I get it! Thanks for the explanation!

  2. You bought a Billy Burstner - very nice. You could do with a thicker mattress on the bed though, otherwise it looks in very good condition. 2006 seems to be a good year for sturdy motorhomes, ours is a German built 2006 motorhome too. I wish you many miles of happy travelling. Cheryl

    1. You can't see well from the pictures, but the mattress is pocket sprung and VERY comfortable! We certainly won't be changing it in a hurry!

  3. oh man, I'm so jealous of European RV's. They look 10x cooler than our beasts in the USA. We're having the same battle as you've gone through except our small RV's are $130,000 us dollars new! I've seen similar ones in Europe go for half that.

  4. Name : Tina!
    Burstner baby burn!
    And it'll burn up the miles!

  5. Nice van

    Name: Ecco the Delphin

  6. Our last MH was exacly the same as your. We loved it. We need the second bed so now have a Hymer which we are not to pleased with.

    Our name is Shadow as it had different colour of paint.

  7. Looking good! and a great deal..... so where are you heading for the next adventure?!

  8. I like like like the interior; the bathroom and the kitchen are perfect!
    I wish you many nice trips...

  9. Congratulations! Your choice of interior layout is similar to our 'Fifi' - a Chausson Flash 30. We are currently long terming going around Europe, and can vouch for this size of 'van and the interior fittings/layout. It works well.
    Here's wishing you many happy miles!

  10. Nice van. Bit more room than the last one.

  11. Congratulations on your new van. I love the pictures of your van furniture. Should you want to buy a new furniture, please visit Grammer Australia for more information. Thanks!

  12. Wow, what a lovely looking interior! spacious and all the amentities you need. I wish you many happy and successful trips in your new home.


  13. Nice van!

    I need to get along to one of these NEC type MH shows some time soon. Far from anything being in our price range but more just to soak up these vans in awe!

    Where does the next adventure take you?!

  14. Lovely van!

    I think it's incredibly important to make sure there is room to maneuver. Being on the road for long periods of time can get get tiresome so having space to relax and unwind.

    Best of luck for the future!

    Leisure Kings

  15. We have a Delfin and think she's the bees knees.That Renault engine is a workhorse and the living space is awesome.Really pleased for you both