26 April 2013

Chausson Motorhomes in Kent

TC MOTORHOMES have been awarded one of the most successful new motorhome franchises in Europe!

Chausson Motorhomes have already begun arriving at T.C.`s prestigious sales and after sales facility in Herne Bay, Kent. The appointment endorses their status as the 'Premier New and Used Motorhome Dealership in Kent'.

Jeff Kenrick (Commercial Director Chausson UK), confirmed his delight, that one of the most exciting, award winning range of Motorhomes, Chausson, (built in  Tournon –Sur- Rhone France) will be sold & maintained from the prestigious new sales and after-sales facilities of  T C Motorhomes In Hillborough, Herne Bay Kent.

Tony Chamberlain of TC Motorhomes, (An established dealership that already has new motorhome franchises including: Swift, Autocruise and The Bailey range of vehicles represented at its location in Herne Bay) was pleased that the success of his company was being recognised by some of the biggest names in the industry. He added that the success of his team in Herne Bay, was in large measure down to their collective focus, on delivering customer satisfaction , quality products, be it new or used and value for money.

For more information on the range of  Swift, Bailey and now Chausson Motorhomes contact Shane Catterick, or Neil Kinsley at TC Motorhomes, On: 01227. 289111 or visit the web-site :

16 April 2013


THE BURSTNER QUADRO IT 664 is an impressive, attractive  4 x berth low-profile coachbuilt motorhome with a fixed end bed, `French style` and a drop down double bed over the forward lounge / dinette  (its really easy to lower down, and to put back away).

The Burstner range of motorhomes are built to exacting standards and `superior` levels of specifications, with quality `heavy-weight` materials used throughout …

The QUADRO is no exception ..sitting upright and proud on its 16" Chrome Wheels...

Bed Sizes:
  • Dinette Drop-Down Double Bed: 1956 mm  x  1372 mm: (6`  5"  x  4`  6" )
  • Rear `Fixed` Double Bed: 1956 mm  x  1321 mm: (6`  5"  x  4`  4")

Overall Dimensions:
  • Overall Length: 6740 mm: (22`  2")
  • Overall Height: (Inc Dometic Blizzard B2200): 2975 mm : (9`  9")
  • Overall Width (Mirrors Folded In ):  2390 mm: (7`  10") ..
  • Overall Width (Mirrors Extended ): 2847 mm: (9`  4") ..
The QUADRO iT has `on the move heating` in the living quarters, (behind the cab - ideal if you are carrying passengers) and for when your stopped? The TRUMA Combi Boiler provides both hot water,  and warm blown-air throughout the Burstner, making  for a fast even warm-up.

The `loose-fitting` carpets provide additional insulation / warmth when required, but can easily be removed if your near a beach where a solid floor is easier to keep clean.

The kitchen has a Dometic Cramer 3 x gas burner hob with a glass cover so when your not cooking you have a useful work surface. There`s an Oven / Grill combination unit over the fridge, so if you prefer home cooking, No problem. There`s a sink with separate drainer, and good storage options up high and down low. The 3 x way Dometic fridge has an integral full-width freezer compartment.

I think I count 7 x mains electric sockets, including one in the slim-line tv cupboard, which has a pull out telescopic arm for a flat-screen T.V. This can be viewed from the rear double bed or the forward lounge and there is a telescopic T.V. aerial with 12 x volt signal booster for `best` picture reception

The lounge feels open and spacious, with cab seats that when your stopped can swivel around,  there`s a side sofa, and forward facing bench seat with two x 3 point seat belts for passengers.

The On- board equipment list continues ..
with roof mounted solar panel, (ideal for the wild campers among us). A roof mounted Dometic Blizzard B2200 with hot and cold output, and a rear wall cycle rack. There`s also a tow-bar with single socket electrics.

Moving through into the cab and its quickly evident that Burstners choice of cab was not governed by cost.

This Fiat Ducato X2/50 has the all powerful 2.3 130 brake horse power engine, wih a 6 x speed manual gearbox. There is also cab Air-Conditioning, ASR selection for minimising wheel slip on `loose` slippery surfaces, Cruise Control, Twin Air Bags, Electrically Operated Mirrors and Windows, not to mention Remote Control Cab Door Central Door Locking.

The previous owner has also added to the extensive specification that this Burstner boasts and has added a Blaupunct "New York 800" Multimedia Navigation system, which is both iPod & iPhone friendly. With Radio / Disc / Satellite Navigation / Bluetooth and reversing camera features ... 

Technical Details:
M.T.P.L.M.: 4000 kg
M.I.R.O.:     3090 kg
Payload:       910 kg

Vehicle Details:
Chassis / Base Vehicle: Fiat Ducato Maxi  X2/50
Engine: 2300 MJTD
Gearbox: 6 x Speed Manual
Conversion: BURSTNER
Model: QUADRO IT 664
Registration Number: YX58-------
Registration Date: 02/12/2008
Miles Recorded: 14293 Miles
Price: £ 36995.00..

To arrange a viewing of this Motorhome please contact Shane Catterick at TC MOTORHOMES 01227 289111

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05 April 2013

Bailey APPROACH SE 740

Mr and Mrs Pitts are pictured taking delivery of their new Bailey APPROACH SE 740 Motorhome.

To find out more about these Bailey Motorhome please contact Shane Catterick or Neil Kinsley at TC Motorhomes in Kent Call 01227 289111.

Alternatively visit our page about Bailey Motorhomes and view the 360 degree view of these models.

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Bailey Motorhome Crash Test

Bailey Motorhomes successfully completes crash test programme at Millbrook

Safety considerations are of paramount importance in any new motorhome design and Bailey has given a great deal of thought to this aspect of product development. As a result key features, such as an ABS braking system plus driver and passenger airbags are specified as standard in the cab and four three-point seatbelts are fitted for all dedicated rear passenger seats. 

Bailey has looked to take this thought process to the next stage by investigating the strength of the motorhome bodyshell and furniture in a simulated crash test. This was carried out using the HyGe Sled facilities at Millbrook Proving Ground, one of Europe's leading test and development facilities for whole vehicles, systems and components.

Following their recommendation Bailey committed to a series of three 30 mph or 50 kmph frontal impact tests on a cell containing the dedicated rear passenger seating area. For authenticity this was mounted on a dummy cab and chassis to best represent what would happen in this type of impact.

Throughout the testing the Alu-Tech bodyshell stood up well to the examination and required very little in the way of modification highlighting the unrivalled strength and durability of vehicles built using this construction method. Following the results of the first test Bailey added the optional AL-KO AMC chassis outriggers underneath the dedicated rear passenger seats to provide the floor with additional support in this area of the motorhome - which proved very successful. The outriggers were therefore included as standard specification on all Approach SE models featuring dedicated rear passenger seats. AL-KO also took the opportunity to review the performance of its seat belt frames during the test sequence and the results provided them with valuable feedback to assist with the on-going development and approval of their products for their customers.

The motorhome furniture was the area which required the most development in order to successfully complete the test sequence. Initially Bailey employed the conventional furniture construction methods used in caravan assembly, however this did not prove to be appropriate for this particular application and consequently this became the main focus for the Design Team in subsequent tests.

Initially consideration was given to areas of hazard avoidance such as: the anchoring of heavy appliances including the fridge and oven to the floor to prevent movement after impact; the re-location of under locker lighting away from the immediate headroom space of rear passengers and the decision to include a dedicated stowage location for side mounted tables whilst in transit as these proved to be a significant hazard if left in situ in the event of an collision.

Attention was then given to the habitation area furniture itself, starting with the seats themselves which were strengthened using u-shaped metal frames and fitted with velcro secured cushions to provide passengers with a more secure base.

The successful re-design of the bulk head separating the rear passenger seats from the cab proved the "toughest nut to crack" and took a further three tests to get right.

In a motorhome built using the Alu-Tech construction method this is already a structural component of the shell, making it much more solid than a standard furniture panel used in some other vehicles, however even this required extra strengthening with a steel frame support and a steel brace mounted through the floor before it met our final test targets.

This research project is the first of its kind carried out on coachbuilt motorhomes. It took place over a period of twenty-one months (from March 2011 to December 2012), included five separate crash test simulations all of which were carried out in the presence of  leading technical industry journalists and cost Bailey in the region of £40,000 to complete.

Footage from the Millbrook videos of the crash test simulations will be published on www.baileyalu-tech.co.uk shortly. For more information on Millbrook Proving Ground and the services they provide please visit www.millbrook.co.uk

The resulting enhancements are now incorporated into all Bailey production models which set them apart from any other products in terms of motorhome safety. However given the importance of this issue rather than trying to gain competitive advantage, the company will make the research findings available, via the National Caravan Council, to all manufacturers in the hope that this will mean safer vehicles for everybody - which can only be of benefit to the industry as a whole.

To find out more about these Bailey Motorhome please contact Shane Catterick or Neil Kinsley at TC Motorhomes in Kent Call 01227 289111.

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Swift Kon-Tiki 669

Mr & Mrs Thomson are pictured collecting their new Swift Kon-Tiki motorhome from Shane Catterick of TC Motorhomes, Herne Bay Kent.

Mr and Mrs Thomson made the decision to change their first motorhome just over 2 x months ago, and shortlisted the Swift Kon-Tiki 669 as a preffered model, featuring as it does an Island Double Bed configuration, and large forward lounge,( preffered on this occasion ), and an unrivalled level of specification, and comfort throughout.

They found their model of choice through the internet, at TC Motorhomes in Herne Bay Kent.

A part exchange deal was discussed and agreed, and the 669 was then prepared to the specification required by Mr & Mrs `T`..

Despite the unseasonal cold weather conditions, Mr & Mrs Thomson travelled down to Herne Bay Kent to collect their new Motorhome at the end of March.

With a thorough handover and the paperwork complete, an overnight stopover at T C `s was a sensible call giving every opportunity for Mr & Mrs Thomson to become completely familiar with the workings on board ..with David, T` C` s chief engineer able to demonstrate and explain the extensive specification and workings of this impressive new motorhome.

Mr & Mrs Thomson`s buying experience: T.C.`s believe, has been a happy one without stress or last minute disappointment or delay ..

This is the way we hope and believe all our customers will feel,  having completed their business at TC Motorhomes.

For more information contact Shane Catterick at TC MOTORHOMES


01227 289111