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1987 Mercedes 711d Motorhome project For Sale

Hi and welcome to the auction of my mercedes 711D motorhome, the mighty Doug!
It's rare to find one of these superb old school style heavy duty commercial vehicle based vans with such a good chassis and cab as this one.
The rear living area requires complete renovation so is ideal for building to your own design and taste

Currently for Sale £5000 ONO
He is not currently MOT'd. This of course means you would need a (large) flatbed to take him to his new home. No advisories on his last mot from 2018.
I bought this beast just over a year ago, the plan was to gut the inside and rebuild to my own needs but thanks to the wonderful COVID, no work for 3 months and a Triumph Spitfire resto, I haven't started on him. Now I have an offer of a job in Guernsey so he has to go because he's too big for the lanes there.
Doug is a 1987 mercedes 711D motorhome built by the German company Alkoven, who build top end motorhomes (and we all know the Germans are best at that!).
I have a copy of a bill of sale when he had 150000km on the clock for 150000DM, or about £100000 in todays money! he is a 3 speed auto with the legendary 4ltr turbo diesel engine. He won't win any races, but he could tow the racetrack to a new site if needed!
He cruises very comfortably at 60-65mph. I drove him 200 miles home when I bought him and he went really nicely.
Being German he is of course left hand drive.
He was clearly built for self contained long distance touring.
His vital statistics are:
Length 8.4m
Ht 3.3m
Width 2.4m
Kerb Wt is 4840Kg with about 6.6T permissible (don't quote me on those numbers but it's in that ballpark)
Mileage about 237000km, so just about run in for one of these!
Underslung LPG tank (not connected) 116ltrs
Fresh water storage 2x 120ltr
waste water 240ltr
Fuel capacity 300ltrs (good for over 1000miles!)
Tow bar fitted -2000Kg rated
5m awning, this has a slight tear near the mount, should be an easy repair.
rear ladder
Bike rack
Solar (pretty advanced for it's day, and still working well)
Reversing camera (a piece of fine 80s tech, that isn't working)
Cruise control (not working)
he comes with an interesting collection of paperwork and handbooks (in German!) and a map of East German campsites from 1990!
The chassis has been coated in some kind of underseal which seems to have done the job, unusually for one of these there appears to be next to no rust on the chassis. The front cab is in good condition with just a couple of very small rust spots ( see pictures). These look to be surface rust as there is no bubbling and the metal is firm to press, so just a case of sanding back, a bit of rust killer and repaint with a touch up brush.
The rear originally had 4 bunks, 2 on each side but the PO took one side out to install a couple of dog cages, so this area is to do with as you wish. I would say the whole interior needs stripping out and redoing.
I can't get the living area electrics to work. The PO assured me they do, and there is power to the distribution board but I can't get them working. I haven't looked into it in depth and it may just be my own stupidity!
He is not currently MOT'd. This of course means you would need a (large) flatbed to take him to his new home. He had no advisories on his last MOT in 2018.

The list of problems identified by the garage are as follows:
N/S/F Marker Light broken
All 3 drivebelts perished
Exhaust blowing in a number of places – Complete exhaust required
O/S/R outer badly cracked
N/S/F steering arm gaiter split
Exhaust rubbers perished
Front fog light broken off
Towbar socket loose
Gearbox to propshaft oil seal leaking
Engine oil leak
Front brake discs corroded
Front & Rear brake pipes slightly corroded
Rear anti roll bar link bushes badly perished
Front leaf spring bushes badly perished
Mudflap missing
I was quoted about £600 for this work (biggest thing being the exhaust)
in addition, the most annoying issue is that when you fill up he sprays back diesel. I discovered this when he sprayed diesel over my new doc martins!!
This is most likely due to a perished filler hose. Access to this is good and it should be an off the shelf component.

The rear LHS locker floor has given up the struggle against the elements, probably due to the missing mudflap listed above so needs a new floor. Currently it's wood. If I was doing it I would probably do it with Ally. Again, not a difficult fix.
I think that's about it
He's been in storage for a year but everytime I have been to see him and give him a pat he starts first go, then I take him for a trundle round the farm yard just to keep things moving.
I would suggest potential buyers come to view (by arrangement only as he is in storage)

He will need to be collected by 21st Aug latest
I think that's a good price for one of these with such a good chassis. With a bit of work and a few quid this could be a very desirable and valuable motorhome.
Thanks for looking, any questions please ask.
You can see a 'warts and all' walkround video
Contact must be made within 24 hours of auction end. Payment is cash only within 5 days. The van can continue to be stored onsite at your cost £25 per month) if needed until collection can be arranged or necessary works to get an MOT done (I can recommend a couple of local places)
Please don't mess me around as I need this gone before I leave for Guernsey.
Private sale, sold as seen, no warranty implied or given. No returns
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