The Fiat Ducato, Citroen Relay/Jumper and Peugeot Boxer vans together account for the basis of nearly 75% of all motorhomes manufactured in Europe. Each of these vans are nearly identical apart from the finishing trim, as they are all built in the same factory and to the same design as part of a joint venture between Fiat and Peugeot/Citroen (the joint venture is the SEVEL company).

This article covers some of the things I have had to repair on our 1999 Hymer motorhome based on a second generation (1993-2006) Fiat Ducato – it aims to give you an idea of some of the things to look for when buying a motorhome of a similar age based on any of the SEVEL vehicles. I’ve included links where there are write-ups on the work completed.

(Note – there is a similar article on the Hymer specific parts of our motorhome here)

Header tank replaced

Worn Engine/Gearbox mounts replaced

Damaged radiator/intercooler mounts replaced

Fuel gauge reading intermittently – repaired

Oil pressure warning sender failed – replaced

Fan speed control failed – fan resistor replaced

Heater controls broken – replaced with second hand set of control knobs

Headlight leveler system failed – replaced

Suspension and brakes worn – overhauled

Rear brake wheel cylinder seized – replaced

Rear brake lines corroded – new set made up

Front wheel bearings worn – replaced

Front suspension strut / shock absorber leaking – replaced

Driveshafts worn – replaced

Exhaust corroded – replaced

Engine sump corroded – replaced

Hopefully this gives you an idea of some of the things to look for when buying a motorhome based on one of these vehicles – if you would like any more information on any of these issues or the fixes please let us know in the comments below!

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