Renault TRM 2000 - any experience?

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Renault TRM 2000 - any experience?

Postby PeteB » Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:47 pm

In my search for possible base vehicles I have come across the TRM 2000, which looks to have a number of positives:
- Compact and light, net weight under 4T, GVW 6.3T
- 4 cylinder 3.6l MAN diesel engine, which I hoped would offer better economy
- Tidy examples available for around Euro12k in France
- Bed size of 3mx2m, with potential for a 4m cabin length, which will be tight but I reckon just about workable)

However, does anyone know anything about them? Any views on reliability (it is a Renault) or potential hassles importing a military unregistered vehicle into the UK?
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Re: Renault TRM 2000 - any experience?

Postby Ivan C » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:50 pm

Pete, I don't but I see Jackson's have stock of MAN 8:136 trucks, LHD and 8000kg gvw. Might be more straight forward? Jackon's will (for a fee of course) mot and register.
Just a thought
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Re: Renault TRM 2000 - any experience?

Postby crinklystarfish » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:32 am

I like them. Saw one in Iceland and it certainly looked the part. If you can sort translation this link might be useful: https://overtheland.de/category/der-overlander/trm-2000/

A reservation would be spares availabilty (I have no clue on that one).

Also, though I personally think small is good when it comes to actually travelling off the beaten track, the wheelbase wouldn't support a very big habitation area. That might put many off.

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Re: Renault TRM 2000 - any experience?

Postby PeteB » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:38 am

Ivan, tend to agree an 8.136 from Jacksons will be easier & similar cost. As much as anything, I was curious to find out more about the Renault. Someone in NL had converted one into a camper and that looked smart. I decided the L 18.280 was too big for me.

Crinkly, will have a look at the link. Agree the wheelbase is short but the cab seems very compact (benefit of a smaller engine?) hence space for a cabin is comparable with a U1300L or 8.136, still ends up tight on space for all of them.

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Re: Renault TRM 2000 - any experience?

Postby jaybee » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:42 am

There are a few 4x4s for sale in France, on the more modest end of the scale, including a Renault for 27k.

https://www.leboncoin.fr/caravaning/1687263723.htm/
https://www.leboncoin.fr/caravaning/1685562522.htm/
https://www.leboncoin.fr/caravaning/1674422033.htm/

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Re: Renault TRM 2000 - any experience?

Postby PeteB » Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:59 am

The TRM 2000 does look neat, and sounds a good price for a ready to roll truck. They do convert into a tidy, compact overlander, see this link for one in Netherlands:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5s1Q1RcueM

Main challenge is the limited space. All the more apparent when you look at the link to the Mercedes with the 5.25m cabin.

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Re: Renault TRM 2000 - any experience?

Postby crinklystarfish » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:11 am

Good link.

Very nice. In my estimation a genuinely useful size and seemingly very competent in poor terrain.

I don't know the spares situation or anything about reliability issues but these do seem like an increasingly good candidate for further consideration.

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Re: Renault TRM 2000 - any experience?

Postby PeteB » Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:56 pm

Agree they are compact, look capable offroad, have a similar load area to a MAN 8.136, all with the benefit of less weight than the 8.136. Lots of positives. Can certainly be set up as a small overlander that would work for 2 people. It doesn’t sound like any active users on this forum are familiar with them and I am not having much success checking reliability or availability of spares, so that side remains an unknown.

Added to this, as Ivan pointed out I could buy an 8.136 in the UK for a similar price, avoiding the risk, cost and hassle of importing from France. On this basis, the MAN seems the better option. Then again a T244 gives more cabin space and there is loads of expertise on this forum that I can call on! Decisions, decisions….

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Re: Renault TRM 2000 - any experience?

Postby NeilandPat » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:58 pm

I have known quite a few travellers with the MAN. 8.136.

Without doubt a very capable tough vehicle.

However, I am always astounded when the conversation comes around to fuel consumption. For a vehicle of this size it's always dreadful.

Most claim they get about 8 mpg on a good day.

Even Stan , who used to own one , sites an optimistic 11mpg.

I thing with a bit of altitude and mountains you could be down to between 6 to 10 mpg which is very poor for this size of vehicle.

Running cost can add up.

On a current note Renault have a big footprint in South America

MAN not as big but still present, if this was on your list of destinations

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Re: Renault TRM 2000 - any experience?

Postby Ivan C » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:14 am

I think part of the problem (with the 8-136) is low gearing- one of the things which put me off one.
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