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  1. jezport

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    We are thinking of selling our Frankia tag axle motorhome and having an Extra long wheelbase, extra high Iveco or Mercedes Sprinter built. Our Frankia has every possible luxury and bags of space so getting the layout right is really important. I will hopefully be doing this with the help of @Terry

    On the extra high PVCs we can fit a double floor below the rear bed and high level locker space is very good, theres even a large over cab area for storage so plenty of storage space.

    We want a big tall fridge, seating and beds for 4 (occasionally) 2 to 3 regularly and enough room to swing a Macaw (bigger than a cat)

    Ive worked out a preliminary layout that seems to physically fit, I haven't decided where the double floor will end yet.

    The rear bed will fold back into a couch giving the option of using the rear space as a second lounge or garage space, but will be left as a bed 99% of the time.

    Any suggestions are appreciated
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    I have a converted Transit Jumbo about same size. That plan looks OK apart from the rear end which is too small for a double.
    Are you sure of the width?. Don't think mine is 180 wide.
     
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    Yes the Iveco is 180cm, The Merc is 178cm
     
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    Great. But still think 110 isn't quite wide enough. IMHO.
     
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    I may be able to squeeze 120 in 110 looked OK on the tape measure.

    Thanks for that
     
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    Hi Jez did you measure rib to rib rather than panel to panel ? good job you are not that tall :) yep layout would work and you can come across the door opening quite a bit more with Kitchen area -Could make the L shape so it converts into 3/4 double bed -No doubt a lot more suggestions will come along between now and starting your build(y)
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    Going by manufacturers measurements, I need to get out and measure one in person.
    Yes was going to do the 3/4 bed in the dinette.

    The other issue is wheel arches, but with the xtra high top we may be able to rause the floor to minimise the issue. My Frankia has a raised area from the bathroom back, It gives minimal headroom but works well.

    I was wondering what the highest weight a 3500kg iveco can be plated upto as it would mean narrower wheel arches on the 4 wheel version vs the 6 wheel
     
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    Wheel arches will be under the bed / fridge/freezer / sink so no problem -seats/bed are usually just high enough to incorporate wheel arches
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    I THINK SINGLE WHEEL VANS CAN GO TO 5 TONS POSS 6 T but you need to check -I have had a single wheel 5 ton
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    Great project, but why move on from the Frankia?
     
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    Why?o_O it'll never be as good as the Frankia
    We've considered a self build a few times but to be honest its never going to be a patch on our tag axle Hymer or worth as much come resale time.
    Always liked the idea but when we do our research it just doesn't make sense.
    Each to their own though.
    Good Luck(y)
     
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    Really like the ease of a panel van to get around in. We've had the Frankia a long time so is about time for a change.
    We are rarely travelling with the kids now.
     
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    Well if I can find the right base vehicle I can have all the features we like in the Frankia but exactly to suit us.
    With the current cost of PVCs it may make more sense than buying a branded prebuilt van I would save money up front when buying, so it's pretty much swings and roundabouts.
     
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    It seems EXLWB Extra high top vans with low mileage are rarer than hens teeth.

    Ive been looking at the globecar family scout L which seems to have a similar layout to my design, so I am going to see if there are any at Newbury to get ideas. Hope I dont like them too much and buy one!
     
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    Mine is 6.5m long :)
     
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    KEEP it just that, a thought ;):)
     
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    Ever thought of looking at mini buses ? easy to take out and sheet over all that glass-some nice shaped ones around
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