Best MPG Van Advice Please

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  1. foresthobbit

    foresthobbit Read Only Funster

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    I'm new to all this, and initially was planning on using a canvas bell tent and a 1.9tdi diesel car to go travelling for upto a year. I'll probably be spending part of the time camping in a spacious 5m bell tent, however, have now decided that having an 'indoor space' would be very helpful when on the road and stopping overnight in places.

    Because of a super tight budget, I need something that will give me at least 35mpg, hopefully more. Is this possible. I probably won't do a conversion, but use a portable stove, chemical toilet & have a single bed in there.

    I have questions about electrics but I'll ask that later :)

    The LDV convoy has been recomended as offering 35+MPG, but from what I understand the drive is awful. Any other vans I should be considering, I don't mind small as I was previously planning on using a estate care to sleep in when I'm not camping!

    Other vans I've been thinking about is the VW T5/T4 and the mazda bongo. Can't seem to get figures for MPG on them.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    cant really comment on mpg figures but what you should realise is the insurance on a standard panel van may come under commercial vehicle insurance and will probably be much more expensive than a regular motorhome.
     
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    Thanks Pappajohn, so commerical van insurance would be quite expeinsive? What about an MPV?

    Thanks
     
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    mpv would probably be cheaper to insure and ferries would be cheaper than a commercial
    best aid to mpg is a block of wood fixed under the go pedal
     
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    Thanks :) I like the block of wood under pedal idea :D
     
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    <------- 35+ mpg :Smile:
     
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    I've been looking at the VW Sharan MPV diesel & that does a whopping 50mpg on the motorway. I think an MPV conversion might be the way forward for peeps on a tight budget. Besides, you can pick-up a 2003 model for under £2k

    The Seat Alhambra is looking good to, the 1.9tdi engine seems fast and economical.
     
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    bongo....25 mpg:Sad:
     
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    Sucks :(
     
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    it sounds like the Romahome should fit your bill you can get around near 60 mpg out of these, a nice little MH built on a citron chassis small but compact :thumb:
     
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    If you're willing to go down in size to something in the Fiat Doblo/Citroen Berlingo/Renault Kangoo class you can easily get 35+ mpg. My 1.3 diesel Doblo campervan does almost 50 mpg (mixed motorway/country lane driving) and I've heard of Berlingo-based Romahomes doing just over 50 mpg. So the MPV versions should be even better with less weight to pull.
     
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    Are these mpg figures you quote for two people all your gear food water diesel etc: and on the motorway:Doh::Wink::Wink:

    if you go down the romahome route..check with the ferries... I was speaking to a person with one and he was moaning he was being charged as a commercial van on the ferries around twice as much.
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    By the sounds of it you were thinking of staying on camp sites with your bell tent. The thing is with a small van conversion, you will be able to wild camp most of the time which will save you loads on site fees:thumb:

    Welcome by the way:thumb:
     
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    Hi just my thoughts :Smile: a small Romahome type will not cost a lot and after a year will not loose a lot come sale time:Smile:Same with a older VW t4 type van.A panel van conversion will cost a lot by a mainstream converter, but a self build PVC will be both cheap to buy and run :Smile:Almost all will return mid to high 30s and if you are not too fussy on the conversion you can pick up some for about the same price as a empty van :thumb:
    I have seen over the last few weeks a 2007 Renault Master,half decent conversion for under 5k and several very basic conversions on 2002/5 vans around the 3/4k price :thumb: This gets you cheap M/H insurance and ferries
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    The romahome HILO will fit the bill. If it wasn't for our dogs that would do me.
     
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    Fuel consumption

    Mk6 transit tddi driven steady 30mpg
     
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    Bongos are quite poor at 25mpg, think T4 is around 30mpg, but they come with their own issues!

    Honest opinion would be to go and find a Toyota Hiace - 40-45mpg, dry clutch and go on forever.
     
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    No Room for your homebrews though...........Del
     
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    With my Autosleepers Mezan LL (similar to the Roamahome) I have managed 49mpg over 34,665 miles. The best fill to fill has been 56mpg. It has the 1.6HDI engine which is a euro 4, I travel one up but otherwise fully loaded, most of my trips are long distance and with a light right foot.



    If I had not been using the diesel heater when off EHU I am sure the average would be over 50mpg, but I am allergic to cold. :Laughing:



    A high top will obviously not do as well as the pop up roof version.

    Mike
     
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