From van to campervan (the beginning)

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  1. Charlie - Minton

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    IMG_5515.JPG van side.jpg Well managed to see the van in the middle of its conversion today.
    Starting to look like a campervan now !!

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    You might want to pixelate your number plate.
     
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    I don't know why people do that - it's on full public display all the time!


    Nice van btw!
     
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  4. Charlie - Minton

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    Cropped it now :)
     
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    It looks good!
     
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    Hi looking good (y)but what has been done ? Some before pics would be nice ;)That way we have an idea from the start-I assume you have had the roof done and the back door cards lined ---did you have windows in sides and rears done or buy with them in ? Also any pics of inside ;)
    terry
     
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    We pick up our New long wheel base peugeot boxer Today. Ralph would love a huge place like you've got to convert ours, I can tell you!
    Keep the pictures coming !
     
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    i cant understand this worry about number plates mine is outside the house most days or on the public highway can someone explain why its a bad idea to display it
     
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    so would I. .. once did one on the drive.. never again..

    but I don't think the OP is doing it himself..
    sounds like he was visiting the convertor..

     
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    Exciting!
     
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    Not too sure.. but I think one of the reasons is scam adverts..
    With a Reg Number you can look it up on the DVLA data base, and with the pictures it can then be used for scam adverts in ebay ..
     
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    This is a real beginner question.
    Why do people have a conversion done rather than buy a ready-made campervan? I assume it's so that you can have the layout you want rather than compromise with somebody else's design? Or is it for quality?
    What are the pros & cons please? cost comparison? any other points?
     
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    We Managed to get our present Motorhome right first time. We gave been very happy with everything about it. It has served us well.
    But now we want to downsize , yo get to more of the out of way places we love.
    We are doing ours because we can do it exactly how we want. Ralphs putting, in his opinion , the best fixtures and fittings . He has picked the best ideas and features from all the well known pvc manufacturers and is going to put them in ours. Granted it's costing a lot of money , It's a brand new van with all new fixtures and fittings . We aren't scrimping , but it will be done how we want.
    We plan on keeping it indefinately .
     
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    Lots of reasons
    Lots of reasons -pro and cons-
    PRO'S Layout you want
    van you want
    cost may be a factor
    new conversion all new parts
    you have a say in what you want rather than take what's on offer
    some conversions may cost more than the big boys but most will be less
    One off so unique
    Will convert a second hand van so a very big saving

    CONS
    resale value -offset by small convertor costs .
    One off so unique
    Quality of conversion =convertor

    Basically the cost of parts is the same but the big convertors get big discounts -yet if you know where and what you are buying the small convertor can get good deals --whether these deals get passed onto end customer depends on final price of conversion
    EXAMPLE
    BASED ON LWB FIAT GROUP VAN
    cheapest big convertor =£36k
    small convertor =£27k ish
    using more or less same parts--build quality should be as good if not better than main manufacturers in that things should be screwed together better and the small guy will have a lot more pride/care --- 9k saving can be offset come sale time --OMO
    terry
     
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    Hi Terry
    Bought the van purely for the conversion its a standard LWB panel van
    jobs done up to now :--
    6 windows
    Roof/bed fitted
    Eberspacher fitted
    Sides insulated & lined
    Exterior side steps
    Exterior gas point
    Seat swivel base to front double
    New floor
    Thats it up to now hopefully it will be finished in a couple of weeks
    yesterday was the first time I've seen the van since I dropped it off.
     
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    Not my place I'm afraid Bev Far too tidy lol.
    Brilliant news on you Boxer (bet you can't wait)
     
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    Couldn't have put it better myself:):)
     
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    Thanks for replies @Ralph-n-Bev & @Terry (sorry for the deviation @Charlie - Minton )
    It sounds exciting and a very satisfying project. Might have to pick your brains more on this in the future when we have a bit more experience under our belts...
     
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    In our case we decided on a new base vehicle which gives us reliability & manufactures 4year warranty (we hope)

    As its a part of our retirement plan we wanted a bespoke conversion to suit us hopefully we've covered all bases.

    Not sure about the cost comparison ours will be about 33k so a lot cheaper than the big motorhomes.

    One big factor for us regarding a van conversion or motorhome was the size our camper will be approx 2.100 high
    & 5.500 long when mobile.
    Although we will be a bit limited (we think) on space we will have a pull out awning & driveaway awning.
     
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    This is roughly the size we were looking for but ended up with just over 7m. We love it to bits but can't do everything we want & as we can see where there's wasted space, we're seriously considering down-sizing. Maybe in another year when the depreciation hit won't feel so bad.
    Which driveaway do you have? Are you pleased with your choice?
     
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