Looking for a van to convert

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  1. Terry

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    Hi all I cannot make my mind up on vans --As you all must know I convert the odd van now and again :D
    Age and mileage does not really bother me so long as the running gear is in good order (y)
    I am in no rush to find and do a van but I am looking so I keep coming up with vans and people I know keep giving me reasons not to buy because :eek:All valid :)and they make sense :(
    As I look I come across lots of vans that sway me from the first choices IE ambulance or Fiat Ducato family simply because they are Bargains (or appear in adds to be)We are talking the dreaded tranny and odd Master-I don't mind the idea of sprinter/crafter or Iveco
    I want to keep this van for a yr or 2 (hence putting all my goody bits into it) but at the end of the day it will be sold on :)
    Now arguments for and against
    Ambulance =lot of work but good size etc mega miles 25 mpg ish
    Ducato decent size 30plus MPG -- do I go for a 100,000/140k miler about 6 yrs old --Should sell easy for not too much or do I go for a newer van that will break the 15k easy selling price -once above this bracket things get hard to sell :(
    I always say it cost the same to covert a old van as a new one and if I intended to keep it a few yrs rather than 1 or 2 I would deffo go for the almost new but I just know it will be sold after a while.
    So do I go with a 5/6 yr old van that I stick unde 15k ish Newer and take a chance on selling for more OR the ambulance with unknown selling price -may make good money or not-would you even consider a van with 250k on the clock ?
    Arguments for and against below (y)Cannot promise I will go for any but I am open to persuasion :D
    terry
     
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    Whatever the age the lower the mileage the better.............doesn't mean it's a better van but folks expect (or want) low mileage..........5-6 years under £15k to sell makes sense to me
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    ex council vans are ideal.........sit around most of the day:whistle:
     
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    5-6 years seem right to me as well. Bulk of depreciation done already but still life in them. I wouldn't do an ambulance these days lots and lots of work but that's just me.

    Low mileage would also make selling easier.

    If I were to do a self build again I would be looking at an Iveco XLWB. Give 4.5 meters in the load bay. Rear wheel drive and as such has quite a high floor for putting gas cylinders and secondary waste tanks underneath etc.

    If it was for my own use I would go for a 65C17 or 60C15 etc. more than 3.5T but could fit large water tanks and waste tanks plus an absolutely humungous battery bank(y)

    This is my favourite at the moment if I had the cash http://vans.autotrader.co.uk/used-v...4a102b93014a1612fa34564a/makemodel/make/iveco
     
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    Low mileage for me Terry, lots of cheap motor homes on eBay with not that many miles so I recon high mileage vans are a waste of time, I personally wouldn't buy one anyway(y)
     
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    You could always buy a Rapido if you want a real challenge of turning something into a motorhome :rofl::rofl:
     
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    Fly over here Terry/Karl and rebuild the Wagon... excellent running gear... very, very, very, well priced.

    What tales you will have to tell at the next meet!

    JJ :cool:
     
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    For me the age isn't that important, the mileage and service record would be. :)
     
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    I would love to JJ. work won't allow at the moment though :(
     
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    The library bus is simply well over priced by about 7/8k and the 2005 Iveco has 280k on the clock :D
    I am thinking more of 2008 to 10 plate 5 to 6k ish -I have almost everything for it except a couple of windows a loo and fridge so I think it will come in below my target selling price of 15k -I may well blow the budget though by going a bit over the top seeing as I intend to keep it a while -I have a few feelers out looking for vans so at the moment I have my (think) preference of either Ambulance or the Fiat stable --Last yr Ivecos were or at least seemed to be a good bit cheaper than the Mercs and Crafter but now they are more or less on par or even more:D
     
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    More worried by the rust on the merc than a high mileage. but then I have a friend who thinks 40k miles is huge & is always looking for one with less than 10k. It takes all sorts.
     
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    Iveco 122 BHP "High cube" would make a great camper van..
     
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    JJ I could very easy jump in a van and bring the wagon back to life but I fear there would be no wages out of it :)The warmer weather appeals rather than the freezing cold --I have made good progress clearing out my garage today -I can now get inside the door and walk all the way to the front door (y) The Harly is going for a dry build in a couple of weeks so that will free up even more space :Dbut will cost me in the long run :eek:
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    I work with the Scottish Ambulance Service and they drive 'em like the stole 'em :eek: and often on a cold engine :eek::eek:

    Even the paramedics have said they would not buy one themselves.......
     
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    Different to what I have always been told -I know a Ambulance service man and he says they are serviced regular and if anything is suspect they get changed even to a point of if the clutch needs changing it gets a new gearbox while it's off just in case -With the amount of miles they clock up I doubt if the engine ever stops long enough to get cold:DI have had 2 now and never had a problem -perhaps they work better after a good thrashing
     
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    The Wagon would be no good for a conversion intended for sale... for a conversion for one's own use it would be excellent...

    If only I had some energy left...

    JJ :cool:
     
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    I am feeling the cold lots today so QMJ sounds good and messing around with the BB would pass the time
    terry
     
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    Don't shoot me, I'm only the messenger:eek:
     
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