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  1. Pedro1968

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    Hi all!

    I was going to introduce myself in the appropriate thread but this seems more in keeping with my reason for joining.

    I need to start with a confession and that is that I am not (currently) a motorhome owner and the reason for this is that I have just renewed my Motability contract; that and the fact that I'm skint.

    In three years, I will no longer be skint and it is my intention to come off the scheme and join the merry band of motorhomers. I will have a budget of around £15k for my first vehicle and I was looking for some pointers, bearing in mind that this will be my everyday vehicle.

    There is a conversion outfit, not too far from where I live, who specialise in Japanese imports, such as the Nissan Elgrand and Toyota Granvia/Regius & Alphard. They supply the van for around £6k and convert upwards of £899, depending on the level of conversion and the vehicle you choose.

    My priority would be a toilet cubicle with two side-mounted, single beds (I'm nearly 48 and quite content in my singledom), with a kitchen unit to house, or sit a two-burner campstove on and store a small fridge, if space allows. Upper kitchen units could store some luggage.

    Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated, which is why I'm doing my research now.

    Thanks.
     
  2. John Laidler

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    Welcome and good luck!

    I'm not sure you can get all you want in vehicles of those sizes. However, it would be worth going to this show and meet some converters and see what is possible. You may not be after a new vehicle but it will give you ideas on layout.
    http://www.thenec.co.uk/whatson/caravan-camping-show
     
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  4. Pedro1968

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    Thanks, Gus. (y)
     
  5. Pedro1968

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    Thanks DBK (y)
     
  6. Pedro1968

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    I'm going to the Scottish version at the start of February, so I'll certainly take your advice with me.
     
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    Hi and :welcomesign:
    You have plenty of time to look at as many vehicles as possible.

    You might think now a small can is best but it's worth sitting in as many as you can.

    Good luck with your search, I'm sure you'll enjoy finding the right van for you.
     
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    Thanks Hollyberry (great name :D ). (y)
     
  9. davejen

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    Hi,and welcome Pedro, the converted jap vans are ok,but very tight for space inside, (I had a converted Bongo), you would probably be better with an older Autosleeper, not much bigger, but as a coachbuilt, designed for the job. Plenty about check out ebay etc or go round dealers and then you can see the layouts.
    Cheers, Dave(y)
     
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