newbie van conversion

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  1. ss1

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    Hi,

    I have always wanted to travel the country in a motorhome but unfortunatly circumstances prevented me from doing so.

    So now in my late 40's single woman and happy to be, I have decided to learn how to convert a van and travel the country by myself. It is never too late to live your dreams.

    I know it sounds a bit impulsive converting a van by yourself without much knowledge, but I have been know to behave that way. I can pick things up quickly and am not afraid of doing the diy work on my own.

    Are there any single ladies out there who have the same ideas.

    I don't know much about vans but I am doing a lot of reading. I am thinking of a ford transit lwb high top. I am thinking of this because these vans are everywhere and I am thinking parts will be cheap.

    I may get windows and vents fitted proffessionally but I intend to to the rest of the work myself.

    I want to insulate the van as I intend to spend several months in it in the winter and wanted to know how I would go about doing this..

    Does anyone have any advice or ideas. I have not bought the van yet and will not for a couple of months, I would like to do more research first, but I am serious about doing this.

    I swear to you, I am not Mad:Eeek:

    ss1
     
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  2. Peter & Elaine

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    With your ideas
    First you probably are mad but that's a good thing
    Spend a tenner and join fun
    Seek advice on here cos you will need it
    Ignore 2 thirds of it cos we are all mad
    Listen to to other third as there are some very clever people on here

    Do it
    Live the dream it's yours

    The ladies will be along shortly to talk sense
     
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  3. Armytwowheels

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    Hello and welcome

    The first mistake you have made is thinking that you are not mad - clearly you are ! However this is slightly essential to have the drive to not only convert your own van and go travelling but also to be on this site in the first place.:Rofl1::Rofl1:
    There are a few DvDs and book around about self conversions, in fact I think I might have a DVD that some one gave us when we were converting our first van, you are welcome to have this.

    We converted an ex ambulance which was already insulated and had heating via a very good diesel heater, so from that point of view quite a bit of hard work was avoided. However is was a draughty as hell and no hot water. :Doh: but we loved it non the less.
    Good luck and don't let anyone put you off.
     
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    Hello & good luck with your plans. We bought our MH new so can't help with conversion but can tell you we are loving the freedom it gives us. :thumb:
     
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    Hi ss1,

    Nice to see someone living their dreams, you're in the right place for advice, just ask..and welcome to the Fun :thumb:
     
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    welcome

    Welcome aboard:Wink:
     
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    Hello and welcome to the Fun!

    Roger & Sheila:Smile::BigGrin:
     
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    Yes you are crazy but that is a good thing. Ask away on here and you will get some good advice on self building...

    Welcome to fun by the way :thumb:
     
  9. Jez and Lin

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    Hi ss1
    If you have a look in the Self Build Motorhomes section Norrie 14 has just completed a Transit conversion. He might be a good starting point for advice ?
     
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    You're not mad, you just see things differently.....

    Welcome :welcome:
     
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    Hello and welcome to Fun, no you are not mad, no reason not to follow your dream if the time is right, just a few idea's.

    1, The best £10 if you are serious about this is for your annual subscription to Fun, more knowledge at your finger tips freely given.

    2. Cost it out roughly before you start, don't forget things like winterizing it, all the gas work etc. If its a van and you put windows in you could be liable to VAT.

    3. If your budget allows could you buy a older already converted van with most of the basics and update it to your idea's, don't forget older camper vans / motorhomes generally have less mileage on them than a commercial vehicle.

    4. Don't let the work and cost of it become more than the vehicle is worth.

    5.. Keep asking questions.

    6. Good Luck keep us updated it is always good to know what the lady's amongst us are up to :welcomefunster:
     
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    Hi and a very big :welcome::thumb:
     
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    There was me feeling rather pleased with myself having fitted a new tap to my grey waste on Sunday! However I would only have known to get a cheap one from the garden centre because we joined motorhome fun last year, without that mad lot I would have spent a fortune at a garage. Good luck.:Smile::Smile:
     
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    Hi and welcome,:thumb: Layout is the most important thing so go around a shows and have a good look to see what works for you :Smile: Insulation can be anything from £10 a roll to £100 or thermalite boards depending on your budget-remember it cost the same to con vert an old van as a new one :Wink:
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    Welcome and good luck with the conversion. We are going to do the same thing in a few years .
    Ralph's picking up tips, ideas and equipment to do it as we go along in the meantime. He's got quite a stash :Rofl1: like a little magpie.
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement, I am glad to know that I am not only mad one, you all seem like a friendly bunch, I look forward to your advice. :BigGrin:

    ss1
     
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    Hi I am well known to be quite mad, glad to know that I am not the only one , if you do have a dvd I would be grateful if you could let me buy it from you or where I could buy the dvds that you mentioned.

    ss1
     
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    Thanks for the books, I am really glad I found this forum and intend to ask for lots of advice.:Smile:

    ss1
     
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