Panel van advice sought

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    I'm looking ahead to the day when I either buy a ready converted camper van or do my own conversion .. I know what I want but need to hear more, pros cons of different base vehicles..
    Nothing ruled out but it needs to fill the following criteria

    No black boxes.. I want basic engineering .. something a blacksmith can repair.. so probably pre 1998 ?
    Bullet proof diesel engine.
    Walk though height, LWB with Twin back wheels
    Readily available spares throughout Europe and beyond
    Reliable ..

    I'm thinking either Iveco, Ford or Merc .. but leaning toward a Merc .. and if so , what models are available , what lemons are to be avoided ?
    Is turbo a must or are normal aspirated engines more reliable ?

    Any advice much appreciated

    Jim
     
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    jim , you are back to 814 van, not a sprinter. or the iveco now you also have a large vehicle. we need more info as to what you need as spec . i would say sell the georgie get a truck trader n start looking .
     
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    Mercedes.......make doubly sure it has an engine in A1 condition or you too could be paying 11k euros for a new motor in a foreign country.:cry:
     
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    another good van is the renault mascot . its a rear wheel drive version of the master .not so common here but widely used on continent. also goes up to about 6.5t.
     
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    Hi Jim,after the yank any thing is going to appear small :Rofl1::thumb::BigGrin: My 99 Iveco ambulance is as you say no black box and is proving very reliable.Although 4 ft shorter than a lwb panel van it is about 10 ins wider (6 ft 6 ins internal) which makes it ideal for conversion.
    ASK away but bear in mind you will spend about 7 k in parts (all new) whether it be on a new van or old one so if I was you I would buy as new a van as possible.
    terry
    BTW turbo is a must
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi Terry

    don't want a new van .. too many electronic gizzmos to go wrong ..
    did a conversion on a Renault traffic years ago and know how much it costs...
    I was hoping to pick up an already converted van .. or one that the owner had run out of money to convert .. it's early days but never too soon to look about ..

    cheers
     
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    how about this ebay 220439187999 could make a new georgie.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Nice ..

    but too big and too flash, too many windows .. looks like an RV :Laughing:

    I want drab, robust, reliable , inconspicuous , go almost anywhere van
     
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    been watching the nissan for a whle its very tempting. ldv ex parcel force van with transit/peugot engine also go anywhere . i think you do know what u need . long term travel lets you have all the answers n all the dont wants.
     
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    Hi Jim keep looking on ebay I have seen loads for not much more than the cost of the van. You could easy rip it all out and make a nice job of what they have botched.:thumb::Rofl1: for not a lot of money.Iveco are the longest closely followed by merc, and vw :thumb:
    terry
     
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    sounds like you want a camper for interesting travel-------have you considered a Land Rover 130 double cab or single cab with long bed with a demountable ?? I know they are expensive but that would give you an ideal every day car in Scotland and a superb (and simple) base vehicle, you have a good choice of truck campers that it could carry Maybe also tow a caravan if you need more space on some trips ???
    Just a thought??
    If you are even slightly interested in a Land Rover a visit to the Land Rover Max show at Newark would be an ideal place to pick up ideas, weekend of 19th July
    Nigel & Pamala
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi Nigel

    Interesting idea with a lot of merit .. might try and get to the show at Newark .. are you planning on attending ?

    jim
     
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    Hi Jim
    As you must know by now, we work on the Land Rover circuit, this year we are only working on 2 shows------Newark is one of them (the other is at Peterborough in Sept.)
    We hope to be very busy during the day but should be quiet in the evenings, We should be there from Wed 15 to the next Mon.
    We will be in the Dodge & truck camper, And Land Rover 110 CSW
    Let us know if you decide to come,
    Nigel & Pamala
     
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    Thanks Nigel ... will let you know ,

    Jim
     
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    ebay 120443418521
    190318578617
    260441483385
    130316213567 :BigGrin:
    check them out :Rofl1::thumb:
    terry
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi Terry
    mmmm .. some interesting vans .. but not what I'm looking for..

    I'm thinking more like this 270418927246

    what ya think ?

    Jim
     
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    Hi Jim that would be a good vehicle to convert :thumb: and run forever :thumb: all be it slowly :Rofl1: then again we are not formula 1 drivers so no rush :thumb: They also do a very nice square version :thumb: 308 I think based on a truck rather than a van.I ran one about 30 yrs ago but cannot remember the number :Rofl1: 60mph top speed but it would get you anywhere and back :BigGrin::Wink: I will have a scout about for the type I mean :thumb:
    terry
     
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    trouble with 308 is your loaded before you start 608 is more like it. that one seems v.low milage so could be good. we could have a weekend part theres enough of us to build it in a weekend. hurry up get your base summer is nearly over it,ll be too late soon.
     
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    :Rofl1: does this mean we are having a one hour make-over jobby ( one weekend ) get the caravan channel guy off here to film it --could well pay for its self :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    been looking for poss 308 type but it keeps coming up with sprinter types.Somebody will know the proper sq type I mean (may be vario ?) they made them on 56 plates ?????
    terry
     
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