Panel van conversion on ebay .. opinions please.

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  1. scotjimland

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    jim. looks like its nicely fitted. but built on wrong wt chassis . prefer fixed bed at rear ,good storage underneath . if i was looking it would have to be something like the devon sahara on the old ldv /master but on an iveco or renault mascot. r.w.d. a must. mid length iveco makes a good base as the v.long one is too long.
    bet that one cost 6-7grand for the conversion. be interesting to see what it makes.
    cheers alan.
     
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    Jim

    Looks nicely fitted out. Is it diesel or petrol? As it only has a 2 litre engine. Maybe a bit underpowered.

    High mileage if it is petrol model.

    Lesley
     
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    my concerns would be
    1) the distance you are from the builders should anything go wrong.
    2)being an unknown quantilty you have no idea what lies behind the panels.(quality of insulation winterising etc).
    3)You are no longer a young man Jim and making up a bed every day will soon knacker your back.
    4)Could you really make do with such a huge reductiuon in space?
    other than that it looks like a nice van.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Thanks Alan , I knew I could rely on you for an honest opinion ..I need a van that I can use daily , and can park in an ( almost ) standard parking bay ..


    Hi Lesley , it's diesel .. so do you think it would be under powered ?

    jim
     
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    Hi Roger

    1. very true :Sad:
    2. also true
    3. but I have a young wife who does all that :Laughing: (knackers my back that is ) :Wink:
    4. Needs must I'm afraid

    cheers jim
     
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    jim ,thats why i used iveco or the mascot. both just normal working vans, not really any bigger than you are looking at. also if you do it your self you can be a bit more stealth. nod nod. mascot not so common here but used alot on the continent. they are here though as vans.
     
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    Looks quite a nice conversion, but had a 2L Boxer same base but peugeot but found it a bit under powered for me.


    Dave:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Hi Jim

    I don't know an awful lot really but yes, I do thnk it may be underpowered. My sister had a 2 litre diesel motorhome, she practically had to carry it up hills. It also overheated on many occasions. We went on holiday together and mine was much more fuel efficient than hers was and mine is a 2.8jtd and I used a lot less fuel than her 2 litre one. She got rid of it as soon as we got back.

    I may be wrong though and I am sure there are plenty of people on here very happy with a 2 litre diesel engine.

    Lesley
     
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    jim google renault mascott vans there is one at specialist cars in york. have a google let us know your views.
     
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    Biggest problem IMHO is the badge on the front= terrible reliability!
    Cheers, Dave:thumb:
     
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    Hi Jim the base vehicle is in the 3 k region and the conversion materials around 6.5k :Wink: Personally I do not like the carpeting on the walls on a van, it darkens them for me.
    It would take 3 to 4 weeks for a couple of people to make / convert, so say 4 k wages giving a total of 13.5 / 14k in total.Anything you can save on that price is a bonus or eating into a small profit for the converter.The units look nicely made:thumb: only thing I can perhaps fault is the bed make up- lots of cushions :Rofl1: It says all lined insulated ,you would have to enquire about that as some think the carpeting as insulation :Eeek:
    Again I think the 2.0 under powered but that needs trying up a nice hill to see what you think :Rofl1:
    Hope this insight helps with your decision
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    Looks a nice van but in my book the mileage is far too high, commercial van thats been well used and any potential resale afterwards would be the same problem.

    Peter
     
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    Jim,

    How big a van can you use, this any good?

    Volkswagen Transporter T4 2370cc Diesel ManualLength: 20' 8" (6.3m)
     
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    Hi Peter .. possible.. it's about the max length ..got a link ?

    jim
     
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    Its on our website, link wont go straight to it though

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    thanks Peter, .. it's a bit too big for every day use..


    cheers
    jim
     
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    Hi Alan ,

    just had a look, big payload and good volume .. rear wheel drive, double rear wheel drive ideal for a home conversion.. :thumb:

    very rare in this country .. but maybe too big as an everyday van ..?

    I've just started looking and in no rush..

    cheers

    jim
     
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    jim think you will find they are the same width as a master,possibly no wider than the citroen.i looked at them when i built the mitzy but only as chassis cab.did see several abroad and there are several here .ambulances etc.i like the weight to size .the 5.5 is ideal.there is alot a bumph on the webb about them.built on a proper chassis. keep looking i only give honest opinions .gets me into trouble as well. cheers alan.
     
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    Jim,

    It looks smart and suits me for internal colours and method of construction: similar to my Renault Master Spectra.

    There are several professional conversions on similar panel vans: Fiat / Peugeot / Citroen. all much the same but actually Citroen rarely used. As far as I know these usually have a 2.2 or 2.3 litre engine depending on 'Make', not actually a 2 litre. I can't see where it says it is a 2 litre: it say '2cc' which is obviously an error.

    The gross weight at 3.300 is also not unusual ( Trigano Tribute for instance ) although 3.500 may be more desirable. Depends how many people you are and what junk you intend to carry:Smile:

    I like the washroom with fixed basin: I *hate* 'tip up sinks' so often fitted to even the £50,000 panel van conversions. Can't see anywhere to put the soap / shampoo though.

    The kitchen looks quite good but I would prefer a little more work space: not often found though on even the largest motorhomes:Sad: I like the fact the it has an 'end wall' piece to shield the lounge seats from cooking soil. ( often not found even on the most expensive conversions ) That shows that the builder has thought about things, unless it was done just for style:Smile: A rather narrow 'corridor' though twixt kitchen and washroom.

    I agree that the bed make up looks fiddly, especially to make the double. It's ok having a huge bed but you need a huge duvet too and you need to have room to keep that with easy access. I assume that the table is needed to make the bed, although that isn't certain.

    It looks from the pictures that the rear doors need to be opened to access the table top. If that is so, I definitely don't like that. The access to the toilet cassette also needs the doors opened: at least it means that there isn't a hole cut in the side of the van panel to fit the cassette access door.

    Everything is a compromise in a panel van conversion though.

    The mileage is very high: my 1992 Renault has only clocked 111,000, but it depends on exactly how that mileage was achieved. Was it a privately owned. well looked after van, or a thrashed 'white van man' van?

    Never heard of the conversion name so presumably a 'one off' by the builder, built to sell. A business, or private 'self builder'?

    Can't help with the value, sorry, but looks quite good for ten grand!:Laughing:

    Oh, we used Renault for six years and loved it. Now have Autocruise and love the extra room and comfort but don't actually have more *fun*.:Laughing:

    Harvey
     
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