Recommend us a new van

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  1. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

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    Well, we know we need to get a new van as our old one is being written off but how do we find one? Ask the fount of all knowledge, that's how (Hilda, Munchie and Pinky can join in as well if they want). So, what fits this spec? :BigGrin:

     
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    new or used?

    how many spondoolies?
     
  3. Phill D

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    Decent heater system
    Gas alarm
    Cab aircon
    cruise control
    puncture safe GUNK or equiv if no spare wheel
    :thumb:
     
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    I dunno.. but I know a man who does... :Wink:

    must be asleep.. or he's losing his 'edge' :Doh:
     
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  5. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

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    Any at the moment
     
  6. Munchie

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    I wish you luck Graham but I think your list is a wee bit ambitious especially at 21ft ish and 3.5te max. :RollEyes:

    Ours is 6.9 mtrs 23ft ish? but it would not match your criteria especially the Has/leccie mix you want. :Smile:
     
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    >> Low profile
    >> Fixed bed
    >> Under 3.5 tonne MTPLM
    >> No more than 21 feet long

    And somewhere comfortable to sit and lounge ?

    I'll believe it when I see it, probably with the Tardis brand on it.
     
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    Any chance you may venture abroad

    No no no not Wales or Scotland :Rofl1:


    But real foreign like France and beyond

    If so why not consider (I did say consider ) a left hand drive

    :thumb:
     
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    A self build would provide all you req plus more:thumb: 7k on bits 5k to convert and cost of van to convert= 7/8k -3/5 yr old (merc vw iveco,may be a tad long or master,fiat stable for width :thumb:total around 20k or a lot less for an older van --- a 2004 ambulance would cost around 4k saving around 4k total 16k LOTS of pluses for ambulance :thumb:-lot more work - only neg is mileage but serviced within a inch of it's life:BigGrin:
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    Essentials:
    Low profile
    Right hand drive x
    Fixed bed x
    Garage (or cycle rack if no garage) xx both
    Swivel driver & passenger seats x
    Gas fire (usable without blown air fan)
    3-way fridge/freezer x
    Decent sized shower (not one you catch your elbows in constantly) x
    Under 3.5 tonne MTPLM x
    At least 500 Kg user payload x
    Fully LEZ compliant x
    Awning x
    Heki roof light ... Two small roof lights
    110Ah leisure battery (or capacity for if not) x times two
    Charge leisure battery from engine x
    Charge starter battery from leisure battery (battery charge manager/master)
    Smoke & Carbon monoxide detectors x
    Winterised
    Thatcham Category 1 alarm/immobiliser x Quote:
    Desirables:
    No more than 21 feet long
    Gaslow or other fixed gas arrangement x
    150 watt solar panel x 2x 80
    Efoy fuel cell
    Roof rack/ladder to enable mounting of a VAWT
    Reversing/rear view camera x
    Rear passenger seat belts x
    Electric heater as well as gas
    Electric hob as well as gas
    No oven
    No microwave x
    Nature Pure water filter
    External access storage lockers x garage
    Flyscreens on habitation door and windows
    Tyron bands



    Ours is 22.7 feet long Graham I have X'd what we have to give you an idea

    Also a class, drop down bed as well as fixed bed we also have an oven. Seats 6...8 at a push :thumb:

    3 years now and we still love it. :Smile:
     
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    No no no no no :Laughing:

    If you would like to build one Terry I'll consider it - but no guarantees :BigGrin:
     
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    We had a drive up through Durham & T&W this morning and saw a couple that hit quite a few of the essentials. Not bad prices either.

    Rotec 682 and Burstner T625.

    Both under 21 feet as well Brian :Smile:
     
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    Graham my nutter friend, DO NOT write off France it is a motorhomers dream.
    Steph was terrified when Alan (Laneside) forced us over for the first time, within two days she was in heaven.
    Bear in mind we don't do many towns but we never once felt vulnerable.
    We have always been treated with the utmost respect and friendliness by the French. :thumb:
     
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    I would start one today :thumb:Yours would be the hard job Graham---You would have to persuade the wife (my wife) to let me :BigGrin:
    terry
     
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    Crikey..what a list !!

    Hand built job comes to mind ......Lot's of dosh required though ! Germany your best bet !!:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Just never been interested in foreign travel, Ken :Smile:
     
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  19. motorhomelover

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    you may not get your full wish list from a dealer as van specs are normally set

    only way is to build one to your spec or its a compromise on many things
    good luck with your search

    we got an RV to match our wish list but came in a 4.5ton rig
    far more comfortable than any euro van and all for less than £30K
    being left hand drive its great for euro travel :thumb:
    we do not find any difficulty in driving here with a left hooker you just get used to it :thumb:
     
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    Well - re hob - gas/elec are available - our full cooker is a 'Stoves' brand with one elec and 3 gas rings and I therefore suppose you could always have a new hob wired in, if the existing spec of a van you otherwise liked didn't have both?

    I mean our power sockets, the cooker and the fridge are all on the same wall with the EHU socket on the opposite side wall, so the wiring 'path' is obviously already there, 'somewhere' - so wouldn't have thought it would take a qualified bloke all that much difficulty to do it?
     
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