Van aspirations..

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    Hello!

    I find myself with an excellent opportunity for a 'career break' and as such am shopping about at the auctions for a 2-3 year old transit custom to do up and run away for a bit in..

    Previously, I had a mkII transit van (v. cool, old, requiring welding, not v quiet etc etc) which was great in many ways, but I’ve decided that perhaps what I want is something a bit nice that can comfortably function as my daily drive, and convert it.

    I’ve looked at already camper-ed stuff and it’s often over priced, or laid out weirdly.

    So, I don't have a motorhome yet, I don't even have a van yet! But sooooon.
     
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    We met a Dutch couple on our recent travels who had converted themselves and had mostly used storage and cupboard solutions from IKEA. They had left the foam insulation on view and it looked really homely and of course completely customised for them. We have a new fully converted camper and I feel reluctant to even stick anything up let alone add screws for things. Wishing you good luck with your endeavours.
     
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    Thanks! I'm very keen to get going, it's just taking me a while to find the right base vehicle.. If I don't get one soon I'll go research mad! Hoping I will be able to learn from my previous experience, where I made a lot of work for myself making really fussy things that weren't necessary. I might use some pre-made ikea cabinets for some bits for sure. I'm trying to hold back on cracking out the welder or buying units until I get the van and can properly mess about with a tape measure and some cardboard cutouts...
     
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    Bigger is better. Mine's a Jumbo Transit and glad I got the biggest possible option.
     
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    Mine's going to be my daily motor and I want to be able to get into forestry car parks, parking spaces, etc etc. So much though I'd like the extra internal space, I'm going ot stick with the L1H1 custom and get an awning. Unless there's a fantastic deal on a LWB... hmm.
     
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    Just a thought..

    If planning to sleep transverse, fixed bed or otherwise, I believe the only van wide enough is the Fiat Duacto or Pug .. why they are popular for van conversions..
     
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    domestic cabinets are heavy (this uses up precious payload, and decreases MPG ) and generally made from MDF .. and being box shaped, rarely fit where you need them, a van is all curves.. .. I made this mistake with the first van I converted.

    better to construct with lightweight timber frame and marine plywood..

    just another thought.. good luck.. you will need to subscribe in order to post more..
     
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    Yes, but you stick a motorbike inside.
     
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    Ah ha! I wondered why I was suddenly stuck outside in the cold, pawing at the window..

    Yeah I am going to make the major units custom, but they sometimes have some handy wee metal cabinets and such.

    I'm tempted by the furniture ply although it's pretty thick at 15mm, I need to really think about whether there are situations in which frame and thin ply would be a problem..
     
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    Yeah - no I realise that's part of the compromise for the more manoeuvrable van..
    I'm not yet decided on rock n roll vs pull out bench, I need to play in the van itself for a bit. I've been good and not ordered a load of metal yet. :D
     
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    Hi.gif and a warm welcome from us.
    We bought this: -

    Not to build a campervan but to understand more of the technical side of owning a motorhome. It was extremely interesting. They gutted a caravan to get a lot of their furniture.
     
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    Have you considered a new van from someone like http://www.globalvans.co.uk/
    There's always a cheap new/pre-reg van somewhere, Citroen/Peugeot/Fiat/Nissan spring to mind...
     
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