Vauxhall Movano self build from start to finish

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  1. Paultig

    Paultig Read Only Funster

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    I've just completed a blog on my conversion and thought it might make some interesting reading for some of you.
    www.paultig.blogspot.co.uk
    Let me know what you think, i'm itching to do another.
    Paul.
     
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    Great looking van Paul .. with a nice conversion..

    An inspiration .. well done.. :thumb:

    and welcome to the forum.. :Smile:
     
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    Welcome to the forum and very good job done. :thumb:

    I wouldn't worry about the toilet cassette unloading from the toilet on the inside of the van. A lot of small boats (cabin cruisers) have been using this system for a while now. Easier than having to stand in the water to get at the cassette :Rofl1:

    With the four seats you have up front I think I might have been tempted to make the bed a permanent fixture. This would have given you more under bed storage space as well, which you could have accessed from in the van or through the back doors. You could have divided it into outside stuff (b-b-q, wellies etc) and inside stuff (beer and wine for example :BigGrin:).
    I'm sure you could soon alter it if it takes your fancy.

    I think the stainless table top to mount the hob and sink is a great idea and looks class.
     
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    I think the van cramps your style. I'd like to see what you could do with an ambulance.
     
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    Completly different converting the Ambulance Brian - a lot more work involved :BigGrin: Could have done 2 or 3 vans in the time to do 1 ambulance :Wink:
    terry
     
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    Very interesting, always impressed with people who can do stuff like. Looks great.
     
  8. Paultig

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    Terry, As for buying a caravan, it is certainly cheaper IF you use all the bits in it. I think you have to be 100% about the finished article as to whether to make do or buy new. I've got loads of bits left over which will recoup some money. You did a good job of the ambulance, i like the caravan rear end!
    Knokinonabit, You must have read my mind, my next modification is a permanent rear bed, hinged ion one side to clear the isle for transporting big stuff on the odd occasion.
    Hilldweller, I may consider an ambulance for that extra width, the base model would have to resemble a stock MH conversion and a caravan panel on the back end. Could leave the lights on for when i'm late for channel tunnel!
    Journeyman, Thanks for the comments.
    Paul.
     
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    Hi Paul the rear was simply a 3 x 2 framework and a 10 ft x 5 ft 1.5 mm ali sheet glued to it, then a rear bumper made from timber and plastic window boards etc :BigGrin:
    Get out and enjoy your van then decide on alterations if needed or do the next one :Wink: enjoy :thumb:
    Terry
     
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    a great finished project,i like the thought that you put in every step of the way, the only piece boggled me was the electric hook up point, but i expect you had good reason for this, so now just enjoy your travels and welcome to the forum, cheers Alf:thumb:
     
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    Excellent, congratulations on your new van.

    You must taken great pleasure in building and now using it.

    I admire you for all the skills you have (and I have not!).

    As a matter of interest was it cheaper than buying a complete second hand van?
     
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    Alfandm, I fitted a 3 pin plug on the end of the hookup purely for convenience when connecting to the garage extension, it's not for normal use.

    Cyclewalkbob, It was cheaper in respect of like for like quality, when you consider some new van conversions are touching 40k and have the same kit fitted. I wouldn't say it's the same quality build after all I'm not a pro but it's great value for money.
     
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    The Seats ?

    Hi.
    We are looking at a renault Master van Mk 3,the wife has to have a comfy seat,and although i found the drivers seat not bad,when sat in it all day,i think the bones of my bum would have poked through.
    Did the Kia Sedona seats fit the runners in the Vauxhall ?.Love the Kia seats,had 3 Sorento's and one Kia "Rocket", Rio Sport.Would appreciate a reply as to if they fit.
    # Thanks in advance.
    Tea Bag
     
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    Hi TB I think any seats will need modifications :Wink:
    terry
     
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    Great work and very informative enjoyed the read well done. Time to enjoy your work
     
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    well I have to say I am very impressed and is good motivation to crack on with mine
     
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    Well done and well written blog, my only concern is the three way fridge directly beneath an opening window but just like Craig Really Horrible on Strictly I'm being very picky now because overall its just so good:Wink:.

    D.
     
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