VW Van Conversion

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  1. brodie

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    Hi all

    Hope everyone is keeping well.

    Been a while.....again, sorry!! Last time I was on I was talking about our plans to do a self build panel van conversion. We are currently motorhome-less and it has proved a lot harder than what we thought!!

    Plans have now changed, as they do. We are still going to do a conversion but not on the scale we first thought. It's going to be our VW SWB Transporter which we convert.

    We've already got the vehicle as my husband is self employed and he is ready for a new work van. I thought it seems silly to sell it when could make use of it (and make a profit when we sell). It's not the ideal size as there are 5 of us but it will have to be a compromise.

    We are going to be moving twice in the next 2 years or so as we do a self build house, so it seems perfect sense and more realistic to get the adventures back and family time but without the massive financial outlay.

    My hubby will be doing some of the work like cutting the windows etc but we will be using a conversion company for the cabinetry as time really is of the essence to be able to get on the road asap and start enjoying some quality family time with the kids!! I am a little sad that we wont be able to use the aires in France but i'll take what I can I this moment in time!

    I wish we had taken more notice of the VW conversions now at the NEC......

    I would be grateful for any tips/advice, any recommendations greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
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    I cant help but good luck with conversion.

    Mel
     
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    I think there are self build blogs and threads on the forum which may help. @Terry does vans and he may be able to advise! Good luck!(y)
     
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  5. Ralph-n-Bev

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    We looked at the vw van before starting our conversion, but they weren't tall enough and long enough for our requirements , so we went for an xlwb Peugeot . Are you sure you'd manage to fit 5 seated belts in one ? Never mind sleeping space?
    Whilst looking for base vehicles we saw that you could get pre-made cabinets beds wardrobes and everything for the VW's already built. In what ever wood finish , worksurface etc that you wanted. Plus they had several layouts to choose from. Some really trendy high gloss brightly coloured versions as well as more traditional.
    All you had to do is get them delivered to you and fix them in our van ! There are even places that do that for you , if your no good on the diy side.
     
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  6. brodie

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    It will be tight, but the travelling seats are sorted which would have been my main concern.

    The front cab area will be sleeping for my 7 yr old, myself and hubby on rock 'n roll bed in the van or in the sleeping compartment in the drive away awning or my 2 girls either/or.

    It's not my 'ideal' setup but as I say it will allow us some degree of freedom until we can get our dream :cry: Got to go with what we have at the moment!

    I hope I can pick Terry's brain, he is only a few miles from me as well!

    Thanks for the link!! :)
     
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    Hi Bev

    It already has a bench seat in the front so will have 5 seatbelts with the rock 'n roll bed/seats when it is installed.

    No, it wont be long enough or tall enough lol!! But i've seen a really good drive away awning which we will have to invest in - I've not broken the news of how much it is yet! We will be like pretend motorhomers :LOL::LOL::LOL: I don't care though as long as I get some of that freedom back.

    My hubster can do it himself that was the plan with the PVC but for time scale he is just going to do some of it and take it somewhere for the rest. The business is really busy at the moment so he can't really find any spare time to dedicate to it. Deffo going for the high gloss units etc they look fab!!
     
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    Once you have had a motorhome.....nothing compares ;)
     
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    BUT , small is better than nothing .(y)
    We camped in tents when the kids were young , before the caravans and motorhomes. All three children remember , and talk more fondly about the camping holidays . Using gas stoves , open fire pits, sleeping under canvas . Wearing a woolly hat to bed when it was a cold night.
    Much more than the exotic holidays they were flown to. Good luck with your build. Make sure you post about it ( with pics !) on here too.
     
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    This was one of my T4's.
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    image.jpeg Forgot the roof
     
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    You can pick my brains any-time and if you are passing your welcome for coffee (y) We have done a Vito and a vivaro -One R/R BED and the other a side pull out bed -I put pics of both on here yesterday -I am sure someone will find you a link ;)I had planed to finish the Vivaro off today -only needs a couple of hours but things swiftly went sideways so never got the time so that is tomorrows job :LOL:
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    Morning!!

    Taken our first delivery for our T5 this morning, we are so excited!!

    It's the rear glass, the side windows are on back order so should be here in the next week or two. I know its only one thing but it's marks the start of the conversion (y)
     
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