Who converts new Ford Transits or Merc Spinters into camper vans ?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Several constructors build coachbuilt both A and C class... but who uses them for camper vans.. aka PVCs.

    As far as I can find out All the 'big name's' use Sevel.. the only ones converting transits or Mercs are small independents using second hand vans..

    These all use Sevel vans.

    Pilote.. Foxy
    Globecar aka . Possl
    Hymer.. the New Hymercar
    Murvi.
    Timberland
    Swift.. Autocruise
    WildAx
    IH

    all good makes with excellent reputations..

    I'm not saying there is anything inherently wrong with the new Ducato, and I fully understand why they are the 'van of choice' for converting.. but I just have this niggle.. If I spend up to £50k on a PVC .. do I want a Ducato ? Do I have a choice.. ?

    Any suggestions for a PCV on a NEW Ford or Merc ?
     
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    RS build on the Merc.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    thanks..
     
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    Mclaren Motorhomes also use Sprinters, new or used.
     
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    Globecar on Sprinters?
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    not that I am aware of.. they use Ducato
     
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    La Strada?
     
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    Le Voyager used to build on Mercedes Sprinter. Not sure if they still do.

    La Strada build on Merc
    http://www.lastrada-mobile.de/?app=content&contentid=39&menuid=1&languageid=2

    Rapido build on Merc
    http://www.rapido.fr/motorhome.php

    Notin build on Merc
    http://www.notin.fr/index-us.php?WEBY_TOOLS_PHPSESSID=675a97605e577935b723cc2abafba047

    Vario-Mobil's Vario Star is built on Merc
    http://www.vario-mobil.com/VARIOstar.html

    The top of the range Concorde Centurion is built on a Merc Actros.
    http://www.concorde-wohnmobile.de/concorde-centurion-1200
     
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    Thanks for all the replies suggestions.. not looking for a A or C class coach built.. just PVCs

    .. there are a couple suggested that I hadn't seen..

    Within my budget of > £50k , it still looks like a Sevel base is the best option.. the front runner at present is Globecar / Possl .. Also like the look of the Pilote Foxy and the new Hymercars .... all are Sevel vans .. won't be buying unti next Spring.. so plenty of time to decide..
     
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    I'd have a good look at Timberland and IH as the build quality is excellant on both.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Have looked at both and agree they are good, but neither do our preferred layout .. a rear transverse fixed bed .. IH are also a bit on the pricey side..
     
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    If you want to stick to a UK built one, have a look at the Autocruise Accent, half dinette at front, washroom/kitchen & wardrobe opposite each other in the middle and rear lounge which you can leave as a fixed bed which is what we do. As it has a rear lounge you get extras such as spot lights at either side and a side window too so it's not so gloomy as some permanent fixed bed models.
     
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    One of the things that makes Globrcar/Possl stand out in that layout is the height of the bed. There is more room underneath it than any of the competitors but the bed isn't so high as to be claustrophobic, as some of the over-cab ones are.
     
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    We have looked at many layouts and builds this past year, but we always come back to the Globecar.. it ticks all our boxes.

    My only doubt was it was a Fiat .. but I'm getting used to that idea. A lot of my apprehension was based on the reported problems they had with gear boxes and reverse shudder, watergate etc.. which apparently has been sorted.. and it's used by all the big manufacturers now..

    posted before but worth a watch.. how they build and road test a Globecar

     
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    Globecar would be our first choice in a van conversion (bit too small for 3 so went for coachbuilt) as quality of fit & finish are excellent. Used to do these on a choice of chassis - might be worth checking? NEC show next month (keep plugging it as best place to see biggest choice) is ideal to see all the makes & models & will inform your choice even if not buying there new. Except for the very expensive makes you can climb all over them & really see what would suit you :)
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    we will be three for a couple of more years, Charlotte will be 15 next year.. so yes, it is a bit tight, was thinking on the Family L model .. it will also have to be our daily transport.. so a coachbuilt is not really viable.. and I can't afford, or rather don't want the expense of keeping two vehicles on the road..

    We also want a van that can go anywhere, park up easily, explore that unknown track not even on the map that may go to the beach.. have had big motorhomes and know the restrictions and limitations of them all.

    all is compromise.. there is no 'perfect' van
     
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    Devon Conversions also build on Renault and their quality and value for money is very good, shame about their attitude at the factory.
     
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    the rear wheel drive renault are nice . used to be called the mascot but i think its just rear wheel drive master now . had a good payload as well.
     
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