Books or catalogues?

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  1. Deekay64

    Deekay64

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    Does anyone have recommendations for books for converting a panel van into a camper please?

    Also are there catalogues for accessories such as lighting, sinks, cupboards and appliances etc

    We are newbies embarking on this journey :D
     
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    Probably a good idea to go to the NEC show in October. One or two of the exhibitors do have catalogues of their stock to give away but there's much to see in the way of ideas as well.
     
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    Thank you for the replies. We’ve been looking for a show but thought we’d missed this years!

    Jimmy says the links are exactly what he’s looking for

    Thanks again
     
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    irnbru Funster Life Member

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    What are you converting? Please take photos as you go along and post them for us all to follow your progress. Welcome to Fun.
     
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    for fresh water and waste tanks, pipes anything to do with plumping and a host of other products . CAK Tanks
     
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    We are currently sourcing the van. He’d like a Merc Sprinter but we saw an Iveco yesterday which was impressive.

    We’re not ruling out anything at this stage though as long as it’s long wheel base and high roofed with reasonable mileage
     
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    Wanting to know more about the workings of a motorhome, I bought this: -
    "Build Your Own Dream Camper Van for less than £1000 - That s including the cost of the van!"
    Contains some really useful information. You can preview it on Amazon.
     
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    If you are thinking on a transverse fixed bed, check the internal width allowing for the insulation.

    Fiat Ducato is one of the few that has enough width for a transverse fixed bed, hence being popular with many convertors..
     
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    i found them the most difficult people to deal with it was easier and cheaper to get tanks made than order from caks
     
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    my advice for anyone contemplating a self build
    go out and buy six tape measures and a box of a hundred pencils
     
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    That was NOT my experience.. I wouldn't recommend a company that had given me bad service.. :rolleyes:
     
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    Have got the two Wickersham books build your own and the manual and various parts after my own build if interested...07989094355 or through site .Reguards Chris
     
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    For help with the technical stuff, I bought an e-book from vandogtraveller, who documented his own build with circuit diagrams, lists of parts and how he connected the,. Some parts I thought he could have done in better ways, but for £10 it was invaluable when I started my first van. http://vandogtraveller.com/van-conversion-book-from-van-to-home/
    Most of the stuff is also on his online blog for free, but supporting his efforts was worth it.
     

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