Lucky, maybe not for us!

Sam warren

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Lucky, for the van perhaps!

We justbought a big blue transit, she was cheap, unloved and in need of some TLC. She's spent the last few years removing cooking oil so one can imagine the state of the inside!! The wife loves to name vehicles and she decided Lucky was a good name the this van, still trying to suss out the logic there!

We started the strip out and clean yesterday, also obtained an online drawing of what we have in mind and added some rough measurements.

We would like to spend less than 2k converting it and have preference to fully electric heating and cooking for plumbing simplicity.

Any links, tips, suggestions for materials, appliances or general comments are absolutely welcomed!

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First job would be some form of security to stop it being nicked!!
CAD drawing looks good.
 
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I don't think electric heating will work unless you're permanently on hook up.
Agreed! Electric only will seriously limit where you can go.
For us one of the joys of a motorhome over a caravan is the freedom of using aires and wilding.
Being limited to sites with hookup will cost you more and stop you finding those quiet, secluded spots.
Horses for courses though. If it suits you, go for it.

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My tip would be to try and up your budget. If doing everything using electricity youll need a big battery bank and a way of keeping the batteries topped up.
 
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Agreed! Electric only will seriously limit where you can go.
For us one of the joys of a motorhome over a caravan is the freedom of using aires and wilding.
Being limited to sites with hookup will cost you more and stop you finding those quiet, secluded spots.
Horses for courses though. If it suits you, go for it.

Richard.
I'm not averse to installing gas, definitely against diesel heater due to noise and ill rarely be anywhere with hookup. The original plan was 3x 110ah leisure batteries with split charging from alternator and solar top up...
 
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My tip would be to try and up your budget. If doing everything using electricity youll need a big battery bank and a way of keeping the batteries topped up.
The budget's already over twice what the van cost
 
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First job would be some form of security to stop it being nicked!!
CAD drawing looks good.
The bike or the van? The rear door is already equipped with deadlocks and the van will have clamp and steering wheel brace fitted when not in use.
 

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Read a lot on here about Fords being stolen so first thing should be to do something about locks and add extra security measures. You don’t want all your hard work being stolen by some lowlife.
You’ll need some sort of slats on your bed base/ motorcycle store roof or your mattress will go mouldy. I suppose you could drill a series of holes in the board, just don’t leave it solid.
Several people on here have built their own vans, & I’m sure they’ll be along to offer advice.
It’ll be well worth your £15 to join Fun, you’ll save more than that in your first bit of the conversion.
Good luck, keep us posted with photos as you go.
 

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Sam, it looks like you've used up your 5 free posts so if you wish to carry on you will need to spend £15 on subs.
It could be the best value £15 you spend in the expensive motorhome world. (y):D

Richard.
 

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Welcome to the fun house! :D

Observations:

Security - you really DO need to get some decent locks on the front and a good immobiliser otherwise it does run the risk of being nicked.

Layout - if you are definitely going to be carrying a bike in the back make sure you install some vents to allow any fumes to escape outside and that the 'garage' is totally sealed from the interior so no fumes can permeate inside - this is vital if you install any gas equipment for cooking/heating so you don't end up with it going boom and you being crispy!

Heating - forget electric, it just won't work, so gas or diesel is the way to go, diesel will be the easiest, cheapest and safest and you can get some Chinese diesel heaters on Ebay (which may heat water too), there were some threads on this forum about them and I don't think they were expensive at all so have a shuftie.

Cooking - you can get diesel cookers but they are expensive, so instead look into gas for this - if you intend to re-register the van as a MH it will need to have a fixed 2-ring cooker with gas supply but this can be done by putting the gas cupboard in the kitchen unit, just make sure it is sealed from the interior and has sufficient drop vents to make it safe, the door can be on the back of the unit so it can be accessed from the sliding door.

Bed - as has been mentioned, on top of the solid garage 'roof' put some sprung bed slats - they aren't expensive and will ensure your mattress is kept in good condition and improve the comfort of the bed, you could get a good second hand double bed and use the slats off that (Gumtree, Freecycle etc).
 

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I'm not averse to installing gas, definitely against diesel heater due to noise and ill rarely be anywhere with hookup. The original plan was 3x 110ah leisure batteries with split charging from alternator and solar top up...
You will stand no chance trying to heat your van with 12v electric. You can have a roof full of solar panels and lots of batteries but all that will happen is you will goose your batteries in a few hours. Choice of gas or diesel and if you don't want diesel you have a choice of one! Unless you go on EHU every night.
 

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im on a self build facebook site and the number of people on there who think they can run cookers and heating from batteries is amazing the usually have been reading some obscure american rv site which tells them its possible they always miss the bit about the 6kwa genny they tow
 
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