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Hi, a bit of a newbie here and your help would be much appreciated.
After having a Bongo many years ago and a very old 5.7mt coach built Fiat, I’m on a quest to find my first 'grown up' van. Got the pennies, been researching like a mad thing, but struggling with sourcing one from a Scottish dealer or by a reasonably simple route going to get one or even transporting one up here. Does anyone have experience in Scotland (or vice versa) of obtaining a van and perhaps favoured dealers with stock with mainland uk delivery? I’ve looked at every Scottish entry on the dealers list on here, left my details with many and now stabbing in the dark at the rest of the country. Any advice would be great. Thank you.
 
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A question. I was looking for a 6mt but does the 6.3 length pose a real problem? Im fairly confident about driving, won’t be parallel parking 😱 but what about small windy roads etc? TIA
 
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Hi Blisteringblue
There must be a sold sticker on every accent we see!
Will have a look at the others, thank you.
Hi there, as a 2014 Accent owner, does this mean I own a desirable model?, and out of interest, what kind of money were they asking for them?

By the way, they are a great van.

We travel to and from Spain in ours, with the bed made up and plenty of storage underneath, as well as above the cab, and a compartment under the dinette floor, as well as under the rear passenger seats.

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Hi there, as a 2014 Accent owner, does this mean I own a desirable model?, and out of interest, what kind of money were they asking for them?

By the way, they are a great van.

We travel to and from Spain in ours, with the bed made up and plenty of storage underneath, as well as above the cab, and a compartment under the dinette floor, as well as under the rear passenger seats.
Thanks for messaging Mike. Yes I like this van, not easy to find at the right price though.
Widening my search to over 6 mt but not sure if it’s a good idea!
 
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A question. I was looking for a 6mt but does the 6.3 length pose a real problem? Im fairly confident about driving, won’t be parallel parking 😱 but what about small windy roads etc? TIA
6.3 isn't too bad.
Just imagine having another rulers length on the back :)
 
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Thanks for messaging Mike. Yes I like this van, not easy to find at the right price though.
Widening my search to over 6 mt but not sure if it’s a good idea!
Depends on how you plan to use it I guess.
More than 6m will cost you more on ferries, and make car parks a bit more awkward, but I find very little difference in the driving experience.
 
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A question. I was looking for a 6mt but does the 6.3 length pose a real problem? Im fairly confident about driving, won’t be parallel parking 😱 but what about small windy roads etc? TIA
6 metre doesn’t fit in a single Tesco parking space! So 6.4 won’t either.
5.4 is good if using as everyday drive/car as it fits in ordinary parking bays! A 5.4 usually doesn’t have a bathroom/shower some do!
Small windy roads are not a problem in a 6 metre van!

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6 metre doesn’t fit in a single Tesco parking space! So 6.4 won’t either.
5.4 is good if using as everyday drive/car as it fits in ordinary parking bays! A 5.4 usually doesn’t have a bathroom/shower some do!
Small windy roads are not a problem in a 6 metre van!
Perfect , just what I was after. More things to consider 🫣🤪
Thank you everyone for helping, I'm really appreciating all your experience!
www.devonconversions.co.uk based in County Durham may have what you are looking for.
thank you 🙂
 
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My daughter is 21 and is already chirping in the background, “you have to get a three berth mum” 🙄
Who is the third berth for, I was picturing you + spouse or partner + 2 little angels. Add daughter => 5, then add daughter's spouse or partner...
Don't you want a minibus & a couple of tents?
 
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Who is the third berth for, I was picturing you + spouse or partner + 2 little angels. Add daughter => 5, then add daughter's spouse or partner...
Don't you want a minibus & a couple of tents?
Oh gosh no!
Most of the time just me n OH with occasional visits from 5/6 yr old nieces and my daughter….separately!
 
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6 metre doesn’t fit in a single Tesco parking space! So 6.4 won’t either.
5.4 is good if using as everyday drive/car as it fits in ordinary parking bays! A 5.4 usually doesn’t have a bathroom/shower some do!
Small windy roads are not a problem in a 6 metre van!
Perfect , just what I was after. More things to consider 🫣🤪
Thank you everyone for helping, I'm really appreciating all your experience
Well you do call yourself Krazy Kate so who knows... 🙂
Youve sussed me already Stuart....totally bonkers! 🤪
 
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Well today's quest:
Scrolling and scrolling yesterday spotted a van 100 miles away, can't believe I missed it. Over budget but worth a look.
Autotrail Tribute T670. Front dinette, rear lounge with WC and kitchen in the middle on opposite sides (obviously).
Nice van, few cosmetics, very comfortable seats and rear BUT the gap between the hob and the WC door is 35cms!!!! So literally you burn your belly on the front burner! 😱 I couldn't walk normally front back and I'm a size 16 (the most common size for women in the uk btw 🤭)
I get why there's a bottle neck but is a narrow a gap as this normal?

What next? Back to the drawing board, suggestions welcome 🙄



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Well today's quest:
Scrolling and scrolling yesterday spotted a van 100 miles away, can't believe I missed it. Over budget but worth a look.
Autotrail Tribute T670. Front dinette, rear lounge with WC and kitchen in the middle on opposite sides (obviously).
Nice van, few cosmetics, very comfortable seats and rear BUT the gap between the hob and the WC door is 35cms!!!! So literally you burn your belly on the front burner! 😱 I couldn't walk normally front back and I'm a size 16 (the most common size for women in the uk btw 🤭)
I get why there's a bottle neck but is a narrow a gap as this normal?

What next? Back to the drawing board, suggestions welcome 🙄



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I think most vans with that layout will be similar. It will be even worse with vans based on Sprinters or Crafters as they are narrower to start with, either that or the shower/loo will be narrower.

British vans often have the full cooker, so that defines what space is left over for the shower room and galley across the width.

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I think most vans with that layout will be similar. It will be even worse with vans based on Sprinters or Crafters as they are narrower to start with, either that or the shower/loo will be narrower.

British vans often have the full cooker, so that defines what space is left over for the shower room and galley across the width.
Edited to say, it's all a compromise, just learn to shuffle sideways!
 
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British vans often have the full cooker, so that defines what space is left over for the shower room and galley across the width.
I never understand how so many designers feel the need to make domestic size things fit campervans. Not only ovens but armchairs & dining tables. (Neither of which we have in our 'van.)

It's for camping in not living in permanently with 2 adults & 2.4 children.

Stop trying to tick every box & cut your cloth to match your environment - and for pity's sake leave room to move about.

Or is it only me...?
(and maybe the Krazy one 🙂)
 
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Edited to say, it's all a compromise, just learn to shuffle sideways!
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I never understand how so many designers feel the need to make domestic size things fit campervans.
It's for camping in not living in permanently with 2 adults & 2.4 children.
Stop trying to tick every box & cut your cloth to match your environment - and for pity's sake leave room to move about.
Or is it only me...?
A temporary home on wheels, but it's not going to be perfect. In fact compromising is part of the fun. However if you're spending £50000 it's gotta be kind of right.....and comfortable!
Does anyone have an opinion/experience on how small the washroom is at the back if you choose a French bed. We don't use the shower.
 
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A temporary home on wheels, but it's not going to be perfect. In fact compromising is part of the fun. However if you're spending £50000 it's gotta be kind of right.....and comfortable!
Does anyone have an opinion/experience on how small the washroom is at the back if you choose a French bed. We don't use the shower.
Sorry but what's a French bed? When I was a lad it was in appearance any conventional bed with sheets & blankets but in reality the sheets had been folded & tucked so you couldn't actually get in it.
(also nb I wasn't moaning at you over the cloth size Kate, that was distinctly aimed at designers.)
 
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Sorry but what's a French bed? When I was a lad it was in appearance any conventional bed with sheets & blankets but in reality the sheets had been folded & tucked so you couldn't actually get in it.
(also nb I wasn't moaning at you over the cloth size Kate, that was distinctly aimed at designers.)
Not at all Stuart I took it as well intentioned advice!
It appears a French bed is located at the back along the side of the wall with a washroom squeezed in beside. It often has a corner cut off which may be suitable for the shorter partner. On investigation it still seems to be double bed size. It apparently leaves extra room at the front.
Anyone else's experiences?
 
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Ref; length we have a C class longer 6.6m length, still waiting to find a supermarket I can't find a spot for the van in. Usually takes a while guaranteed, but you learn where you can do a rear overhang onto a kerb or grassy bit easily. In terms of driving it's no different really to driving a 6m van ... On any van I would reccomend two rear cameras as a minimum.
 
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Thanks Starquake.
My partner and I were just saying with our last van even shorter than we're looking at, we used to park at the far side or in a corner or next to someone who was cheeky enough to stick out a bit.
Have brought a 6.3 back into the equation hoping it might stagger the layout and reduce the bottle neck. Not sure that's the case though as I've not got experience and it's not easy to try out lots of vans up here.

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Thanks Starquake.
My partner and I were just saying with our last van even shorter than we're looking at, we used to park at the far side or in a corner or next to someone who was cheeky enough to stick out a bit.
Have brought a 6.3 back into the equation hoping it might stagger the layout and reduce the bottle neck. Not sure that's the case though as I've not got experience and it's not easy to try out lots of vans up here.
You still havnae said where up here is!?
Scotlands a big place😎
Alex fae Perth
 
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