Vans for conversion.

Oct 17, 2012
67
81
banks
Funster No
23,327
MH
mercedes vario youngs con
Exp
1978
problem with all the snap on vans its been stop start ll its life lo of wer and tear on clutch ring gear starter and gearbox and rest of transmission
 
Jan 3, 2018
715
1,447
Suffolk
Funster No
51,836
problem with all the snap on vans its been stop start ll its life lo of wer and tear on clutch ring gear starter and gearbox and rest of transmission
My van started it's life as a Snap On van and this isn't the case, I can take the key out of the ingnition and leave the engine running. I'm told this was done to avoid the stop/start of the engine, it allows the driver to lock the cab doors when trading out of the back of the vehicle. To turn the engine off I have to pull a 'kill' lever.

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Jan 17, 2014
420
678
Wellington, Telford, Shropshire
Funster No
29,731
MH
Van Conversion
Exp
Since 1977
I've only driven a New Crafter (2017 onwards) as a courtesy van (Worcester - Telford & return) when my T6 was in the VW Van Centre for some warranty work but both of us drove it and liked the drivability in comparison to our high-roof VW T6.

To the extent that we are now looking at the possibility of up-sizing to a LWB Crafter. Our ideal would be based on a Knaus Boxdrive Anglicized to left sliding door on GHD van and including a grill (sorry we are 'English' and like our toast etc.).
Can this conversion be built to run sub 3500kg? I don't know.
 
Oct 17, 2012
67
81
banks
Funster No
23,327
MH
mercedes vario youngs con
Exp
1978
My van started it's life as a Snap On van and this isn't the case, I can take the key out of the ingnition and leave the engine running. I'm told this was done to avoid the stop/start of the engine, it allows the driver to lock the cab doors when trading out of the back of the vehicle. To turn the engine off I have to pull a 'kill' lever.
had snap on vans calling for forty five years and never leave motor runnin had a cupla ex snap on 609 clucth ring gear and a few other bit s you have to expect it but hey you can be lucky

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Jun 30, 2011
4,680
7,999
Durham
Funster No
17,128
MH
Concorde Concerto
Exp
Since 2011
I've only driven a New Crafter (2017 onwards) as a courtesy van (Worcester - Telford & return) when my T6 was in the VW Van Centre for some warranty work but both of us drove it and liked the drivability in comparison to our high-roof VW T6.

To the extent that we are now looking at the possibility of up-sizing to a LWB Crafter. Our ideal would be based on a Knaus Boxdrive Anglicized to left sliding door on GHD van and including a grill (sorry we are 'English' and like our toast etc.).
Can this conversion be built to run sub 3500kg? I don't know.
It will be extremely tight payload as they are almost 7 metre long vans

I do like them though the spec looks great they even have a wonderful thermal internal wrap around screens not sure if they are just an option or standard.
 
OP
J
Jun 28, 2020
188
108
Funster No
72,388
MH
Van conversion
Exp
Caravaning since 2010

Nice lwb iveco...

Can be downgraded apparently.

Nice as it's a 3.0

Cheers James
 
Jun 30, 2011
4,680
7,999
Durham
Funster No
17,128
MH
Concorde Concerto
Exp
Since 2011

Nice lwb iveco...

Can be downgraded apparently.

Nice as it's a 3.0

Cheers James
Yes lovely van that 3.0 litre only 90000 on plus it’s not the usual white colour.

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OP
J
Jun 28, 2020
188
108
Funster No
72,388
MH
Van conversion
Exp
Caravaning since 2010
Good to know about the crafter vs t6 as we have a 2.0 140 dsg caravelle.


Nice van but I rekon you could get an English converter to make one substantially cheaper.

Cheers James
 
Jan 17, 2014
420
678
Wellington, Telford, Shropshire
Funster No
29,731
MH
Van Conversion
Exp
Since 1977
Good to know about the crafter vs t6 as we have a 2.0 140 dsg caravelle.


Nice van but I rekon you could get an English converter to make one substantially cheaper.

Cheers James
Just found this on the VW Crafter (2017+) and MAN TGE - Self Build Group Facebook page.


"Just had the conversation with SV Tech on Friday about this very subject of updating the vans (2018 Crafter LWB 140bhp) to 3900Kg GVW.
Cost £312 Inc vat.
No requirement to have body type changed to "Motorcaravan" on V5 - although obviously speed limits will remain as a Van (only benefit of changing to Motorcaravan body type).
One benefit was that as the vans GVW was over 3500Kg the annual road tax would fall to £165 from it's current £210 as van would now be in the private HGV (or was it LGV?) category.
No mods required to suspension, although was advised that if semi-air suspension was fitted to the rear leaf springs increasing the rear axles payload capacity then vans GVM could go as far as 4200Kg."
 
OP
J
Jun 28, 2020
188
108
Funster No
72,388
MH
Van conversion
Exp
Caravaning since 2010

Another one no vat

Rare maxi too.

Milage isn't too bad either.

Cheers James

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OP
J
Jun 28, 2020
188
108
Funster No
72,388
MH
Van conversion
Exp
Caravaning since 2010

2985kg ugw so 515kg payload if the seats= the interior fit out????

Cheers James
 
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