my camper van transit base vehicle – not transporter
So due to camper threads and transporter threads I thought I’d start another one !!
So thinking of building (not me) a camper, have had a Chevy Astro day van a few years back, and liked it
I drive a transit for work, and have had 3 of them (and 2 transporters) but prefer transits
I thought a SWB esp a transporter will be too small, so stated looking around to see what o could find
I want one that i can use for wild camping some places in England and esp in Scotland, so wanted a discreet colour to blend in (i think this is a great colour for my plans)
I bought this a couple of weeks ago
its just 4 yrs old 62 plate, done 115k with full service history, 135 bhp engine, ex centre parks bus, already has a skylight in roof, headlining, and 4 side windows, so I think it will modify easy. had 4 weeks mot on – took it and got full MOT, so all good
Insured through adrian flux, as a camper in progress
Idea is a section at rear for 2 bikes, U shaped seating turning into bed, 40″ led tv in rear wall, bluetooth sounder and blu ray player
bought a pair of black recaro seats from a mondeo st220, to go on swivel bases, couple of single seats at rear of side door, cooker, fridge, sink etc on offside in back.Posted 4 years ago
Nice one ,I like a good camper thread as much as a shed one.Posted 4 years ago
Looking forward to seeing the results!
I want one that i can use for wild camping some places in England and esp in Scotland
There is nothing wild camping about that!Posted 4 years ago
“There is nothing wild camping about that!”
what if I had a smaller telly, would that count 😀Posted 4 years ago
That looks like a prime vehicle for conversion. I recon you could squeeze a wet room in to that too.Posted 4 years ago
Looks good. Is it high enough to stand up in?Posted 4 years ago
i can almost stand up in it, my mrs can, so should be fine
not sure how much time id spend standing up in a van anyhowPosted 4 years ago
that should make an awesome camper…. stealthy, too, as it doesn’t stand out as a campervan.
i reckon that if i had the space and time to go away for longer than a few weeks-month at a time i would look at something this size. being able to stand up without lifting the roof and having a fixed bed that didn’t need clearing in order to cook/get to storeage is a bonus.
main disadvantage with something that size is that it would be as easy to manouvre along some mountain roads. used to shuttle for a guiding comapny using a sprinter and that was abit tight at times, but you soon become aware of your surroundings….
updates!Posted 4 years ago
We so need a like buttonPosted 4 years ago
I like that!Posted 4 years ago
I recon you could squeeze a wet room in to that too.
Does that still come in at/under 3500kg?Posted 4 years ago
yes but its a class 5 mot or something
its a 17 seater, but has 9 seats in – and registered as a 9 seater on logbook, once converted i’ll get it reclassified by dvla as a motorhome
cos I drive a transit a lot I have no problems with judging the width of them and parking, if I find it tricky I will get a reversing camera
gonna blank out rear windowsPosted 4 years ago
Looks a nice van, but need photos abd plans.
Reversing camera, led mirror and 6m lead cost me £18 off flea bay., worth its weight in gold.Posted 4 years ago
If you’re going to keep it, I’d suggest getting the timing chain/guides/tensioner changed. Timing failure is the main reason transits get written of at my work, and certain companies now want them done at 100k as part of the regular service schedule.Posted 4 years ago
If you’re lucky, it’ll only jump enough teeth to cause starting issues and be picked up then, but it’s more common for them to jump enough teeth to destroy the valve train in one quick move. At which point the value/repair cost for companies usually means they get scrapped.
Yeah my work one got a bit rattly, tensioned was all tensioned out, so had it all done
my mates got a garage so will get it done, also mot advisory is lip on front discs, they will be done at same time before it goes on any long trips
but first to pay for the conversion
wireless reversing camera and 7″ monitor seems a no brainer for about £40
I bought a single seat base for passenger side alreadyPosted 4 years ago
Rear pics please, and can we ask how much? Sweet van btw! 🙂Posted 4 years ago
watching this 🙂Posted 4 years ago
will get some pics tomorrow
and yes 8k inc vat
print out of all work ever done, just tyres, brakes, and bulbs, had new clutch a year ago
and its been limited to 62mph all its life, so not been thrashed. Will get limiter taken off to allow better overtaking on motorways
could have got a white one cheaper, but really didn’t want a white/light colourPosted 4 years ago
you could squeeze a wet room in to that too.
ex centre parks
okay guys, this is under way
I had some of the windows blacked out with vinyl last week. This week it has gone off to start the conversion
Seats you can see at the back are Black recaro’s out of a ST220, these will be the front seats on swivels
Seats out, and mocked up with some frames and boards to show unit sizes, Ive been down and we altered a few things and discussed a bit
Im going with a double seat in the back, but one that can be removed on tracks
Please tell me you’re getting some insulation in the side panels…Posted 4 years ago
yeah, just mocking stuff up to see if there would be room for how i want itPosted 4 years ago
few more pics
wooden wall in place to check for fit – this will have TV in it
all side panel re- cut from 6mm MDF and carpeted, insulated behind, headlining has been down, insulated and put back up
rubber floor came out, new floor laid, then slate effect tiles laminate
so heres a few pics so far
Nice, I run a high top Maxus as my Camper.Posted 4 years ago
Looks a nice usable space in there. Always interested in threads like this, I’ve got an old VW T2 that we find a bit small really and I keep thinking of getting a T5 but it’s just as small and when I see conversions like this I just think get something beigger, but I’d need it for day to day driving too so not sure if I’d like driving a bigger van around all the time … somrthing to ponder on, keep up the good work and updates.Posted 4 years ago
trouble with going higher on the bed is
1) you end up sleeping on a shelf
2) backs of seats cover more of the windows up
3) you cant sit on it as a bench
This is why I’m having it built, because everyone wants/uses vans like this differently. The only way to get what YOU really want is to get it custom done. I spent a while looking at others on ebay, but couldn’t find what I wantedPosted 4 years ago
Looks very nice indeed, lovely base van (I think the transits are the best looking vans by far and well done for getting it in a nice colour!) and the conversion looks like it’s got loads of room.
Just wondering, where are you sitting to watch the TV? In the front swivel chairs? Probably not a good place to put a TV if watching from the bench seats at the back. I also would have thought a 40″ TV might be overkill if sitting close too.
Well done, looking forwards to updates.Posted 4 years ago
yeah, the idea is the fronts will swivel
yes, its overkill, but since i got a massive TV at home 32’s look tiny in comparison, so wanna try a 40″ in there
the back section behind the wall is big enough to house 2 bikes – and will even have charging points for my E bikePosted 4 years ago
Never understood the idea of driving out into some remote and scenic landscape to sit and watch TV….
Take a decent book or a lady with you.Posted 4 years ago
Looks great! How are you making the units, are you doing these yourself or having them made to custom sizes, veneered MDF or ply?Posted 4 years ago
they are veneers lightweight ply – cost £600 for x4 8×4 foot sheets !
all custom cut for the van and what I asked forPosted 4 years ago
Have you got plans for the overcab space, or are you, errr, just going to leave it boarded over and waste it?!
Coats, bedding, clothes…one of the most useful storage areas!Posted 4 years ago
on the pic the overhead unit is installed, but needs its door cutting out – were going to use it to put duvet/pillow inPosted 4 years ago
a few more pics, luton section has been fitted, and fibreglassed to smooth all contours, then re-carpeted to match rest of van. Over head lockers have been trimmed awaiting doors
Liking the cab over head unit. Fancy doing something like that in my bus. How did you fix it to the roof at the front / sides
You ain’t kidding about that ply being pricy I looked at getting a new bit to replace a bit that got heavily watermarked/stained in my van…..It will be sanded down and refinished in situ..Posted 4 years ago
dunno, my mate is doing it , he has fixed to batons and additional supports, the over head lockers are dead solidPosted 4 years ago
Tomorrow TV and soundbar is being fitted, I’ve ordered a couple of thule bike clamps to hold bike steady in the rear compartment of the van
tracks in the floor are for quick release double seat for when carrying passengers – so it will seat 4 in proper seat belted seats, and sleep 2Posted 4 years ago
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