T5 Camper /Adventure Van – FSH, 50k on clock
Due to the imminent arrival of a new caravan I can’t justify keeping our T5 on a financial basis.
We bought it as a van in 2014 and are the second registered owners. Over time we’ve had it converted by Dirty Weekender in Worcester and have happily spent a month touring round Scandinavia in it as well as numerous other trips and also as a pre and post race base.
It is a 2013 1.9 transporter with the all important air con and tail gate options. I had cruise control added to make motorway driving that much easier and have had the engine chipped which gives it a bit more HP, allows it to pull better in higher gears but has also increased fuel economy when sat on the motorway. It has two sets of wheels – the alloys with summer tyres and the steels with winter tyres. Both sets have got plenty of life in them (the van is only doing approx 6000 miles a year which is why it’s only just ticked over 50,000, I had it fully serviced in May when it also had it’s MOT and had the cam belt and water pump done then as well as having a new leisure battery fitted. It does have a full service history, all at WAS in Worcester which is the sister company of Dirty Weekender. We upgraded the stereo from the bog standard VW model and fitted one of these which was over a grand…
Kenwood Car Audio DNX516DABS 7.0″ WVGA, Navigation System with built-in DAB tuner
This now has a DAB input, full colour screen, works with Apple Play and links to the rear reversing camera we’ve had installed. I still have and will include the original VW Stereo. There is also a DASH cam installed and wired into the electrics.
Now for the conversions itself….
The van has been fully lined and insulated with the Dynamat sound proofing. It has a 12v electrical system and also 240v electrical system installed – the leisure battery (newly replaced last month) will run the fridge and lights whilst charging off the van battery and then is also a 240v hook up when on site which allows the use of the 3 plug socket and everything else in the van. The front passenger seat is on a swivel to allow it to be turned to face into the van. There are multi rails on both sides of the van for flexibility on setting up and there will be thermal window covers included. It has a Reimo Easy Fit lift slatted roof bed installed (comfier than a simple mattress on ply) and Karndean flooring. The kitchen unit was custom made by a company in Devon and includes a twin gas hob, sink and fridge (gas canister, water and drainage is underneath this unit out of site). A table clips on and gives a good inside dining area. At the rear of the van is a custom made bed and cupboard which our son sleeps on at night but doubles as a storage shelf when moving. Custom made netting (which can be removed) stops the contents joining you in the front. There is further space under this for a dog cage, sports equipment or camping gear. There is a third removable seat in the back (which we had to have installed when our son arrived) and a 4 bike VW cycle carrier on the rear (with the upgraded gas struts which allow you to open the tail gate easily even with bikes on there). We chose this custom interior as it gave us greater flexibility than a traditional conversion. Essentially you can remove the rear shelf/bed, the netting and the seat and have a massive storage area while still be able to cook and sleep on a comfy bed in the roof.
The exterior of the van is in good condition with the usual marks of a 7 year old vehicle however there is a scuff mark on the offside wheel arch caused by a careless piece of reversing by myself, the other scuff and small dent on the nearside was someone else’s fault whilst in Tesco carpark. Neither is a major mark – prior to deciding to change the vehicle we were quoted for a lower half respray in VW orange which would have got rid of both issues at the same time. The van drives smoothly, is economical on long motorway drives (i’ve had close to 700 miles out of a full tank when sat on the motorway at 65mph for a long time driving up to Denmark. I do a 30 mile commute to work once or twice a week which keeps the engine ticking over – it’s not sat idle on the drive for months at a time. It is ready to go right from the off and has been re-registered with the DVLA so the VO5 shows it as a campervan. I have receipts for all conversion work done and an OXYGEN air inflate awning with another bed chamber that slides onto the multi rail and can be left in situ when you drive away – that was £500 from the camping show at the NEC a couple of years ago.
Any questions and for more pictures please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07958 752667.
Please note if you can see a small child in any of the photos he is not included in the sale otherwise I’ll be in trouble with the wife.