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  • 5thElefant
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    I’ve got one. Mostly for doing 24s and enduros but I have done a bit of touring in Scotland and Wales.

    There’s usually a couple more at 24s and if you get one you’ll find you spot another one every time you’re on the motorway. There are always a few for sale on eBay. So they are about.

    Internal space is fine for 2, but I wouldn’t want kids in there as well. The fixed king size bed makes a big difference. Hot water, hob, grill, heating, full size fridge, toilet etc. Add a pull out awning and you’ve got plenty of space though. We can get two teams in our awning – 8-10 people.

    You do need to add airbag helpers to the suspension if you want a comfortable ride and fuel consumption drops from mid-30s to mid-20s on mine. With the air suspension they drive fine. You have to remind yourself you’ve got an extra tonne on board rather than it reminding you.

    trail_rat
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    only one i ever saw in the uk was a big yank one fitted to a ford f250 …. and it was stuck in mud – didnt seem like a good time to ask for a look round it 😀

    Next time i see one ill speak to the owners and have a week look see.

    I have a wee peugeot van that was fine for me on my own , but the mrs is riding nigh on at the same level as me now so we go away together regularly so looking at bigger comfier options – while im happy to sleep on a couple of planks of wood suspended on boxes next to bikes – she is not !

    trail_rat
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    dont see many of them ? is there a reason for that ?

    Im talking the ones where you sleep above the cab and have a small kitchen sitting area in the truck bed area.

    seen them often when i worked in holland and thought they looked quite useful in a weekender van kinda way – never did get inside one though – my dutch wasnt very good to ask for a look.

    seems a bit more practical for a house hold car than a small camper van when the campers demounted – although they do look cramped from the limited photos ive found.

    just musing anyway – not something id rush to buy , just wondered why we never really see them in the uk – people seem to favour pulling massive caravans with the minimum size of car they can get away with ( and sometimes too small)

    although thats 16grand for the camper unit.- that could be why , although they are availible second hand and from different brands for a fraction of that.

    nicko74
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    I can’t help thinking it’s partly because there aren’t as many trucks in the UK as elsewhere. You see plenty in North America – also *huge* campertrailers that are basically 2/3 of a Winnebago – but then everyone has a truck there.

    trail_rat
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    looking again

    more seriously

    was looking at van based campers (not coach built) and it seems that what im willing to spend this time getes me something with 150k-200k on the clock –

    but if i go to pick ups with demountables i can get one with reasonable milage and the airbags 😀 – 70-90k for the same money and the pick up is a damnsite more convienant for me as my current van spends at least half its time carting rubble and plasterboard to the tip or picking up engines and car parts for me and my mates.

    5thelefant any pictures of your set up ?

    trail_rat
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    nice choice of pick up 5thelefant. thinking mans pickup.

    i see what you mean about the interior being a bit small but lets face it its bigger than a tent.

    the more i look into them the more i like the look , much more manuverable also , i could get jayne to drive one im sure.

    the van based campers i would struggle to get in the drive. my mate has a MWB transit and he can only just get that in the gap we have for a drive.

    What about security for leaving it off in the garden – anything that can be done.

    silly question but where do you put the bikes ? ive seen some folk remove the back seats of the cab and put them in there ? or do you stick them in the camper ? or a rack ?

    5thElefant
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    Yeah, they’re not big, but fine for two and you can always lounge around on the bed to get out of the cooks way. 😉

    Driving is no problem. My Mrs is fine driving it.

    You’d only need to cover the jack handle points or put a bar across the front legs to make them secure. I imagine that would be easy enough. I’ve never worried, it’s not like you can just hitch one up and drive off like you can with a caravan. It’s a 15 minute job.

    willard
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    That seems to be the best compromise between campervan/Winnebago and caravan, at least from a setting up somewhere and being able to move around from a fixed base without having to pack up and take a huge truck with you.

    I’m tempted, but it would mean having to get another 4×4 to drive to work and that would crush my spirit (again).

    Premier Icon mick_r
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    Just come back from Iceland – loads of different types over there.

    Europcar rent out a very neat Hilux crew cab one. It looked to be a fibreglass shell with a really tidy raising roof – so maybe a bit better to drive / fuel consumption. I did mean to have a look at one to try and find the manufacturer.

    http://www.holdur.is/en/moya/page/modified_camper

    There were some pretty awful coachbuilt ones dumped in the back of F250 pickups – Looked a very lash up way of securing to a pickup bed they weren’t originally designed for. Lumps of timber to wedge them in place, nasty steel tubes sticking out from under chassis used for lashing chains, bare 12V battery literally nailed in place with bits of wood.

    Have you considered moving up a size… either a demountable on a pickup that sits over the chassis rather than within the rear bed, or the same with a chassis cab van. Demount camper and mount a dropside style bed in its place for daily duties. Rare to find demountables like this though.

    Perfect vehicle for me would be a 5t chassis cab van with a demount camper body and a demount horse box body.

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    They’re quite popular in Oz.

    I’ve had my eye out for one over here too but too tight to pay enough as long as my Transit is running ok.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    I saw a flatbed truck the other day with a wheel-less caravan strapped on the back the other day. Does that count?

    trail_rat
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    Yeah brian after our trip to france this summer in the pug we are ready to pay for a few modcons – aircon , a fridge and ant proof 🙂 so we are changing vehicle for something – just not sure what.

    Going to go for a wander round the showrooms an see whats availible- might have trouble getting them to take me seriously mind you. Turn up in the manky frontera 🙂

    trail_rat
    Member

    Nice one jambo

    The other one i noticed is that 7.5tonne campers are relitively cheap for what you get and the milages BUT i guess thats because they suck on fuel an its a limited pool of people who can drive them 🙁

    andyl
    Member

    I quite fancy one of these. Pickup has zero BIK and it makes a go anywhere camper. tbh I would be tempted to buy an old one and rebuild it as I’ve got quite a lot of carbon fibre to use up and could make something pretty cool

    Or you build a P100 based one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shepherds-Hut-Camper-Van-Living-Van-Classic-Motorhome-Gypsy-Wagon-Eco-House-/171079158111?nma=true&si=mLE3aE2CULRvYHePq%252B0638QIaoo%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

    Isuzu are high on my list too. Pretty good value from new.

    trail_rat
    Member

    andyL ive seen quite a few landrover based 110 homebrews.

    how ever i think after watching top gears attempt ill stick to buying one 😀 – too many projects on the go as it is.

    Saw this at the weekend

    trail_rat
    Member

    that is an escape pod from the USS enterprise right ?

    sleepless
    Member

    my pal is selling theirs, they want a jacuzzi instead.

    andyl
    Member

    why not have both?

    IanW
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    There is one on my commute, often think what a great idea. The guy keeps the camper part on stilts in his drive, uses the pick up daily.

    watergypsy
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    Hi,I have this Toyota hilux <img src=”http://i60.tinypic.com/2mg1h1i.jpg&#8221; border=”0″ alt=”Image and video hosting by TinyPic”>" alt="" title="" class="bbcode-image" /> off to Europe for the winter!

    watergypsy
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    Sorry,wrong url for pics! <img src=”http://i62.tinypic.com/34g12zq.jpg&#8221; border=”0″ alt=”Image and video hosting by TinyPic”>

    rene59
    Member

    Any more details on that unit watergypsy? Looks good.

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