Not another, yet another van conversion thread.

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  • Not another, yet another van conversion thread.
  • Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    Two years ago we bought a cheap Transit van which we converted to a campervan, the conversion was covered in this thread –

    Yet another van conversion thread.

    Sadly after almost exactly two years and 96 nights away the van has developed so many issues we are going to have to write it off. I’m very sad about this as ‘Roary’ had become an important part of our lives and we had a lot of fun together.

    So, the van is dead, long live the van!

    We have bought a much newer and bigger Renault Master and using what we have learnt from our first attempt, we are going to do a second conversion.

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    We collected the van today and gave it a bit of a clean and took the bulkhead out. It is in much better condition than the Transit was when we got it.

    Didn’t get much done as the weather was too nice to not go out for a bike ride.

    Premier Icon superstu
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    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    *pulls up a chair*

    ross980
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    Ooo, I love a van conversion thread. It might just be the camera angle but that new van looks huuuuuuge inside.

    Premier Icon gnusmas
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    I really like these threads. Bring on the pics!

    *hopes Matt will let me sit next to him

    Premier Icon db
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    Sits next to gnusmas. Anyone want a beer whilst we watch?

    Premier Icon Pik n Mix
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    Anyone want a beer whilst we watch?

    Yes please.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    A cold Ossian already open here.

    Have we started yet? Gnusmas and I have to tuck kids in bed shortly…

    Premier Icon gnusmas
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    If i give the beer to the kids, will it make them sleep quicker?

    mogrim
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    Excellent, do love a van conversion thread!

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    Sorry we’re in the pub. I wouldn’t expect any updates for a bit.

    Premier Icon Pik n Mix
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    Can there still be beer?

    Premier Icon daviek
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    Although itll never happen for me I’ve now just spent 30 minutes looking at Renault Master vans on autotrader and the likes!

    damascus
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    Book marked

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    Five pints down and I’m mourning Roary. I hope you don’t mind if I post a few pics.

    Premier Icon sam_underhill
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    I love a van thread. Good luck with the new project. I’m slowly collating ideas for our “master plan” van conversion.

    Premier Icon Pik n Mix
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    🍺 To Roary.

    Premier Icon jamj1974
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    I have to echo that I love a van thread too!

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    To Roary, 🍺

    Premier Icon P20
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    Looking forward to this 👍🏻

    Our van is currently for sale in eBay (silver vw crafter) because I’ve just bought a newer citroen relay l4h3 for a new conversion. Bought the biggest van I could in the hope it will be the one for at least 5 years! Bikes take up a lot of space so I’m always on the look out for clever storage methods.

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    Roary had a garage at the back. This time we are going to store bikes under the bed (this van is about a foot higher than Roary). We are hoping this arrangement will let us take 2x road bikes + 2x mountain bikes or 2x kayaks and one pair of bikes.
    The Renault has a plastic roof so we can’t get a roof rack for it. The boats will have to go inside. On the plus side, if we can make the layout work will massively reduce the kayak loading faff.

    Premier Icon sparkerfix
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    Where were the pics taken?  Looks fab.

    deserter
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    I’m going to watch this closely, I really want to do a van conversion, a decent van here in Canada is fairly pricey though

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    Where were the pics taken?

    As best as I can remember..

    The first one is the Alpage of Jorets campsite.

    The second is just outside of Basingstoke.

    The third is the Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco) glacier fron the Italian side.

    The forth is the Col Des Saises

    The fifth is a campsite outside of La Clusaz ( I can’t remember the name off the top of my head).

    The sixth is Whitemead Forest Park just outside of Coleford.

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    Sniff
    *tears*

    He wasn’t just a summer van…

    In the winter he was warm.

    In the rain he was dry.

    In the Autumn he was, erm..

    Contrasty.?

    The new van has a much more cheerful expression, but I suppose that’s to be expected.

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    There is a van conversion in my future i hope

    I want a van conversion not a campervan because I want a touch simple layout that won’t mind a bit of dirt and hopefully less dosh

    Is this still economically viable if I pay some one else to do the work. I mean if I buy a base Van used (£10k?) and then pay some one to it convert (£5k?) would that still be less than a similar age campervan? I would be looking for a fixed bed with space for a bike under it, a fixed 2 burner cooker, fridge, a couple of windows, lining, pop up roof some where to sit and some kind of heating

    drnosh
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    Obvious question, but why is Roary dead? Can’t he be fixed?

    Anyway, sitting comfortably waiting for the 1st instalment.

    wiggles
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    Obvious question, but why is Roary dead? Can’t he be fixed?

    Maybe he’s haunted? That could be hard to fix

    CountZero
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    While not technically a van, as such, I have an overwhelming desire to obtain one of these and convert the back for civilised use away…

    The only thing standing in the way is the lack of appropriate funding.

    Premier Icon Alphabet
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    ^^^ that looks like something out of Thunderbirds. I want one too.

    Premier Icon russyh
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    Looking forward to this 👌

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    It might not look like much happened today but trying to sort out a second-hand van can be very time consuming. The floor had been put in by someone who clearly was never planning to see it again. About a third of the screws had been rounded off which meant as we are going to reuse the floor we needed to drill them all out. There was a fair bit if rubbish under the floor but not too much rust. It was very hot inside so we chucked the robot Hoover in to clean the floor while we had an ice pop break.

    Roary wasn’t realistically repairable.
    He needed an EGR valve replacing, had a hole in the engine, the brake pipes were corroded, had a badly leaking cylinder head, copious amounts of rust, the engine management system kept going to limp mode, he needed new brake pads and disks, the instrument panel kept cutting out for no obvious reason and he needed a new offside, sidelight bulb.

    We had already thrown quite a bit of money at him in the last couple of months to try and keep him going. There just comes a point that it isn’t worth throwing money at a conversion which only cost us about £4000 including the van.

    We must have spend at least half of that trying to keep him going.

    andy8442
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    A new bulb you say? Straw, camel, and back me thinks. Good luck with the conversion. I will watch with interest.

    mark90
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    Watching with interest. I miss my old van. After the conversion was finished I said never again. Maybe one day, when the kids are older and I have a bit more time on my hands.

    andykirk
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    Keen to hear any comments on ampthill’s query above regarding budgets. I am thinking of a similar 15k figure all in, and I would rather get someone else to do the work, although I will design it. Super simple layout with folding 3 section bed to the rear that turns into a forward facing sofa by day and simple cooking facilities to the front. All knocked up in timber, none of your fancy units.

    On the subject of washing/ personal hygiene, I keep thinking of having a slightly raised wooden floor with a removable section that reveals a circular shower tray underneath. A circular shower curtain rail would be set into the ceiling above, theoretically allowing one to have a shower without using up any floor space. Will I die? Or I suppose you could find somewhere in the van to store a metal tray and just get it out when required…

    savoyad
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    The La Clusaz campsite in the 5th picture is called Le Plan du Fernuy.

    trail_rat
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    I would be looking for a fixed bed with space for a bike under it, a fixed 2 burner cooker, fridge, a couple of windows, lining, pop up roof some where to sit and some kind of heating

    not for 5k.

    The final bill on my van the previous owner got for my van that i got given when i bought it was all that without the pop top and it still cost them 13k.

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