/ Van for camper conversion?
Been browsing the interweb, and have found some appealing looking Merc Sprinters, Ford Transits, Vauxhall Movanos and Renault Masters.
Just wondered if anyone had any views on them really? Or any other must consider options (there's not many of them about, but things like Ivecos or other far-eastern vans I know essentially nothing about) really...?
You obviously look like you get a lot more for your money with the other 3 than a Sprinter, and the Renaults look like they're a bit cheaper for equivalent sort of age/miles than the others. but then Sprinters have a rep for going on and on, from what I've heard, Transit parts and stuff are rumoured to be cheaper because they are so ubiquitous, and so on.
If it helps, the budget is probably in the £4-5k region for the van itself, although that's not set in stone in either direction for the right thing. The vans I've been looking at range from about 2005-2008 in the most part at that sort of price.
Advice gratefully received.....
You need to go and look at a few as they're all a bit different dimensions inside. I looked at all these vans earlier in the year and did loads of research and got a VW LT35 in the end which am really pleased with. Many people told me to avoid the Fiat, Renault, Vauxhall vans and go for German quality. I didn't like the Transits.
I think the Merc Sprinter is the best made van and very popular on the road so it's a good bet. £5k will get you a good low mileage panel van and there is loads of stuff online to help you convert it or find a local company to do it for another few £k
This is based purely on what I've driven (I've done a lot of miles over the years in work vans), not for their convertability, but I'd go for a Sprinter. I find they are reliable and the nicest to drive. Transits are perfectly OK, but I find the drive less appealing than the Merc. The Vauxhall is completely fine, but not inspiring in any way, whilst I won't touch a Renault as I've had too many mechanical issues over the years.
I'm sure others will totally disagree, but there you go!
I can also recommend my own vehicle - a T4 syncro ;-)
Ive done 2 conversions on Vivaro and Trafic high tops, they are both the same vehicle. I have many pictures if you are interested.
What about a V.W. crafter - not looked at prices etc.
There was a really nice Transit High top for sale on here a month back or so.
Just buy this...
The van I have was fitted with quality items from a nearly new caravan that had been written off.The quality of the seats/upholstery is excellent and has been pointed out these are very expensive to buy new.
My van is a Y reg sprinter with 100k and has beed very reliable for
the 3 years I have had it.
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