Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:49 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 20 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:17 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 08, 2008 4:18 pm
Posts: 2336
We've got a high-top T4 camper, which is ace, but starting to feel a bit small. Been looking at Movanos/Transits/etc with a view to a DIY conversion. Are the Ivecos that much bigger? An actual 6ft across would be great -- can you still get that with insulation/lining? Not sure I'd actually want a van quite that long, though. Kind of liking the Transit Jumbo at the moment.

Will be watching with interest :)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:10 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 12, 2006 12:33 pm
Posts: 11105
Location: The Home Of Mountain Biking, And All Great Things.
Zetec, notice the sleeping bag comes pre-installed!

I am thinking hard right now if I really want to take this on or spend a chunk on something a little less tank like. I converted an LDV Convoy that had similar dimensions, makes a great camper if you don't mind the agricultural handling and performance.

My long term preference is for a Merc 814 with the indestructible engine, but I will be waiting for the right one and meanwhile could have this on the road in a couple of months.

Mike, if I convert this one the insulation will only be partial, we are usually doing activities and wearing outdoor gear, we don't really need a home like environment. Foil back insulation is low profile enough to leave most of the width and deals with the condensation aspect, besides the fibreglass roof will lose most of the heat anyway! I sleep fine in a 'near' six foot width when it is wide enough. Being able to put bunks/beds from side to side really frees up a layout.

4.5M sounds big but once you add in a toilet/shower and such you use it up quick. I need enough space to store bikes/kayaks and such internally as well. Hence thinking about an 814 long term. I never feel happy laying up and leaving sea kayaks on the roof to be nicked easily.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:16 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 03, 2012 7:13 pm
Posts: 2574
Location: The Cock Inn, Tillett, Herts
Sofa bed, wind up radio, sorted.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:09 am 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 12, 2006 12:33 pm
Posts: 11105
Location: The Home Of Mountain Biking, And All Great Things.
I had a huge box on the back of a Eurocargo not long ago and planned it out as a camper with full size bath, Rayburn and all sorts. That is my idea of comfort.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:24 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:49 am
Posts: 4061
Location: A veritable floating palace
I have a Romahome. The demountable ones are great, because when the van itself is clapped out you still have an extremely good quality campervan pod that can be fitted to another van!

Slooooooow though.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:54 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:33 am
Posts: 2923
Location: daaan saaaf
Quote:
planned it out as a camper with full size bath


I don't even have a full sized bath at home. :D


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:32 pm 
Old School Hero
User avatar

Joined: Mon May 02, 2011 4:25 pm
Posts: 195
Location: Lincs
After flippin years of travelling by motorcycle and making an art form of minimal camping we have, today, only gone and bought ourselves a 2009 high top Renault Trafic. :lol: :lol:
It's going to be a bit basic for a while (airbed, sleeping bags etc) but we want to get it properly converted. Nothing fancy, just something practical that we don't have to worry about getting a bit of mud in with the mountain bikes.
Oh bliss - no more aching back from sleeping on cold ground; a proper cup of tea sat on a proper seat; having a wee in the middle of the night without falling in the nettles.
Sorry, that last bit might have been a bit too much info :facepalm:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:00 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 12, 2006 12:33 pm
Posts: 11105
Location: The Home Of Mountain Biking, And All Great Things.
I am 45 Salsa and have appreciated the virtues of campers since I was in my early twenties.

I love camping in tents and even in a waterproof bag, but campers make nights away from home a no brainer.

Everything is in waiting to go with a dedicated camper. Looking into solar for trickling the batteries and fridge too.

I don't think this one will be coming home with me, I have seen Mercs for low money lately, and come winter I should be able to pic up something even cheaper.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:26 pm 
Old School Hero
User avatar

Joined: Mon May 02, 2011 4:25 pm
Posts: 195
Location: Lincs
It's certainly a damn sight cheaper to buy a van and get it converted than to buy one already done. Have you seen the prices - especially VWs. Bloody hell, half of 'em don't have a loo and yet still cost over £30k! :shock:
That's a LOT of shoes and chocolate and of course, bits for bikes :D


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:44 pm 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:53 pm
Posts: 2981
Location: Super Sussex by the Sea
I travelled around quite a lot of Australia in a big Iveco camper - it had a 4.5m wheelbase if memory serves. It had two bunks, a toilet/shower, kitchen and a fold out double bed at the back, which I could only sleep in diagonally...

The only problem was the windscreen wipers didn't work which I realised in a tropical downpour in Queensland, I checked the fuses and realised the fuse had been removed, which I found out after driving very slowly to a garage and buying a new one. The new fuse did the trick, unfortunately I found out why the fuse had been removed when after about 200yds down the road, the driver's side wiper flew off! In what was to become one of my proudest man moments of all time, I fixed the wiper with the spring of a clothes peg, and all was well with world...


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 20 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: chrisv40, Google Adsense [Bot], jonnyboy666, Stick Legs, Woz and 21 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group