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  1. #101

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    Quote Originally Posted by yorkslass View Post
    Like the baskets over the cab area. I'm guessing ther'e wicker so don't slip about. Look really neat.
    Our Lunar is 6.5m and full width.

    We live in it for 6 months and I woould not consider downsizing to a narrowre PVC at say 6m

    The comfort is the important factor.
    Full size shower with close-able door (so shower spry does not go all over the bathroom)
    Fixed bed.
    Fixed Dining table
    Captains (rotate-able) cab sets.
    Decent enough storage and good lockers inside.
    3 burner gas hob.
    Fridge with Freezer above and small oven above again (which we rarely use).

    We put up with the odd parking hassle and as you say plan accordingly

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    Quote Originally Posted by yorkslass View Post
    Like the baskets over the cab area. I'm guessing ther'e wicker so don't slip about. Look really neat.
    Hi Ya, Thanks
    Yep Wicker Baskets from Argos, I think they was called 'Washing Hampers'. From Left to right I have
    Dirty Washing Light item's (Socks, Pants, T Shirts & Pillow Cases Etc)
    Clean Duvet Covers, Pillow Cases, Towels, Flannels,
    First Aid Box, Dressings & Medications,
    Bits n Bobs Basket,
    Dirty Washing Heavy Item's (Towels, Sweat Shirts & Duvet Covers Etc)
    No they don't Slide about as they are up against the Lip of the Overcab Bed Mattress (Never used as a bed).
    I find them Useful, Light, & Better to look at than a plastic box.
    I don't know if you can make it out on this Pix -
    Dropbox - IMAG1536.jpg

    I have some smaller Wicker Baskets at high level over the side access door to put Carrier bags, Clean Tea Towels, Clean Flannels, Dish Clothes Etc in. as well.
    STILL haven't put any of the finishing trims on though, But HAVE put a new floor in since that last pic was taken !
    Dropbox - IMAG1732.jpg

    Dropbox - IMAG1733.jpg
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  3. #103

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nesting Zombie View Post
    Hi ya,
    To be Fair, I haven't really had to much of a problem regarding the Length, Ok yeah you have to Find Two Bays at Supermarkets, & Plan your Park ups & Timing for Shopping or Town/City visits But I'm in Little Hurry & No Timescales. So Not been a Problem to date.
    Pixxes below are From Behind CAB seats Looking Aft. Toilet as viewd on Left Amidships, Side access & Egress Door Opposite. Then Sink with Fridge underneath beyond Toilet running aft, & Full Cooker Opposite. Then Permanent Bedroom Bulkhead with Central acsess leading to Perminant Double as Viewed on Left, With Hanging Wardrobe & Full Shower Opposite. Not Huge, But Practical & Works for My Lifestyle.
    Dropbox - IMAG1535_1.jpg

    Dropbox - IMAG1536.jpg

    Dropbox - IMAG1608.jpg

    Dropbox - IMAG1610_1.jpg
    Wow, now that is some wonderful piece of kit! Can you feel the envy? ;-) Enjoy!
    Just love driving around the UK in my stealth camper!

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    Hi Ya,
    Thanks, As I said, it suits me fine, But I think that ANYONES live in vehicle of whatever size is ultimately their own bit of Heaven, I would suggest however that The more its used The more Practical, Functional & Comfortable it becomes simply because it HAS to be !. People that use their vehicles a Cpl of times a year as more of a Leisure vehicle tend to treat their time in it as a 'Camping' trip & are happy to Put up with things for the few days / week they are on board as most of us can do without things like No way to Wash Clothes, Shower, Limited Storage, 230v Power, OR Not being able to Stand up on Board or whatever it is as 'Its only for a few days' & they can sort it out when they get home. & hey if that works then that's fine. BUT The Nest IS my home!
    Would I have a smaller Vehicle ?
    Well I DID actually consider a smaller vehicle with an add on option of a Possible Trailer if needed. But FOR ME & my Lifestyle choice common sense kicked in & as I was now staying in the UK, intent on 95% wilding & not worried about using Truckstops n Laybys for an overnight as I Travel a lot of the time. Leaving the Better out the way & More interesting wild places for my Mid week stop over locations, Besides with me being Big, Fat, Old n Smelly I need the space.

    'Use & Enjoy what you Have, Then Make it MORE usable as you Enjoy it'
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    Sounds good to me

    Quote Originally Posted by Nesting Zombie View Post
    Hi Ya,
    Thanks, As I said, it suits me fine, But I think that ANYONES live in vehicle of whatever size is ultimately their own bit of Heaven, I would suggest however that The more its used The more Practical, Functional & Comfortable it becomes simply because it HAS to be !. People that use their vehicles a Cpl of times a year as more a Leisure vehicle tend to treat it as a 'Camping' trip & are happy to Put up with things for the few days / week they are on board as most of us can do without things like No way to Wash Clothes, Shower, Limited Storage, 230v Power, OR Not being able to Stand up on Board or whatever as 'Its only for a few days'. & hey if that works then that's fine.
    Would I have a smaller Vehicle ?
    Well I DID actually consider a smaller vehicle with an add on option of a Possible Trailer if needed. But FOR ME & my Lifestyle choice common sense kicked in & as I was now staying in the UK, intent on 98% wilding & not worried about using Truckstops n Laybys for an overnight as I Travel a lot of the time. Leaving the Better out the way & More interesting wild places for my Mid week stop over locations, Besides with me being Big, Fat, Old n Smelly I need the space.

    'Use & Enjoy what you Have, Then Make it MORE usable as you Enjoy it'
    Trailer....No Way too much hassle x n (where n is a large number)

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    Yes, I Personally have the same view as regard Trailers.
    Not for me...

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    I started off full timing with "Marylyn" my Land Rover 110 csw 3.5 v8 tent and trailer !

    The day my marital home was sold, That was it 4 bed detached to the above. I put a lot of things in storage which upon reflection was a big mistake, And off I set.

    Partly the reason I spent more on the MH than I wanted is after the novelty of a few days, Comfort was high on the agenda.

    I badgered my Pal Kev Hymers at Danum Motor Company who are dealers, part exchange at trade be good, or underwrite a px a bit stronger so that someone got a deal. I.e the customer Kev and myself ( I like that business everyone wins)

    Anyway my van in the end he had taken in px and not comfortable retailing, previous owner I think got bored on a Sunday afternoon and started fitting sockets everywhere. That would have been ok if he had known what he was doing.

    So my van came about as accidental destiny really. I did look at a few I fancied the old Autotrails on Mercs but frankly all I found were rubbish.
    ( I still like them)

    I had tugged for a while so had a bit of an idea. But NZ is absolutely on the money note. Fulltiming is totally different, truth be known a lot of the vans aren't built to a standard for it. Flimsy draws etc general quality.

    I have said before two years down the line you will have a wish list I don't think there is a perfect van off the shelf, although one or two seem to come close.

    Living with the van is part of the process, and at some stage you realise what is necessary , ideal and wishful thinking.

    If I did it again which I would love too, In an ideal world I would buy a ex library bus. As a rule they are well maintained and often well insulated have the solar power gennys and inverters. Also the cab area is isolated that is important more heat lost through cabs


    I would strip bare, go for a fixed bed, and use mainly domestic appliances. Electrics I would struggle with I only understand the basics, Gas to anyone that knows me is not a problem .

    I have not seen it in the metal but the best home conversion I have seen if only for inspiration is FullTimers ex prison truck. A wonderful conversion

    Channa

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    Maybe another thing to 'Understand' is Exactly what Style of Full Timing 'YOU' intend doing.
    What % of your time is going to be spent say In Laybys, Proper Sites, Track or Lane Wilding, Stationary, Towns, Cities, Carparks and alike. as to my mind & for my lifestyle and park up choices it would actually make VERY little difference in me having a smaller vehicle than the one I've got. As a Transit Connect type van size 'MAY' have the same problem with height restrictions when it comes to some height barriers than my 11ft Nest does. So why not get a vehicle you can Properly Stand up in !, making my choice a big PRO for me.
    Then there is the whole Stealth or Not Options.
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    When it comes to stealth it all depends on your intended locations to be honest:

    Urban: Stealth works best as a panel van is very inconspicuous. Everyone knows what you're doing in a campervan (lowering the tone of our area, don't you know).
    Rural: A panel van raises suspicions in rural areas, are they thieves, what are they up to? Campervan, oh they're just on a jolly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by channa View Post
    .........If I did it again which I would love too, In an ideal world I would buy a ex library bus. As a rule they are well maintained and often well insulated have the solar power gennys and inverters. Also the cab area is isolated that is important more heat lost through cabs


    I would strip bare, go for a fixed bed, and use mainly domestic appliances. Electrics I would struggle with I only understand the basics, Gas to anyone that knows me is not a problem .

    I have not seen it in the metal but the best home conversion I have seen if only for inspiration is FullTimers ex prison truck. A wonderful conversion

    Channa
    I would love to do a library van Andy, as you say, a lot of the work already done, well maintained and plenty of room.

    As for Mark's van. I have been in it many times and it really is the business, feels more like a small house than a van, with a proper lounge, bedroom and bathroom. Fantastic conversion.

    (There's usually beer in the fridge too!)

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