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    We did the same looked at a base van 18000 then 15000 for conversion we ended up buying a new hobby coach built 65 siesta for 38000

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    Getting a one off conversion in a panel van is always going to cost a good few quid. You have to do it yourself to save money, you can shop for bargains and shop around or even find materials.
    The 3 litre V6 Sprinters are guzzlers, but there are plenty of examples around with huge mileage, 500 000plus, they all can't have had new engines. If you enjoy the unrestricted motorways in Germany and want to do 115 MPH, you'll love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris356 View Post
    Don't go for the 3.0 v6 they are very thirsty and the ambulance service change the engines at 100,000 miles so they're not that clever.
    You are missing some vital points:
    1. Ambulances spend quite a high proportion of their time being hammered more or less flat out.
    2. Ambulances have very intensive maintenance routines, so a new engine is comparatively inexpensive.
    3. Ambulances need to be exceptionally reliable. A minor breakdown that caused a small inconvenience for some other vehicle can kill an ambulance's patient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairydog View Post
    You are missing some vital points:
    1. Ambulances spend quite a high proportion of their time being hammered more or less flat out.
    2. Ambulances have very intensive maintenance routines, so a new engine is comparatively inexpensive.
    3. Ambulances need to be exceptionally reliable. A minor breakdown that caused a small inconvenience for some other vehicle can kill an ambulance's patient.
    My mate is an independent Mercedes specialist he cut his teeth on them only passing on what he told me

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    I wouldn't be tempted to carry out or get a cheap budget conversion on an
    expensive near new base van. You're very unlikely get your money back if you
    decide or forced to sell in a year or two. You might break even if you DIY but only if
    you don't account for your labour. And I can tell you there are always holdups
    and problems with the fixtures and fittings, that is if you intend to avoid bodge ups.
    I think the consensus so far from posters is get a converted van & preferably
    a well recognised marque.
    I've converted 4.5 vans over the years 3 were brand new, 2 used German
    furniture kits. But I only did them as a challenge and as breaks from my
    office job. Even with furniture kits it was bloody hard work getting a
    professional standard, didn't help that the furniture was scribed and
    bevelled for a LHD layout, but I had to flip the layout for RHD. LOL.

    Nearly forgot some may argue the point, but body rust is the main thing to
    look out for on any MB van, real rot boxes. My present MB van was beginning
    to rust when I bought it at 3 years. 4 months lead in time for a new van
    I just couldn't be bothered waiting.
    Last edited by Byronic; 17-07-2017 at 22:53.

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    It sounds and would be better to buy second hand is here anywhere on here that people sell ?

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    Does anyone know of the best place to find used campervans for sale ?
    I will not be buying in the summer more towards the end of the year
    but would also be interested in people considering o sel in the future

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    hi Gahulala

    everyone posting has good advice.

    In theory, I would be willing to convert your van, subject to many discussions/caveats and so on. I would farm-out a proportion of work and obtain certification.

    I have the time, space, tools and experience (I converted mine this year, an older van to be fair)

    I am currently seeking employment after being made redundant, but would welcome a project instead of another 9-5!

    I would look to converting during the Autumn, Winter

    John

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    An interesting read, but I wonder how much of it is applicable to european spec engines and european spec oils.
    He does have a valid point about heat problems with Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesels. I'd not buy one.
    My van is back in the dark ages of Euro 2 so its nox emissions are low, but it's mucky on other measures. I wonder what I'd choose if I were to think about replacing it with a new one. Can you get petrol Sprinters and convert to LPG?

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