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    Hi Im new here I am to buy a Sprinter van no older than 2013
    and was wondering if there was anyone out there that would take on the job of converting it for me
    I would want insulation,cooking,heating,ventilation and a fixed double bed as there are two of us.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    If you are buying the van, then paying someone to convert it, you are going to end up paying a lot more than you would do to simply buy a secondhand motorhome.

    It only makes sense if you want a specific custom layout that isn't available ready-made, if you are able to DIY and enjoy it, or if you are trying to make a loss for tax reasons.

    So my advice is not to do it! Spend some time researching what you want in a motorhome and buy one like that.
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    Before buying the van make sure you get a independent Mercedes specialist to check it over first and as for converting it my mate does them and now is the busiest time of the year so you would probably have to wait 7 to 8 weeks to book a window and then another 3 weeks to convert it you would be better looking for one that has just been converted there's plenty around

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    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. A conversion is probably going to cost you around 12,000

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    I have absolutely no wish to p8ss on your parade..................but:-

    You will have an unknown van, unless you REALLY know its history
    I looked at this, you will need the following, as a minimum:
    Under slung fresh water tank
    Under slung waste tank
    Under slung gas tank
    Water pump
    Plumbing
    some form of heating system for both water and air (Truma 4E for example)
    ALL furniture
    All mattresses, cushions etc etc
    A toilet, and, if poss, a shower
    A shower tray
    All cooking and refrigeration..................

    I could go on and on and on..........the list is endless

    I actually did the sums and the above, NOT incl the van, comes to circa 18000, and that's with MY labour

    the van, if worth having, will be circa 20000, now, without going through all of the bolleaux, you could simply buy a 6 or 7 yr old PVC for circa 30000, all done and no bother, I just have!! So save 8000 and just buy a used one!!!

    Worse though, is that, no matter how well done, a private van conversion is always just a diy project, with low resale value, look at ebay and you'll see what I mean

    Actually, I still would like to do my own one, but as soon as I opened the doors on the current one, I went "there's no f'in way I could compete with that!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by IanH View Post
    I have absolutely no wish to p8ss on your parade..................but:-

    You will have an unknown van, unless you REALLY know its history
    I looked at this, you will need the following, as a minimum:
    Under slung fresh water tank
    Under slung waste tank
    Under slung gas tank
    Water pump
    Plumbing
    some form of heating system for both water and air (Truma 4E for example)
    ALL furniture
    All mattresses, cushions etc etc
    A toilet, and, if poss, a shower
    A shower tray
    All cooking and refrigeration..................

    I could go on and on and on..........the list is endless

    I actually did the sums and the above, NOT incl the van, comes to circa 18000, and that's with MY labour

    the van, if worth having, will be circa 20000, now, without going through all of the bolleaux, you could simply buy a 6 or 7 yr old PVC for circa 30000, all done and no bother, I just have!! So save 8000 and just buy a used one!!!

    Worse though, is that, no matter how well done, a private van conversion is always just a diy project, with low resale value, look at ebay and you'll see what I mean

    Actually, I still would like to do my own one, but as soon as I opened the doors on the current one, I went "there's no f'in way I could compete with that!!!!

    so IAN what pvc did you buy we are curious?

    regards mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickymost View Post
    so IAN what pvc did you buy we are curious?

    regards mike
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    30k 9700 miles when bought a few months ago, I'll see if there are some pics on this site

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanH View Post
    2011 Autosleeper Warwick Duo on Peugeot Boxer base

    30k 9700 miles when bought a few months ago, I'll see if there are some pics on this site

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    Look at the photos section on this site "Froggie 2 is here"

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    A van does not have to cost the earth to convert.
    Of course finding someone and somewhere to do the work would be the more difficult and potentially costly part.
    My brother and I (took a weeks holiday off work) converted a van in our back garden, by buying a damp second hand caravan ( 300 in our case) with the required set up and moving the interior into the van, windows included.
    It took us a week to get to a point where the van was usable to overnight in with all working.
    Some DIY skills (and tools) are definitely needed however.

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    I actually did the sums and the above, NOT incl the van, comes to circa 18000, and that's with MY labour

    the van, if worth having, will be circa 20000, now, without going through all of the bolleaux, you could simply buy a 6 or 7 yr old PVC for circa 30000, all done and no bother, I just have!! So save 8000 and just buy a used one!!!


    When you look at the cost of a good quality self build you got to consider is it worth it when you could get one of these coach builds for as little as 37,000 last year if you shopped around.

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