Hello and Only you can say how much you wish to spend
Just joined this forum as I'm looking to buy a motorhome.
Originally I wanted to buy an old panel van for a few grand and lovingly convert it into a camper van.
Then I decided I really needed to spend more than a few grand to get something nice and that would last me a while, which then took me up to wanting to spend around £10,000 on a really decent van.
But looking into it I became concerned about this whole emissions thing and whether anything less than the newer Euro 6 engines would be allowed to the roads in the not too far future at all. Most businesses lease their vans so get a new one every 3 years or so. I want to keep this for 20 years or so I guess - so need a van and an engine that is as future proof as possible.
So, here is where I am now..... Fiat are currently selling their new LWB Ducato vans with Euro 6 engines for £15,995 - that's a massive discount from the £28,995 they normally go for!!
I may get one - am I mad to spend that amount?
I love building things, so doing the conversion would be a real joy for me. Recently I built a little shack at the end of my garden (hopefully pic attached if I managed to work out how to) and want to give the same feel with my motorhome conversion.
Hello and Only you can say how much you wish to spend
When you don't care what anyone thinks of you, you have reached an awesome level of freedom
There are many on here who have built there vans hopefully you can get lots of advice.
You can't be lost if you don't know where you're going.
Hi welcome and enjoy,don’t think you would have a problem doing your own conversion,look forward to step by step pics
and get a long-term vehicles (as you say).
We spent £28,000 on a Lunar Motorhome in 2010
Still using it now
2 Major expenses
A) solar Pane £400 amd LPG/Gasit £600
B) getting the roof re-sealed £1500
You probably plan to do A yourself and with a PVC B is not relevant.
Just check out the installation costs etc
" Do it once Do it right "
You may find total costs come to nearly as much as a good 2nd hand coachbuilt...just a thought
If you plan to spend weeks away suggest you get "bigger Rather than smaller"
You will have times when you are "Stuck indoors"
Other posts have dicussed
1) Toilet ...Essential in my view
2) Shower if you can ..avoids or reduces campsite fees and increases freedom
3) Fixed bed simply our opinion preference
4) solar and no of Batteries
5) Gasit or gaslow or other
We have a 3 burner hob but I thing 2 burners are OK
You may find this post helpful if you would like to go NO GAS
Clarence the Safari Camperbus
Welcome to the site.
Love the shack. Proper job!
God bless Colonel Sanders. Marvellous man!
Hi and welcome along to the site. If funds allow I’d go for any Euro6 van. I don’t think many people realise just how quickly none Euro6 diesel vehicles are going to be banned in many places. Euro6 is not future proof but was a big step forward from Euro5 and Euro7 is a long way off yet.
UK, France and Germany are really pushing banning none Euro6 diesels.
My background is running commercial vehicles and this was a huge issue when purchasing lots of £100k each plus trucks.
I would be tempted to do a self build in a cheaper but nice van first, use it for a year or two so you then know what works for you, then buy a new van and build another as I doubt anyone can get it right the first time.
And I should imagine you will make profit on the first build when you sell it
However, I do hope you are too pessimistic about the future of diesel power. Having recently bought a used Euro 5 van I am gambling on it being a good few years before they are completely driven off the roads. As we currently depend almost entirely on diesel power for most road transport of goods and for PSV vehicles it will take some time to phase diesel out.
I live in a village and could put up with restricted entry to London and large towns. Oxford, for example, has been easier to access via the Park and Ride scheme for many years now.
Perhaps we should be buying up historic (pre Jan 1977) campers or vans etc we could convert?
Historic (classic) vehicles: MOT and vehicle tax: Historic (classic) vehicles: MOT and vehicle tax: Vehicles exempt from vehicle tax - GOV.UK
I fancy a Bedford CF Dormobile LAND CRUISER with a Transit 2.5 diesel engine and 5 speed gear box transplanted in - Tax and low emissions exempt?
Look forward to seeing how you get on
Postscript to my post above, just in case someone is now preparing to pursue the above:
Bedford CF “Landcruiser” launched 1967
LEZ Exemption for Historic vehicles built before 1 January 1973
With respect to swapping an engine this was posted on the Honest John website:
“The Historic Vehicle tax class is one of the few tax classes which is independent of engine size, so changes in engine size/type are not subject to independent verification by DVLA.
If the engine details on a 1973 vehicle are incorrect, it will be clerically simpler for the owner if the amended details are notified to DVLA on the new V5C that indicates the tax class of Historic Vehicle, seeing that no independent verification of engine size/type would then be required.”
Source for the latter:
Classic car tax exemption: what you need to know | | Honest John
So it looks as if no body will notice if you fit a later, possibly cleaner, diesel engine - but if anyone wants to make that change it is at your own risk.
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