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    But the tiny home in the mountains of Spain was very cute, imho, though obviously not mobile!
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    The Spanish one was my favourite, very clever ideas. Thought of you when I saw that Marie, i think that's what you had in mind last year,.
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    lots of self build homes in spain . specially near orgiva or lanjaron in the las alpujarras.
    but becareful or you will be driving over lemons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricc View Post
    guess it depends on your point of view
    guess it depends on your point of view

    A cheerful outgoing lady with two dogs fell in love with and bought a small camper. It turned out to be a bit of a money pit but she stuck with it and has a van she can take to meets and share the love with other retro van enthusiasts.

    A man who wanted to achieve his dad’s dream of travelling in a motorhome to make his beloved mum happy built a big van, truly a home from home with everything he thought might make his mum happy thrown in regardless of cost. Not so practical but a true labour of love

    Two guys who make a living out of reviewing amateur building projects and then enjoy doing what they really like rather than having “proper jobs” plan to build something for others to aspire to at the TV company’s expense. They don’t care how well it drives as long as it can look the part on screen and good luck to them, championship blaggers (as in smooth talking).

    I see exactly why someone would avoid converting a high top panel van into a camper (I have one) but would love to convert a box van on a chassis cab if they weren’t so damn big.

    This would make a good base for a conversion given a bit of chassis rail welded in to extend it :

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    There not that big and mine is very easy to drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevskoda View Post
    There not that big and mine is very easy to drive.
    Is that because it's made of newspaper, Trev?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mariesnowgoose View Post
    Is that because it's made of newspaper, Trev?
    keeps it light to increase the payload.... so he can carry more junk..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mariesnowgoose View Post
    Is that because it's made of newspaper, Trev?
    Thats because its RED.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trevskoda View Post
    There not that big and mine is very easy to drive.
    Trev, that looks very nice but “big” is in the eye of the beholder. Your Iveco must be 6 maybe more than 7 metres long and wouldn’t slip under any height restriction barriers around here. My Trafic is LWB and high top so 5330 long with tow ball, 2630 high with rooflight shut and 2300 wide over mirrors. The smallest panel van I could find to accommodate our planned layout for just two persons plus dog. It has many good points but feels over large and not in the least stealthy. Parked outside our house the bumper and tow ball overhang the already narrow foot path.

    There is a disused railway line, now part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network, a few miles from us. Access is from a little car park popular with dog walkers but it has a 1.9m height restriction barrier. Our previous van (Expert/Scudo with a rising roof) might have scraped in but now we visit with dog in the better half’s Octavia.

    The Trafic is the best compromise we could find at the time but when it is finished, and if I have enough energy, I would like another go starting from a chassis cab of modest size. The current Expert or similar with a rising roof to keep it low.

    Apologies for going off thread. I like the quirky retro look of “The Snail” but don’t think we could live with it.
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    Have a look at ex library bus/social car buses with no windows so you can cut and fitt doubleglas units like seitz,can be bought from as little as a couple of grand up to about 8g depending on year and mileage.
    My bus is 6.5 l and 2.9 mtrs tall ,2.10 wide,truck chassis and truck running gear with double back wheels,rated at 6.3 ton.
    Some are under geared and on mine i had to change diff/axle from 8.41 to 11.43 dropping 1000 rpm so i can now cruse at 55mph at 2500rpm returning 30mpg.
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