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    What are the most important items needed in a campervan



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    Hiya,

    I'm about to embark on converting a LWB panel van (Fiat Ducato) into a motorhome.

    All you experienced people must have things they wished they had done, or things they wished they hadn't. Maybe a fitted cooker was a waste of time when you can just buy a camping one and stow it away? Maybe a water heater wasn't needed? Maybe you wished you'd installed solar panels? More power outlets? A roof fan? etc?

    Any hints, tips and advice would really help me in designing mine.

    But I can say now I'm definitely not going to bother with a loo as the idea of s@!tting in my campervan and then having to empty it later is overwhelming, and also if my girlfriend used it, it would need an exclusion zone bigger than Chenobyl afterwards

    Jim

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    There's no one size fits all,it completely depends on how you use your camper,but for me a toilet is an absolute minimum requirement. You might change your mind after having to venture outside at stupid o'clock on a freezing night to do your business,and relying on public toilets can be hit and miss...in fact I'd rather book a holiday to Chernobyl than go without a loo.
    668,the neighbour of the beast.

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    emptying a toilet cassette is nowhere near as awful as you imagine.....

    for me - a great heater is essential........
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    Fule or it's a caravan.

    Good luck with your s

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    There are certain features you have to have if you plan to re-register the vehicle as a campervan.

    For example, you have to install a cooker, you cannot use a stowable camping stove.

    Have a look at this link;

    Converting a vehicle into a motorhome - GOV.UK
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    I'd reconsider with the loo. Even if it's just a wee little cube porta potti. Otherwise you are cutting down your options, i.e. staying overnight in a town. You never know if you'll be ill, eaten something dodgy etc. Even if you hardly use it, it's nice to know you have one. The options can be far worse.
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    If you not having a toilet in your van but planning to wild you better get one of these.

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    Last edited by Herman; 14-11-2017 at 22:12.

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    My advice would be fit a loo and if you want have a 'No number 2's' rule.

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    Make sure you have enough roof vents/skylights to allow airflow in hot weather, for us a twin hob and grill does all we want for cooking, as for water heater only really needed if you are fitting a shower, otherwise a kettle can supply all your hot water, but saying that we have a Truma combi which is great for keeping the van warm and as a by product produces hot water. We are relatively low power users with only lights, tv which is little used, and fan on heater, but a solar panel is handy (more in summer) for when parked up several days.
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    For me all the creature comforts of home or I wouldn’t bother.
    My days of roughing it are long gone so although I only have a mwb Renault based van conversion it has a solar panel, refillable gas, hob, oven, shower, loo and last but not least a tv and satellite.
    No way would I be without the loo especially the amount of times I have to go during the night lol !
    The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - its all that matters.
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