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FireStick

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New preppy
« on: October 30, 2016, 07:44:22 PM »
Thoughts: planning to purchase a standard SWB panel van first, convert and then travel around UK. Just to see how the travelling life goes! If it works out, then to buy a high top, possibly LWB for converting to euro travel.

All new to this, but it seems like a plan. Has anyone done similar?

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Re: New preppy
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2016, 05:31:41 PM »
Hey FireStick.

I'm currently converting a SWB transit. I'm midway through but my goal is to move into it full time asap.

My situation is a bit different. I've kind of fallen this way due to circumstances and living in a van is an improvement in my situation.

So far I've slept 2 nights in my van.

My plan into next year when my finances improve is to become a weekend traveller. Whilst living in the van  and working through the week. This was I can afford to live life and take control of my finances.

I went for a low roof SWB becauase it cost me 300 😊

Its taken a lot of work to get through an MOT all which i did myself so was cost effective.

People that know me think I'm nuts but I think theyre nuts working 40 hours/week and paying 50% on a roof to sit under being miserable counting the pennies till payday.

Defo go for a similar van to see how it pans out. Just design it so everything is a seated level. Sit down to cook and you wont get an achy back.

I'll prob post an update with pictures when I have my kitchen fitted.

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Re: New preppy
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2016, 12:01:41 PM »
Thanks for your response! I think I have already decided to make just about everything at seated level, not to use a Rock n Roll bed but go for pull out bed from seating. Also, to consider MWB or LWB to provide a little more space (I'm tall!).

Now actively looking online at different vehicle types to build up a list of suitable vans, possibly towards the higher BHP ones of 110 or 130. I would like to consider a 4-wheel drive - but think that is out of my range at the moment!

Spending time looking at other's conversions is proving very useful - and anticipating problems.

Guess my major concern is engine and chassis - not a motor mechanic, but I do have engineering skills!