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Van Conversion / Re: Rear AC unit
« Last post by Camper_Dan on Today at 07:32:55 AM »
First I would suggest not removing anything but the seats.  Unless the rest of the interior is beyond repair, keeping it will save you a bunch of money.  Passenger vans are designed from the ground up for superior driving, safety, and the comfort of their occupants.  I would take full advantage of that fact, and not try to reinvent the wheel.

I would never tear out a rear heater or A/C.  That would be very counter productive.  The ability to heat or cool your whole van while on your way to your parking spot is marvelous, and will save you the extra time and money starting the process from scratch once you arrive.  Keeping your whole van either warm or cool will provide a better driving experience, as well as a better camping one.
Van Conversion / Rear AC unit
« Last post by Floyd on March 22, 2017, 01:11:38 AM »
Hello everyone, I just purchased a 2006 E150 passenger van to convert, I've ripped out the seats and started on the wall panels.  Behind the rear drivers side panel I found an AC unit, just wondering if anyone here has run into this, and if you were able to keep it and work around it.  Any suggestions would be great.
Living and travelling... in a van / Re: New van + full time living
« Last post by Camper_Dan on March 21, 2017, 07:08:23 AM »
I believe I would at least try it out as it is first, what your current visions are might change dramatically once you 're out and actually using it.
Van Conversion / Re: Two questions! on my first van conversion
« Last post by Camper_Dan on March 21, 2017, 06:47:06 AM »
Greetings & Welcome!

I would think that an auto wreckers would be your best bet for doors.  If possible I would recommend ones with opening windows.

Living and travelling... in a van / Re: Insurance for 21 year old
« Last post by Izzy on March 20, 2017, 07:16:19 PM »
Think its only for the UK. Going to phone them up tomorrow though because I have a big trip to France, Spain and Morroco planned. Will let you know what they say.
Had any luck?
Living and travelling... in a van / Re: New van + full time living
« Last post by Dodge on March 20, 2017, 10:25:43 AM »
Hello and welcome. gogglet72 lives full time in his converted ambulance, check out his youtube channel. one awesome inch lives in his van full time but he is in Canada. he is converting his while living in it, he also has a youtube channel.

Cheers will check them out!

I would be very wary of this strip it down and start over mentality.  I've seen  too many where people tore everything out then got overwhelmed and wind up selling for a loss.

Tearing stuff out is much easier than building it back, and even those who succeed frequently regret it.  It's very time consuming and can also get very expensive.  Another option to consider is live in it as-is and save up for something better.  Keep doing that until you have your dream vehicle.

Yeh I can understand it being a bit overwhelming,
Maybe doing a section at a time, beds first, then cooker, then shower etc might help reduce the impact!
Van Conversion / Two questions! on my first van conversion
« Last post by Losepot on March 20, 2017, 08:22:27 AM »
Hi, me and my girlfriend got an LDV convoy (panel van) yesterday. after looking for many months we finally found one that fitted the bill only needs small bit of welding on the back quarter. we are very lucky to have a family member that's a mechanic and able to weld.
my two questions are have you guys got any links or ideas where is best to buy LDV convoys minibus back doors as were looking to have windows there. i figure its probably better and easier to fit new doors as to cut windows in?
secondly what is best to coat the underside as too prevent and protect from rust? ive had differnt answers and was just curious as what to use!
Thanks for you time. 8)

Common Room / Hello
« Last post by Innsbruck4life on March 19, 2017, 10:05:39 AM »
Hello everyone!

I live in the heart of Europe and I am thinking about getting a van, not to live in, but to travel. I used to have an old Mitsubishi estate wagon for this purpose, but since it broke down completely I'm searching for new possibilities to enjoy the life on the road!
Living and travelling... in a van / Re: European Vignettes
« Last post by Innsbruck4life on March 19, 2017, 09:47:18 AM »

I live in the heart of Europe and will will try to give you an overview of the European toll systems. It's a bit complicated, because the systems vary in different countries. You have to buy vignettes for the use of highways in Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, the czech republic and Bulgaria. You can buy those vignettes at any gas station in the countries or near the borders in neighbor countries (e.g. you can get slovenian vignettes in the south of Austria). In Hungary, Romania und Slovakia you can buy so called e-vignettes, where your license plate is electronically registered (always keep the receipt, for sometimes the scanning does not work properly!). Vignettes are valid for a specific period, usually you can choose betwenn 3 days, 7 or 10 days, or even a month. In some other countries you have to pay road charge, when you enter a highway you get a ticket at a toll booth and you just pay for the amount of kilometres you drove when leaving the highway again. Those countries are France, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Poland and Serbia. Germany is also planning to introduce this system.
Of course you can always avoid using the highways in Europe, you can use the state roads, they are always free to use. It will for sure slow down your speed and guide you through some small villages but if your not in hurry it's cheaper and you'll get to see more of the countries beauty! If you want to stay away from the highways it's important to look up the route quite well (or to use a good road guidance system) because sometimes it's a bit tricky to find the state roads and not to land on the highway unintentionally.

I hope I could give you some unseful advice, if you have any additional questions I will be happy to answer them.
Common Room / Re: Hello everybody
« Last post by NickJ83 on March 18, 2017, 11:21:36 AM »
For tools and general building materials your better off looking for a screwfix or toolstation. They tend to be lower priced than B&Q etc for many tools.

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