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Common Room / Re: van life valentines gifts
« Last post by kryten on January 14, 2017, 08:31:12 PM »
Bit of a random one but me and my bf are doing up our van and going travelling in a years time.  I want to get something related to the van life/travels for valentines day and I wondered if anyone might have some idea on what's handy to have during van life?

Whatever you buy remember that you will be carrying it around with you so make it small and light. Something like a poster or something that can but pinned/stuck to the wall or roof.
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You have to be road legal in your own country even if you're travelling elsewhere in Europe. Failure to do this will invalidate your insurance. If you don't have an address in another country or know someone outside the Netherlands then you will have to pay up. From what I remember of when I lived in the Netherlands, vehicles, or at least cars, over a certain age were/are exempt from tax. If that is still the case then you could try and find an old van, but that won't be easy and then there possible issues with older vehicles. The other option is the one you mentioned, which is a small van, similar to the ford transit connect being converted by oneawesomeinch (youtube), or even an mpv vehicle like the one being used by http://relaxedpace.com/van/
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Common Room / Re: van life valentines gifts
« Last post by Lorrelau on January 13, 2017, 06:57:17 AM »
There is these small lights with solar panels on them, really handy and romantic at the same time 😊

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Common Room / Re: Camper van for family of 5? in USA
« Last post by Camper_Dan on January 13, 2017, 02:22:46 AM »
Cheap older RV's can be found, some in very good shape.  Many have very low miles and very little use, but have been brought  up to top notch to sell them.  A friend bought a beautiful 1976 Class C a couple of years ago for $1500 and has since put 20k+ trouble free miles on it. 
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Common Room / Re: van life valentines gifts
« Last post by Camper_Dan on January 13, 2017, 02:17:12 AM »
12 volt electric blankets come to mind.  I love mine.
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I'm planning on travelling Europe, starting in the Netherlands.
Together with my dog Amber.

I'm at the stage now where I am planning on selling my small polo and buying a bigger vehicle. But.... The Netherlands is one of the most expensive countries for owning a motor vehicle.
Road taxes are based on weight and type of petrol.
Owning a van on diesel is very expensive, so I have been considering getting a smaller, less comfortable car to live in to save costs.
But then... I will not be on the Dutch roads... So I called the tax office, but since I am signed in in the Netherlands, I will have to pay road taxes. They do not understand the concept of living and travelling in a van, so couldn't advice me further on this.
How do you guys do this?
What if I buy a van in a country, such as Germany, where road taxes are much lower?
Will that work?

Thanks for the help! :)

I hope I'll be on the road this spring!

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Common Room / Re: Camper van for family of 5? in USA
« Last post by Roman on January 12, 2017, 12:39:18 PM »
Hi,
Have thought of a step van, the box shape is better to work on.
You tube have lots on there.
Also take look @ this, www.quirkycampers.co.uk , for some ideas. ;)
Keeps us on the forum posted.
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Common Room / van life valentines gifts
« Last post by steph on January 11, 2017, 02:57:51 PM »
Bit of a random one but me and my bf are doing up our van and going travelling in a years time.  I want to get something related to the van life/travels for valentines day and I wondered if anyone might have some idea on what's handy to have during van life?
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Common Room / Re: Camper van for family of 5? in USA
« Last post by jafostet05 on January 09, 2017, 04:53:45 PM »
Good thought, we are wanting something for weekend getaways (like a westy, but not the price). It might not be possible, but just wanted to see if others have done this. Thanks!
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Van Conversion / Re: Looking for the perfect VAN
« Last post by Camper_Dan on January 07, 2017, 12:59:49 PM »
That's a pretty tall order...  With the exception of the mpg, a mini bus with a rear door sounds like it might be a good solution.  I think I'd want my bike(s) inside with me without cramping my camping arrangement.  That might be tough in a van.  I certainly don't have room for one in my camper van and it is an extended body maxi-van.

A garage model class C might be another consideration.  Older, low mileage ones in excellent condition can sometimes be found pretty cheap, and no conversion necessary, but ready to roll and enjoy.
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