Any advice on a 4x4 van...

Firar Jake

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Afternoon all,

I tried to search the forum to see if this has been covered, but it seems that my search criteria isn't enough to warrant a search so apologies if this has been covered recently.

I'm looking to change vehicles in the next couple of months and thought this is the time sort out something that is more practical than a polo, and get me out and tour the world!

I'm finding it really difficult to settle on what type of vehicle I want and I think that's because my criteria is quite specific. I need 4x4 with the option for everyday life that is capable to get me out to Scandavia and other such places. One minute it's a Land Cruiser or something similar, then next it's a pick up and the van is always at the forefront, but I'd something with decent 4x4 capabilities. If I could find a van with 4x4 within my budget, I would convert it to live in, if not a van then I would need a rooftop tent which I'm fine with, and some modification inside.

I tried to find a 4motion Caddy life (which was impossible unless I import) but decided that this was a jack of all trades, master of none.

Anyone had experience with 4x4 vans?

Jake
 

BigStevie

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Hi Jake and welcome.
4x4 vans are not popular in the uk, the VW Transporter 4motion is a great van, but very very expensive. I work for a company that provides medical cover and specialises in providing cover in hard to get to places, we have a fleet of 4x4 ambulances. We have some sprinter 4x4 panel van ambulances which are okay, though a little big for trickier access. Then we have a line of Mitsubishi Delica based ambulances. These are all based and Japanese imports, they were never sold new in the UK. Many have been and continue to be imported used from Japan. If you’re wanting more space, look for a sprinter 4x4.
Hope this helps and good luck,

Stevie
 

Firar Jake

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Cheers Stevie, clears a lot up.

I wonder why they are not popular. To me it seems like campers and 4x4s go perfectly in hand.

Yeah, the sprinters are pretty big. Do you know if Mercedes do the Sprinter in 4x4 SWB or MWB? I have tried to research this by looking on car selling sites but it's difficult to get a clear picture.

I've always loved the Delicas but they seem few and far between, and old.

Looks like I might need a dedicated 4x4 and kind of 'overland' it, as it where...
 
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BigStevie

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I think there are both swb and mwb sprinter 4x4s. A lot of Japanese import stuff is low kms and rust free, just need to find one 5hats been imported recently.
If you had a lot of money.... you could build on a Pinzgauer 6x6!
 

Firar Jake

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...Wow. You're averaging 11-13 mpg... but then I suppose you could drive in a straight line, through everything to get to your destination and not really bother with roads.

I'll keep my eyes peeled for an SWB 4x4 Sprinter. Looks like that's the ticket.

Cheers Stevie
 

BigStevie

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You know, the kids are right, I’m going senile... Why didn’t the Transit 4x4 come to mind? We had a Transit 4x4 coach built ambulance on the fleet for years....
 

tacr2man

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4x4 vans in UK very sparse . might be worth a look further afield eg here https://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/search.html?damageUnrepaired=NO_DAMAGE_UNREPAIRED&features=FOUR_WHEEL_DRIVE&fuels=DIESEL&grossPrice=false&isSearchRequest=true&maxLicensedWeight=5000&scopeId=VUT75&sortOption.sortBy=searchNetGrossPrice&sortOption.sortOrder=ASCENDING&transmissions=MANUAL_GEAR&transmissions=SEMIAUTOMATIC_GEAR&usage=USED
Roof top tents are for dry hot conditions mostly , a bit of a pita in cold wet conditions. A landrover pick up with a demountable might be a more available set up in UK . It all comes down to your budget .
 

Firar Jake

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Cheers for the responses.

What's it like importing cars from Europe?

My budget is around £15k. I'm spending that much money on something of low mileage and relatively new initially so I can keep monthly costs and repair bills down... hopefully. I think I may have swallowed my pride and settled on a caddy maxi of some description. 2wd, nothing fancy. I know I'll always long for something more robust, but the likelihood is is that I'll rarely use the 4x4 capabilities and it'll just cost me money on fuel and repairs in the meantime.

Sad times.
 

Dunslow

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May 22, 2019
Hi Jake, with regarding the "rarely used 4x4 capability", the money you'll save on initial 4x4 cost, fuel economy of turning the running gear and it's added associated weight, and maintenance costs, factor in a detachable winch, snatchblock, strop and ground anchor for any "Expeditions". Even overlanding you'll possibly only require 4x4 rarely. Remove recovery gear whilst "in town".
 
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