Can I run my ideas past you?

grandaddylow

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May 21, 2020
Hi,

I've been plotting my build for years. We used to borrow my parents motorhome. It was great and we've been all over Europe and Scandinavia in it, but with the arrival of kid #3, we don't fit any more (not enough seatbelts). And I think I can build a better, more robust one: it was a little fragile on miles of unpaved road etc.

5 berths. Got 3 kids, so it's a must. I'm thinking high fixed double bed at the back, with two fold up beds underneath, so that the underspace of the double bed can be a garage or a bedroom (necessitates high top van). I'm thinking some kid of bed over the front seats for the last bed.

I want to stay within the confines of a van - nothing coachbuilt. Bit more robust, easier to put things on the roof, less leaks and simple!

Base vehicle. I was always convinced that once bikes, kayaks, 4 people, water and kit, my parents motorhome was probably overweight. Felt like it. With the payload of most 3.5t vans being pretty small, I'm leaning toward a 7t base van: Iveco Daily? It would mean I wouldn't have to count every kg. I'd love some thoughts on that idea.

Drying. One of the biggest problem we had in my parents motorhome was drying outdoor kit. I plan to make the bathroom a drying room that is heated using a second heater matrix (we tend to move on a lot, so it could work). Anyone tried it?

Thanks, GDL.
 

devonian

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Apr 5, 2020
Welcome. The weight issue is something that gets overlooked I will have to weigh my transit in a month or so when I'm finished and either breath a sigh of relief or curse and rethink what I have done so yes you have a good idea with getting a 7t.

Regarding drying rooms there are examples of it on youtube you just split the heat duct from the heater and run the second duct to where you want to dry. (often the bathroom) In my case the drying room is a little more simple involving a rail where you can hang wetsuits etc over the toilet bowl and vents in the bathroom room walls, probably only any good in summer.

Good luck with your van project.
 

grandaddylow

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May 21, 2020
The new shape Transit minibusses have a GVW of 4600. That would probably do it, but once you've gone over 3500, it doesn't make much difference.
 

BigStevie

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The big Iveco panel van is about all there’s is now, occasionally clean low mileage Mercedes Vario com e on the market, but they make very big money. There was one recently on eBay that was the thick end of 30k.
Planning is everything. Also, consider that specialist light weight materials are much more expensive than their domestic counterparts. It might be worth considering a scrap/damaged caravan as a parts source. I’ve done this in the past and used nearly every inch of the interior structure, let alone the appliances etc.
I had a VW with a hammock bed that sat above the front seats, was a good kids bed!
Good luck, best advice is to plan, plan again and then plan some more!

Stevie
 

grandaddylow

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May 21, 2020
Yeah - I was thinking about a caravan for parts. Mrs Grandaddylow has increasingly strict rules about how much rubbish I'm allowed to put on the driveway, but a temporary measure...

I really like the Vario Vans. There was a airport fire service once came up recently, but as you say *big* money. It was still in red livery with a yellow strip round it though....
 
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