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Old 11-01-17, 20:45
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Default The Numbers Game - Continue Conversion or Upgrade?

I am currently doing a lot of sums and research and trying to decide the best thing to do with my van.

I bought my van last may and it's caused me no issues apart from a new battery. The body work is in pretty good condition apart from the odd dink and graze!

However, I want to turn it into a full camper.

At the moment it is very well lined and insulated, it has a 112cm RIB bed, tinted windows to sliding door and panel behind drivers door, and rear barn doors. Full electrics, led roof lights, van x curtains, and leisure battery / hook up etc.

This is what I want to do with it:

- Pop top with bed
- low level evomotion kitchen with cooker / sink / fridge
- maybe change front seat to bench for extra passenger capacity
- alloy wheels
- lower rails along sills - what ever they are called!!!
- new head unit with reverse camera
- diesel heater

Which I calculate will be around 6000 in total.

HOWEVER!! The van has done 142k miles.

I am trying to weigh up if it's too many miles to start adding money to. I owe the van outright, bought it for 10k in may last year and think it's worth about the same now. So if I add the 6000 it's going to be about a 16,000 van.

is that more than it's worth resale. Looking around I don't think it is but would be good to get opinions!

B: is it worth throwing an extra 10k in to get one that's about 5 years younger, has less mileage and is already done to the above spec.

I've looked around and not yet found one that offers much more than I have other than better mileage and age. So is this worth the extra 10k if I know my van already,

Another thing to add is that my van has some things I would like to change but can't.
I would like:

- aircon
- tailgate
- electric windows and mirrors

So after all that- what do you guys think?

Carry on converting or upgrade?


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Old 11-01-17, 20:53
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Default Re: The Numbers Game - Continue Conversion or Upgrade?

Having looked on auto trader vans with a conversion of the same age or older and with same-ish mileage are going for around 16-20k

Which does seems a lot to me, as it's not even peak season!!!


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Old 12-01-17, 07:51
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not sure about air con, but you can change to tailgate circa 1000 may be less and electric windows circa 100.
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Old 12-01-17, 08:00
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Default Re: The Numbers Game - Continue Conversion or Upgrade?

Oh yes I had forgotten I could swap the tailgate I looked into this before. Not sure it would add 1000 to the van value though... but guess if I keep the van it doesn't really matter!


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Old 12-01-17, 17:00
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Oh yes I had forgotten I could swap the tailgate I looked into this before. Not sure it would add 1000 to the van value though... but guess if I keep the van it doesn't really matter!


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No it wouldn't but it would make you smile every time you see it ha ha
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