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Best t4 model for camper conversion ?

m4rkl
17-01-09, 15:08
First of all Hello Guys (i'm new)

Looking to buy a t4 for a camper conversion
In my opinion a caravelle is the best model due to the windows is this an obvious choice?
not to clued up on different models and would preffer to custom build my interior.
What engine is the best size? petrol or diesel? also would preffer an auto are they any good?
Any info would be appreciated
Thanks
Mark

diggersg40
17-01-09, 15:24
i was in the same position as you matey

caravelle was my first option but looked for a few months and didnt find anythng in my price range

ended up buying a 03 plate 2.5tdi 88bhp swb van good miles already clour coded,lowered alloys and windows fitted for a bargain:D:D

she is now in for the conversion cant wait to get her back, expensive but well worth it:ILU:

m4rkl
17-01-09, 16:19
[I] thought of a window van ex aa etc
But i preffer to have glass alround which can be fitted but adds to cost so a carravelle is what appeals
Has yours got glass alround?hows the conversion coming along any pics?
thanks
mark/I]

Rising Sun Campers
17-01-09, 16:32
In my opinion i like window vans like the ex AA's with just the Two windows in the sides think it gives a bit more privacy but sufficient lighting.

diggersg40
17-01-09, 16:42
[I] thought of a window van ex aa etc
But i preffer to have glass alround which can be fitted but adds to cost so a carravelle is what appeals
Has yours got glass alround?hows the conversion coming along any pics?
thanks
mark/I]

just glass in the front 2 panels but i will be putting one in the passenger side rear i think

im going up next week to see how my vans getting on so ill take pics then;)

i thought about aa vans but didnt want yellow, of course you can have it painted but i couldnt be bothered (i paint cars and vans all day at workLOL:)

keep looking the right one will come along:D

FlyingOx
17-01-09, 16:44
Hi Mark,

I have a VR6 caravelle with a Reimo city conversion. Bought it a year ago after alot of research and thought. The VR6 is a 2.8 V6 engine and it returns over 30 mpg on a run and the best I have achieved is 34mpg, using cruise control. Admittedly its not too clever around town but we don't use it locally, although we've clocked up 7,000 miles and over 40 nights away this year.

This has an autobox which until I brought it was the first auto I had driven, took a few weeks to get used to, leaving the left foot alone but its great for cruising down the motorway and on French D roads. The engine just purrs along unstressed at 2600 rpm at 60 and has loads of torque and traction control to get past any traffic and boot it away from junctions when needed. You get a great view too being so high up compared to a car and its very relaxing to drive, partly because we going away for a fun week/weekend.

The other advantage of a caravelle is the creature comforts you buy into cruise, air con, electric windows, heated mirrors, fogs, headlamp washers, rear heater, abs etc and a long nose, they do look better than a short nose.;)

The reimo conversion uses a rail system in the floor for the variotech seat which can move a couple of predetermined positions, it can also be completely remove so I can use it as a van to collect stuff and go down the dump. Oh and as a bounus the bed is a standard double. It really is a multi purpose vehicle, so much so we've got rid of the car. Oh and the insurance is cheap through specialist such as Adrian Flux.

You'd do well to go for a caravelle and I'm sorry if I've let the secret out about the VR6! Good luck with research look at as many vans as you can and enjoy your new van in the near future.

Regards,
Chris.

m4rkl
17-01-09, 16:54
In my opinion i like window vans like the ex AA's with just the Two windows in the sides think it gives a bit more privacy but sufficient lighting.

Yes privacy is a must
I picture my van with dark paint work and dark tints and this combination is the look i want.
I have considered window vans as they are reasonably priced espeacially ex aa
early days yet i may change my mind on which model

FlyingOx
17-01-09, 17:02
Dragon Green with dark tints on the rear glass looks great and gives all the privacy you need.

m4rkl
17-01-09, 17:03
Hi Mark,

I have a VR6 caravelle with a Reimo city conversion. Bought it a year ago after alot of research and thought. The VR6 is a 2.8 V6 engine and it returns over 30 mpg on a run and the best I have achieved is 34mpg, using cruise control. Admittedly its not too clever around town but we don't use it locally, although we've clocked up 7,000 miles and over 40 nights away this year.

This has an autobox which until I brought it was the first auto I had driven, took a few weeks to get used to, leaving the left foot alone but its great for cruising down the motorway and on French D roads. The engine just purrs along unstressed at 2600 rpm at 60 and has loads of torque and traction control to get past any traffic and boot it away from junctions when needed. You get a great view too being so high up compared to a car and its very relaxing to drive, partly because we going away for a fun week/weekend.

The other advantage of a caravelle is the creature comforts you buy into cruise, air con, electric windows, heated mirrors, fogs, headlamp washers, rear heater, abs etc and a long nose, they do look better than a short nose.;)


The reimo conversion uses a rail system in the floor for the variotech seat which can move a couple of predetermined positions, it can also be completely remove so I can use it as a van to collect stuff and go down the dump. Oh and as a bounus the bed is a standard double. It really is a multi purpose vehicle, so much so we've got rid of the car. Oh and the insurance is cheap through specialist such as Adrian Flux.

You'd do well to go for a caravelle and I'm sorry if I've let the secret out about the VR6! Good luck with research look at as many vans as you can and enjoy your new van in the near future.

Regards,
Chris.

Hi
Chris
I owned a mk3 vr6 and was suprised on its economy when driven responsibly
that is,obviously there is a weight difference ,a vr6 auto running on lpg sounds good as can hook it up to the cooker aswell ideas are flowing even more now
cheers chrisT:
any pics of your reimo conversion?
mark

m4rkl
17-01-09, 17:18
Dragon Green with dark tints on the rear glass looks great and gives all the privacy you need.


Dragon green very nice and very understated a friend of mine owned a golf mk4 gti dragon green which had anthracite rs4 alloys looked awesome
I also like met burgandy
mark

diggersg40
17-01-09, 17:21
http://i18.ebayimg.com/04/i/001/0e/38/f5fb_12.JPG

this is the conversion im having with a few changes here and there (flooring and seat trim will be different:ILU:) along with some different touches;)

m4rkl
17-01-09, 17:22
Admittedly its not too clever around town but we don't use it locally, although we've clocked up 7,000 miles and over 40 nights away this year.

Hey Chris you do no its 2009 nowH:

m4rkl
17-01-09, 17:25
http://i18.ebayimg.com/04/i/001/0e/38/f5fb_12.JPG

this is the conversion im having with a few changes here and there (flooring and seat trim will be different:ILU:) along with some different touches;)

Is this a conversion that is advertised on ebay?,is this who is doing it or just an example?
looks good
keep me posted

FlyingOx
17-01-09, 17:33
Mark,
I don't have any pictures to hand sorry, but if I get a chance I'll take some and PM you. Chris.
ps where does the time go 2009 already!LOL:

diggersg40
17-01-09, 17:39
the same guy is doing it for me

its called elite camper conversions, great to deal and will do whatever you want, there work is second to none attention to detail is amazingT:

as i said not cheap but im having everything done including heating, roof the lot:eek:

will be done before dubfreeze;)

m4rkl
17-01-09, 17:42
can i be rude and ask how much?
i,m keen to do my own but would like to way up my options.
thanks

vanbling
17-01-09, 17:47
Does cost come into it?
Or are you on an unlimited budget, as the best may not be anything like your price range?

Regards the interiors IMO wood finish looks dreadfully dated as its the same as what was put into van conversions for years. I wouldn't have it my house so wouldn't have it in my van. Just personal opinion though I guess.

diggersg40
17-01-09, 17:53
everyone has an opinion matey:ILU:

the wood we have had is alot lighter than in the pic and hopefully will suit my van well and we havent had wood flooring we did think that was too much wood;)

i'll pm the price over to you;)

m4rkl
18-01-09, 18:43
Does cost come into it?
Or are you on an unlimited budget, as the best may not be anything like your price range?

Regards the interiors IMO wood finish looks dreadfully dated as its the same as what was put into van conversions for years. I wouldn't have it my house so wouldn't have it in my van. Just personal opinion though I guess.

Looking to spend 2.5 to 3.5k on a t4
Then build an interior to my spec which will hopefully save pennies but looking to spend a total of 10k.
All interiors have to be personal or whats the point in fitting one thats not, afterall we're all going to spend lots of time in them.

vanbling
18-01-09, 20:48
You'll be very lucky to get a caravelle or even a decent 2.5tdi van for 2.5-3.5k.

m4rkl
18-01-09, 22:43
You'll be very lucky to get a caravelle or even a decent 2.5tdi van for 2.5-3.5k.

I have looked at 3 caravelles so far for less than 3k 2 of which were in good condition both 2000 models 1 2.5tdi 130k 1 vr6 110k

vanbling
18-01-09, 23:56
Thats good going.

A gassed up VR6 would be nice :ILU: