I am considering a LWB but I live and visit family in places where there is only usually street parking. Is parking these sort of vans as much of a pain in the as I imagine and should I consider a SWB instead?
Manoeuvring ought not to be the issue but finding long spaces might be.
They will either stick out of car park spaces or take up two. I don't know how the car park sharks take that if you are not parked within a marked out bay. I had all the carp from Sainsbury's Sharks when we parked our works van across a bay line- mind you they gave up after a year
I have a LWB T5 and live in a street with on street parking. There is never much space to park and finding a long enough space is sometimes a problem, usually it's when I have a van full of supermarket shopping and the only big enough space is 150 yards away. I have fitted a set of wireless reversing sensors that have helped but the bigger problem is not having enough road width to swing the front end out when reversing because of vehicles parked on the other side of the road . Having said that, I bought a LWB because I wanted more living space inside and it's worth the downside for me.
You soon get used to it, like maneuvering any new car. There wouldn't be much of a difference between finding a street space for a swb or a lwb I wouldn't have thought. You're still going to need a big space! As for supermarkets etc, aim for ones around the edge, and hang the back end over a kerb. Also, head for the quiet corner, it might mean an extra 20 seconds walk to the door, but there's normally a space somewhere. I've had 9 years with vehicles this size, and I've never had to leave somewhere because I couldn't get parked!.
Had my LWB for 4 months now and never had a problem parking including in city centres. You start to identify and know where the right spaces are, end ones for example. Sensors do help when it's a squeeze. Look out for the car that parks and inch from your tailgate or rear doors, very frustrating when you've just done the 'Friday big shop'!
Been driving mine just on 9 years and always had lwb vans so you may have to use the streering wheel a few more times to get in a space but as long as the four wheels are in the lines then you won't get a ticket
no problem parking my t5 lwb, i use those extra wide extra long parking spaces you see everywhere, the ones painted blue! by the way i do have the get out of jail free card needed to access these! funny thing it didnt work the other day, i went to a convention for disabled people and there was only 5 blue spaces and 500 guests!
Ive had my LWB for nearly a year. I live in built up London and its fine, as people say you just learn what to look out for and where. Carparks not a problem at all. The extra swing round corners was fun at first but again you just internalise the manoeuvring needed and dont notice it after a while. In fact, I was whizzing around town today thinking how great and nippy it was. Mind you, I havnt driven my Mk1 golf all winter so have obviously forgotten what nippy whizzing is
Like someone else has pointed out, the prats that park within inches of the back bumper are a real frustration. I have to park on the street sometimes and it`s the norm to come out the house to find it impossible to open the back doors. I have thought of putting some sort of notice on similar to the wheelchair access sticker on specially converted vehicles but I very much doubt the offenders would take any notice. I remember one morning I went to open the up and over garage door ( from the inside ) only to hear it clang into the side of a car parked across the garage. Unbelieveably there was only this one car parked in the back street, it could of parked anywhere, but no, chose to park across a garage door.