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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
OK so Last month (October 2018) i bought my first T5....something ive been wanting to do for years so finally done it.

Its a 2010 T5.1 T32 SWB, Reflex Silver, 6 speed Manual, 2.0L 140 BHP, Tailgate model with n/s sliding door. Pretty cheap due to the high miles but has lots of service history and drives real good.

Some of its features: Air con, electric windows, remote locking, heated and power folding mirrors, factory tinted sliding windows on both sides, cruise control, hill assist, tailgate with heated rear glass and wiper, Sportline front bumper and rear spoiler, 20" range rover alloys and lowered 40mm on coilovers, CD Stereo with Parrot Bluetooth, Witter tow bar, 110ah Leisure battery with split charger, 240v inverter with 2 x 3 pin plugs under front passenger seat

Ok so its a 2 seater 2 berth Camper and the conversion includes being fully insulated and carpeted, Kitchen pod with Dometic-Smev 9722 Sink & 2 burner Hob Combination Unit with 1 x 12v socket and 2 x USB and volt meter. Fridge with tacky blue LEDs around it (will be coming off), Gas bottle and 10l water bottle and 10l waste water bottle stored underneath, fold out table attaches to kitchen pod rail, blackout blinds on all rear windows, front swivel captains chairs, bright white remote led spotlights in rear roof lining. Rear sofa that pulls out into full double bed. Its not rock n roll so cant carry rear passengers, Porta Potti 335 under bed space.

Think that covers everything

Mods so far (as of July 2020):

Sportline style front lower bumper with Gloss Black Spiltter
Sportline style Tailgate Spoiler
Genuine VW Sportline Hella Rear Lights (E-Tech tinted and lacquered)
Vanstyle Gloss Black Side Bars
Gloss Black Front Grill & VW Badge
De-Badged Tailgate with Gloss Black\Reflex Silver VW Badge
Heko Smoked Wind Deflectors
Travelin-Lite Reflex Silver Corner bumper LED DRL's
Travelin-Lite 6K LED Headlight Bulbs
Vanstyle Black Dynamic DRL Headlights
Vanstyle Smoked Sequential LED Side Indicators
Gloss Black Wing Mirror base and top/bottom covers
Van-X Heated Wing Mirror Glass with built in LED indicators
Travelin-Lite LED Mirror Courtesy Puddle Fade Lights
Van-X LED Canbus numbeplate lights
Van-X Smoked 3rd Brake Light Cover
T6 Flat wiper arm conversion and Bosch Aerotwin Wipers
Aftermarket Front & Rear Mudflaps
Removed roof bars and towbar
Tailgate Stand off fresh air vent lock
Uprated tailgate hydraulic lifters
Colour coded discrete awning rail
Reimo Palm Beach Sun Shade Canopy Awning

Cab Interior
2 x 2018 T6 Caravelle Heated Captains Chairs in VW Kutamo
2 x Sportscraft front seat swivel base
Genuine VW Climate control unit with heated seat switches & Kufatec Loom
Genuine VW black handbrake cover
Vanstyle Luxury Black Velour Front Carpet
Travelinlite LED Footwell lights
Genuine VW Chrome interior Door Handles
California style additional front door seal upgrade
2 x Genuine VW sunglasses holders
Genuine VW electric vanity light with mirror sunvisors retrofit
Rubber dash trim (stops rubbish falling between dash and windscreen)
Genuine VW Passat W8 Interior light & loom with ambient red LEDs
Genuine VW cup holder \ coin tray replacement
Van-X Dash Cubby with 2x USB
Van-X Chrome air vent tabs
Van-X Black Rubber Door Bin Grip Mats
Van-X Black Rubber Glove Box Grip Mat
Genuine VW Retrofit Glovebox Light
Genuine VW Dash rubber mats
Retrofit Auto headlight switch
Retrofit Genuine VW MFD Stalk (MPG, Miles to empty Average MPG, distance, time etc)
Upgraded LED Blade fuses

Rear Camper Conversion:
Fully insulated and grey carpeted
Kiravans Sliding door store
6 x Warm White (3000K) LED Roof spotlights on dimmer keyfob remote
Shorevans Blackout cab Curtains (Grey)
Campervanparts.co.uk rear and side blackout rail curtains (Black)
Kitchen Pod with motion detector cupboard LED lights
Dometic-Smev 9722 Sink & 2 burner Hob
Campingaz 907 Gas Cylinder
10L fresh water \ 10L waste water tanks (Quest Aquasol treated)
Webasto CR49 (49L)Cruise Classic Compressor Fridge
Fireangles CO Alarm
Full Sofa\double bed extendable to over 7ft (10cm foam base and 2.5cm memory topper)
hideaway side clip-on dinning table
3 x Elasticated Magazine Storage Nets
Porta Potti 335 Toilet
2 x 6K LED Spotlights in Tailgate

Wheels, Brakes & Suspension:
20" Range Rover Sport HSE Autobiography Alloys
Toledo 275/40/20 106Y Budget Tyres
Genuine VW Black Wheel Bolt Covers
Rear coilovers
Lowered front Springs 40mm
T6 Bi-Turbo larger front caliper upgrade (for 340mm discs)
Brembo Grooved & Drilled front discs 340mm
Brembo Grooved & Drilled rear discs 293mm
Brembo Brake Pads all round
Painted Calipers Silver

Xtrons 9" Android Headunit (PE98MTVPL) with Seagate 4TB external Hard drive for Media
Xtrons TMPS01 TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitor System)
Xtrons OBD2 Bluetooth Adapter
CCD Reverse Camera
Huawei E8372 4G Wi-Fi Dongle in glovebox (20GB data with "Go Binge" unlimited Netflix streaming)
19" Manta 12v TV with built in Free-View and WD Blue 2TB SSD Drive for media
Amazon Firestick 2nd Gen with Alexa remote. (Netflix, TVPlayer, BBCiPlayer, Internet etc)
Standard front door speakers
Leoch XR1750 AGM 110AH Leisure Battery
Ablemail AMS 30-12-12 B2B Charger
Victron BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor with Bluetooth

Standard VW Alarm\Immobiliser
Centinel Clucth Claw Pedal Security System
Alloy Wheel Locking Nuts
Heyner Stilbull 650 Spare Wheel Locking bolt

Engine Bay & Performance:
K&N Panel Air Filter
Forge Uprated Intercooler
Milltek DPF Back Non-Resonated Stainless Exhaust
Van-X Gas strut bonnet lifter
Yuasa Silver 5000 95ah\800A Battery
T-Ford Roadster Air Horn
Genuine VW Black screenwash and header tank caps
Genuine VW T5 Caravelle Battery Cover
Genuine VW T5 Caravelle Headlight Trim Cover

Future Plans
Highline pillar air vent upgrade, Revo Remap, Sportline front foglight kit, interior diesel heater, Genuine VW flat bottom leather steering wheel with control buttons, private plate, retrofit Genuine VW reverse sensors, Rainbow IL-C8.3 Front speaker and tweeter upgrade, rear speakers, tinted windscreen sunstrip, Better Alarm system, Hilo Pop Top Installation, genuine VW sports pedals, Retrim cab roof lining, A\B Pillars & Door Cards, retrofit window switch with lock\unlock button,150w solar panel, T6 Style front wings and indicators, uprated Sachs clutch.

Pics when i got it October 2018


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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
Few things i have already started to do.

Genuine VW wheel bolt covers

Genuine VW dash mats fitted

Switched to a hydraulic bonnet lifter


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Discussion Starter #7
Fitted some cheap led motion sensor lights off ebay for £9

there motion sensor on magnet strips to fit inside the kitchen pod cupboards. run off 4 x aaa batteries. when you open the door they just come on for 15 seconds. helps to see what your doing at night


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I need to work on some storage for my table which always seems to get on the way and something on the nsr rear quarter panel where you have that net so i can stick my bedtime reading and my phone .

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Discussion Starter #13
Not wasting anytime mate!

What bonnett struck did you go for? Thats my next mod.
£19 on ebay from vanstyle. Installs in like 5 minutes and it comes with the ball ends you need for the strut. All the holes are pre drilled in the engine bay for easy fitment. Opens and closes nice....much better then holding the bonnet and finding the stick.

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Discussion Starter #18
Liking the black badges ....the debadged tailgate and the towbar gone makes the back end look nice and clean :cool:
oh yes, forgot to mention i had debadged the rear...well spotted

done a few more jobs, just need to take some pics

got a long list of things i want to do to camper.

Installed front chrome indicator bulbs in the headlights to get rid of the orange look, installed twin sunglasses holders where the grab handles would go. Drivers side was a pain as it didnt have a grab handle as standard, so had to drop the roof lining install a bracket from VW that would hold the sunglasses holder. Installed LED numberplate bulbs, replaced the side loading step light unit (was broken in pieces) and spent a ton on camping gear.....kettle, plates, camping pots, pans etc, cups plates....etc

Got some cab curtains on order just so you can quickly close off the back if you want to get changed etc......saves putting up all the front window shades which are a pain.

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Discussion Starter #19
next jobs, needs a new cupholder (drivers side broken) and i want to install a VW W8 interior light with the red ambient lighting. Mines the very basic single bulb unit.
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