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I know everyone might not have the skills or confidence to take on your own conversion.
Which is probably why there are so many company's offering conversion services.
But with so many people still using absorbent insulation an fitting dodgy split charge systems, would you buy one already done?
 

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I'd love to convert my own van. But between 2 kids, stressful job, house maintenance and DIY it would take around 6 years to complete. So yes, at this point in my life, if I want one, I have to buy one !!

Of course that doesnt rule out a bit of modding and customisation.
 

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there are plenty of self build vans out there that are far better than some so called specialists conversions, just because your name don't end with "camper conversions" don't mean its a bodge it

yes i would buy one why not!
 

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there are plenty of self build vans out there that are far better than some so called specialists conversions, just because your name don't end with "camper conversions" don't mean its a bodge it

yes i would buy one why not!
good point mate, there are plenty of self builds about thats done right....
yes i suppose i would if it was something i was looking for, but i like to build them myself so not the right person to ask really....:D
 

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The Van we bought was a part conversion, someone got so far and then got bored.

I don't think they did that brilliant a job either.

Going to rip much of it back out Might even do the whole split charge thing.

That said it does all the things we want it to. We have a very basic cooker to use if we pull over for a brew and a bigger one to use when camping proper, in the big awning we bought to go with it.

I have sort of thought I should really go and take the huge 3 way beer oven that my mate said I could have out of his scrap caravan, then again they are just a source of grief. When we had one before I kept coming back and finding someone had filled it with food.....

FFS

If you want to eat go to the horseburger van, you can't expect me to drink warm beer....

Rhys
 

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Having seen a VERY expensive conversion on a friends van done by a company in the South I would rather do it myself. It's all pretty easy stuff and there are plenty of helpful people on this forum who can help out or offer advice.

Having said that there are some cracking vans out there that have been very converted so guess it's just a case of checking the van over carefully before handing over any money.
 

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there are plenty of self build vans out there that are far better than some so called specialists conversions
Ill second that!
And I do see an increasing number of have a go-ers potentially ruining perfectly good vans, covering it all up in carpet and selling them for a profit.
 

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Yes I would. I think you can get a feel if a guy is passionate about his van if he's selling it. I know a few guys that wouldn't think of cutting corners on their own conversion and as been said some conversion companies just want profit.. Not all.. But if it was me I'd just have a look around.. If you bought one of a company what would be the comeback after 12 months if you noticed it rusting due to poor insulation???. There's good and bad of everything!!
 

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100% yes, if the price was right with photos of the install process and the seller was a mature well educated person who knew what they were doing and had a good reason for selling his creation.
Also if the van was right up my street.

Even if the van was 99% perfect it would all depend on the seller.
 

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Personally? Probably not, but then I'm happy enough with a saw.

My new ( ish) van needed to have a heater and proper belted, tested bed /seat, so I had a very reputable company fit those and cut the windows in, so that left me with carpentry and electrical work, a good mate sorted the final wiring, but this made a good compromise for us. I too would be concerned by what may lie behind panels and under floors. I've seen some colander floors and other rusty bits.

That said, I did photograph everything which I did and would take on board what SparrowBladder says above too.T:

As for being mature and well educated, I'm not prepared to sayI:LOL:
 

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Knowing what you know now, would you buy your van again?

Probably not, but then again I now know so much about the ABL engine and VW T4s in general that I'm very confident I can spot a wrong un when I need a new van.
 
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