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Re: Camper/conversion advice

Postby lennoxlewis » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:39 am

bulls in transit wrote:Seems a lot of work and additional weight for a lounge area,would of thought a fiamma type side awning a lot easier.Handy for sightseeing in busy car parks though.


I will have a side awning too but there are some locations i visit that will benefit greatly just beeing 2 meters high.

weight is not a concern as the rest of the build makes up for it.

The thing here is just having a hole or a hatch big enough to climb up through it but also to serve the basic purpose of getting air out/in and have a bug screen on it.

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Re: Camper/conversion advice

Postby jonochap » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:21 pm

Is having a ladder access internally losing space? Maybe a rear external ladder?


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Re: Camper/conversion advice

Postby lennoxlewis » Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:25 pm

jonochap wrote:Is having a ladder access internally losing space? Maybe a rear external ladder?


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I am going the interior mounted ladder just for the piece of mind of not having any monkeys up there stealing my solar panels :lol:

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These telescopic ladders are very, very, very light and as you can see, very compact.

Altought the external is practical, i would really prefer having internal solutions.


Also, for hatches, i am seeing if those used on boats could be an option as they use them to climb outside.

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Re: Camper/conversion advice

Postby mafty » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:22 am

Skevofish wrote:Hi Marty.
It seems that you may be just the chap I need. This coming march I'm getting a new custom limited L2H1. I had planned to buy a second hand van and convert that but as my old vw lt work van bit the dust before Christmas i decided to bite the bullet and go for the transit. My new plan is to convert this into something I can use as a camper when needed (insulate, carpet lining, floor and electrics with side Windows cut in it)but ply it out inside of that so I can use it for everyday work duties. Daunting where do I start? The insulating and ply lining isn't a problem but the electrics, where do I really start? I want to have a leisure battery to run lights tv fridge phones etc. But I haven't a clue on what gear I need to get this sorted. You tube will help but I could do with somebody who's done it all to help me out. I appreciate any help advice I can get. Cheers mate


Hi Skevofish!

(it's MaFty by the way!)

Not sure on Customs, but on mk6 and mk7 there is space under the driver's seat for a leisure battery. Make sure you measure your original battery and get one that is no bigger, or it may not fit. We generally use 110Ah batteries on our conversions, coupled to split charge relays/solar panels/240v hook up chargers.
The best advice I can give re: wiring is PLAN AHEAD! Try to work out everything you need (and may need in the future) and wher you will need it. Even if you don't fully install the electrical system now, it is a wise move to run any cables to where you think you may need appliances/12v sockets/lights later on. This will save a LOT of undoing of previous work, ie carpeting and insulation. When we do this type of pre installation, we generally just bundle all the cables together, then tape them to a single 'tail' cable, and run that tail through a small hole, to allow us to pull the cables through when we actually need to access them.

I hope this makes sense, but feel free to ask any further questions.

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Re: Camper/conversion advice

Postby snakebasket » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:47 pm

Skevofish wrote:Hi Marty.
It seems that you may be just the chap I need. This coming march I'm getting a new custom limited L2H1. I had planned to buy a second hand van and convert that but as my old vw lt work van bit the dust before Christmas i decided to bite the bullet and go for the transit. My new plan is to convert this into something I can use as a camper when needed (insulate, carpet lining, floor and electrics with side Windows cut in it)but ply it out inside of that so I can use it for everyday work duties. Daunting where do I start? The insulating and ply lining isn't a problem but the electrics, where do I really start? I want to have a leisure battery to run lights tv fridge phones etc. But I haven't a clue on what gear I need to get this sorted. You tube will help but I could do with somebody who's done it all to help me out. I appreciate any help advice I can get. Cheers mate


I'm a newbie to the forum and am doing a similar thing. I have bought a kit from ebay and the guys who sold it to me are evry helpful. I have stripped the back of the van and made a ply floor which sits in the load liner. I have fitted a couple fo bike racks for my cycles and want to have a sort of camper /day van. I have a mk8 and putting the leaisue battery and as much of the kit as I can under the passenger seat. Ideally I want a kitchen pod and removable bed of sorts. This plan is coming together but the eclectrical kit is this:
Complete Camper/Race Van Electrical 12V & 240V Wiring Conversion Kit - Hook-up from the seller busboyk and they will talk to you to design the kit as you require and send wiring diagrams and hints.
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