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  • jessicaspedding's picture

    Darren, do you know much about Leyland Daf Convoy campers - am looking to buy a van, was going to go with safe and easy to replace parts of a mercedes but there is a nice looking one on gumtree that i'm going to check out tomorrow. our plans are to travel europe so want a reliable van and one that can be fixed, parts replaced etc if necessary whilst away anywhere from croatia to poland to spain. any thoughts?!!

    Feb 18, 2008
  • Anonymous's picture

    buy a transit mate

    Feb 17, 2011
  • Darren's picture

    I've not owned a Leyland DAF, but I had thought about buying one. I do know that they are much more basic inside than other vehicles, such as Mercedes, but they are therefore much easier to fix should a problem arise. I see a lot of old ones on the road in the UK, and have seen many people recommending them on the internet. The Royal Mail and the Army use them in the UK. That is surely a good recommendation. I would test drive a few, and if you like the way they are I would go for it. Parts should not be too big a problem, but you may not find quite as many Leyland parts in Croatia as you would Mercedes.

    Feb 18, 2008
  • Nicky's picture

    I'm looking to hire a camper-van for a short break in August, even better if it could be a VW. A trial before we buy test-run. Can anyone advise on hire companies near London?

    May 23, 2008
  • racheldori's picture

    Hello, I don't have a camper van yet and really want to borrow one just for 4 days (July 29th to Aug 2nd). I can't seem to find a single site where you can borrow one - except a site which does 'retro' camper vans at enormous prices. Are there any 'camper-van-sharing' sites - or places where you can just hire one from an individual rather than from a huge company?
    If anyone out there has one we could hire we'd be really grateful. We're very responsible and would take good care of it. Thanks,
    Rachel

    Feb 18, 2009
  • Tim Aldiss's picture
    Tim Aldiss (not verified)

    I've written up a post on the current options for choice when thinking about the new continental style range of fixed rear bed high tops there are on the market as a useful resource for people like myself in the market for one. As there doesn't seem to be a central resource for this kind of thing I thought I would try and become one!

    I'm an ex-converter myself and appreciate the effort you have out into this site. I would also happily welcome any constructive criticism of the resource that I have put together here: http://www.loftsites.co.uk/fixed-bed-high-top-campervan.html

    Mar 02, 2009
  • Darren's picture

    Hi Tim

    Have visited your site many times. It was a source of inspiration for my own conversion.

    Thanks for the great resource. I shall link to it on other relevant pages on this site soon.

    Mar 03, 2009
  • Anonymous's picture

    is an oven a useful item in a camper-van.

    Jul 06, 2010
  • Darren's picture

    If you are a keen cook, and spend a reasonable amount of time camping then it can be a good idea.
    If you only spend small amount of time in your camper if might not be worth it.
    Ovens use a far amount of gas, take a bit of room, and weight a bit. So careful consideration is needed.

    Jul 06, 2010
  • stoneyuk's picture

    Our Brazilian T2 (Danbury) came with oven fitted - would not be without it now.

    Dec 28, 2010
  • leebean's picture

    My answer is no. i fitted an oven when i converted my camper 3 years ago, and in truth we have used it about five times. it doubles up as a spare cupboard which seems to be its main purpose, If you dont plan on using it i would save the effort and spend money on something more usefull.

    Leebean.

    Jan 30, 2012
  • seanfergal o'keeffe's picture

    Hi I have just got a lovely Campervan, a Peugeot expert where the roof lifts up and down, has anyone got any good tips ie where to park up and sleep at night etc anyone interested in having a weekend away to try it out etc

    Nov 22, 2010
  • Jon's picture

    Had any luck yet?
    Would be interested to see the conversion...

    Jon

    May 02, 2012
  • Abi's picture

    Hi I'm a student at the University of Westminster in Harrow, studying TV Production and we're in desperate need of a Campervan to borrow to be part of our in studio set. We don't have much money and were wondering if anyone knew a way we could make this happen? Any ideas much appreciated!

    Abi

    Dec 01, 2011
  • bart 's picture

    merc 1990 for sale . cheap good condition.4000 ono.

    Mar 05, 2012
  • peppercat45's picture

    Can I run a m/w oven off electric hook-up or a leisure battery, does anyone know please. Also is there a best buy for a leisure battery or are they all good, help needed for beginner please

    Aug 06, 2012
  • Van's picture
    Van (not verified)

    The more you pay for your leisure better, the more likely it will be a high quality battery that lasts well

    Mar 31, 2013
  • Scottselv's picture
    Scottselv (not verified)

    Just take a look at our luxury accommodations that ranges in T5 Campervan Rental, T5 Rental, VW Hire and Motorhome Hire.

    Mar 01, 2014

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