June 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm #105473
We are about to embark on our first purchase of a car/van to convert into a basic occasional camper. We have been thinking for a while about doing a really basic fold out boot bed conversion on a Citroen Berlingo or Renault Kangoo car so that we have a ‘car’ most of the time, and a camper for our weekends away and longer trips.
However we might have the opportunity to buy an ex-fleet Vauxhall Combo for £3,000 (2007, diesel). We know the fleet manager so should be a safe bet in terms of not getting ripped off.
BUT… are combos good to convert? I am bit concerned about the load length for the bed.And it would be a van, rather than a car, but maybe this would be better for our trips.
The other issue is what would we do if we need an extra seat in the van in the future? Does insurance shoot up if you put an extra seat and a window into a small van? How much does that kind of thing cost?
We are keen and able to do a lot of the conversion work ourselves, but not the seat/window thing.
Key factors we are considering:
Fuel economy – and environmental impact (currently don’t have a vehicle at all for environmental reasons)
Size – husband is 6ft so needs good bed length
Can use on a day to day basis
Can also use for husband’s band and AV equipment
Would prefer more than 2 seats
Got a max £3,000 to spend, which really should include materials for conversion
Anyone fancy pitching some ideas at us!!?? It’s doing my head in!
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