Hello, so I am new to the whole campervan scene but it is something I'm really looking forward to getting into.
I am going to need lots of help as I really am a complete beginner. I'm doing a camper van conversion on an Ldv 400 I'm going to pick it up on Sunday next week after winning it in an auction on eBay. So I really haven't got an idea how I should go about getting it done, I've watched hours and hours of different videos on YouTube and seen so many different ideas.
My main worries are heating and water heating, plumbing electrics, flooring, lining the van and building furniture! Everything else I'm fine with lol. No I'm not that bad really just a few tips on how to do what and the best way to do things. I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into this, and I look forward to meeting new people on here!
Welcome. Well we have a self build forum here with quite a bit of advice.
Lots of different ways of doing it. Some people like to hide all the wiring behind the panelling like a house. I prefer to do all the panelling and insulation first and put the wires in conduits or behind cupboards. That's how I did mine anyway. Some people prefer the slightly neater look, but if you have a problem, you can't fix wiring easily if it is hidden.
Please feel free to ask if you need any help. You could start your own thread in the self build forum here
Yeah the starting of it is what I'm unsure about, I don't think I'd mind either way, with the wiring, but seeing as I'm unsure of what electrical things I'd need to buy I think the wiring on the outside would be easier. I could always change it after If I wanted to. I think the main wiring I'd want hiding is the lighting wiring.
I will do a thread too and show the build, I'm going to try and do some videos too and upload them to YouTube too.
Hello. Looks like a solid van there. Good luck with the build/fit.
I'm hoping it is, according to the seller, it was a camper before (and is registered as one on the log book too), but the person who did the conversion didn't do it very well. Anyway the van has two roof lights fitted they were originally fitted by the original converter again that was a poor job too and they leaked and eventually caused the roof channels to rot, anyway the current owner removed and repaired the channels and the roof and refitted the roof lights. Also the windscreen had a leak too but he has resealed it so that is also watertight again. I'm just hoping the floor isn't rotten under the driver and passenger seats as I've seen a video showing the same van with a soaking wet carpet and a rotten floor. The seller says most of the major welding has been done and there's just a few plastic panels need refitting from when he removed them to do the windscreen but that's about it. The van looks very bare which is fine for me as it'll be less to strip when insulating.
It does seem like a decent buy, oh it has also only done just over 40k miles, it is backed up by the mot history online too, not sure if I genuinely believe that but it could be true. It's on a P reg 1996? Can't remember. I'm happy with it anyway, plus I've only paid £270 for it so even if it is a lemon, I don't really mind investing some money into repairing it.
I think the van would have sold for more but it was listed in the "cars for salvage" category so I don't think it got seen by the right people.also what is the hanging out of the roof? Is it the aerial for the radio? It look like he's driven under a low tree and a twig has broken through the roof and got stuck!
Post by joncloudvanman on Mar 13, 2016 20:46:37 GMT
You have 1 advantage, it's all stripped back so you can see the bodywork & really that's the first thing to address depending on how serious you are & how much you want to get out of the van. At the price you paid, if it's a decent runner then a few quid spent on the fit is worth it. Thinking cap time eh !
kernowjon: Hi we nearly always freecamp - old age pension gives loads of leisure time but too little money to pay camp site fees. The van has solar panel, large water tank So we are pretty self sufficient. Jon
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