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HonkHonk

What van??

A couple of years ago I bought this

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and turned it into a a fairly decent, comfortable camper.

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But, paying £75 per month insurance when you only use it 4 times a year is a bit silly really so I recently sold it.
I am now looking for a 3.5t Transit sizes van to convert, this size so that it can be more affordably used on a daily basis if required.
I have asked courier drivers, mechanics, contractors etc etc what their opinion on the best all round and affordable van would be thinking I would see some kind of pattern and one van would come out on top    I should be so lucky!!
Merc' Sprinter - Comfy but eats diesel, parts are twice as expensive as other makes, takes you about 20 seconds to stop wobbling when you bump off of a kerb, too much ground clearance makes it easy to slide under and nick your catylitic converter.
Transit - Rust under wheel arches a lot, parts arn't any cheaper than they used to be,  you can hear your engine screaming on motorway driving.
Iveco - Too many electrical faults, prone to rust under arches, suspension is interesting they lean like mad!
Vauxhall/Renault Traffic, Hard to find a high/semi high top one, ohh you dont want one of them mine had 3 propshafts in 12 months, a bit pricey at the mo' as not that old.
VW LT, nice but you'll do well to find a nice one cheaply, don't break down often but when they do it'll cost you a fortune.!!!!
Arrrgggghhhh!!!! i'm now at the point where i'm scared stiff to buy anything just incase I get it wrong.
Can anybody help me please!!!!!!  got about £1.800 to spend and our first trip is at Belatne (begining of May)
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HonkHonk

....oh and LDVs! I was just told DON'T.  
12Bore

LDV, AAAaaaarrrrgghhhhhh!
Just NO!

I got lumbered with one of those, after 6 months they took it back and gave me a Transit back, I had threatened, in all seriousness, to crash it if they didn't.
Border

What you want my son.................is one of these, save on diesel, save on Insurance, save on mot's, and an added bonus you can give the missus something for her roses.



Now back to the vans, go with the tranny everytime, simple, cheap, and run for ever.

"Old fords never die, just go faster"

I see Chief Joseph is still with you.

Oh .........have to ask how does an old bugger of your age, crawl up into a bed of that height.    
sod

Here there are a lot of Transits I know this doesn't mean much to you but they  are very popular
hughesy

Our tranny first registered in 2001 has done 245 thousand miles and is still going fine. Passed it's last MOT with no problems at all.
Digindeep

I'm certainly no mechanic, more the get in and drive guy.

For well over 30 years drove vans of all descriptions, always went back to the same old ones, the most reliable, for all there faults and slating over the years, the good 'ole Tranny.
So long s they are serviced on a regular basis and basically looked after, they will work for you.
The worst that ever happened to me, was my own fault, "I'll get it sorted a the weekend "....cost me a fortune and a days work....Miles from no where down in Kent....Exhaust fell off....as said my own bally stupid fault  

Most of the guys who to my knowledge who bought Vauxhalls some years back are now back with Trannies....
HonkHonk

Right, thanks very much for your comments guys, much appreciated. I was all set to go with the tranny van when some guy slated them real bad, that was a couple of weeks ago, i'd probably have one by now if I hadn't spoke to him, there was a couple I had seen and was thinking of viewing them and now they have been sold.  

Border! ya cheeky bugger    but then again there is some truth in what you say, notice the seating close to the bed LOL a handy step up  
HonkHonk

 Forgot to say, Yes matey Chief Joseph looking after me lol, I loves me Native American stuff.  
12Bore

In my last job I did 25000 per year in a Transit, up to 600+ miles per day.
Comfortable, fast enough, 40+mpg
Just keep a couple of spare EGR valve kits, despite doing most of my mileage on motorways I went through one a year.  
HonkHonk

WOW thats some mileage mate, that aint a bad mpg too.

Erm! pardon my ignorance but... what is an EGR valve????  
12Bore

Exhaust gas return valve, it returns a portion of the exhaust gasses to the engine to be reburnt, this helps to reduce NOx and CO2 emissions. They are on just about all diesel engines, but the Transit engine is fairly well known for them failing. You can still drive the van, but it will run slower (a protection mode), drink more fuel and the engine management light will come on.
HonkHonk

OK cheers for that, i'll keep that in mind  
12Bore

BTW, at 40mpg, the van was stuffed (and I mean stuffed - to the point of being "possibly" overweight) with Hi-fi, TVs and speakers, and I didn't hang around either!
In the crapfest that was the LDV I struggled to get 30mpg, the handling and ergonomics were just as bad.
HonkHonk

Hmmm, think i'll defo give them a wide berth, nearly everybody i've spoke to dosen't like them lol.
bodger

I've got  a Ford Transit Connect, bags of room and good mpg.

My favourite van of all time was my old Sherpa Diesel. What a work horse that was.
12Bore

Original Sherpas were great, we used to use them as personel carriers and GP Support vans.
Except for the one that developed a petrol leak onto the exhaust manifold, we used that one a s a BBQ!!      
HonkHonk

Well I got one    a Transit, picked it up last Monday, only down side is I also got a speeding letter through the post today, in the area where I went to view it last Thursday, I never speed (deliberately) guess I just wasn't observant enough....... AGAIN!!!
12Bore

  as appropriate!
Border

HonkHonk wrote:
Well I got one    a Transit, picked it up last Monday, only down side is I also got a speeding letter through the post today, in the area where I went to view it last Thursday, I never speed (deliberately) guess I just wasn't observant enough....... AGAIN!!!


All tranny drivers have lead feet.

Not white by any chance is it?
HonkHonk

 hahaha, I was in the car on the way to view it.... and Yes it is white lol for now!
sod

Think that a good choice mate, our DILs father has a 1972 one still going well and they travel all over the place  
HonkHonk

Well it is certainly better on fuel than the Iveco community welfare bus I recently got rid of, i'd say twice as good tbf, £60 of diesel has just done 250 miles both motorway and around town driving.  
12Bore

Told you so!
Digindeep

That's why they are so popular...

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