Bigger vehicles for conversions

time4t

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#22
That's uhm, that's uhm, BIG init!!

I'd like it as my new mobile shed!

Phill
 
#23
Not what I could ever describe as being a practical form of mobile living accommodation, I mean, could you ever imagine the reaction of a caravan site owner if that turned up and as for wild camping................. forget it!!

Phil
 
#24
Some of the 27ft lib/buses are best for conversion to full time,and can be bought from about 4 grand up to around 8 with some only 30/40 th on clock.
 

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#27
This rule can make conversion slightly more of a problem with the larger stuff though ....
"A motorhome being registered in the UK cannot be more than 12 metres long and 2.55 metres wide, unless it has an Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) certificate. A vehicle with an IVA can have a maximum width of 2.6 metres."
(This excludes Mirrors)

Not sure how wide one of the 7.5 trucks are outside, but the Iveco Eurocargo is 2.23 Metres internally, so quite likely to be over 2.55M externally? And that Mercedes I Iinked to as an example had a widened body, so must be over-width.
Downside of not being able to reclassify as a Motor Caravan will be being stuck with remaining as a Commercial Vehicle for insurance and an HGV MOT with VOSA, rather than a standard Class 4 MOT.
But it means choosing something like a truck to convert needs some important technical considerations past the "can I park in a Campside", etc. and careful consideration of the base model.
 
#28
This rule can make conversion slightly more of a problem with the larger stuff though ....
"A motorhome being registered in the UK cannot be more than 12 metres long and 2.55 metres wide, unless it has an Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) certificate. A vehicle with an IVA can have a maximum width of 2.6 metres."
(This excludes Mirrors)

Not sure how wide one of the 7.5 trucks are outside, but the Iveco Eurocargo is 2.23 Metres internally, so quite likely to be over 2.55M externally? And that Mercedes I Iinked to as an example had a widened body, so must be over-width.
Downside of not being able to reclassify as a Motor Caravan will be being stuck with remaining as a Commercial Vehicle for insurance and an HGV MOT with VOSA, rather than a standard Class 4 MOT.
But it means choosing something like a truck to convert needs some important technical considerations past the "can I park in a Campside", etc. and careful consideration of the base model.
There all under 7ft 4 ins wide and like mine no bother getting log book changed,mine is as wide as the big library buses on my posts.
 


Darcar

Full Member
#29
I’m a big vehicle fan, but you can get TO big.

Width is the biggest problem! The length isn’t really a problem.
Also ground clearance especially on the rear overhang.

And what do we need all that space for? There’s only 2 of us and her dog!
Darcar.
 
#32
I’m a big vehicle fan, but you can get TO big.

Width is the biggest problem! The length isn’t really a problem.
Also ground clearance especially on the rear overhang.

And what do we need all that space for? There’s only 2 of us and her dog!
Darcar.
I love the big space in my van,i can carry six people if required,some times my kids want to take a friend out for a day with us and all there toys like bikes swimming gear etc.
 


#33
Have to wait until after I move to see if I have room to build out a truck.
But in reality I have no need to do so unless I was going to full-time - in which case something like one of those 7.5t library lorries would be ideal - unless plan was extensive world travel, and then a 4x4 or 6x6 jobby would be best (except the weight on those seem to be 10t minimum for even the (relatively) smaller ones)
 


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#37
Mine is ok for irish twisty rds over in donegal,mine is 6.5 mtrs or around 22ft six in real money.
 
#38
Mine is ok for irish twisty rds over in donegal,mine is 6.5 mtrs or around 22ft six in real money.
It looked longer than that. My LT is 6.3M - but I guess the length from back of cab seats to back of vehicle will be quite a bit less in an LT/Sprinter as yours is a Forward Control bus? So noticable extra internal length?
Your extra width will make a big difference I imagine as well.
 
#39
Your extra width will make a big difference I imagine as well.
Which is why the Sevel vans are the most popular normal vans to convert.
Those extra few cms. and the overall squareness are what makes for such an enormous difference.
 
#40
Which is why 95% of professional conversions are Sevel, the Sevel van over the years has been designed with conversion in mind too. Phil
 

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