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Camper van wanted

Soldier boy 06 Jun 08 - 06:32 PM
GUEST,Bongoman 06 Jun 08 - 06:56 PM
Richard Bridge 07 Jun 08 - 03:31 AM
John J 07 Jun 08 - 05:14 AM
Greg B 07 Jun 08 - 10:03 PM
Mr Red 08 Jun 08 - 02:48 PM
EBarnacle 08 Jun 08 - 05:24 PM
Art Thieme 09 Jun 08 - 12:04 AM
selby 09 Jun 08 - 03:05 AM
Mr Happy 09 Jun 08 - 09:33 AM
Mr Happy 09 Jun 08 - 09:34 AM
Greg B 09 Jun 08 - 02:54 PM
Nigel Parsons 09 Jun 08 - 04:01 PM
Dave the Gnome 10 Jun 08 - 06:58 AM
Richard Bridge 10 Jun 08 - 07:08 AM
GUEST,Raggytash 10 Jun 08 - 08:12 AM
GUEST,Cats 10 Jun 08 - 11:20 AM
Big Al Whittle 10 Jun 08 - 04:21 PM
Mr Happy 10 Jun 08 - 05:10 PM
folk1e 11 Jun 08 - 05:06 PM
Eric the Viking 11 Jun 08 - 05:47 PM
Richard Bridge 12 Jun 08 - 03:38 AM
Eric the Viking 12 Jun 08 - 06:28 PM
Richard Bridge 13 Jun 08 - 02:17 AM
Dave the Gnome 13 Jun 08 - 04:51 AM
GUEST,minitaka 01 Jul 08 - 09:09 AM
Dave the Gnome 01 Jul 08 - 09:45 AM
Richard Bridge 01 Jul 08 - 01:30 PM
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Dave the Gnome 02 Jul 08 - 09:12 AM
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Richard Bridge 02 Jul 08 - 01:35 PM
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Subject: Camper van wanted
From: Soldier boy
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 06:32 PM

Sorry to post this here but I am looking for a Campervan and am having great trouble finding one so thought I might test the power of Mudcat to see if fellow mudcatters could help me.

I am getting to an age when camping is becoming increasingly hard work for me so I am looking for just a small compact campervan to tootle around to festivals in.

Trouble is I am not awash with cash so the maximum budget I have is £1000. Yes I know that's not a lot for a campervan and I am probably on a hiding to nowhere but if anyone out there has outgrown their little mobile home from home or it's rarely used and not worth taxing/insuring anymore or knows someone who the fits the above description please let me know here or PM me.

I am based in Huddersfield,West Yorkshire,England and am not too bothered how old it is or how small the engine is so long as it is not falling apart and can be relied upon to get me from A to B. Ideally it would just be a small campervan with a basic stove, fridge and sink etc and I do not require sleeping space in the roof/ceiling.

I can promise that it will go to a good home and will receive plenty of TLC.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST,Bongoman
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 06:56 PM

Camper vans for less than £1000 on ebay

48 of the vans on this page are less that £1000. Good luck!


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 07 Jun 08 - 03:31 AM

If you have the space to keep a caravan, Soldierboy, I strongly recommend a caravan instead. You aren't dragging it around when ou go shopping the rest of the year, and if you do want to pop off site to buy supplies then you don't have to de-camp, lose your space, and re-level and re-plumb when you return, and many have a shower and space for a portaloo.

Speed limits when towing are a bit of a bind, but I find I usually pretty well keep up with most capmervans apart from the better modern behemoths.

And my caravan cost me £250.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: John J
Date: 07 Jun 08 - 05:14 AM

I heartily agree with Richard's recommendation of a caravan.

The idea of having to completely 'up-sticks' if you want to drive off somewhere strikes me as absurd. We have a small 2 berth caravan (successfully towed by a 1.4 diesel Ford Fiesta) that gives us flexibility with economy of 35 - 40mpg whilst towing.

And you only use it when you need it - it doesn't come with us on the shopping run like a Campervan would.

Good luck!

John


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Greg B
Date: 07 Jun 08 - 10:03 PM

To say nothing of safety. At least with a trailer (caravan) you've
the safety of your modern tow vehicle in which you ride.

More than a decade ago I took it into my head to do just the same
thing and began to look at old 1st-generation VW camp-mobiles.

I drove one--- then realized that the sheet metal by my toes was
the same color as that on the nose. The reason, dear reader, was that
it was one layer of same between my toes and its nose, meaning that
my poor legs would be the thing that took the brunt of a blow should
the feeble brakes fail to stop me before I arrived at the articulated
lorry in my path.

That was a bit off-putting, to say the least.

Then again, one might argue that the available horsepower was
insufficient to get up enough speed to cause actual damage beyond
a bruised shin. But over here, we DO have hills you know, and I
might have been going down one and exceeded 20km/h in so-doing.

Other than that, it was the only vehicles that would actually
gather its bug-strikes on the REAR window.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Mr Red
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 02:48 PM

My caravan may not still be made but there is one now that is smaller, goes by various names but it is so small the kitchen is round the back and out in the elements. Mine has a wash basin too.

I used to tow mine with a Fiat Marbella - worth a look into.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: EBarnacle
Date: 08 Jun 08 - 05:24 PM

Greg, your point is well taken but the reason the metal was painted all one color is that the vehicle was powder coated rather than painted. It's a very efficient process which minimizes the VOC's in the air and gets to all the odd spots on the vehicle.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Art Thieme
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 12:04 AM

I went to school with a kid named Camper Van Wanted. He was a nice guy. I wonder where he is now...

Art


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: selby
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 03:05 AM

I have had a camper and a caravan a friend has made his own another friend has a run of the mill transit van with a mattress no one will no you have a camper you can take the mattress out and use it as a van.
Keith


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Mr Happy
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 09:33 AM

You could also consider using an ordinary car as a camper.

In the past I've slept in cars with all the seats down + a free standing gazebo/awning for extra space/cooking etc


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Mr Happy
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 09:34 AM

One've me lady fiends use call one've 'em the 'bedmobile!'


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Greg B
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 02:54 PM

Eric, VW campers were painted just like any other vehicle,
they just ran 'em down the line and painted all the exposed
metal, as they did with other VWs.

As far as I know, the only extraordinary treatment was given
to the ones which had white tops and lime-green bottoms with
a royal blue "racing stripe" wrapped around dividing the two
colors. Those, apparently, were zinc-chromated which may be
one explanation for why so many of them were going strong
when the green ones and the red ones and the white ones and
the baby-puke yellow ones were rusted to perdition.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 09 Jun 08 - 04:01 PM

Paint your van pink, that'll make it a camper van


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 06:58 AM

But if all vehicles were painted pink, Nigel, we would have a pink car nation.

I'll get my coat.

:D


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 07:08 AM

That'll be your white sports coat?


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 08:12 AM

Chris

Think long and hard before you follow this course, buying any vehicle for £1000 is liable to be fraught with problems. Do you have a tame mechanic you can take with you to look at a van if you find one. I would hate for you to buy one and then be lumbered with bill after bill for repairs, throwing good money after bad.

Cheers

Raggy


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST,Cats
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 11:20 AM

Being one of those people who drives every day down the A30 through Cornwall, I will say every time, go for a campervan. By the end of the summer I could probably pick up from the side of the road where a caravan has gone over, virtually any part you might need! When we chose between a camper and a caravan we went for a camper every time. OK ours is modern and big but we started off with a small one. If you are on a site all you have to do is leave your number plate on a piece of wood stuck in the ground and no one should take your place. If you are on a hook up you will have to unplug but that takes just as long as it takes to take a plug out of the socket. It really depends what you want to use your van for. We tend to use ours for festivals and consequently arrive, put the handbrake on and put the kettle on! We don't use it to tour about during the day. Have a look at a magazine like MMM where you will find lists of cheap campers at the back and also advetisements for reputable dealers who sell cheap vans. They do exist ~ when we traded ours in the dealer sent it on to one of those. Have fun with your van.
Kathy


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 04:21 PM

How about one of those little caravans that Romahome make and even a little car can tow them. they go for about £700 on e bay.

not true about about any vehicle under a thousand being crap. If you spend that much at an auction, you willl be competing with the guys who sell cars for abot two and a half thousand from a used car lot. And you have the edge - they are looking to make a profit and pay VAT etc.

best of luck Mr happy - i wish you much luck, for you are unquestionably a good egg.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Mr Happy
Date: 10 Jun 08 - 05:10 PM

WLD,

Thanks for the accolloid! & same to you - hope we cross paths again soon.

Here's a site I use in my area, but it also has ads anywhere in uk - take a peek



http://www.buysell.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: folk1e
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 05:06 PM

How about a ...... TRAILER TENT?
If you are used to camping then it is a good bet that you could take to a trailer tent with very little problems ...... and it is very easy to tow, cheap, comfortable (compared to a tent), and you already have all the bits and bobs you are likely to need!

Just a thaught!


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 05:47 PM

There must be a good choice around you in Huddersfield and surrounds. When we lived in Marsden, Lockwood and Cleck, we'd go to Goodalls at Crosland Moor to buy bits and pieces and also Mitchels near Wakefield. (They have the REAL expensive kind at Goodalls !)But may know someone who is trading up. E-bay is where we bought ours from ,but I had to go from Orkney to Birmingham and then, back in an untried camper (seems alright though now we've fixed all the things that we were lied to about) Be careful with e-bay, but there are some really good deals to be had. (we are off to Germany in 3 weeks time in ours)I'd always go for a camper, can use it any time,go any where, less packing up as most of it is always ready. You can buy a "drive away awning" and so keep your spot at a campsite.I've seen no end of caravans on their sides. Never wanted one myself as storage, towing etc can be a problem. Had a trailer tent, great fun but when it's blowing a gale and pouring down putting it up can be a nightmare. Camper van, stop, put the kettle on !

Romahome looks a good bet and can be got cheaply. Mrs Viking and I converted an ex post office Morris marina van as our first project (That was some years ago)We were never at home at weekends after that. You can do that cheaply, all you need is a little skill and some tools to get it right. There is so much gear and supplies available now to convert your own. If you get a cheap panel van, you can do it yourself again quite cheaply.< Depending on the type of van and your convertion, you can re-register the body type with the DVLA as a motorhome. There was a really good scrapyard at Holmfirth where Mrs V and I salvaged a much improved interior for a VW van once. There used to be a reaaly nice little Fiat van some years ago. Plenty to choose from.

Good luck


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 12 Jun 08 - 03:38 AM

As a former FIAT enthusiast, let me remind you that FIATs are temporary, but rust is permanent


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 12 Jun 08 - 06:28 PM

Yes, rust used to be a problem with Fiat. They are much improved now. We had a Strada held together with fibre glass !!


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 13 Jun 08 - 02:17 AM

I had two 127s, a 124 Special T and two 124 Sport Coupes. Rust was a problem!


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Jun 08 - 04:51 AM

No problem on my 2003 Stilo - But then again I can't camp in that:-)

On the subject of Fiat though I was always amazed at the 500cc Fiat Amigo conversions with the cantilever roof. How on earth they did it I don't know - But they did!

D.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST,minitaka
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 09:09 AM

Hi ya soldierboy,
I have a Fiat 9oot campervan for sale.Small but perfectly formed, cheap to run , sleeps 3 and includes everything you would expect from larger campers. If you're still interested in buying a van drop me a line and I can give you more info on it


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 09:45 AM

I just may be if Soldier Boy ain't, Minitaka. But he has first refusal! How do we get in touch with you?

D.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 01:30 PM

900 is the 127 van isn't it? If so, beware of rust!


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST,stuart
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 02:03 PM

I'd be interested in the Fiat 900 (I assume it's an amigo or pandora model). Can you send me details at stuartharvey0403@aol.com?


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 02 Jul 08 - 09:12 AM

C'mon, mini! How do we get in touch?

D.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST,minitaka
Date: 02 Jul 08 - 12:42 PM

Sorry guys for the delay in replying..Ill send price , pictures and specs if you leave email addresses, then if you're still interested we can arrange a viewing . (Not sure want to give phone number out yet), Thanks stuart for your email, will get some pictures done this weekend...


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 02 Jul 08 - 01:35 PM

Minnie with the minnie Winnie, the securest way to do that is not for our users to put their email addresses on public forums (not even if they use a cutout like sharpmail) but for you to join Mudcat and get a cookie (free) so that members can send you PMs and vice versa


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 07:56 AM

Aye - I'm a bit reluctant to post my email on a public forum but to stop a robot harvesting it, I am at hotmail.com and my name is dpolshaw - Not to difficult to work out I hope:-)

Thanks in advance minitaka.

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST,Stuart
Date: 04 Jul 08 - 03:50 AM

Er... yeah, that was a bit silly of me to leave my email address in an unaltered form. I guess I can look forward to hundreds of emails promising to 'increase length and girth'. Who knows, some of them might even work this time....

Minitaka, look forward to the pictures.

Cheers.

Stu.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Pistachio
Date: 06 Jul 08 - 09:05 PM

Soldier boy - have you lost your thread.. seems you've been too busy to check in this month.

Wondering if you've found what you were looking for?
Check a pm.

Hazel.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Pistachio
Date: 08 Jul 08 - 03:42 AM

Cancel my last. I've managed to sell my van - to a 'scrap dealer' who now plans to do it up and keep it on the road!!
Happy? yes! and pennies for the next one!!
Hazel.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 08 Jul 08 - 03:53 AM

I am likely to ahv a little old caravan (my festival van) available soon, I bought a new one on ebay!


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 10:30 AM

Hi mate I have a Romahome going which although I don,t want to get rid of, hhowever, she who must be obeyed has dictated that I will. It is in good nick but need £1200. If you are interested then please contact me on 07832-117992. Thanks Craig


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST,fiat camper
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 04:34 PM

i too am interested in the fiat camper (amigo?). e-mail is davidjclark at hotmail dot com if you could send some pics.

thanks.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 05 Aug 08 - 05:49 PM

Not really much to do with the thread, (thread creep) but we've just done over 5500 miles in our in five and a half weeks. ((Say what you like about carbon footprint etc...it was our holiday) Orkney to Harwich via Dundee and Selby. Harwich to Holland (by boat) Holland to Southern Germany (Black Forest). Into Switzerland. Then into France. Back into Germany. Then up to Holland. Holland to Harwich. Selby, Dundee, all along the heritage trail round the coast via Aberdeen, Peterhead, Frasebrough, Nairn to Inverness, Loch Ness. Fort Augustus, Fort William, Oban. Seil and then back to Orkney.

Our van never missed a beat. X reg (2000) Citroen relay 1.9D with a pop top. Converted by a bloke in Birmingham. Tinkered with and put fit for our purposes with out own modification.Took Miss and Mrs viking. Aragon the Lab and Loki the cat. Great fun.

Campers are such useful vehicles.


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST,minitaka
Date: 09 Aug 08 - 03:57 AM

I,ve sent pictures to all who voiced an interest in my Fiat 900T camper which is now for sale. Any one else interested please leave email so I can forward the pics..


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST,Barney
Date: 14 Aug 08 - 09:49 AM

Hi Minitaka

I would be very intersted in the camper if it is still for sale

hotmail.co.uk with Barneywalker before the @ sign

Thanks in advance


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: GUEST,Thomas Robert
Date: 18 Dec 10 - 12:14 AM

There must be a good choice around you in Huddersfield and surrounds.
------------------
Winnebago


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 18 Dec 10 - 02:29 PM

Auto-Trail Fiat Chieftain 3.0 Multijet AUTOMATIC with Media and Platinum Pack is a good buy - £68k!!


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: gnu
Date: 18 Dec 10 - 03:40 PM

£68k? Oh, I'll order two.

Wood stove?


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 18 Dec 10 - 07:07 PM

I have a camper for sale.

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 18 Dec 10 - 07:27 PM

Please note that most of the thread is from two years ago... Soldier Boy, did you ever find a van?


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Subject: RE: Camper van wanted
From: Anne Lister
Date: 19 Dec 10 - 09:00 AM

Tell us more about your camper, Rhiannon!


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