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Paula
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Love the gaffa tape repairs to the seats, sign of a true sound engineer!

As for buying it, sorry no idea, but I would have thought that a traditional VW camper would have been more in your sights. No problem with help and club support there, I'm sure. I sure that I saw a post on here about one being restored ready for sale.

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This one?. https://forum.tssc.org.uk/topic/7877-my-vw-camper-an-epic-story-of-human-misery-suffering/

The V-W Camper is becoming (IMV) hugely over priced. With real "sheds" making silly money and costing 10`s on thousands to bring up to scratch.

As for buying old Campervans (Generally). The base vehicle has to be sound, capable of an MOT, and no Bodywork "advisories". I know from bitter experience they can easily become a "Black Hole Moneypit". I had 2 American Campers, which We Loved, But the cost of keeping them on the road became unsustainable.

Pete

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PeteH - Yes that's the one. It's just that those particular vans appeal to the latent hippy in me. It's an age thing 'cause I've never actually set foot in one. Had plenty of Toyota cars. Very good they have been, on the whole, when all the dealer overlooked faults were sorted.

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no idea of values  what if you put the reg in we buy any car ???

does it have any sort of kitchenette ??

seems an odd colour , and as with the vw post much of the era are rust buckets ....unless its a Triumph  Hmmm

the only experience i have of VW was back in the late 60s had to do a comparison audit on VW van  it was full of defects , never understood the liking 

but my blood has Commer in it   ha !!

Pete

 

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Those VW ones are silly money now. My Mum sold mine for £300 as it was blocking the light into the front room after being parked up for a few months "awaiting repair"

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24 minutes ago, Pete Lewis said:

no idea of values  what if you put the reg in we buy any car ???

does it have any sort of kitchenette ??

seems an odd colour , and as with the vw post much of the era are rust buckets ....unless its a Triumph  Hmmm

the only experience i have of VW was back in the late 60s had to do a comparison audit on VW van  it was full of defects , never understood the liking 

but my blood has Commer in it   ha !!

Pete

 

The camping interior was removed. it does have a pop up top though!

 

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At least with a VW you can get all the parts.
 

The Toyota runs 'ok' apparently. It's had some welding done over the years, so i guess that'll be an on going thing. The price seems about right to me. The engine was used in quite a few Toyota's, but i think parts are still tricky. More ebay than dedicated parts suppliers. 

 

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If you want to stay Standard Triumph go Standard Atlas Van pure gutless! I think there were some campervan conversions there were some weird conversions wooden shed like structure made a fleet of mobile church’s for Africa I believe!

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22 minutes ago, Peter Truman said:

If you want to stay Standard Triumph go Standard Atlas Van pure gutless! I think there were some campervan conversions there were some weird conversions wooden shed like structure made a fleet of mobile church’s for Africa I believe!

Oh they look wonderful! If anyone has one knocking about I’ll have it!

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Just now, JohnD said:

I went for a Ford Transit, on the basis of being well tried and tested with easy parts availablity.   I had it MoTed last week and the guy said " nice little van!".   Little!?!?!

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It’s a beast!

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9 minutes ago, JohnD said:

It's very easy and comfortable to drive!  Just done 250 miles down to Zummerszet ( and Middlezoy!) Feeling spry!

 

 

 

Far too sensible for me. I want something I can mess with and annoy people on forums with for years.

it’s my modus operandi!

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5 minutes ago, Paula said:

Far too sensible for me. I want something I can mess with and annoy people on forums with for years.

it’s my modus operandi!

You're more likely to find something that someone else has messed with and that will annoy you for years... :)

My brother-in-law bought a Fiat-based camper three months ago; it's still not on the road. Wheelarches, sills, floors, all rotten, replaced the gearbox and when he was due to go off in it last weekend he found both brake calipers had seized up and in freeing them a brake pipe sheared. He reckons he's put too much into it to sell it now...

I was offered one earlier in the week based on - wait for it - a 1953 Bedford. I knew there had to be a catch... "Needs an engine but I know where there is one...." No. Definitely not.

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1 hour ago, JohnD said:

I went for a Ford Transit, on the basis of being well tried and tested with easy parts availablity.   I had it MoTed last week and the guy said " nice little van!".   Little!?!?!

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I borrowed a high roof extra long wheelbase transit from work in the past to tow with, really good. I was at least 15m long.

More recent Transits have issues with towing weights and payloads, they have been reduced to help lower the emissions.

So you have to get the Iveco versions.

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