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Professional converted VW LT35 Luton

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Vehicle Description

The Basics
2004 VW LT35 TDI LWB Diesel
Mileage 135k
Reregistered as a motor caravan on V5
5 Speed Manual
Full MOT no advisories (07/19) Happy to retest it for a full 12 months MOT
Full service (oil, oil filter, air filter, low pressure fuel pump filter cleaned and full health check) (08/19)
Recent front disks and pads (2018)
Recent handbrake cable and shoes (08/2019)
New front leaf spring fitted (2018)
Gross vehicle weight uprated to 4 ton which required 5 new high load bearing tyres and an air assisted suspension kit 09/19
Gas has a landlord certificate (a requirement to hire out the vehicle). (11/18)
Sterio with SD, AUX and Bluetooth

Lots of service history, receipts and appliance manuals

Full respray in satin grey (2018) (some spare paint included for touch ups)
New aluminium roller shutter (2018)
Custom rear step
Double glazed windows (all openers)
Underslung 85 litre water tank
Underslung 55l waste water tank
Shureflow 30PSI water pump
Fammia A20 Accumulator
200W single solar panel with control panel

120AH AGM leisure Battery
Heavy duty split charge system 140AMP
12v Fuse box
12v 22” TV/DVD player (we use chromecast with this and tether from our phones to watch netflix, iplayer, 4od etc..) TV swivels for viewing from bed, kitchen or seating area.
9 LED spotlights (4 way light switch for each selection)
Twin USB socket in bed area
12V Dometic/waeco CRX50 compressor fridge
240v electric hookup
Rear view parking camera with 7” monitor in cab
Double plug socket with USB

Gas boiler
Fully insulated and cladded walls
4 Opening double glazed windows
Wooden floor
Dutch style front door with lock and key

Kitchen Area
Kitchen Unit, painted in Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue (some spare paint included for touch ups)
Consisting of double cupboard base unit, cutlery draw above, pan draw under cooker, two large locker top cupboards, Custom birch ply and copper pipe spice rack and shelves. Birch ply worktop.
Calor gas cooker (two ring hob, grill and oven)
Black domestic/waeco CRX50 compressor fridge
Handmade hammered copper sink
Custom copper pipe tap
Tiled splash back

Thetford 365 cassette toilet
Moraccan tiled floor
Handmade copper shower
Handmade copper shower curtain rail
PVC cladded walls
Frosted bathroom window
4 LED spotlights

Other bits
Log burner with steel surround, and log storage underneath
Drop down birch ply table
Large bench seat which can double as a bed with large storage underneath
Small bench seat with storage underneath
wardrobe/storage area under bed (between living area and cab).
Birch ply/copper pipe shelf in bed area

Chocks, Water pipe with universal fitting to fill water tank, Lead for 240v hookup and sun deflectors.

My family of 3 have done 6k miles in it since the conversion in 2018 and now needing to sell as we are moving to Gibraltar for work.
The van has everything needed for wild camping and off grid living. We tend to use campsites every 3-4 days to empty toilet, fill up water and wash our clothes, which saves a fortune on campsites. Park4night has been a great app for wild camping and finding pubs that allow you to stay in their car parks in exchange for buying drinks or food.

The van has been uprated to a gross vehicle weight of 4ton. This was signed off by an engineer from SV ‘tech’ and the plates have been changed. The process required 5 new higher load bearing tyres (116/114) and air assisted suspension allowing the driver to raise or lower the stiffness of the suspension with buttons on the side of the driver’s seat (useful for stiffening the suspension when parked in high winds).
To drive this vehicle you would need to have had a licence since 1997 or earlier or take a C1 test. The test cost £85 for the theory and practical test, plus the cost of an instructor (if required). I found the test wasn’t difficult and took half a day including a lesson beforehand.
Due to it being uprated it is now classed as a HGV with the annual tax being £165, whereas it was around £250 before.
It is registered as a motor caravan on the log book meaning that insurance is cheap, and it is class 4 for MOT’s, meaning it still gets MOT’s at regular car test centres, legally costing a maximum of £54.85.

We wanted to hire the van out when we weren’t using it which required a landlord certificate. The gas system was redone to meet commercial regulation, with carbon monoxide alarm, vents and a gas locker fitted. We only hired it out a handful of times due to generally being too busy for the handovers or using the van ourselves. Our hire listing page which has lots of photo’s. The van could make a great business for someone or just a way of making the van pay for itself.

We have three belted seats in the front as we travel with our child. The middle seat makes the rear access hole not easily accessible. But the double seat can be taken out and replaced with a single seat if only travelling as a couple.

The van cruises nicely at 60-65mph on motorways, and has an average fuel consumption of 19mpg (including traffic and cities). We have taken it around the UK and in lower gears it has no problem with inclines.

The van is fitted with a tracker with access being transferred to the new owner.

As we are moving to Gibraltar very soon the van will go into storage with family and won’t be available until our holiday home from mid December to early January. Let us know if you would like to view it in the meantime as we will be leaving the keys with family. This could be a good opportunity if you need to get a C1 licence or save some money in the meantime. We would be happy to reserve it for the first committed buyer, if we are let down it will go to the second, and so on.
We aren’t taking hire bookings anymore. We have insurance to hire the van out until November and would consider a try before you buy weekend away for free for a committed buyer (returnable deposit and documents for the insurers required).

Our family have made lots of special memories in the van, and we hope it will do the same for others.

Conversion Description

This Luton was converted by profession converters David and Heather from ‘The Travelling makers’ in 2018. Feel free to check out their Instagram to see the quality of their work and photos of the van build. You can also see David giving a tour of the van.

Ready to Hire Out
Landlords Gas Safe Certificate
Guaranteed Appropriate Payload
240v Electrical Sign off
DVLA Motor Caravan Registration
From Quirky Campers
Quirky approved and ready to list Currently listed on Quirky
Make and Model

VW LT35 Luton

Current Mileage
Transmission Type
Vehicle length
Vehicle height
Vehicle Width

Full sized fixed double bed with memory foam mattress that has only been used with a mattress protector (above cab)
Large bench seat which can also be used as single as a bed

Belted Seats
Maximum Weight (MAM or MTPLM)
Unladen Weight Verified?
YES - the vehicle has been weighed since completion
Unladen Weight
Gas sign-off supplied
Landlords Gas Safe Certificate