Genuinely lovely and unique van, lots of space inside, loads of storage, a pleasure to drive. It is a new, largely upcycled, conversion which we have taken over a year to do. In that time we took it for a test run from Scotland to Italy, crossing twice over the alps, it cruised happily all the way over motorways, b roads and mountains.
· 3 berth: 1 fixed double bed (196cm x 136cm ) and 1 small fold down (160 x 60)
· 3 seat belted seats in front
· 3 seats around table in back
· 4m x 2m Fiamma awning
· Split charge 12v system with new 100ah AGM battery, 300/600W invertor(with plug and a usb port) if needed for laptop, etc but everything in van runs of the 12v system.
· Dimmable LED lights
· Bosch two burner gas cooker
· Small fridge (12v/240v)
· Sink – connected to 25 l waste and 25 litre water, pumped system
· Portable flushable toilet, under seat
· tinted windows in sides, one slide opens
· Roof light/vent, Fiamma
It really is spacious and designed with living space in mind as, after having spent many trips in cramped vans, we realise that is a major priority. The living area can be extended by the awning.
It is built for up to two adults and a child.
There is a fixed double bed, the child’s bed converts from the dining table which seats 3. There is a portable loo enclosed within a box, which also acts as a 4th seat. The child’s bed can be left down and used as a bench. There are plentiful storage spaces – drawers under the bed inside, big open spaces for all sorts accessible from rear, wooden hatch boxes along the length of one side of bed, and several net pockets for books etc. There is further storage within the bench seats. The windows are tinted for privacy. The 3 LED lights are dimmable.
The van was converted using as few new resources as possible with the majority of the build using upcycled furniture from our local zero waste shop, other second hand outlets and car boot sales.
The curtains were handmade by us, curtain poles cut from local hazel trees, the floor is reclaimed oak board. The hardwood around sink is , as my best guess, macawood, rescued from a local golf club which was dumping table tops, other hardwood surrounds at rear I think are teak, from the arm rests of chairs. The insulation was sourced via zero waste shop from a school which had surplus to requirements, added to with sheep’s wool which breathes therefore soaking up and releasing moisture. An old art table is now the dining table while an upcycled futon makes up the bench and single seat.
The only new items are the battery and invertor, windows, awning, tap, water supply and waste, lights, toilet, mattress, the wall coverings, roof light/vent.
The van has one previous owner which was a long-term lease company, the van was leased to a carpet firm. It comes with the full service history from the lease company and from me.
The driver had put the wrong oil in the van and seized the engine in early 2015. The van lay at the lease company until a replacement engine was found in 2017. That engine had only 22,000 miles on it ( I have the evidence from the lease company showing this) and has only done 12,000 since so the engine has done less than 40k. It was pretty much off the road from 2015 until I bought it in early 2018 and have covered about 12k in it.
The body work is really good with some very minor dints and scratches. The cab is clean and tyres in good condition. It has 2 keys.
The only negative is, that since the last oil service in November, a faulty warning light occasionally comes on and tells you there is too much oil in it. I have had it checked by garage and by the AA who reset the warning light and tell me the oil is spot on and that it is instead a faulty sensor. I have not felt the need to have this fixed, I just reset the light when it happens and can show you how.
10 months MOT remaining.
Viewing welcome, contact me to arrange – easily accessible from A1, 20 miles north of Berwick-upon-Tweed, 30m south of Edinburgh, or main east coast train line to Edinburgh, Dunbar or Berwick-upon-Tweed where I can meet you.
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