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Special Interest Groups => Motorhomes, Campers and Caravans => Topic started by: DR BIG 750 on January 09, 2020, 05:52:36 am

Title: VAN LIFE
Post by: DR BIG 750 on January 09, 2020, 05:52:36 am
A few guys have been chatting about a vans , campers and the like , someone said lets have a Fred on the subject. well here we go
I have picked up my transit panel van this week,. it is a 2.2 custom van  6 spd manual. stock std save for the rear sunroof , I dont think is std.
First thing is remove the panel behind the driver seat, very claustrophobic in the cab feels like a Nissan 1400. I will do pics at the weekend.
I am chasing the maccy up on my kombi to get it finished, its been standing in shop for 14months now, they just kak sleg. will get it advertised once I have it back need to pay for the Ford.  A few pics of my kombi to start.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Dwerg on January 09, 2020, 07:37:36 am
What’s being done to your kombi? I am in the market for one
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: woody1 on January 09, 2020, 07:55:18 am
 :ricky:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on January 09, 2020, 08:37:53 am
Now we are talking....
My wife & I saw an extremely nice 4x4 camper in Namibia a few years ago, from Germany, a Fiat of some description iirc.....
Anyway, we have been chatting about this on & off for a few years now, and I reckon at some point we may have to give it a go.....

The main negative is having to pack up whenever you want to go get a dozen beers from the bottle-store, or go on a game drive.....
My mates have overcome this by dragging a Venter box trailer, the big one you can walk into, behind their ex-Maui Mercedes camper-van, they leave this at the campsite and it is kitted out with a work-bench, a Engel freezer, storage containers, a washing machine and tumble-dryer and a small Sym Scooter - the trailer also has a bat-wing awning, this gets set up at a camp in the Kruger (or wherever) and they take the van out on day-long game drives.....
Up-side is that they/you have everything with them to sit at a water-hole for hours, make tea/lunch, have a nap, whatever, so this would be something I might consider....
Oh - the washer/dryer might seem like overkill, but they go to the Kruger for 3 months at a time.... Retired....

Thats pretty much the only negative I can think of, and it's possible to overcome it with planning....

Positives are plentyfull tho....
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: dieterf on January 09, 2020, 08:51:32 am
My dad built 2 campers when i was a toddler, so grew up with/in them.

As a student i took over his VW Camper , the factory built Westphalia model. What a blast.

I have vowed to do the same for my retirement and have kept an eye open on all trends and ideas to one day build my unique set up.

Not to big, not to small, off road capability but also a cruiser, simple to use and maneuver.

As i currently have a VW T5 lwb for work, i am tending to think this is a solid platform, will upgrade to a synchro version tho.

Some criteria for me are, high roof or as a minimum a very simple pop up version. permanent eat/sit basic food prep nook and a very simple conversion to a bed.
Good electrical supply-solar to power fridge/freezer combos

its my favourite "go to sleep day dream" mentally going thru options-layouts-concepts.

Will be interesting to see who has what and general thoughts and ideas, especially ones from a low budget option base.

Cant see myself affording a big Iveco-Unimog type unit.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Black_Hawk on January 09, 2020, 09:18:21 am
This is going to be a nice thread. :thumleft:"

Subscribed  :thumleft:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Roadhawg on January 09, 2020, 09:28:17 am
I'm so tempted to pack it all in and travel in a van/4x4 for a year or 2 man.  No kids, but 2 bloody dogs are a problem, and a half owned house I guess.


Dreams hey.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: chopperpilot on January 09, 2020, 10:08:37 am
I will be on pension in just over 4 years.

We love the outdoors, camping and regularly holiday in Mozambique with a DC 4x4, as it is near to my home town of Nelspruit.

Due to current leave limitations, long term travels in SA and neighbouring countries will only realize once on pension.

I have the DC 4x4, with most equipment, except a roof top tent and awning.

Have been looking at the hard shell RTT options.

The iKamper 4X makes me smile.

A 2nd hand motorhome or 4x4 camper might also be in our future.

I'm also a keen Youtube follower on Van Life.

A LWB VW 4motion Transporter should suit our needs, once the body starts objecting to the RTT!

As we are used to minimalist camping it does not have to be professionally custom fitted.

Thanks for starting this tread. Following with keen interest!

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Title: VAN LIFE
Post by: Fulltaps on January 09, 2020, 10:17:38 am
  OK So for all those interested in posting their builds and chatting about going off Grid Van Style, this is the place. My wife and I recently bought an old Merc Sprinter Camper conversion and plan to live full time in it within the next 2 years max. In the States it is definitely gaining momentum with the cost of houses going through the roof. ...and its cool to live in a Van  O0.

Lets see who is thinking of the same ??
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on January 09, 2020, 10:38:41 am
We love our camper life. Been active now for three years. Our Camping set up is simple. We only sleep in the Kombi  and our kitchen tent is detachable. Unzip from the Kombi, close up and go.

Do it now. Dont wait for retirement or what not
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: OomD on January 09, 2020, 10:39:21 am
I would not mind living like that at all, but can I still keep my garage and all my tools?  :biggrin:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Offside on January 09, 2020, 10:40:36 am
This is on our bucket list.
In fact we may have to do it to financially survive "retirement".
The Iveco Daily is a dream machine for me however as soon as one looks at 4wd, the price becomes crazy.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Roxtar on January 09, 2020, 12:01:14 pm
 :useless: :useless: :useless: :useless: :useless:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on January 09, 2020, 12:05:25 pm
Surely no one wants to see another pic of my Kombi  :lol8:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Fulltaps on January 09, 2020, 12:06:21 pm
I would not mind living like that at all, but can I still keep my garage and all my tools?  :biggrin:

I plan to rent a small storage facility for that type of thing.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on January 09, 2020, 12:13:06 pm
How we do it. Simple and effective. Later in the year I hope to start on my camper proper
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Dwerg on January 09, 2020, 12:28:00 pm
Spotted this

https://www.cars.co.za/for-sale/used/2010-Volkswagen-Transporter-1.9-Tdi-Lwb-Pu-Sc-Gauteng-Boksburg/5324087/
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: chopperpilot on January 09, 2020, 12:48:28 pm
Surely no one wants to see another pic of my Kombi  8:
Inside layout?

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Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: punisher on January 09, 2020, 01:40:32 pm
its been a dream of mine for ten years ..............  i dunno if i would do it here in SA now tho , know of a few peeps doing it in europe

annnnnnnd  , where do i put my bike  :'(
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on January 09, 2020, 02:00:29 pm
Surely no one wants to see another pic of my Kombi  8:
Inside layout?

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Very simple. Rock'n Roll rear seat for which I had custom mattress made. Built in 50L  chest fridge. Front bench was cut to two seater and gets removed when we go camping. Stuff is in ammo boxes and goes in tbe kitchen tent.

Will see if I can find pics
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: IDR on January 09, 2020, 02:32:51 pm
its been a dream of mine for ten years ..............  i dunno if i would do it here in SA now tho , know of a few peeps doing it in europe

annnnnnnd  , where do i put my bike  :'(

(http://www.vanagonhacks.com/wp-content/uploads/motorcycle-carrier-vanagon.jpg)
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: chopperpilot on January 09, 2020, 03:24:52 pm
Surely no one wants to see another pic of my Kombi  8:
Inside layout?

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Very simple. Rock'n Roll rear seat for which I had custom mattress made. Built in 50L  chest fridge. Front bench was cut to two seater and gets removed when we go camping. Stuff is in ammo boxes and goes in tbe kitchen tent.

Will see if I can find pics
Layout sounds perfect to me!

Rock & Roll seat? I'm having XXX rated visions here!

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Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: chopperpilot on January 09, 2020, 03:39:01 pm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MotorhomesSA/permalink/2264149557211312/

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Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on January 09, 2020, 03:42:29 pm
Surely no one wants to see another pic of my Kombi  8:
Inside layout?

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Very simple. Rock'n Roll rear seat for which I had custom mattress made. Built in 50L  chest fridge. Front bench was cut to two seater and gets removed when we go camping. Stuff is in ammo boxes and goes in tbe kitchen tent.

Will see if I can find pics
Layout sounds perfect to me!

Rock & Roll seat? I'm having XXX rated visions here!

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Is what you call it.  :lol8: is not just a fold down back resr. The whole back seat unfolds with the back reas to form a double bed with the enjin compartment.

To date the set up has worked well for us. 45min to set jp or break down
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on January 09, 2020, 03:52:59 pm
Fridge and middle seat arrangement when we use it as a camper or as a bus.
 
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on January 09, 2020, 04:00:10 pm
I like to use and learn and let it grow around me. Initially we had a very simple arrangement just with an awning.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on January 09, 2020, 04:07:50 pm
Here is a pic with our kitchen box
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on January 09, 2020, 04:14:08 pm
Here is version three with the detachable kitchen tent, if we want to go for a drive. Its become complicated.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on January 09, 2020, 04:35:36 pm
Here is version two.(Gazebo was just an extra for the weekend.) Howling Moon awning with sides which makes the kitchen tent. Problem with this set up is you are fixed. But quick to rig up. I still have both versions and they go along for a trip depending on whether its a stay over or not. They can be used separate or together if we need more space. Both Howling Moon.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: chopperpilot on January 09, 2020, 08:34:10 pm
I like the simplistic/minimalistic lay out of your bus.

Allows for many different lay outs, and not limited to a built campervan/motorhome.

I suppose it al depends on yourself. The caravan brigade would most likely enjoy a fully kitted van, where the camping brigade will be satisfied with a basic set-up.

Do you power the freezer straight from the vehicle, or do you have battery backup?





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Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on January 09, 2020, 08:42:27 pm
I like the simplistic/minimalistic lay out of your bus.

Allows for many different lay outs, and not limited to a built campervan/motorhome.

I suppose it al depends on yourself. The caravan brigade would most likely enjoy a fully kitted van, where the camping brigade will be satisfied with a basic set-up.

Do you power the freezer straight from the vehicle, or do you have battery backup?



The bus has a 75Ah high cycle aux battery powered with a simple solenoid from the alternator. While driving we power the fridge from the battery. When camping we run off mains. We don't go off the grid.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: 1ougat on January 09, 2020, 08:51:12 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Straatkat on January 09, 2020, 11:11:09 pm
I could not live without my dogs....and my workshop...and my...and my ...and my....
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: DR BIG 750 on January 10, 2020, 05:50:00 am
Dwerg, my Kombi I bought about 15 months ago, was running but bad engine knock, put it on a trailer when I bought it, unfortunatly its still on the bench. I took a so called" VW  expert" with me ' he figured it was a crank issue quite easlily fixed, well 8 months 25k later, engine on the ground , and thats it. after a lot of shit(another story) I towed it to another "expert" . this expert has had it 7 months and 30k later. anyway the storie is the crank was damaged has since been done, along with rest of the sub assy, now the next issue is the duel mass clutch, which was on his quote but has become a contentious issue as well. I hope to have it back in the next 2 weeks but i have heard this story before. When i have it back it will be on the market immediatly as it has been total lemon for me and if I never see it again it might be too soon :-\ :-\
Anyway back to the van life I since bought a Transit unfortunatly swb but got it from a mate who left the country so got a good deal, hence the start of building a camper. I also like the idea of retirement touring but these custom builds are frightfully pricey. This one will be a learing build more for weekends and race trip weekends. I like the simplistic idea like Gerrard follows basic inside with bolt on attachments. I was also leaning toward the side builds with drop in centre piece for bed so I can fit a bike in the middle, but maybe small trailer might be better, jury still out. The only advantage the kombi has was lwb and its a crew cab with sliding door both sides. I do want a rear seat so can use a type of day tripper with a back seat. the kombi has factory clip in seats a bonus point, ..... I will post pic of transit must run to work  :thumleft:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: DR BIG 750 on January 10, 2020, 06:27:34 am
Mods can we merge the the 2 vanlife threads
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: fixit on January 10, 2020, 06:27:49 am
The reason I went for the 110 land Rover with a side tent. Still need to get aroll out awning. The current setup doesn't alow for easy get up and go.
Just a word of caution for those thinking about a Kombi and doing a self maintenance. The attached pick is pretty self explanitory 
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: DR BIG 750 on January 10, 2020, 06:30:46 am
 :thumleft: tell me about it
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: TeeJay on January 10, 2020, 06:43:29 am
It's not cheap living like that. Camping fees are expensive. Wild (free) camping can be done in places but safety becomes an issue. I lived like this for a few months and if money is tight then it's not all sunshine and roses like some people make it out to be. If you think you're going to save money.....proceed with caution is all I can say.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Oubones on January 10, 2020, 08:33:21 am
What do you guys have in your kitchen setup and would a slide/fold out setup not work better?
I hope to start my Sprinter build this year, but will have limited space on the sides as I want to load the bike in.
It will be mainly used for weekend camping.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Oubones on January 10, 2020, 08:39:50 am
It's not cheap living like that. Camping fees are expensive. Wild (free) camping can be done in places but safety becomes an issue. I lived like this for a few months and if money is tight then it's not all sunshine and roses like some people make it out to be. If you think you're going to save money.....proceed with caution is all I can say.
Camping fees we found to be around R100 to R150 pppn on our 14 day trip over Dec.
Main thing is to do your homework, eg at Van der Kloof we camped for R15 ppppn!
They are trying to build up the park as it has been run down, but we had hot water and powerpoint!
If you want to stay in a camp that has a lot of entertainment,you are going to blow the budget.
I always look for the smaller out of the mainstream places.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Frog on January 10, 2020, 10:09:41 am
My rig - Iveco Daily 4x4
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Oubones on January 10, 2020, 11:55:01 am
Now that is nice and those Iveco’s  :drif:
I do not have enough bodyparts to sell to be able to afford one of those! :dousing:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Black_Hawk on January 10, 2020, 11:57:00 am
Very nice Frog  :drif:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: DR BIG 750 on October 07, 2020, 12:20:49 pm
Finally got this Kombi going just having the injectors done, then thats motor complete turbo seats clutch who knows what else, then on the market been too long now bought a transit instead 8)
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on October 07, 2020, 12:24:16 pm
G

Whazzup ?
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: DR BIG 750 on October 07, 2020, 12:26:47 pm
typo :laughing4:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on October 07, 2020, 12:31:34 pm
But seeing as we here. Almost 9 months since we've taken the camper out in anger. Just can't get around to it. Trying to live the whole of 2020 in just 4 months.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: m0lt3n on October 07, 2020, 01:52:37 pm
To little pics in this thread.

Not completely the same, but we will also be going camping in 2 weeks time, to do list is fitting roofrack to discovery, this time do tent camping and not RTT. Which means space issues inside with the drawer system and fridge and whatnot. So still need to see how and what will go on top of the roof.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Crankshaft on October 07, 2020, 03:44:55 pm
My rig - Iveco Daily 4x4

Wow dit is nice maar plenty of mulla :o
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Crankshaft on October 07, 2020, 03:46:06 pm
Finally got this Kombi going just having the injectors done, then thats motor complete turbo seats clutch who knows what else, then on the market been too long now bought a transit instead 8)

Nou waars die foto's??? Laat ons sien en wys ook die Transit asb.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Crankshaft on October 07, 2020, 03:50:30 pm
About 2 years ago we went camping at Kam Bati just ouside Swellendam and I must say it's a very nice spot. 

There was a old oomie and antie on retirement with a MB Sprinter but was that thing kitted out with all the bling, bells and whistles :deal: :deal:  From kitchen, bedroom, toilet, shower, fridge, freezer, DSTV with dish on the roof, solar power, warm water geyser with custom drawers and finishes.  Interior all selected by the antie >:D  She was klapped with tattoo's  you could see she had a pair of inflatables fitted where in her younger years  :laughing4: :imaposer:

Behind them they were pulling a trailer with their Suzuki Jimny on.  They were planning on staying for 3 months and then move on towards Plett for fews months.  What a life :thumleft:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: ktmmer on October 07, 2020, 04:03:45 pm
I dont understand the motorhome towing a small car thing. You might as well have a vehicle towing a large caravan and have a comfortable vehicle to drive around in.

It would also be a cheaper option . 
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Wild Hearted Son on October 07, 2020, 09:32:31 pm
I dont understand the motorhome towing a small car thing. You might as well have a vehicle towing a large caravan and have a comfortable vehicle to drive around in.

I would also be a cheaper option .

& what do you do when your motorhome needs a service or repair or , heaven forbid, you crash it ?
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Roxtar on October 08, 2020, 01:18:13 pm
I dont understand the motorhome towing a small car thing. You might as well have a vehicle towing a large caravan and have a comfortable vehicle to drive around in.

It would also be a cheaper option .

I also never get it.... must be a camper thing... ::) :biggrin:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Straatkat on October 08, 2020, 01:53:40 pm
I suppose it is a minimalist thing. I won't want to live with a tenth of my possessions or even less, and not have a solid brick and mortar place to call my own, instead being a wanderer and nomad.
People make it sound romantic, but I have travelled a lot in my life, and I am always very happy to be at home again. I suspect that travelling around constantly will get old very fast for me, but hey, different strokes for different folks. If you dream about doing this just make damn sure you have enough funds to reverse the process if and when it gets too much.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on October 08, 2020, 02:09:59 pm
I've been watching a LOT of videos on Youtube .. just search for truck campers or anything  like that and literally 100's of videos come up.

There is pro's and con's to living or travelling in a van .. its very tempting but is it really worth it? My mate who lives next door has a campervan and I don't think he has used it in over a year, everytime he wants to go somewhere he finds a really cheap self catering cottage to stay in, this has put me off the expense of rigging out something when we can just bike it there and rent a cottage.. dunno, teh jury is still out.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: bud500 on October 08, 2020, 02:21:22 pm
@Offroadrider  show us some shots of your work in progress.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: BullSmit on October 08, 2020, 02:24:41 pm
I suppose it is a minimalist thing. I won't want to live with a tenth of my possessions or even less, and not have a solid brick and mortar place to call my own, instead being a wanderer and nomad.
People make it sound romantic, but I have travelled a lot in my life, and I am always very happy to be at home again. I suspect that travelling around constantly will get old very fast for me, but hey, different strokes for different folks. If you dream about doing this just make damn sure you have enough funds to reverse the process if and when it gets too much.

The romanticizing thing is true.

But I am seriously considering it. Selling  the house and alles in about 4 years' time and get a proper van.

I suppose the van becomes your home that you just put on another plot from time to time.

Time will tell.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on October 08, 2020, 02:24:42 pm
I've been watching a LOT of videos on Youtube .. just search for truck campers or anything  like that and literally 100's of videos come up.

There is pro's and con's to living or travelling in a van .. its very tempting but is it really worth it? My mate who lives next door has a campervan and I don't think he has used it in over a year, everytime he wants to go somewhere he finds a really cheap self catering cottage to stay in, this has put me off the expense of rigging out something when we can just bike it there and rent a cottage.. dunno, teh jury is still out.

You must ne into the van life. In normal times we take our camper out just because...
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Offroadrider on October 08, 2020, 04:50:04 pm
There's a group in SA called Swallows or The Swallows, they follow the warm weather year round in caravans.
I think that once you get into Van Life it could be a jol but not here, Europe is wide open and safe even wild camping and if you have some kind of a business online to generate an income from what a pleasure, I'm busy converting my old race van a Peugeot Boxer into a camper for me the wife and 2 worsies, Idea is to use it once or twice a month, camping is reasonably cheap so could be great fun, once the van is finished I think I'm done with adventure riding.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: DR BIG 750 on October 09, 2020, 05:35:12 am
 Don't plan on living in a van , just for away rides , if we camp its handy and more convinient,. I will take a few pics this weekend.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Oshkosh on October 10, 2020, 10:51:36 am
New Neighbours moving into the Factory opposite my Factory!!  :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Crankshaft on October 10, 2020, 11:27:28 am
New Neighbours moving into the Factory opposite my Factory!!  :drif: :drif:

 :drif: :drif: :drif: hulle vattie kakkie :thumleft:
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: DR BIG 750 on October 11, 2020, 05:58:44 am
wow quite a rig. dont need to tow the Jimney. but loosen the horse :thumleft:
Title: VAN LIFE
Post by: big oil on October 11, 2020, 06:39:03 am
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Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Fudmucker on October 11, 2020, 08:52:36 am
I dont understand the motorhome towing a small car thing. You might as well have a vehicle towing a large caravan and have a comfortable vehicle to drive around in.

It would also be a cheaper option .

Towing is much easier using the larger, heavier vehicle...?
Some MH users tow bikes and cycles instead.

Years back I had a VW Kombi with a Westphalia pop-top roof and side awning.
Built-in Fridge stove and sink.
Great fun in your Thirties and living in a flat.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Wayne on October 11, 2020, 10:26:45 am
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Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Dorsland on October 11, 2020, 01:01:05 pm
Jup's next step after the sidecar when he needs to carry more stuff on his trips
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Gerrard on October 11, 2020, 01:19:20 pm
Jup's next step after the sidecar when he needs to carry more stuff on his trips

 :ricky:
Title: VAN LIFE
Post by: Dorsland on October 11, 2020, 01:32:03 pm
The circle of life:

50cc > 125cc > student car > windgat car > status car > status car + BMW GSA > status car + BMW GSA + plastic > midlife crisis car - plastic + Harley > Ford Ecosport + latest model BMW GSA > Ford Ecosport + 1150 GSA > Ford Ecosport + 1150 GSA with sidecar + 1978 project Combi >1150 GSA with sidecar + half completed 1978 project Combi + wife's Subaru up for sale > air-cooled GSA with sidecar and unitrailer in planning > 2001 Combi with RTT + 2 mountain bikes on rear rack + monthly VIP Tapatalk subscription > wheelchair > Zimmer frame + "the-older-I-get-the-faster-I-was" stories + block-mounted pix of your 50cc and 125cc > Mercedes Benz hearse conversion > 1976 - 2015 complete Bike SA collection bequeathed to your eldest son.

The End
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Fudmucker on October 11, 2020, 02:04:00 pm
Three wheels and a camper:

(https://static.autoblog.nl/images/wp2010/Piagio%20Dethleffs%20camper%203.jpg)

(https://static.autoblog.nl/images/wp2010/Piagio%20Dethleffs%20camper%204.jpg)

(https://static.autoblog.nl/images/wp2010/Piagio%20Dethleffs%20camper%201.jpg)
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Fuzzy Muzzy on October 12, 2020, 02:46:26 pm
I've been watching a LOT of videos on Youtube .. just search for truck campers or anything  like that and literally 100's of videos come up.

There is pro's and con's to living or travelling in a van .. its very tempting but is it really worth it? My mate who lives next door has a campervan and I don't think he has used it in over a year, everytime he wants to go somewhere he finds a really cheap self catering cottage to stay in, this has put me off the expense of rigging out something when we can just bike it there and rent a cottage.. dunno, teh jury is still out.

You must ne into the van life. In normal times we take our camper out just because...

I'm not new to the van life.. I havent even gotten started yet. I'm still busy researching and watching videos etc getting to grips with the electrical systems, heating, cooling, waterproofing, insulation etc

for the moment im happy with doing all my trips on a bike, but as im getting older van life is looking pretty sweet.



Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Lars on December 21, 2021, 01:02:07 pm
Went up to Livingstone and collected our 2003 Mercedes Sprinter van. 4x4 with diff locks and low range gearbox. Basic camper conversion with 260 watt solar, inverter, 50 l fridge/freezer. Pressurized hot/cold water, shower and porta pottie. Took it into Soussousvlei and was very impressed how she handled sand. Will take some pics of the inside and post later. Ticks all the boxes for us right now.
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: DavidMorrisXp on December 21, 2021, 01:08:02 pm
Went up to Livingstone and collected our 2003 Mercedes Sprinter van. 4x4 with diff locks and low range gearbox. Basic camper conversion with 260 watt solar, inverter, 50 l fridge/freezer. Pressurized hot/cold water, shower and porta pottie. Took it into Soussousvlei and was very impressed how she handled sand. Will take some pics of the inside and post later. Ticks all the boxes for us right now.

UK plates?  Carnet?
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Lars on December 21, 2021, 01:18:47 pm
Went up to Livingstone and collected our 2003 Mercedes Sprinter van. 4x4 with diff locks and low range gearbox. Basic camper conversion with 260 watt solar, inverter, 50 l fridge/freezer. Pressurized hot/cold water, shower and porta pottie. Took it into Soussousvlei and was very impressed how she handled sand. Will take some pics of the inside and post later. Ticks all the boxes for us right now.

UK plates?  Carnet?
Yip

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Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: madmax on December 21, 2021, 01:29:31 pm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MotorhomesSA/permalink/2264149557211312/

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thanx for this link
Title: Re: VAN LIFE
Post by: Fudmucker on December 21, 2021, 03:25:51 pm
My 1970 VW Westfalia pop-top Kombi camper looked like this - but not in blue.  :-\
I gutted the interior and mirrored the layout to give more counter and cupboard space.    :thumleft:
Great memories!