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Offline DR BIG 750

VAN LIFE
« 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.
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2020, 07:37:36 am »
What’s being done to your kombi? I am in the market for one
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2020, 07:55:18 am »
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #3 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....
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #4 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.
 

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2020, 09:18:21 am »
This is going to be a nice thread. :thumleft:"

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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #6 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.


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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #7 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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« Reply #8 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 ??
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #9 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
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #10 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:
 

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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #11 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".
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2020, 12:01:14 pm »
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2020, 12:05:25 pm »
Surely no one wants to see another pic of my Kombi  :lol8:
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #14 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.
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« Reply #15 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
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« Reply #17 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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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #18 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  :'(
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« Reply #19 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
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