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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #20 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  :'(

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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #21 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!

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« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2020, 03:39:01 pm »
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #23 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
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2020, 03:52:59 pm »
Fridge and middle seat arrangement when we use it as a camper or as a bus.
 
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #25 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.
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2020, 04:07:50 pm »
Here is a pic with our kitchen box
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #27 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.
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #28 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.
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #29 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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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #30 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.
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #31 on: January 09, 2020, 08:51:12 pm »
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #32 on: January 09, 2020, 11:11:09 pm »
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #33 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:
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #34 on: January 10, 2020, 06:27:34 am »
Mods can we merge the the 2 vanlife threads
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #35 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.
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2020, 06:30:46 am »
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #37 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.
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #38 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.
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Re: VAN LIFE
« Reply #39 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.
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