A Merc? Seriously?
Updated: Oct 4
Wow, finding a van is really, really hard work. I've done so many miles in my little car in an effort to try and find one that I feel as though I'm on a lost cause.
Will I ever get one? Is this #vanlife trying to tell me "You're not for us!" ???
Don't worry, I'm beginning to get the message!
Reflections on the Mercedes Sprinter for £16,995. Didn't turn out the way I wanted it because of traffic jams on the way to Portsmouth!
Talking about money is always tricky. However, the budget I'm looking to spend on my perfect van is between £5k-£20k. Paying the lower sum will enable me to budget for alterations and changes to suit my needs as a home environment. The more I spend on the initial buy, the less I will be able to alter.
I am looking to live 'full-time' in the van, so need it to be comfortable or, at least, have the potential to be comfy.
Here's my check-list - if you know of or have a van that fits the description please do get in touch with me:
A long-wheel-base high-top campervan (not a motorhome):
Either a younger Citroen or an older German make, and Renault Masters too.
Am handy with a hammer and screw-driver (lived in old cottages for a lot of my life) to fix or adjust things - but do not have the valuable skills of a carpenter or builder!
Need electric and water facilities already installed (a shower (inside) and a sofa/bed (doesn't need to be fixed).
Loo - prefer a composting portapotty to a fixed seat.
Freezer/fridge is important (in that order, I currently eat more out of my freezer than the fridge, but can adapt).
Cooker unimportant, as am able to use a camping stove.
Will be signing on to a course on basic mechanics (currently, spark plug changing, tyre pumping, wheel changing and oil top-up is about my limit), but need a reliable engine, clutch and brakes.
Rust - I have PTSD-type symptoms on this subject from way back (Mini Metro jog any memories?)!
Furnishings/cabinets not important, as aim to change it over time to suit me.
Price range: the lower the better, of course, but between £5k-£15k (five to fifteen thousand pounds)
Mileage: no more than 60k miles on the clock
Area able to travel to see van: use the M40 as a dividing line - the South Western corner of the UK
Anyone have, or know anyone who has, anything that fits that description?
If so - please email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meanwhile, please do watch Mel's World YouTube channel - where he shows you how he builds his van conversions, here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC72V...
Also, if you're a van enthusiast, I'd advise you to pay a visit to and possibly join the Facebook group who has helped me so much over the past couple of weeks, Self Build Campers And Real Life here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/18509...
Also, thanks to John, for the offer of 'mechanical' assistance, at https://www.jbmotorcompany.co.uk/
Thank you for reading/listening.
Kaye is a freelance publisher, author and certified psychotherapist with over three decades of experience. She is also a writer for various blogs about writing, publishing, travelling and health care.
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