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#21 JohnM

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 01:28 PM

True...also don't rule out a diesel auto.....thus avoiding dual mass flywheel problems,.. Also check all brake discs for scoring/corrosion..they are not far off a consumable item these days but can cost hundreds each.



#22 Ramite

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 03:23 PM

Some autos do have DMF, VWs DSG for example.
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#23 Wolford6

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:39 PM

If you're looking at vans, look for one with rear side windows. They've always been bought for use as (at least partly) company cars rather than conventional vans ... often you are getting a supervisor's motor rather than a working van. Employers used to be able to claim the Vat back on vans but not on cars, thus you got more bangs for your buck.

 

Such vans generally have better seats, full roof linings and inner wall panels, reducing vibration, road noise and condensation.


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#24 shrek

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:17 PM

I can't drive a Defender Landrover without twisting my torso because the steering wheel rim is so close to the driver's door window. And I'm not that big a bloke.

Speaking as a fully paid up member of the prop forwards union I can only assume your doing it wrong! ;)

#25 timtum

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:23 PM

I'm with Wolford on this.  

 

Get a van.  From what you have said, bikes go easily into a Berlingo size / Escort / Jumper.  You can sleep in 'em.  Fit a converter and you can power stuff from them or fit a fridge / telly.

 

Different gearing means that they are ridiculously easy for lazy burgers to drive.  Cheap to buy (my Berlingo van cost me 5.5k incl vat at less than three years old with less than 30k on the clock and still under warranty.  55mpg up and down mountains.

 

Comfortable, versatile and great fun to drive.

 

Ickle bruv has a Boxster.  Ridiculously expensive servicing and problem solving.  He also had a mid life crisis - going sensible for a while, and had a short lived flirtation with an Astra diesel estate.  Fortunately traded that in and got a TVR.  Phew.


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#26 shrek

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:32 PM

From what you have said, bikes go easily into a Berlingo size / Escort / Jumper.

A young lady formerly of this parish was posting pics on facebook the other day of her Berlingo camper conversion which looked pretty neat, manages to squeeze seating, sleeping, gas stove and storage - depending on how much you want to chuck at it and how often it'll get used might be worth a look.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:42 PM

A young lady formerly of this parish was posting pics on facebook the other day of her Berlingo camper conversion which looked pretty neat, manages to squeeze seating, sleeping, gas stove and storage - depending on how much you want to chuck at it and how often it'll get used might be worth a look.

 

Oooh.  Share please by pm if needs must.  I'm thinking of doing mine out given a new potential career move.....


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#28 shrek

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:48 PM

Oooh.  Share please by pm if needs must.  I'm thinking of doing mine out given a new potential career move.....

Looked like this but I've no idea what varient it was being slotted into, just saw the flatpack photo of it being delivered and the assembled version which is just as is in the link.



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:50 PM

Ta!  Sliding out cooker thing.... Great!


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#30 JohnM

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:50 PM

[quote name="Ramite" post="2735844" timestamp="1372605823"]

Some autos do have DMF, VWs DSG for example.[/quote


Thinking more of an epicyclic rather than a dual clutch.

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#31 Severus

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:26 PM

Looked like this but I've no idea what varient it was being slotted into, just saw the flatpack photo of it being delivered and the assembled version which is just as is in the link.


We drove a similar conversion thingy from Sydney to Melbourne, quite comfortable for two people.

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#32 Ramite

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:49 PM

[quote name="JohnM" post="2735968" timestamp="1372614630"]

[quote name="Ramite" post="2735844" timestamp="1372605823"]

Some autos do have DMF, VWs DSG for
example.[/quote


Thinking more of an epicyclic rather than a dual clutch.

Here's a car fact. They are all expensive when they break.[/quote]

They certainly are!
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