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Your thoughts on campervans

Discussion in 'General car Chat' started by obi_waynne, 12 October 2009.

  1. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    What do you think about campervans? Are they practical for say a week away or are they only really good for an overnight?

    Have you ever driven or owned one? Any tips or pointers to pass on?
     
  2. turbonutter69

    turbonutter69 TC Pro Founder Moderator

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    Never driven on but I have got stuck behind plenty.;)
    Hamster had the best idea for these machines.:lol:
     
  3. HDi fun

    HDi fun TC ModFather

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    Worse than caravans because you can't detach the heavy bit once you're at your destination.
     
  4. herb

    herb modherbrator Moderator

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    i like campervans and they are practical if you can live without a few of lifes little luxurys
    the wifes aunt and uncle are prime examples of this they bought a camper a few years ago and they basically load it up and go off for months at a time touring europe
    the only real downside they have is their home has been broken into twice a year for the last few years :sad2:
     
  5. pgarner

    pgarner TC ModFather Moderator

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    they seem to move faster than caravans anyway.
     
  6. coupe

    coupe Torque Master

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    toyota mr2 mk1.
    gosh
    i had an old commer camper van many moons ago.
    tank like thing.
    i used to load my classic bike in the back and go to weekend shows.
    was great.
    would do 70 happily.
    sleep 4
    [​IMG]
     
  7. HDi fun

    HDi fun TC ModFather

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    From a practical point of view they must be a real menace on holiday.

    Look at it this wasy.

    Sunday morning - 8am. You want to go into the local village or town for a paper, milk, whatever.

    You can't because you have to stow away everything to drive it.

    And when you get back to the site your spot has been taken by another camper.
     
  8. herb

    herb modherbrator Moderator

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    i suppose this would depend on the camper the mrs uncles is a transporter with cooker and bed/seat and table built in the vehicle so they dont need to unload and load it everytime they pull up the only facilities they need is a parking space hot and cold running water and a toilet (even though they do have 1 for those emergency stops;))
     
  9. coupe

    coupe Torque Master

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    woking, surrey
    Car:
    toyota mr2 mk1.
    if you plan to stay at one site all the holiday get a caravan or hire a static van.
    we only ever stayed in one place overnight.
    make the beds and drive off, laybys were great for overnighting.
     
  10. aston

    aston The Torque Meister

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    I have allways had vw's. I think everyone should own a camper some time during thier life. Not for the stuck up types though
     
  11. Loz

    Loz Torque King

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    What you need HDi is one of these :bigsmile:

    [​IMG]
    It's made by Volkner & I love it!​

    I always fancied buying Landrover 130 & decking the back out flat so I could lay out sleeping bags, have lots of storage underneath the deck for kit like stoves etc, fit a diesel cab heater, some decent ventilation and tour Britain during the motorsport season taking in everything from rallying to F1. It's nice to dream...sighs whistfully:lol:
     
  12. pgarner

    pgarner TC ModFather Moderator

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  13. aston

    aston The Torque Meister

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    Landrover military ambulance would make a great all terrain camper for doing the world
     
  14. Loz

    Loz Torque King

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    Last edited: 12 October 2009
  15. lutonmatt

    lutonmatt The Torque Meister

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  16. Loz

    Loz Torque King

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    I saw a program on those being made, they've got a proper purpose made chassis, it's not just a converted coach/lorry platform, the engine sits lower & every fink, a lovely nice piece of kit. :bigsmile:
     
  17. pgarner

    pgarner TC ModFather Moderator

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    i was going to say that just looks like a bus
     
  18. lutonmatt

    lutonmatt The Torque Meister

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    well if you are going to travel do it in style lol
    ii would love one of them would even live in it has more room then my house lol
     
  19. MasterAuron

    MasterAuron Very Senior Member

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    360 brake ot maaayte. Rapid innit!

    Oh yeah, camper vans. Scooby engine conversion. Just because.
     
  20. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    I'm starting to see the appeal of the campervan! Perhaps I'm getting old! :D
     
  21. stamford

    stamford Pro Tuner

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    I had one when the kids were small. Only good for short breaks. Pain having to stow everything when going out. Guess it's fine if towing a small car or bikes. I prefer a caravan myself, pitch up and go touring in the tow car.
     
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