The Auto Sleeper Symbol. Built on a Peugot Boxer chassis, the vehicle is available from £16k +. A 2003 version with lowish mileage will set you back approx £20k. A popular van, with 3 belted seats. It has a forward lounge, offering the option of 2 x singles or a double bed. Fully equipped with a cooker, hob, grill, shower and toilet, this is a great starter van.
Monthly Archives: February 2013
This is the 550 version of the Tribute van conversion(5.5m). On a Fiat Chassis, its a layout that ticks all the boxes. The 550 is really designed for a double bed sleeping option, the longer 650(6m) also allows for 2 x singles. These vans are produced in Italy, the chassis is great, but the build quality of the conversion is poor. Cheap materials and a lack of insulation seems to be the norm. Having said that, owners of these vans seem to fall in love with them. They tend to repair and improve the fit of the equipment and end up with a van that will suit their needs. It does help that the build quality is reflected in the price, if you shop around. At this stage I’m reticent to spend on something that might be problematic, but who knows? Still very much a “Potential”. 3 x seated belts, shower, toilet, oven, grill etc. All the stuff we want. A 550 can be picked up on a 2007 plate for approx £22k.
We like this van. Well constructed on a Ford Transit base. It has 3 belted seats, the option of two single beds or a double. This type of layout is available in quite a few van conversions and would be the style we will probably go for. It also has a shower and toilet, which is a “Must Have”. I’m tired of peeing in the woods late at night or sprinting to the nearest shower block in flip flops and towel. We’ve just missed out on one of these vans. A 2006 can be picked up for approx £23k
We’ve been searching for the perfect motorhome for about 18 months. During this period we’ve gone through the whole gamit of potential motorhome variants. I’ve wanted rear lounge van conversions, 7 metre coachbuilts, back to 6 metre conversions and now finally settling on something in the 5.5 metre range. A smallish van conversion, thats well constructed, manoeuvrable and well specced. Its such a massive investment, I just don’t want to get it wrong. We also want a lounging area, where we can lie back, read a book, or watch a film in comfort. so that discounts any dinette versions, or fixed beds.
We’ve been ably assisted in our quest by Motorhome Fun. (www.motorhomefun.co.uk ) A nice site with a very knowledgeable friendly membership. We’ve learn’t so much just by reading up, asking questions, visiting dealerships and actually crawling around inside the vans. I’m not sure how I will actually fill the void once we make the purchase!!!!!
Recent new addition to the family. He is our second standard poodle. He’s still a pup, very much going through the teenage tantrums, but a great companion and very very funny.
“The money’s no better in retirement but the hours are!”
That pretty much describes my attitude to life and work in particular. I’m a 51 bloke, happily partnered up, living in North East Wales. The kids have flown the nest and I want some “Me Time” Having spent the last four and a half years working abroad i’m in a position to ease up, think about where I am and what I want to do.
In the face of a life that’s now whizzing past at an alarming rate, I’ve learnt in the last couple of years that the thread between this world and the next is flimsy and unpredictable. Live for now, you can’t have back, whats already past. So my blog starts, settling into a world of dog walking, family life, searching for the right motorhome and whatever adventures follow.