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    Any car that can replace a van ?

    Iíve had vans for 19yrs now and just fancy a big car.
    Question is. Is there any estate / suv / mpv that can replace a van ?
    I donít carry loads of weight in my van but sometimes need 3m lth trunking / conduits to deliver
    Any cars that have 3m load ? Even if over the passenger seats
    Cheers Andy

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    Discovery 4? Itís amazing how big the load space is when the seats are down. Not sure youíll find any car that could take a 3m long cargo though.

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    Most cars I have owned could take a 2.4m length of conduit or similar as long as it could dip into the passenger footwell, so 3m should be do-able in a decent estate.

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    Take a look at Skoda Superb estates, they are massive, if a little funeral in looks.

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    Thanks gents. I remember 20 odd years ag I used a mondeo estate For a few days which had a massive load bed in the
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    Volvo v70 front passenger seat has a little toggle release so it can fold flat and load 3m

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk280 View Post
    Discovery 4? Itís amazing how big the load space is when the seats are down. Not sure youíll find any car that could take a 3m long cargo though.
    D4 indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenlec View Post
    I’ve had vans for 19yrs now and just fancy a big car.
    Question is. Is there any estate / suv / mpv that can replace a van ?
    I don’t carry loads of weight in my van but sometimes need 3m lth trunking / conduits to deliver
    Any cars that have 3m load ? Even if over the passenger seats
    Cheers Andy

    Just stock up on joint pieces and couplings, then get whatever car you fancy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Ally- View Post
    Just stock up on joint pieces and couplings, then get whatever car you fancy.
    Cheers

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    I would think an E class wagon would be able to handle that just fine but youíd have to see what you can do with the front passenger seat. I looked at one on Friday and the rear space was bigger than it looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyman View Post
    D4 indeed.
    Another vote for the D4. With the seats down they outstrip a lot of vans. Supremely comfortable to boot.
    I donít think Iíll ever sell mine, there just ainít anything that replaces it since LR sold their sole to the ďsports utility Chelsea tractorĒ market.

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    You could always get a roof rack and tube carrier, think van vault even do a 4m version for 3.75m lengths of glav conduit. Think youíll miss a van one of our guys has moved over to a Passat estate as a company vehicle and hates it


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    Nissan Pathfinder.

    Huge inside. Just sold mine last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave O'Sullivan View Post
    Nissan Pathfinder.

    Huge inside. Just sold mine last week.
    Hmmm I quite like those, have Nissan stopped making them?

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    Skoda Kodiaq?

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    I had Yeti which absolutely loved (although wife and friends called it the 'Pope Mobile').

    Lots of room in back as you can remove seats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    Hmmm I quite like those, have Nissan stopped making them?

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    I think they ran to a 14 plate.

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    You'll struggle to beat a Discovery on a tip run. The neighbours probably thought I was moving out this day.




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    Ford Tourneo connect

    I kid you not vast inside and drive very well

    And have side sliding doors

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    What about a van derived car? Friends of our run a ski chalet in St Martin de Belleville in the French Alps. They have a Fiat Doblo and have done the transfers with full luggage and skis and itís cavernous.

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    Surprised that nobody has suggested an MX-5 yet.

    With the top down, you'll get everything you need to carry into it...

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    Kia Optoma estate, huge inside.

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    Skoda Octavia or Superb estate (combi)

    Poslano sa mog FRD-L09 koristeći Tapatalk

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    I used to moonlight as a technical courier (pick up pc's from a warehouse and set them up for people) I had a seat alhambra (vw sharan, ford galaxy) for this and very well it did too. Also useful for cramming mates into when going out.
    Not sure you could get 3m of stuff in it but they have grown in recent years so you might do. The suspension was tuned by ford (when they focused on that kind of thing) so it handled surprisingly well for a big lump of car, certainly better than my current SUV so could be worth looking at something like that.

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    Getting on a bit now but I have a 2001 BMW 5 Series (E39) touring and that has astonishingly good load capacity with the back seats down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenlec View Post
    Thanks gents. I remember 20 odd years ag I used a mondeo estate For a few days which had a massive load
    And bed in the Back
    Fixed that.
    Heard these are popular for later-evening communal events in Forestry Commission carparks and the like.



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    Yeti if you like quirky

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    Another vote for a Discovery 3 or 4, very spacious indeed.
    Mine is frequently used as a van or camper!



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    I would suggest just about most MPV's will give the OP what he wants. I've ran various ones for over two decades and they're versatility on wheels, 3m lengths of pipes would be a doddle.

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    Citroen C5 estate. What about a pick up? Been running them 19 years on & off & would never go back to cars.

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