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    If the OP is anywhere near the north of Glasgow they are more than welcome to come and have a cuppa, chat and poke about my Toyota Granvia camper

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    We were considering a Hillside Leisure T6. £40k-ish new. In the end we decided that hiring would be the best bet due to our salty roads in Shetland and no garage. That was three years ago and we still haven't got around to hiring a camper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellietwed View Post
    If the OP is anywhere near the north of Glasgow they are more than welcome to come and have a cuppa, chat and poke about my Toyota Granvia camper
    Thanks very much for the offer, very kind of you. I think I’m keen to go down the VW route but I’m interested in your experiences of camp sites in the UK and further afield more generally.

    If we take the plunge, I can see us getting to grips with things in France, particularly the south but beyond that, who knows!

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    I’m interested in people’s thoughts on the two main financing options...a 4 year pcp or 10year HP.

    The final payment of around £26k sounds very low does it not? I’m attracted to this because I could put the equity into a new deal if I was so inclined. I would probably have to pay an excess mileage charge what however, what with the 10k miles limit.

    As for the ten year option, the total amount payable upsets me and I don’t particularly relish committing to that length of a deal on a campervan.

    https://www.lookers.co.uk/volkswagen...-ocean-offers/
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    I’ve converted a couple of vans in the past, a VW T5 and Merc Sprinter. I recently looked at purchasing a new motor home (not a converted panel van - nothing wrong with them) and new ones start around £40k and offer more than a Cali or similar and have excellent residuals.

    In the end I’ve joined the band of two TZ caravaners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBoy View Post
    In the end I’ve joined the band of two TZ caravaners.
    That makes us three..!



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    Quote Originally Posted by MTM84 View Post
    but I’m interested in your experiences of camp sites in the UK
    Couple of sites I liked in Scotland

    Sunnyside Croft Arisaig - Fully featured site, nice beach location

    Ardroil Grazing on the beach in Lewis. Stunning spot by the sea and £5 in the honesty box.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MTM84 View Post
    I’m interested in people’s thoughts on the two main financing options...a 4 year pcp or 10year HP.

    The final payment of around £26k sounds very low does it not? I’m attracted to this because I could put the equity into a new deal if I was so inclined. I would probably have to pay an excess mileage charge what however, what with the 10k miles limit.

    As for the ten year option, the total amount payable upsets me and I don’t particularly relish committing to that length of a deal on a campervan.

    https://www.lookers.co.uk/volkswagen...-ocean-offers/

    Clark Commercials at Bilston Glen in Edinburgh are a VW dealership. They are worth talking to regarding a van purchase. I get all my servicing done there.
    Nice people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCasper View Post
    https://youtu.be/37pabRCPEZk

    £6k! Why would you want to do that when you could tie up the best part of £50k on the drive for most of the year? (Kidding).

    Long in the tooth but the Bongo was a great base vehicle as it came with a bed and electrically operated roof. Made as a people carrier/leisure vehicle or for travelling salesmen or something like that.

    Later Nissans and Toyotas are now converters favourites.

    I have a friend who is gradually DIY converting a T5 to keep costs down. There are quite a few DIY conversion videos on YouTube.

    You can also keep costs down by questioning whether you need an onboard cooker for example? Make your tea on a little Campingaz burner, BBQ.


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    All good points…. As long as it takes an awning, a barbecue and a decent portable stove would do the rest…. I’m unlikely to want to do wild mid winter camping frankly…

    A fridge, a bed and a table are the only true necessities…. When I caravanned/ campervanned before I never used the toilet or shower…. Campsites tend to have facilities that do the trick (and if not wear your flip flops!)

    Time to poke around the t’interweb

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    All of the Outer Hebrides is a must (although Harris is my favourite) and you can't really go wrong with any of the sites there...(when I have the time I'll dig out the names of those we stopped at)..even the midges couldn't dampen our fun too much thanks to lashings of smidge repellent...toured a lot of Scotland, Northumberland and Cornwall with the van..unfortunately the kids are growing up and preferring luxuries like en suite toilets and decent wifi...terrible shame
    You don't have to go too far afield either..had some great weekends in Fife, Arran or Dumfries and Galloway in the van

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyCasper View Post
    Couple of sites I liked in Scotland

    Sunnyside Croft Arisaig - Fully featured site, nice beach location

    Ardroil Grazing on the beach in Lewis. Stunning spot by the sea and £5 in the honesty box.


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    Thanks for the recommendations - I’ll look them up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    All good points…. As long as it takes an awning, a barbecue and a decent portable stove would do the rest…. I’m unlikely to want to do wild mid winter camping frankly…

    A fridge, a bed and a table are the only true necessities…. When I caravanned/ campervanned before I never used the toilet or shower…. Campsites tend to have facilities that do the trick (and if not wear your flip flops!)

    Time to poke around the t’interweb
    Whilst abroad I could see us cooking outdoors but in the UK, if we were caught out with bad weather/wind, I like the idea of being able to cook inside the van with a window open. That said, I’m keeping my options open at this stage so good to hear different people's views.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ellietwed View Post
    All of the Outer Hebrides is a must (although Harris is my favourite) and you can't really go wrong with any of the sites there...(when I have the time I'll dig out the names of those we stopped at)..even the midges couldn't dampen our fun too much thanks to lashings of smidge repellent...toured a lot of Scotland, Northumberland and Cornwall with the van..unfortunately the kids are growing up and preferring luxuries like en suite toilets and decent wifi...terrible shame
    You don't have to go too far afield either..had some great weekends in Fife, Arran or Dumfries and Galloway in the van
    Sound great - will do some research into the places you mentioned.

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    Don't come to Shetland. The ferry price is horrendous!

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    Well I visited a dealer in Glasgow today with my wife and daughter and although the Campervan specialist wasn’t in, I was given the keys and we had a good opportunity to get inside the Ocean and have a good nosey around. Now whilst this one looked good with the cream leather, I couldn’t help but think that given the nature of a Campervan, it would be pretty hard to keep that clean. I’d go for a dark cloth and would buy seat covers all round. The same was also true of the plastic floor and carpet areas - what was VW thinking making these all shades of cream?

    The quality did seem very good and the fridge, ‘wardrobe’ and other areas surprisingly roomy. We’re going to make an appointment for over the Easter holidays so that we can see the beds made up and try them out etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTM84 View Post
    Well I visited a dealer in Glasgow today with my wife and daughter and although the Campervan specialist wasn’t in, I was given the keys and we had a good opportunity to get inside the Ocean and have a good nosey around. Now whilst this one looked good with the cream leather, I couldn’t help but think that given the nature of a Campervan, it would be pretty hard to keep that clean. I’d go for a dark cloth and would buy seat covers all round. The same was also true of the plastic floor and carpet areas - what was VW thinking making these all shades of cream?

    The quality did seem very good and the fridge, ‘wardrobe’ and other areas surprisingly roomy. We’re going to make an appointment for over the Easter holidays so that we can see the beds made up and try them out etc.
    I agree - we changed the interior of our custom build from grey cloth to black leather - much more durable (we have 2 dogs).Dark grey floors and mats.
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    A big thanks to Johny who couldn’t have been more helpful today!

    Good to put a face to the name and of course, to have a good look around a campervan without any sales people breathing down my neck.

    Was really impressed with your van...I’ve already contacted a few places re. the driver’s seat and my lanky legs!

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTM84 View Post
    A big thanks to Johny who couldn’t have been more helpful today!

    Good to put a face to the name and of course, to have a good look around a campervan without any sales people breathing down my neck.

    Was really impressed with your van...I’ve already contacted a few places re. the driver’s seat and my lanky legs!

    Thanks again

    Hi Martin.

    Nice meeting you.

    Glad to have been of assistance.

    Bring the good lady up to see it when you get the chance.

    PS: Thank you for the beers that was very kind.

    Johny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johny View Post
    Hi Martin.

    Nice meeting you.

    Glad to have been of assistance.

    Bring the good lady up to see it when you get the chance.

    PS: Thank you for the beers that was very kind.

    Johny.
    Will do Johny...I’ll be in touch over the next couple of months I’m sure once I’ve looked at all of my options.

    Cheers!

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