Hey - great stuff regarding the job & pitch - perfect!
Our van is an ldv convoy 400 extra hi-top. Having a bed up all the time we find imperative and also having seperate seating area I find vital so our bed is up high running back probably about half the length of the van. Then there is a shower / wet room, kitchen and long sitting bench and my arm chair not to mention wood burning stove. Enough standing room for at least four adults and seating for the same - more at a real squeeze, feels spacious yet looks *resumeably* unassuming. Luton is a good bet from some of the conversions i've seen - stunning and square angles are great to work with making things look nice and true with little skill ;). Only advice on buying a part converted / converted van is making sure the groundwork has been properly - i.e. insulation, ventillation etc. Also make sure you are entirely happy with the layout, every van on here is so different because everyone has different tastes. If it's not how you want it, you'll end up ripping it out and changing it..thus wasting money! Worse is if you HAVE to rip alot of it out because the leg work was never done properly - the stuff you can't easily see is the stuff that should be looked at the most when buying one. Even things like skylight seals, its not hard putting these things in, but it's very easy to 'bodge' or cock it up, and that can cause problems later down the line...A solid vehicle and starting platform is more important than the layout etc (at least in my opinion). Its not the furniture and cabinets that cost the money..its the basic essentials.
Sorry if i've punched above my weight there with my opinions (only what they are - I don't claim to be correct on anything!). So great though, the four of us (Partner & I, rabbit & dog) LOVE being back in a van.
cheers for the info, I listen to everything that everyone has to say as everyone is correct to themselves, I just take all the best information and inspiration and make my own version of being correct
I have had a look at many different ldv's and would love one as they've always been one of my favourite vans in general and you are very correct on the layout and ripping out part.. ive seen many vans that are so close to being what i want but then thinking.. i couldnt live with that there, Id have to move it there.. ending up spending more money.
I have roughly a month and a half to find one that is perfect and with every one I look at each day im getting closer and closer to finding the closest one to calling home! so It wont be long now.