Choosing A Base Vehicle

Once we knew how big a van to look at for our conversion the next job was to decide on a base vehicle.

As we want a van large enough to walk about in that can fit a bathroom and double bed inside we narrowed our choice to either the LWB Transit or the Fiat Ducato/Peugeot Boxer/Citreon Relay. There were other vans the right size but these were the two we liked the look of the most.

All of the pictures below can be opened larger in a lightbox by clicking on them.

 

Ducato_Front Transit_Front

Front View of Ducato and Transit

 

Ducato_Side1 Transit_Side1

Drivers Side Views

Ducato_Side_Door_Open Transit_Side_Door

Side Door View

Ducato_Cab Transit_Cab_2

The Cab

Ducato_Dash Transit_Cab

The Dash

Ducato_Inside_From_Back Transit_Inside_From_Back

The Back

We spent quite a bit of time looking at both vehicles and in the end decided of the Ducato/Boxer/Relay for a couple of reasons.

The first was the amount of  professional motorhome builders using this model – has to be a good reason right?

The second was the inside is much straighter on the Ducato so looks an easier build. If you look at the pictures below you can see how much more the struts protrude into the van (Ducato it the top image).

Ducato_Inside_Rails

Transit_Inside_Side_Bars

And the third reason was we just prefer the look of the Ducato.

Decision made, time to start looking for the right Ducato/Boxer/Relay.

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