Proud Owner

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourselves' started by Fil6, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. Greetings all,

    After a lot of umming and ahhing I have decided that it about time to fulfil my dream and purchase a vw camper.

    After loitering around various websites and forums based on T2 and T25 campers, I have made up my mind a really want to venture in to T2 bay window ownership.

    So, I just wanted to introduce myself, as I hope sometime in the near future I will be able to update this post with 'Proud Owner'.

    I believe I have a modest budget for a solid example (don't tell the wife, but I am looking around the £15k mark). My brief shopping list consists of

    LHD or RHD
    Structurally solid (I don't want to start my ownership journey with a trip to the welders)
    Sleeps 2 Adults and 2 Toddlers (3 year old twins)

    Am I being realistic with my budget?

    The camper will be used daily to get me to the train station (6 mile round trip) and for weekends and holidays around the UK.

    I am based in the southwest (Bath), so my first show will be VanWest @ bream sands.

    I will keep you all posted on my progress.

    Thanks

    Phil
     
  2. Welcome to TLB! I would have thought your budget is perfectly reasonable. I also have twins - who were 6 when we first camped in ours - and they love it. We have a Devon double top which gives them plenty of room to sleep in the roof!

    Good luck with your search!
     
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  3. Welcome to the forum Phil!

    You should get a cracking bus for that budget that's for sure!!
     
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  4. Good luck and welcome
     
  5. Thanks for the welcome!

    If anyone does happen to find a bus that matches my criteria, please let me know.
     
  6. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Moderator

    Welcome from Cheshire - as others have said, you should be able to get a good van with your budget.
     
  7. Hi Phil and welcome!
    I have used a Bus as a daily over the years and it always puts a smile on your face prior to a days work! With your budget you are going to get a fine Bus!
    Cheers B :)
     
  8. Moons

    Moons Moderator

    You should get a great van for that money.

    Personally I'd chop around 15% off for contingency and find the very best you can for the remaining budget.
     
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  9. Thanks for all your kind comments.

    Herein lies the issue, what should i expect for my budget, how can I easily separate the good from the no so good?

    Should I be expecting a bus with no rust underneath or on the bodywork? Or should I at least expect a little rust as the budget will not buy me a show bus.

    I would be lying if I said I wasn't the least bit worried buying a 40 year old classic.
     
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  10. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    I'm in Bristol mate. Happy to come and have a look at any with you if you want some help.

    Cheers
     
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  11. There u go! Take someone who already has a bus and knows what to look for! Welcome by the way!
     
  12. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Moderator

    You've started well by asking these sorts of questions before you spend your money :)
    An offer like the one from @Baysearcher could save you a lot of hassle. There are many cautionary tales on here, and also a massive amount of knowledge so make use of it :thumbsup:
     
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  13. Hey Baysearcher, that is a very kind offer, I will pm you when I find some that I like the look of. Will you be at Vanwest?
     
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  14. Welcome. I was in the same position as you this time last year, bought a westfalia berlin with some help from the chaps on the forum. Two small-ish kids here also, 5 and 7 yrs old. The late/rear hinged roof westy works great for us, two sleep downstairs, and two up in the roof, no need for an awning. You're spot on with your budget i think.
     
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  16. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    I wont be there mate; not a big fan of the shows.
    Mine will be back from the bodyshop in the next few weeks; more than welcome to come and look at mine and I can give you some pointers.
     
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  17. Howdy! good luck with the search.

    the one in the ebay link appears to be upside down - it may be an ozzie import! :)
     
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  18. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Mod

    Hello & Welcome from The Colonial Contingent :hattip:
     
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  19. Bonjour ,buy a bus in winter they are cheaper..:D
     

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