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Chez

FS: 4 berth camper van, tax, MOT, woodburner, compost loo

We are selling our much-loved camper van, because we can't get Nenna's wheelchair and kit in it.

It is a 1986 Renault Trafic AS with a high-top. It has 55,000 miles on the clock and has just started first time for the first time since the New Year.

It has an rocket stove that keeps it very warm, a fridge, a two-burner gas hob, a cold-water sink and a high-tec composting loo that runs on a battery.

It has MOT til August and needed a couple of hundred quid's worth of welding to get through last year.

I am about to put six months tax on it.

Things that need fixing:

- The in-to-the-cab fan has stopped working
- There is a slight leak that means in very wet weather there is dampness in the passenger-side rear foot well. This is definitely not coming from underneath.
- The 12v cig lighter isn't working.

I haven't tried to sort these yet, I think the first and last are very simple, the middle one might need a door seal.

I am going to wash it tomorrow and take some photos. I will be listing it on ebay with the bits fixed for 2,750, but am open to offers for someone who would like it as-seen.

Viewing welcome!
Hairyloon

Petrol or diesel?
I know someone who was after a campervan. I suspect this one will be too big.
Chez

Sorry, should have said.

1.6 Petrol, manual gearbox and works out at about 25p per mile. It's the gearbox with the fifth gear bolted on as an afterthought.
Hairyloon

That seems a small engine for the size of van. Does it manage on it OK?
Chez

Yes. You don't break any land-speed records, obviously, but so long as you are happy to chug along, she does fine. We take her up on to Exmoor and the top of the Quantocks regularly with no problems.
RichardW



1.6 Petrol, manual gearbox and works out at about 45p per mile.


Are you sure?

Thats less than 14 mpg which seems a little low.
Chez

Sorry, typo, I'll alter that. 25p a mile. In a non-excursion week I put seven or eight quid in the tank and do about thirty miles.
Nick

I must get Richard to service my car. In moments, he's almost doubled fuel efficiency.
Chez

He's a marvel! Smile
RichardW

I must get Richard to service my car. In moments, he's almost doubled fuel efficiency.


I can improve it without even servicing it.

1, drive with a slightly slower top speed, even 5mph will help
2, accelerate gently
3, decelerate gently
4, plan further ahead, improve your anticipation
5, change up sooner than you think you should, say 2k rpm with a diesel & 2.5 to 3k with a petrol
6, dont try to hold your speed when going up hill, allow it to gradually drop off, you can pick it up on the down hill section
7, plan your journey to allow extra time so you dont need to rush

That should add about 20%+ to your mpg.


PS, dont coast in a modern car as it will then use fuel to keep the engine running. On the over run the ECU will shut all fuel off.
Nick

I would die of middle age, I'm afraid.

Handy tips, genuinely, but I confess mine runs on friesel, and I don't do much of that. Embarassed
Pilsbury

And i do all of it much to my wifes annoyance.
2 lit diesel, you remwmber nick, 2k revs in top is 60 mph whic is all i do on motorways and a roads, rarely use the brakes, just stop accelerating earlier.
I woild love one but we have just been given access to my uncles camper, sjoikd i be brave enoigh to drive it.
Hairyloon

Sjoikd i be brave enoigh to drive it.
Are you turning Scandawegian? Have you nicknamed your son Sjoikd II? Wink
And yes, it is a bit bigger than your fiesta, but the principal is the same: nowt to be ffretting about.
Ty Gwyn

Sjoikd i be brave enoigh to drive it.
Are you turning Scandawegian? Have you nicknamed your son Sjoikd II? Wink
And yes, it is a bit bigger than your fiesta, but the principal is the same: nowt to be ffretting about.


Agree,if the front goes through,the back tends to follow,lol.
Bodrighy

Sjoikd i be brave enoigh to drive it.
Are you turning Scandawegian? Have you nicknamed your son Sjoikd II? Wink
And yes, it is a bit bigger than your fiesta, but the principal is the same: nowt to be ffretting about.


Agree,if the front goes through,the back tends to follow,lol.

Sometimes at angle LOL
lettucewoman

oooooohhhhhh........I'm so tempted....Our lovely old transit Archie may not be able to be revived....I guess I need to see if that's possible first.... Hairyloon

Sjoikd i be brave enoigh to drive it.
Are you turning Scandawegian? Have you nicknamed your son Sjoikd II? Wink
And yes, it is a bit bigger than your fiesta, but the principal is the same: nowt to be ffretting about.

Agree,if the front goes through,the back tends to follow,lol.
The wing mirrors have a similar function to a cat's whiskers. Wink
Chez

oooooohhhhhh........I'm so tempted....Our lovely old transit Archie may not be able to be revived....I guess I need to see if that's possible first....

It was Archie who inspired me to go for this one, Lettucewoman Smile. We have called her Mrs Pankhurst - because she has given us great freedom; but also a responsibility Smile
Hairyloon

A picture might help some people if it isn't too much trouble. Chez

My week dissolved in to other stuff, but that's the plan this weekend. Chez

Photos!


Lloyd

Does the roof lift to create the bedroom? Chez

No, there's a sliding shelf in the top, that you pull forward to make the 'upstairs' sleeping bit - it's only suitable for tiddlers up there, really - or a single adult at a pinch. When it's pushed back, you have the full height in the cabin. Lloyd

No, there's a sliding shelf in the top, that you pull forward to make the 'upstairs' sleeping bit - it's only suitable for tiddlers up there, really - or a single adult at a pinch. When it's pushed back, you have the full height in the cabin.

What about washing facilities?...........Females seem to require them for some reason.
Chez

As you look in the back, the work surface on the right flips up and there's a standard two-burner gas stove with a grill under it and a little round sink that is cold water. The person who had it before us replaced the water pump and it was working fine last season - I'll check it tomorrow. You just flick a switch and it pumps through from the tank underneath.

As you look in the back, the compartment at the back left used to be a shower, but has had a high-tech composting loo fitted instead.
lettucewoman

oooooohhhhhh........I'm so tempted....Our lovely old transit Archie may not be able to be revived....I guess I need to see if that's possible first....

It was Archie who inspired me to go for this one, Lettucewoman Smile. We have called her Mrs Pankhurst - because she has given us great freedom; but also a responsibility Smile

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy ..archie is in the process of being re assessed..Mrs pankhurst is a brilliant name!
Ty Gwyn

Are you parked in a lay by in Felin Fach near me?
If not,there`s one identical i think,[passed it this evening] for sale.
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