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Old 21-01-2020, 02:05 PM   #1
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i have a bit of a dream of buying an old commercial / ex military vehicle, building a camping pod on the back of it and going partially off grid for a portion of the year.
how feasible / usable would an old MAN G90 or Leyland Daf 45 or other be as a reasonable vehicle to travel in - i'm thinking just explore the UK for a couple of months at a time while still keeping our house as a return base.
bear in mind i have only limited mechanical experience, but am very willing to learn more.
i have the correct licence categories for up to 7.5 ton on my licence.

please put me off these mad thoughts and point me in the direction of a LWB high top T5 (which is what i'll probably end up getting and go camping regularly as opposed to spending months away)
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Have a look at what Jed has built over at CampervanCulture.com, there's lot's of his videos on YouTube.

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You should do it!

A few years ago, I met a couple who had two toddlers and a baby, they travelled round all the small summer festivals in an Iveco van. It had a wood burner, a four ring cooker, a double bed, two single bunks and they hung the baby's crib from the roof. I'd look at an LT, with only two of you, there would be plenty of room.
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Plus, if you only eat beans on toast, you'd only need a single burner hob.
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Plus, if you only eat beans on toast, you'd only need a single burner hob.
😂😂😂

Beautiful Days festival last year really got my juices flowing. There was a cracking ex military truck with a camping box and a couple of converted horses boxes.
I know wed get on with / enjoy the life - we get off in the T5 any chance we can - it was more the practicalities of an older commercial vehicle.
I will be trawling the web more and more but its stuff like the yearly playing / MOT, would it be on a tacho ? Stuff like that
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An LT would be on the list too too be honest. There used to be an LT28 at the top of the hill above us and i always used to walk past it with my want face on
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I'm a bit sketchy on private use tachos, so don't take what follows as gospel.

A private owner, for private use doesn't need a tacho. A private owner for commercial use does. A company owner for commercial use does.

Using horseboxes as an example. If I move my horse in my privately owned wagon, I don't need one. If I move your horse in my privately owned wagon, I do. There maybe something about commercial gain thrown in.

I think there maybe a built before/after date in the mix too.

Even if you have a tacho in the cab, you're unlikely to exceed the daily driving hours, unless you're some sort of mentalist who enjoys wrestling an old military vehicle about for over ten hours a day. You will need to get it calibrated though.
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An LT would be on the list too too be honest. There used to be an LT28 at the top of the hill above us and i always used to walk past it with my want face on
I've driven past that LT, I had designs on it too.
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I've driven past that LT, I had designs on it too.
OI gerroff !! I saw it first :P
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