SHORT VERSION A powerful 3.0 160bhp 6-speed turbodiesel Ducato campervan with Kenwood DAB/satnav/CD/DVD, aircon, two proper 3-point seatbelted travel seats in rear, bathroom/WC, Kitchen with excellent Waeco 12v fridge, full 12v/240v/solar system, posh blinds, 4-bike rack, 2 bunks and a double bed. Suitable for high-speed touring with 2 adults and 2 kids (or 4 adults if you are friendly), local pottering and as a practical load-lugger.
This is a unique conversion: very rare to find 4 proper travel seats and 4 full berths and a proper WC room in a van conversion, let alone an extra tall, extra high van with the big engine and the aircon... It is ready to go, fresh MOT, just serviced, and the sun is shining! This is a one-off build, with 4 proper forward facing 3-point belted travel seats, two high level bunk beds and a full width double, so it sleeps 4 easily. Cruises at 130kph in France beautifully and is great on fuel.It is fun and relaxing touring in this van. It needed to be a standard panel van for ease of driving down country lanes and parking in supermarkets while touring. The best vehicles at the time were the Fiat Ducato family, front wheel drive means the floor is low in the back, adding to headroom. These vans also have the squarest cross section, when compared to Sprinters for example, which get quite narrow at the top, so there is more room in bunks. I run a small specialist CNC wood routing/cutting company, so I have tried my best to achieve a professional finish where possible. But more important to me were solidity, strength and the ability to remain a practical vehicle (carry 8x4 sheets in the back, or remove rear benches and/or passenger seats and carry 1 or 2 pallets). So its not that plush or highly polished inside but I do think its pretty bulletproof and will still look good in 10 years time! I have just replaced the carpet and all is now in lovely condition. VAN It's a 2010 Fiat Ducato 3.0 160bhp Multijet, extra long wheel base, and extra tall (L4H3), with cab air conditioning and electric windows/mirrors. These were like hens teeth, and are still rare. 6.4m long, and 2.9m high. It was owned by a bathroom supplies company, so had done 130k motorway miles, and was in excellent condition, with service printout. I got it as it came off fleet, through a dealer in Gloucestershire. In the 5 years we've owned it, we've added 20,000 miles, it has sailed through MOTs, weve serviced it regularly, and replaced whatever necessary. I have just fitted 4 brand new matching Fiat 16 silver wheels with premium Continental VanContact 100 tyres, which should be good for 30,000 miles or more... It has a fresh MOT (June 2019) and has just been serviced, and the aircon regassed. You could jump in and head to Italy tomorrow. The engine is superb, you can come to a hill at 30mph in 4th gear and accelerate up it without changing down. Its one of the most powerful engines for vans and makes touring fun fast when you need it, easy overtaking. Quiet enough to talk to your passengers! Body/paintwork is in very good condition, bumpers are a bit faded and a couple of scuffs (it is 8 years old) but nothing serious. 2 reversing cameras: the standard Fiat one looking down at bumper when in reverse, and a second wide angle Pioneer rear view camera that can be used while driving. NB I will be replacing the monitor for this one with a better item. CONVERSION First idea was a kind of day van that I could also use for work to deliver our custom furniture. I fitted Unwin tracks in the floor and bought 6 decent removable minibus seats. At the same time I had a proper matching bonded window with vent installed on the drivers side rear seating area, by Deefab in Queensferry, who are professional vehicle converters. The vent is perfect for rear passengers to have a bit of air while driving and is a safe little window to leave open at night while camping.
The standard twin front passenger seat was replaced with a genuine Fiat Ducato single passenger seat with armrests (very hard to find). Seat swivels are fitted to both front seats. The drivers seat has a lowered base, as the swivels add height. This puts it back to about standard. In the back I installed a pair of recent unused Ford minibus seats which are a proper supportive modern design with integral 3 point belts and headrests.
The seat backs adjust for comfort, and the whole seat is removable from the van, it snaps into two floor rails that are properly fitted with reinforcement pads under the van. These are very comfortable, streets ahead of cheap minibus seats.I also installed some steel reinforcement bars in the side of the van behind the ply lining next to these seats, attached to the structural pillars, for my own peace of mind, as there wasnt much there in the event of a side collision. For the motorhome equipment, all the equipment was bought brand new and installed over the past few years. Every non-moving surface was covered in double wall foil bubble wrap insulation that also acts as vapour barrier. This was meticulously done, with all seams joined with aluminium tape.
Principally this was to prevent condensation anywhere in the walls or ceiling. It does insulate, but with so many doors, windows and dash vents, its a bit daft to go overboard insulating a van conversion beyond this - I concentrated on draughtproofing and preventing condensation. The insulation is mounted on battens that space it from both the metal skin and also from the ceiling board, so that it not in contact with either, which is the way to get the best insulating results. This was also done in the walls where possible, otherwise it is firmly stuck to the contours of the walls with high-temp contact adhesive and then felt van liner on top. The van is perfectly warm when the weather is cool, and doesnt overheat in the sun, so we are happy with it.
NB there is no gas installation at all in the van, so cold water only and no gas-based heater or cooking facilities. This felt safer to us as self-builders and means you dont need a dedicated gas locker or annual inspections. Heating in colder seasons is easy enough with a small oil-filled radiator plugged into the mains. ELECTRICAL 150w solar panel on roof, connected to a 65 AH sealed AGM leisure battery (the type that dont produce hydrogen and dont need venting). This battery capacity is on the small side, as we never intended to run big equipment from it, and it has been perfect for the LED lights we have installed, to charge phones and ipads, and even to run the Waeco compressor fridge while in the UK (which is a great bit of kit, very low battery drain).
It is not suitable to add a 240v inverter to, for example, you would need 2 or 3 110AH batteries for that. The solar panel charges the leisure battery and the van battery (meaning perfect starting all winter), and I have fitted a Sterling EC155 power management system.
This consists of 12v system, battery charger, battery condition monitor, control panel etc. Plus it houses the 240v RCDs for the electrical connection via hookup cable at campsites.
There are some 240v sockets which are perfect for a kettle, toaster and portable induction hob while at campsites. We combine this with a barbecue and the little aerosol gas type travel hobs for all our cooking. There is no oven for a Sunday roast! 12v sockets scattered around van, including twin USB charger sockets by the table. All the lighting is low power LED.Lots of ceiling lights for strong illumination plus small reading spots for ambience and use while driving at night. BATHROOM I made this as small as feasibly possible, to leave as much space for beds and living as possible.
So it is small but practical. Based around a modern electric flush Thetford C400 toilet (outside door for accessing cassette). It has LED lighting, a small ceramic basin with cold tap, a porthole window that opens for ventilation.
It has a sliding door to save space. SLEEPING Matching fixed bunks in the rear, each 180cm long, approx 60-70cm wide. Each has storage pockets, a 12v reading light and its own opening porthole for light and ventilation.
Each has an ikea kids mattress approx 150cm long, so there is a bit of extra space for storage at the end unless you choose to fit longer mattresses. Downstairs there are matching sofabed bases that fold together into a very large bed. They have slatted bases for support, and we have a full size memory foam topper too. Lots of storage underneath each one.Reading lights and 12v sockets each side. NB both these sofabed/storage units are removable, each is a complete modular unit made from plywood and bolted to the side wall.
One or both could be taken out and you have a massive load area for bikes, karts etc. You can leave all the beds made up, and use the front of the van in the day, so its a great practical layout. KITCHEN Oak kitchen worktop with stainless sink/drainer, cold tap, steel storage lockers and drawers.Superb Waeco CR80 compressor fridge, runs from 12v (not gas), much bigger than the normal CR50 many people fit. Fresh water tank under van with filler hole on side of van, with Shurflo pump. Waste water uses a wheeled tank (you put it under waste hose outlet under van) for easy emptying at sites. Wall shelving and large locker under fridge.
Two 12v sockets and two 240v sockets for kettle, induction hob etc. OTHER EQUIPMENT Fiamma F65 huge full-length awning with the proper 3-bracket roof mountings for safety (LWB needs 2, XLWB vans need 3) Fiamma rear mounted bike rack reengineered to take 4 bikes, normally a door-mounted rack takes fewer. Doors still open Kenwood integrated double-DIN sat nav DAB stereo/DVD unit, with Garmin map update done Summer 2017 Spare wheel carrier fitted underneath van, with spare wheel and jack kit (most of these vans dont come with this) Full cab concertina blind system (REMImobil) Seitz cassette blinds/flyscreens on all windows POINTS TO NOTE The upholstery on rear sofabed cushions is some basic dark grey cotton, this could do with replacing: we taped and stitched it together as a last minute fix a couple of years ago, and it's held up enough for us, but its a bit shabby now. My insurers (Brentacre) were fine with this, in fact I recommend them thoroughly for custom/self builds. IF YOU LIKE IT I will be happy to give a full handover explaining all systems and fittings to the new owner.
I have all the manuals for the equipment. Viewings are welcome by arrangement at CH48 postcode on the Wirral.
You can contact me on 07979506913. This is a private sale and there is no VAT. I also have this advertised locally, so the listing may end at any time. The item "Fiat Ducato 3.0 160 XLWB Motorhome A/C 4 Seat/4 Berth Campervan (day race van)" is in sale since Thursday, July 12, 2018.
This item is in the category "Cars, Motorcycles & Vehicles\Campers, Caravans & Motorhomes\Campervans & Motorhomes". The seller is "serenemarine" and is located in Wirral. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.