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Post by mikewicklewood on Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:11 pm

I'm a retired heterosexual male with no criminal convictions.

I'm also at that awkward stage of life when holidays under canvas are getting that bit more tricky.

What I think I want to do is to buy a 2001 Ford Transit auto sleeper duetto.

So I've joined the forum to find out whether members agree that this really is a great idea ! 

Any advice will be much appreciated - I'll be posting specific questions as well.

Thanks,

Mike
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Re: Hello !

Post by roli on Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:28 pm

asof_welcome2
Your choice of van is a good one

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Post by Paramedic on Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:31 pm

Welcome to this most friendly and informative forum.. and yes, treat yourself with an upgrade in comfort and touring potential with an autosleeper. Regards

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Post by Paulmold on Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:38 pm

Welcome from N.E Wales     handshake

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Re: Hello !

Post by NORGIL on Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:40 pm

mikewicklewood wrote: 1. I'm a retired heterosexual male with no criminal convictions.

  2.I'm also at that awkward stage of life when holidays under canvas are getting that bit more tricky.

3. What I think I want to do is to buy a 2001 Ford Transit auto sleeper duetto.

4.So I've joined the forum to find out whether members agree that this really is a great idea ! 

5.Any advice will be much appreciated - I'll be posting specific questions as well.

Thanks,

Mike
1. You can probably get pills to cure that.
2. Sleeping in a paper bag in a field was never a good idea.
3. Not a bad idea if you must join the rumble rumble clang gang (otherwise known as vehicles with a sliding door) but don't rule out a smaller  monocoque / coachbuilt without having a look at them (Clubman or Nuevo ?). They are no harder to drive and the extra bit of width makes a big difference.
4. Welcome Mike, joining the forum is undoubtedly a great idea.
5. Not qualified to offer advice but make sure the bed is comfortable.  When you do have specific questions there is a wealth of knowledge among the members here and everyone is very friendly.

Welcome to the forum and enjoy.

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Re: Hello !

Post by Ramblers on Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:49 pm

Hi Mike and welcome to the forum from Leicestershire  .

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Post by Leytonexile on Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:27 pm

NORGIL wrote:
mikewicklewood wrote: 1. I'm a retired heterosexual male with no criminal convictions.

  2.I'm also at that awkward stage of life when holidays under canvas are getting that bit more tricky.

3. What I think I want to do is to buy a 2001 Ford Transit auto sleeper duetto.

4.So I've joined the forum to find out whether members agree that this really is a great idea ! 

5.Any advice will be much appreciated - I'll be posting specific questions as well.

Thanks,

Mike
1. You can probably get pills to cure that.
2. Sleeping in a paper bag in a field was never a good idea.
3. Not a bad idea if you must join the rumble rumble clang gang (otherwise known as vehicles with a sliding door) but don't rule out a smaller  monocoque / coachbuilt without having a look at them (Clubman or Nuevo ?). They are no harder to drive and the extra bit of width makes a big difference.
4. Welcome Mike, joining the forum is undoubtedly a great idea.
5. Not qualified to offer advice but make sure the bed is comfortable.  When you do have specific questions there is a wealth of knowledge among the members here and everyone is very friendly.

Welcome to the forum and enjoy.

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Post by logburner on Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:52 pm

Hi Mike,
Welcome to the forum        wave    Been there, done that..... snigger   had some Autosleepers over the past 18 years....1995 Duetto,  then 1994 Trophy, now 1993 Clubman.....I realise that I'm going backwards in vehicle years, but cost denotes, for me, what I can have... hugegrins hugegrins ....unfortunate, but fact of life..... shrugg  All diesel automatics, but the Clubman is , for us, the most comfortable, and easiest camping option, bearing in mind, we no longer resemble bendy toys.....
more like wizard of oz tin men, in need of a good squelch of WD40, Whistle1
You'll find lots of info on all A/S vans on here......take your time, and get what will suit you.......older vans from A/S tend to still be very usable, more so than some other makes.
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Post by daisy mae on Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:44 pm

Hello  Mike and asof_welcome2 from Leicestershire, I agree a friendly forum with lots of knowledgeable members who are willing to help.

I agree about do not rule out the smaller coach builts,  beds much more comfortable, a tardis for storage, a joy and economical to drive, and will go into a car park parking place. plus better insulated if wanting to go out in the colder weather.

Imagine spending time in the van when you view a van, are the beds long enough, also the sliding door is a menace on a camp site, especially at night, although it is nice to have it open to see the view etc, I started off with a van conversion, soon changed to a coach built,

Good luck hope you find your ideal van soon. ideal time to buy, it will be sheer luxury compared to being under canvas, been there done that got the T shirt as many have on here.

Best regards,
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Thanks for taking the time ....

Post by mikewicklewood on Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:49 pm

to welcome me to the forum,

I'm not particularly IT savvy so it will take me a little while to work my way through the various menus etc,

already I am starting to waver towards getting a coach-built A/S as a result of member comments !

Cheers,

Mike
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