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Post by jamesdee on Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:58 pm

Hello,

I'm James, a world-traveller and road-tripper from South East England and I am searching for a second-hand modern van conversion with a non Ford-base.

I like the Warwick Duo but that's a little over what I want to pay so perhaps an earlier version of that van would suit me.  If anyone knows which path that might take me, I'm learning all the time.

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Re: Looking to buy a van conversion

Post by Paulmold on Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:05 pm

Welcome. What's put you off the Ford base?

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Post by jamesdee on Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:10 pm

Hi Paul,  am I right in thinking that the Ford Base is only found on older models?  Lots of people mentioned having theirs stolen as well.
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Post by Paulmold on Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:22 pm

The Duetto went on to around 2008, so not that old. They are susceptible to theft if you don't do anything to increase security, there's lots you can do.

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Post by jamesdee on Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:25 pm

Thanks.  I hadn't seen the later Duettos before.
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Post by Paulmold on Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:39 pm

The last in the line are very rare. Check out Autotrader and you'll find several around 2002 to 2005 but none later at moment.

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Re: Looking to buy a van conversion

Post by Jonesie on Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:46 pm

Hi James, Nice to see you’ve joined - you can find the Duetto for sale on here that I mentioned earlier.
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Post by Askit on Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:07 pm

Welcome to the forum James  allthumbz

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Re: Looking to buy a van conversion

Post by roli on Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:32 am

I can’t understand why you don’t want a Ford.   Fact, current van a Warwick has spent more time in main dealers in two years than our last van a Mk7 Transit did in 8 years.   Spares for Fords are more available than Pugs,  Folks go on about Fords being stolen. Wonder if it’s cos Pugs are not reliable, seriously security on both marks is similar.   
Finally after my little rant, Lift the bonnet on my Puegeot X290 and you see labels all over the place marked. FoMoCo  Wonder whose trade mark that is?  Certainly not Peugeot/Citroen

VWs are well worth a look particularly if you are doing a lot of traveling the 5 cyl engines are the smoothest and most economical you will find.   AS wise the Topaz is top of the class for being well equipped

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Re: Looking to buy a van conversion

Post by boxerman on Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:51 am

Hi James,
Welcome to the forum.
You've had some strange responses to your first post, you say you don't want a Ford, and everyone tries to sell you one confused3
If you don't want a Ford mate, you don't want a Ford - end of story, Can't see the need for an inquisition?

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Re: Looking to buy a van conversion

Post by Jonesie on Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:00 am

Hi Frank, Unfortunately you’ve only read the conversations after James registered.
Initially he was after a Duetto, but then thought of later models.
I found him a Duetto on here, but he couldn’t respond as he wasn’t registered.
Hope this clears up a bit of confusion.

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Re: Looking to buy a van conversion

Post by Paulmold on Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:14 am

boxerman wrote:Hi James,
Welcome to the forum.
You've had some strange responses to your first post, you say you don't want a Ford, and everyone tries to sell you one confused3
If you don't want a Ford mate, you don't want a Ford - end of story, Can't see the need for an inquisition?

Frank
James posted a request for a Duetto on Facebook. After registering on here he said he didn't want a Ford, hence my asking what had put him off.

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Re: Looking to buy a van conversion

Post by boxerman on Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:16 am

Thanks Jonsie up! That explains your reply smile!
I still say though that if someone says they want to buy a van but not on made by Ford / Pug / VW / Merc or whatever then that is their choice and they should not be questioned about that choice.
It shows the forum in a poor light.

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Re: Looking to buy a van conversion

Post by Gromit on Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:31 am

Hi Frank

I think I have to disagree with you for once.  content

There are loads of totally unfounded prejudices about base vehicles (and lots of other things) and it's easy for a relative novice to be unduly influenced, and possibly miss a cracking deal because a single criterion puts them off.

I don't think it hurts to hear the other side of a story. Any OP is quite capable of ignoring what he doesn't want to hear, but at least he has been alerted to the possibility that a re-appraisal could be to his advantage.

Who knows - I might even be persuaded to buy an iGadget one day!! Always open to persuasion.  had_idea

Just my feelings on the subject.

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Re: Looking to buy a van conversion

Post by daisy mae on Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:34 pm

I am very pleased with the VW`S and the Ford that I have, must admit was a bit dubious about the Ford to start with, now I am very pleased with her and goes far better than I thought she would have, plus spares are plentiful if needed etc. couldn`t get a larger MH on a VW base so Ford it is. 

To add to the discussion, I didn`t want a Peugeot, so never looked at MH `s on that base vehicle. will no doubt be a few remarks about that. JMO ,

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