yorkshirewolf wrote:I'm confused, are you looking at buying this or are you 'rating' the vehicle itself?
I build camper vans for a living and have seen some horrors, but as long as the vehicles are in a safe, roadworthy condition and the owners are enjoying their van, I say good luck to them!
The checks for gas and electrical safety are becoming more stringent and more of a necessity for any conversions, most people who do DIY builds are less than honest with their insurer, stating its a regular panel van, so they're putting a lot at risk if something happens and they have to claim, and more insurers are requiring proper gas and electrical safety certification to insure a converted van, some won't even touch DIY builds as they have no way of knowing if the van is built safely, as a result we regularly have people asking us to buy their own DIY built van as they've been refused insurance and don't have the money to undertake the work to bring it up to standard.
Still, as long as they're happy and safe, and the vans not a complete death-trap, enjoy it!
Don't get me wrong if this was the result of a Top Gear challenge id full understand, I see this project ? as a how not to do things.... and a cautionary tale to all of them who would consider taking such a project on.... this is also history repeating its self... his last victim was a Ex GPO Sherpa diesel van, that suffered the same fate.
I can also confirm the following:
The van originally was converted by a company who specialises in conversions, and at time of sale it was fully compliant with the current Gas and electrical safety regulations. However 2 years have gone by and Gas pipes electrical cables, have been moved, removed, added to and.......? buggered about with.
It is insured however the current owner is unsure of how the logbook reads or if its been reregistered as a Camper van, safety certification? the current owner is unsure..... Head firmly planted in the sand.
Due to the drivers door being not in line and the wing not being straight either, the owner believes it may have been in a "Knock!" I suggested that he looks at the log book as this may mention Cat D. again ..... Head firmly planted in the sand.
more as it happens, as I'm sure it will,