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WTD: VW Transporter
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Question (hope this is the right board for it)

I need a 2nd car, so as i cart round bikes all the time thought it would be a good idea to get a vw transporter van & set the inside up with extra seats & rigged out to carry bikes, at least it would have 5 seats still & the bikes would be inside rather than on the roof of the car all the time.

Finding a good one is a bit of a pig though as my budget is about 5 - 6k

Q1 - Anyone know of a decent SWB transporter going for sale?
Q2 - Anyone know of people/company's that will add a bench seat & rear windows on a transporter?
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#2
Something like this?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1996-VOLKSWAGEN-TR...286.c0.m14
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#3
there are loads of threads on this on singletrackworld, on there there are links to proper vw sites which specialise in what your after if your not a memeber of stw then just say and i will do some digging and try and find the link for you
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"BMJBOY" Wrote:Something like this?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1996-VOLKSWAGEN-TR...286.c0.m14

Well its along the right lines but that one is pimped up a bit much for me, but the seats/window thing is exactly what i had in mind.  Would be good to get this before Afan trip, could be a chariot for a few of us.

Ill keep searching, missed out on 2 last week by a few minutes - ie the person who called before me bought it.  Seems the converted ones have a price premium so thats why i thought get a normal van & convert it.
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#5
"ianpinder" Wrote:there are loads of threads on this on singletrackworld, on there there are links to proper vw sites which specialise in what your after if your not a memeber of stw then just say and i will do some digging and try and find the link for you


Cheers for the pointer - im not a member but ill have a look anyway.
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#6
Im no expert, but I would assume that converting a van would need to go through necessary safety/MOT checks due to fitting the new seats - might mean a trip to one of those DVLA checking places.

I have a vivaro myself, and I know you can get a crewcab version within your budget.

As/When and when I have other people to ferry my stock about I would definitly go for a Crew Cab vivaro for bloke and bike transport.
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As i am bored, here you are <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/talk-to-me-about-vw-transporter-vans-please">http://www.singletrackworld.com/forum/t ... ans-please</a><!-- m --> and <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/">http://www.vwt4forum.co.uk/</a><!-- m --> there are many more but the t4 forum is the place to look
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#8
I have a T4, ner, it's great.
Keep it foolish...
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#9
Only really looked at the VW's just had a quick search on vivaro, you can get a real good one for 5500, crew seats, dvd player, 51k miles etc.  They just look huge compaired to the T4/T28 etc.  

On the vivaro - the ones im seeing have a bulkhead fitted behind the rear seats - on the SWB ones is there still space behind for bikes?  I was thinking of making a braket that goes the width of the van with bike axles on so you pop the front wheel & then attach to the axle, up to 4 bikes.  
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#10
Theyre wider for sure - not much higher I dont think.

Once driving one, you'll never want to drive your car! - theyre excellent.

The bulkheads on vivaros are all removable with a simple socket set - Infact Im looking for a bulkhead as a forklift recently buggered my wooden one (complete with bike rack!)

You will get 4 bikes across without front wheels on in that space.

You'll get several bikes across front to back with wheels on outside of the arches.

Heres my current setup : A converted bike rack, mounted to the bulkhead - good for 2 bikes, then more strapped to them.

When unused, the rack flips up out of the way - genius!


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