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19-05-2019, 22:53   #1
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Fiat Ducato camper build

Myself and my friend decided last year after selling the Transit camper Build thread here that the next one should be bigger and better. The transit crammed a lot into a small space but had a few shortcomings in terms of load space and amenities.

It was obvious that it would have to be a Ducato (or Relay or Boxer) as they have a low floor, wide interior and are the go-to choice for camper conversions.
A wishlist was made in terms of spec, we wanted AC, reverse camera, the face lifted front end and cruise control. This of course made finding ones with all this difficult.
Luckily we found one in the UK that fit the bill,


himself had it brought in and registered as a van here.




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Looks super clean that a 2017 ?
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Looks super clean that a 2017 ?
Nope, 152. Yes it’s tidy enough alright.
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First job is to take out the bulkhead behind the seats. Reasonably straightforward job.






That’s better.

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Can't wait to see this build having been lucky enough to have the transit in the flesh.
Best of luck with it Colm.
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The van had been ply-lined from new but it had spent a lot of its life being loaded and unloaded, so dirty boots, spillages etc took its toll especially inside the sliding door.

We took the sides off to get the bulkhead down, so the floor was next.


Much cleaning (not by me) later...

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Next thing is more windows. Fixed glass windows for the back doors, a fixed window for the sliding door, and a slider for the opposite side. All factory tinted so no messing.





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With the windows out of the way, next job is to cut a new plywood floor. The old floor made a handy template.

I made some adjustments here and there. Went for 18mm ply.

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Very clean van!! Lovely looking too... Nice grill.



As a non-handy DIY family we bought a Ducato RHD coach built van. The home conversion seems very daunting but fascinating and certainly not an option for us!!! I'm sure you're going to do an epic job!! You've probably checked out vans but if you want to check out our van to see how bits and bobs were done send me a PM. North bay Dublin based.


Thanks for posting, cracking project.
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Next job is making the enclosure for the gas. Last time we just put this under the sink, but this one is going to take a 9kg bottle, so something bigger needed. This will also form some of the support for the bed.



Sealed all the joints with silicone and painted the inside black - just cos.
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Just saw the Transit conversion there for the first time, very impressive Colm.

Looking forward to seeing the progress on this new project and wish you and your friend the best of luck with it even though I have no doubt ye have ye're homework done.

Keep us posted.
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Next up, we got these swivels (which unfortunately also raise the seat height) and some lowered seat bases (which bring the seats back down to regular height again)



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This is way better than that shed your man Lumen was working on, he's still at it.

That van will be finished tomorrow at the rate your going.
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I've a feeling you're almost finished and drip feeding the posts.

If not, check out the MAN tge leisure van for some inspiration.
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