In February 2020, I bought this LDV Maxus 3.2T LWB from a garage in Portishead – the next 6 weeks after this I used to convert it from a van into a campervan.
This would be perfect for a single person or couple looking for either an off-grid full-time van or just for weekends/weeks away.
Model: Maxus 3.2T
Fuel Type: Diesel
Euro Emissions: Euro 4
Engine Power: 95 hp
Engine Size: 2500 cc
Previous Keepers: 1
The van includes:
A solar panel charging a 110mhA leisure battery (not connected to van battery)
The battery powers: lights, 12V Fridge, Inverter (connected to an extension leads for plugs next to bed), Water Pump, 12V Fan.
The kitchen includes a large sink with small drying rack, a two-hob stove, a 12V Fridge.
There are 7 storage boxes built into the bed frame, one of the seats and the kitchen unit – plenty of space for clothes and kitchen equipment.
There are three shelves in the kitchen for food storage.
There are two seats before the bed, with a pull out table that pulls out from the bed frame.
There is a shelf above the bed for books and other storage – also a great place to hang a tablet to watch TV in bed.
A USB reading light sits above the bed ready to wind down for the evening and more accessible than the main light switch when in bed.
3 Coat hooks are situated above one seat and next to the sliding door.
Two opening windows have been fitted into the van: a larger one on the sliding door and a smaller one located behind the stove. Both windows are fitted with a black out blind and fly net.
The seat without storage boxes has a removable lid and stores a PopALoo – great for when you don’t want to go outside for the toilet (www.popaloo.co.uk).
The overhead shelf has been untouched but is a great place to store shoes, bags, cleaning equipment, etc.
Curtains separate the drivers cab from the back of the van but, when needed, allows for access to the cab by climbing through (a squeeze but doable)
There is a ton of space underneath the bed frame: has been previously used to store spare water jerry cans, camping gear, and even fits a road bike (can fit as whole but better to take the front wheel off to give more space for other gear)
A fire extinguisher and Motion sensor have been fitted for security and safety.
Two chain locks have also been added inside the van to each door for extra security.
The bed sits across the width of the Van towards the back. The length of the bed is 173.5cm. It is a double mattress, though the end is slightly squashed up to fit in.
This is an off-grid camper.
It does not have an electrical hook up point on the exterior of the van.
The back door is completely safe, closes and locks fine, but the sensor goes when driving and will constantly show a door opening and closing on the dash but the door has never opened or felt like it was going to. The chain lock was added for extra pressure keeping the door locked alongside being extra general security.
Heating has not been added to the van, so far I have just been using the stove to heat up water for a tea/coffee and the heat from this heats up the van very well. However, there is certainly space and ability to add a propane heater in the kitchen or another heater elsewhere.
The van itself has been a dream to drive – it is my first vehicle so I don’t have another to compare to, but I certainly have enjoyed how easy it is to drive.
In May, I got the clutch replaced so that is new, other than that I have had no issues with the van and it has made multiple journeys up to Scotland and back.
There is a light on the dash that comes up, I bought the van with the light already coming up – the glow plugs light – I have had this checked briefly and I believe it is the glow plugs themselves rather than the sensor or anything else, however, they have caused no issue so far and, after speaking to a few mechanics, I did not get them replaced as they all said the van will run absolutely fine.
The top corner of the van had been knocked before I bought it, this has caused minor leaks in the past but has been filled and covered and has not leaked since.
I have not had this changed into a campervan by the DVLA (I have heard that they rarely do this and would rather just call it a “van with windows” but my insurance was able to insure it as a campervan without it being changed by the DVLA).
Essentially, the campervan interior was built by hand and so very DIY – though it is sound in frame and structure – but this means that there is possibility to add to what is there, to make it your own.
The van is a 56 plate, meaning it’s part of the Euro 4 emissions group and so you will have the ability to drive it into London’s LEZ Zone.
Though this model of the LDV has not been in production since 2008/9, the parts are still easily accessible online as they use parts from Fords and other makes, and there are plenty of spares sold cheap online if needed.
DUE: 14 January 2021
15 January 2020
Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories):
* head lining missing and both sun vizors dropping down
* Front Registration plate deteriorated but not likely to be misread (0.1 (b))
* Offside Front Coil spring corroded (5.3.1 (b) (i))
* Nearside Front Coil spring corroded (5.3.1 (b) (i))
* Nearside Front Shock absorbers light misting of oil or has limited damping effect (5.3.2 (b))
* Nearside Front Outer drive shaft gaitor deteriorated
TAX: 01 February 2021
I have not approached the DVLA regarding changing the registration of the Van as I had heard so many had been refused.
Insurer (Admiral) covered it as a campervan without needing it classified by DVLA.
'We like the style' means that Quirky Campers would approve it for hiring but you must still check that the gas, electrics and weight were done properly. For some tips on what to look out for read this. If the listing has no Gas Safe certificate, no unladen weight and no electrical sign-off please proceed with caution!
Please note: Quirky Campers do not inspect the listings for accuracy or check campervans in person. We have asked sellers to provide evidence of certificates and paperwork however you MUST check yourself that the information provided is present and correct. You will need to exercise the normal due diligence when buying any vehicle.
LDV Maxus 3.2
Fixed bed to rear of van
Slightly smaller than a double bed – 173.5cm in total
Hasa double mattress, slightly squashed in at the end but fits