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Lupin - lovingly crafted, low-milage, off grid LWB Fiat Ducato with woodburner!

Sold
£29,000

FIAT DUCATO 35 MAXI MULTIJET L3H2

Used
69,520 miles
2 Berths

Essential Information
Fridge
Kitchen Sink
Woodburner
Ceiling Fan/Vent
Toilet - Composting
Pet Bed/Pet Friendly

Detailed Information
Vehicle Description

Please email or Whatsapp us to arrange a viewing or ask any questions 🙂
threethoughtsadventures@gmail.com
07400 248215
Laura and Sam 🙂

2012 Fiat Ducato Maxi 2.3 L3H2
Diesel
Manual
Low mileage – 69,000 miles
MOT until 20 Nov 2023
Full service carried out on 25 Oct 2022

Lupin has been regularly serviced since we first bought her and we have spared no expense in taking care of her. She has undergone several upgrades, including:
– New heater resistor – April 2023
– New premium tyres x4 (Continental 4 Seasons) – Mar 2023
– New coil spring – Dec 2022
– New brake pads and discs – Oct 2022
– New fuel filter, filter housing and fuel pipe – May 2022
– New glow plugs – Nov 2021
– New heater matrix – Feb 2021
– New cambelt – 2021
– Reverse parking sensors fitted – 2020

In a previous life, Lupin was a shuttle bus at a National Trust property, then became a minibus for occasional day trips at a care home, so she was very well cared for, regularly serviced, and respectfully maintained, with a surprisingly low mileage for her age.

As Lupin began life as a minibus, she is fitted with a speed limiter set to 65mph. She also has a tachograph that could be removed, but doesn’t get in the way.

Lupin is registered with the DVLA as a minibus and we have not re-registered her as a campervan. However, we have updated the DVLA during her conversion regarding changes like the removal of the rear minibus seats and wheelchair lift.

Please note:
– There are some patches on the bodywork where paint has flaked off (see photo of bonnet – driver’s side and top of rear door, number plate side)
– The wheel alloys have some surface rust
– There is some surface rust under the vehicle, but we have been advised that this is only superficial

Beds Description

The L-shaped sofa easily pulls out to make a very spacious, extra-wide bed that can fit 2 adults (plus a young child/furry friend)
155cm wide – kingsize width
180cm long (extending to 209cm in the ‘foot extension’ area, to comfortably accommodate a tall person!)

Conversion Description

Our beloved off-grid campervan Lupin is up for sale, after having been our home and adventure companion for almost 2 years.

She was lovingly converted and handcrafted (mostly by ourselves, with help from an electrician, a carpenter, and a metalcrafter) during 2020/2021, taking lots of inspiration from all the beautiful vans we saw on Quirky Campers.

We designed Lupin for full time van life and as a result, she is a comfortable, capable and cosy home-on-wheels. It has been a really hard decision to part ways with Lupin, but we are moving on to new adventures and we want her to do the same.

She is in good condition, with just a few finishing touches needed, and she will make a fantastic adventure companion for her future owners.

General features:

Lupin’s cabinetry is made from scratch from solid wood, including reclaimed wood where possible. The drawers and cupboard fronts were crafted by a fabulous local carpenter and she did a great job making them strong and functional. The worktops are solid beech wood.

Lupin’s side and rear windows are tinted, offering almost complete privacy when inside the van, yet with the ability to enjoy gorgeous views on all sides wherever you are parked up.

Another fantastic feature is Lupin’s large ‘pop open’ skylight in the kitchen area, which offers plenty of natural light and airflow when open. The space under the skylight is slightly higher than the rest of the kitchen, making it a particularly comfortable place to stand while cooking if you’re on the taller side!

We made a conscious effort to use eco-friendly, low toxin paints and varnish, creating a healthy space to spend time in.

Heating and insulation:

We really did our research when it came to insulating Lupin and invested in high quality materials, and this completely paid off while living in her – we have been able to keep cool in summer, yet toasty and warm on cold Scottish nights when the temperatures outside were subzero. We used the following:
– Low-e insulation
– Recycled plastic insulation
– Dodo thermo van liner insulation
– Dodo Dead Mat Hex Sound Deadening

One of our favourite parts of Lupin and the ‘heart of the home’, is our gorgeous Cubic Mini wood stove (with twin-wall insulated flue) – which came all the way from Canada – and our turquoise porcelain tiles and walnut wood trim, which are always attracting compliments. The stove is incredibly efficient and creates a dry heat to quickly warm the space. The stove area was designed using canal boat specifications to ensure fire safety.

The Fiamma Turbo Vent 40 White with Fiamma Roller Blind helps works brilliantly to help with airflow, ventilation and light.

Thermal blackout curtains divide the cab from the living space, providing further insulation, shade and privacy.

Electrical:

Our off grid electric/solar system has been really impressive – we have lived off-grid in Scotland during winter, able to run laptops, phones and lights without any problems.

– 2 x 150W solar panels
– MPPT solar charge controller (plus display panel)
– Split charge relay (charges leisure batteries via the alternator while driving)
– 2x 100AH Platinum AGM leisure batteries
– 600W Pure Sine Wave Sunshine Power Inverter
– Consumer unit
– Fuse box
– Victron Blue Smart IP22 Bluetooth Battery Charger – 12V 20A, 1 output
– Battery isolator/cut off switch
– 3x USB charging ports
– 1 x cigarette style port
– Clock/temperature/humidity gauge
– Also:
– Victron battery monitor (not yet installed)
– Shore power hookup point (the entry port and wiring are in place, but the 240v system is not yet fully connected)
– 1 double 240v socket (not yet wired in)
– Water system
– Deep, stainless steel sink
– Cold water tap with extendable hose (can be used as an outdoor shower on warmer days)
– Seaflo 12V 4.3 LPM Water System Pump
– 2x 25 litre water tanks (1 freshwater, 1 wastewater) with easy release system

Storage:

Lupin was designed for full-time living, so she offers plenty of storage:

– 4x kitchen drawers
– Overhead kitchen cupboard with sliding door)
– Overhead storage cabinets (sliding doors on one side, nets on the other)
– Wardrobe with hanging rail
– Large drawer under wardrobe (we used this for firewood in winter)
– Wheel arch storage box
– Laundry compartment
– Under bed storage compartments x2 n
– Shoe storage compartment near sliding door
– Bin/recycling compartment
– Pantry compartment
– Bathroom storage cupboards x2
– Garage storage compartments x2 (1 is designed to fit a large ‘Really Useful’ storage box for outdoor gear)
– Over-cab storage shelf
– Cubby for mini-vacuum cleaner
– Bookshelves x2 (designed to fit paperbacks and the ‘Wild Guide’ range
– 7x mini drawers – (ideal for storing bits and bobs, stationery, chargers/cables etc.)
– 3x storage hooks (ideal for hanging the keys when parked up/overnight)
– Storage hook wall (used to hang sewing threads for crafting, but multipurpose!)
– 2 Ikea storage shelves

Miscellaneous:

– Dometic CRX50 50l 12v fridge
– Rhino Ladder for external roof access
– Blue Diamond Eco-Friendly Composting Toilet (the lid is a little broken, so it’s totally up to you whether you want to keep this or not)
– For cooking, we use a table top camping stove (not included), which we love because we can cook inside or out, and when it’s not needed, the worktop space is clear
– Chalkboard wall
– Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector
– Fire extinguisher
– Galvanised aluminium solid raised flooring (for added insulation and strength) with ply and wood-effect vinyl

Work in progress:

We would describe Lupin as being 90% complete – she is fully functioning as an off-grid camper, but there are a few ‘finishing touches’ and upgrades still to be completed. Absolutely everything you need to live and travel in Lupin is there. The things that never quite got ticked off our ‘to-do’ list and still need a bit of work are:

Technical:
-The port and wiring for the 240v hookup is all in place, but is not yet connected up (the solar system and split charge relay have been so efficient, we have never missed the hookup)
– 240v electrics – wiring and AC socket is in place but not yet connected
– The 2 ceiling lights are wired in, but not functioning. We have never gotten around to troubleshooting this, as we have had plenty of other lighting options (fairy lights, USB lights etc.)

Cosmetic
– We have been using a double-sized mattress (which can be included in the sale) which cleverly folds to become our sofa. However, Lupin would look fabulous with some custom-made, upholstered cushions.
– The headliner in the cab was stained and damaged due to a WD40 leak! So we removed it, but have not missed it
– As mentioned earlier, there is some superficial rust/paint flaking on the exterior of the van and around the entry step and sliding door area.

We were so eager to get out on our adventures and we have found that we have lived quite luxuriously without those extra finishing touches; however, that does leave the next owner to make their own mark and use their creativity and imagination.

Please email or Whatsapp us to arrange a viewing or ask any questions 🙂
threethoughtsadventures@gmail.com
07400 248215
Laura and Sam 🙂


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Vehicle Spec
Registered Type:
Other (see description for explanation)
Fuel Type:
Diesel
Transmission:
Manual
Emissions Compliance:
LEZ Compliant
Belted Seats:
3 Belts
Driving Side:
Right-Hand Drive
Vehicle Length:
5.99 meters
Vehicle Height:
2.53 meters
Vehicle Width:
2.05 meters
Converter Type:
Self Build - Handcrafted Start-up
Conversion Condition:
Good
Gas Sign-off:
Gas free
Max Weight (MAM, GVW or MTPLM):
3,500kg
Unladen Weight:
2,880kg
Unladen Weight Verified:
Yes - the vehicle has been weighed since completion

Electrics
12v Electrics
USB Sockets
Leisure Battery
Split Charge Relay
Solar Panel(s)
Inverter

From Quirky Campers:
We like the style

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.