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Ideal campervan for windsurfing & traveling

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Created by regal1 Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019
regal1
NSW, 78 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 7:52PM
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I want to get a campervan for travelling and windsurfing. I'm looking at a Sprinter/Crafter sized van.

The ideal solution would be to have a windsurfer trailer towed behind the van. However I can't store a trailer so that doesn't work. I don't want to do a custom fit like www.vandoit.com Given the height of a Sprinter/Crafter, I think putting gear on and getting gear safely off the roof looks problematic. I've got a wagon for local windsurfing. This is for trips.

Does any seabreezer know, tried or seen a campervan format, brand or model that would suit a travelling windsurfer?

windsurftom
NSW, 245 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 8:14PM
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The long wheel base sprinter/crafter seem to be the go, with a shed at the back with the bed above, and the living area to the front half

FormulaNova
NSW, 8343 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 8:52PM
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Sprinters are huge. Surely you could just put a shelf in it, keep the boards and sails down below, and a sleeping platform above?

Are you after something already setup? If so, I doubt you would find it as campervans are usually setup to take advantage of all the space they have and its unlikely they have 2.7m of free space at the back.

My dream 'camper' for windsurfing is now a mini bus with the back half devoted to storing boards and sails. Something like a Mitsubishi Rosa bus with all the seats chucked out and complete with camper section at the front. Also a turbo as they seem to be a bit underpowered.

kato
VIC, 2423 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 9:12PM
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Thinking about an electric Kombi. Free travel costs ??

JonesySail
QLD, 917 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 9:47PM
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google or FB 'van life' insane endless ideas....
you want:

'walk in' so that's min 19000 internal height...taller the better (not an abundance of vans at that height) a lot are the 'mid height'
ideal internal length around 3500mm, if you can extra long 4000+ even better!

That gives you room for a 'garage at the back' bed on top...this is popular option in the states where they store mountain bikes or even Mx bikes under on slide out's for easy access...normally an external shower or hose/wash system bed on top with ceiling corner cupboards.

The section behind the Cabin effectively becomes your kitchen / lounge area, 'pull out kitchens/cook areas' are gold ...check out 'Drifta.com.au' for pull out kitchens.

With the bigger vans they normally have a bigger payload of close to 2T also...the mid size vans are normally limited to low to mid k's

Mid size - Ducato good option 2T
Large - Iveco (almost truck like!) - Merc

there's a few ideas on my Pintrest site www.pinterest.com.au/mjonescfsp/campervan/

happy van life!



regal1
NSW, 78 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 10:16PM
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Much appreciated! Thank you for the comments. Love the Pinterest site, particularly the USA Winnebago Revel bed that drops down. One further query. Is a van 4x4 (say sprinter or iveco 4x4) necessary or helpful to access windsurfing spots in WA?

ratz
WA, 336 posts
Tuesday , 16 Apr 2019 8:31PM
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regal1 said..
Much appreciated! Thank you for the comments. Love the Pinterest site, particularly the USA Winnebago Revel bed that drops down. One further query. Is a van 4x4 (say sprinter or iveco 4x4) necessary or helpful to access windsurfing spots in WA?


nope
most spots can be got to without four wheel drive.

segler
73 posts
Wednesday , 17 Apr 2019 1:23AM
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Sprinter all the way. I have a 2003 3500 T1N set up as a RV. The sofa bed is in front, just behind the driver's seat. (Most converters put the beds in the back. ) With mine in the front I can put windsurfing gear in the back and stop to camp or sleep without having to empty out the back of the van. Since it is a standard 3500 (no camper box on the chassis) I can park it anywhere a big pickup would fit.

Even at 8,000 lb empty weight, I can eke 22 mpg out of it. No, it's not a Porsche, but the acceleration and power is plenty.



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