What's the best, Euro6 LWB van for campervan conversion?

Could you recommend the best LWB panel vans suitable for a campervan conversion that would meet Euro6 diesel emissions standards? It needs to be reliable, long lasting and handle the weight that goes with campervan interior and water tanks. The Gross Vehicle Weight needs to be about 3.5 tonnes. There are so many to choose from and it’s crucial I make a good choice before conversion.

Asked on 15 February 2018 by Jacqueline Siobhan McKillion

Answered by Dan Powell
The Ford Transit Custom is the best mid sized van on sale right now. Easy to drive, efficient and practical, the largest versions have a GVW of 3.3 tonnes and this would make it a stylish and comfortable little camper: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/ford/wellhouse-t.../

The Volkswagen T6 Transporter is also popular with converters, but is more expensive to buy new or used. Like the Transit Custom, the T6 is available with a GVW that exceeds 3.0 tonnes and this should be sufficient for a camper van interior and water tanks, but I'd avoid DSG automatic gearboxes as these have a poor reputation for reliability: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/volkswagen/trans.../

Most problems are related to the fact that owners leave their vans parked up for long periods of time. It's important to remember that all campers are based on commercial vehicles, which are designed to cover large distances over a relatively short amount of time. Oil changes every 10,000 miles/12 months and regular use all year round should help keep your van in tip top mechanical condition.
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