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Morning all, I’ve just discovered the Alphard Campers. After going round a couple of local places and seeing prices (seem to be around £25-£30k).  I’m now wondering if it’s better to source my own Toyota Alphard then find a reputable company to convert it for me.

 

I may be a bit clueless here but say I managed to snag a good Alphard for around £10k imported, then roughly would I be looking at another £5-£10k for the conversion? Basically pop up top, nice greyish interior with a wider bed and swivel passenger chair?

 

Looking forward to hearing some feedback.

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3 hours ago, Martylaa said:

Morning all, I’ve just discovered the Alphard Campers. After going round a couple of local places and seeing prices (seem to be around £25-£30k).  I’m now wondering if it’s better to source my own Toyota Alphard then find a reputable company to convert it for me.

 

I may be a bit clueless here but say I managed to snag a good Alphard for around £10k imported, then roughly would I be looking at another £5-£10k for the conversion? Basically pop up top, nice greyish interior with a wider bed and swivel passenger chair?

 

Looking forward to hearing some feedback.

 

Hello Martin,

 

Welcome to the Forum.

 

I respectfully suggest you do some more research on conversions, and their cost.

 

Firstly you need to decide what type of conversion best suits your needs.

What equipment will it need, bed, fridge, cooker, sink, toilet, etc. etc. Pop Top alone will be £4k or more.

 

Some convertors are better than others. Many only work on vans they source themselves.

The better ones tend, unsurprisingly, to charge more, and many are registered for VAT.

Don't forget to budget for the VAT !

 

The better convertors, that will work on your van tend to be very busy, so enquire about conversion leadtimes.

Sourcing parts has become more difficult this last year or so too.

 

There are many members who have imported their own vans.

Hopefully, some will respond to your thread.

 

Good luck with your search.

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12 minutes ago, Rojie said:

 

Hello Martin,

 

Welcome to the Forum.

 

I respectfully suggest you do some more research on conversions, and their cost.

 

Firstly you need to decide what type of conversion best suits your needs.

What equipment will it need, bed, fridge, cooker, sink, toilet, etc. etc. Pop Top alone will be £4k or more.

 

Some convertors are better than others. Many only work on vans they source themselves.

The better ones tend, unsurprisingly, to charge more, and many are registered for VAT.

Don't forget to budget for the VAT !

 

The better convertors, that will work on your van tend to be very busy, so enquire about conversion leadtimes.

Sourcing parts has become more difficult this last year or so too.

 

There are many members who have imported their own vans.

Hopefully, some will respond to your thread.

 

Good luck with your search.

 

Yes thanks for the advice and I will of course do some more detailed research, managed to speak to a company near me and they recommend around £17k for a conversion alone, their work is very good and I know someone who had a camper converted by them and they were very happy.

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