"Hands Off" Spanish Camper Van

by Jan Frank
(Spain)





In Spain it is forbidden to make any alteration whatsoever (even a small screw into the plastic dashboard!) without an extremely expensive engineer report, costing €2,000 or more. So we did a conversion of our Ford Transit using a design which could - just - pass the official annual test (for vehicle safety) that includes items which are built in after the test and taken out just before the next test.

We organize craft fairs. We use our van as a mobile office and as a cheap hotel when seeing potential clients up to 500 km from home. We use a laptop to hold and amend our database, to check and edit photographs, to write and send letters of invitation, to design (and send to the printer) graphic designs and to maintain our web page up to date. We also cook a mean paella.

Often we spend three weeks or longer in the van, either when running several consecutive fairs in Spain, or when seeing friends or family elsewhere in Europe (the UK, Holland, France, Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic.

To us, the van (it's big and yellow, so she's called the Pumpkin and has a 160,000 rat power motor) is a way of life.

Have a look at our web page http://www.amata.es/Q_Van.html which also contains photographs and more detail.

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Jun 12, 2016
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Convert Spanish vans
by: Anonymous

Ashley Cathcart:
there's quite a lot you can do, but most of it is what you can't do.
You can, apparently, attach anything to existing screwholes or openings as long as removing the article attached can be done with your bare fingers, i.e. no tools. If you think this is just a little crazy, you're in good company, but there's not a lot you can do about it.
I've put in s.w. tongued and grooved boards screwed to the roof ribs - no problems. I've attached s.w. t+g boards to the side ribs, no problems. I've put down a11 mm plywood floor on the deck, using no screws but letting the weight of the wood keep it in place. No problem.
However, if you screw anything to the wall, ceiling or floor wood finish, bolshoi problems. Loco, but they have the whip hand.
Get in touch at janfrank@amata.es and we'll see what can be done.

Jun 11, 2016
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Great job!
by: Ashley Cathcart

Hi Jan!

Van looks great, I also live in Spain and have been putting off converting my van for the exact reason you state at the top of the page! Nothing passes the ITV (MOT)! I was wondering if I could get in contact with you somehow to ask you a few questions, what exactly where you able to leave in the van for the yearly inspection? I'm guessing cutting a hole in the floor is out of the question... Thanks for you time!

Oct 20, 2015
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by: jan frank

Hassan not only sees fit to use the comments section to advertise a commercial service that has nothing to do with vans, but manages to link it to the page called best.essays.au which has three major grammatical/spelling/orthography mistakes in the first 8 lines. Plus the comment is written in some sort of "square-wheel English" that makes it difficult to understand what he's trying to say.

Oct 20, 2015
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Oct 03, 2015
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All by my self
by: jan frank

Yes Steve, I did it all with my little hands. I am not a very good carpenter, and the result might not be what you would exhibit in a camping exhibition, but it all works, which is the main thing.

As regards the other contributers on this thread, I can safely add you to the list of companies and organisations whose products will never ever be bought or used by me.

Sep 15, 2015
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Are you
by: Steve

This is a great idea! Are you doing it all by your own hands?


Jun 22, 2015
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Fly-poster
by: jan frank


Tell me, my good Miss Rodrigo Hettinger, what this comment has to do with the problems of running a camper van in Spain. And don't tell me that people can always send baskets of fruit to their loved ones. People also die (we all do sooner or later) so I suppose I could be posting advertisements of funeral caskets next. Useful if I eat something that doesn't agree with me.
On my web page - which of course you read very very carefully, didn't you - you'll find an e-mail address. If you really wanted to ask me to post an advertisement of your fruit baskets, you could write direct. I would still answer "No" but at least you wouldn't be "fly-posting" on this site

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