Yearly Archives: 2015

ply lining Devon

What are the Benefits of Ply Lining?

Van Formers’ ply lining Devon services are completed with the highest quality services and exceed customer’s expectations.

The use of commercial vehicles can represent a substantial capital outlay for a variety of businesses. If you are interested in ply lining and want to find out how it can benefit you, take a look at this blog. Continue reading

campervan conversions

Key Benefits of Campervan Conversions

Van Formers’ Campervan conversions Devon are incredibly beneficial for a number of reasons.

Some may choose specific services because they are looking to spruce up an existing campervan while others may choose to have their vehicle fully converted which enables them to use it as a campervan for the entire family. Continue reading

Getting a van conversion

Van conversions are perfect for making your vehicle incredibly unique and individual.

Technology’s development has seen an increase in van conversions as they become more popular because of how easily they can be attained and at a reduced cost.

Having a conversion done to an old van provides you with the flexibility of the overall design of the van to make it fit for the desired use. VanFormers employ skilled workers who are capable of tackling different tasks – we will implement a plan for the conversion prior to beginning any work which will save time.

Van conversions can be executed at a fairly low price varying on the simplicity of the conversion and how much a client wants to modify their vehicle.

For further information about van conversions, please visit our website!

Why you should choose Van-Formers

Choose Van-Formers for the installation of high-end campervan interiors, window and seat conversions.

Van-Formers understand the intricacies behind designing, installing and construction the suitable conversion for you! We also do minor jobs such as pop top roofs, even a simple phone kit and are able to fit every bolt-on vehicle accessory.

What we lack in quantity in our team, we make up for quality holding over 10 years’ experience. Our goal is to not only make your van look fantastic, but be as simple as it can be to use and, most importantly, practical, all of this tailored to you.

Each individual customer is after a unique, creative conversion which we strive to deliver, transforming each van into a working or leisure space.

Please visit our website to view some of our most recent conversions, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates!

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Van-Formers specialise in the design, construction and installation of luxury Campervan Interiors, Seat Conversions and Window Conversions – we also offer everything from a simple phone-kit to pop top roofs and everything in-between, fitting any bolt on vehicle accessory on the market.

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Kombi Conversions

Van Formers offer Kombi conversions! Kombi vans are the perfect vehicle choice for multipurpose use.

Kombi conversions aren’t just for work purposes, they can be used for camping and pleasure also. The name originates from the German word Kombinationskraftwagen, translating as combination vehicle.

As the vehicle possesses seats that are quick release, we can remove them and re-fit them in a very short amount of time.

Van Formers have the skills to change a panel van into a Kombi van through utilising genuine or aftermarket parts, fitting the strengthening plates to the underside and seat belt attachments points. In this conversion, there are three available seating options to choose from:

– Twin seat
– Twin+1 seat
– Triple seat

All of our installations are photographed and a covering letter si provided to show the process that has been carried out explaining that your van is safe to use, for the purpose of insurance.

 

 

For further details on our Kombi conversions and other services, please visit the website!

Van Conversions

Before we begin discussing what van conversions we offer, we should know what a conversion van actually is.

A conversion van is essentially a regular van that has had a few modifications in order to refit the van for a new purpose. Mods will usually be executed by a third party manufacturer, like Van Formers, who have the skills and expertise to customise the interior, design, facilities and overall structure of the van. A common conversion for a van will be the addition of travel feature to accommodate disabled passengers.

Other conversions could include the addition of a bench or bed replacing the back seat; larger conversions for camper vans could be the addition of a kitchen. Among other things such as:

– Systems for entertainment
– Extra seating/seat modification i.e benches installed
– Dining area
– Speakers

Conversions we offer:

Bespoke Conversions
Caravelle Conversions
Campervan Conversions
Kombi Conversions
Seat conversions
Window Conversions
Elevating Roofs
Interior Lining
Ply Lining
Rock & Roll Beds
Sample Range

Van Formers also provide vehicle accessories including:

Audio Accessories
Night Heaters
Vehicle Insulation
Vehicle Security

If you think you’re interesting van conversions, please visit our website for further details!

Campervan conversion budget

When considering a van conversion, an important factor will be the cost.

It is possible you might be building your own campervan, rather than purchasing one to save your money.

Although, if you do opt for a bespoke conversion by Van Formers, the initial thing to do would be working out a budget and section the costs between each part of the process.
The cost is a factor entirely dependent on the buyer with how much they are willing to spend. You set the budget and build the vehicle around that budget.

If things are broken down with costs, you may want to consider these:

Vehicle – The first and foremost factor will be the cost of the vehicle if you do not already have one. Set a budget; bear in mind the more that is spent means a better vehicle and less spent on maintenance. On average, £500 will buy a basic van, £3,000 will buy a great used van and £10,000 will buy a new van.

Fittings – Next will be how you are going to fit-out your vehicle. Depending on whether you’d like a lot or a little, this will be the next factor in your budget to consider. A basic, seat bed and cupboard won’t cost much, however if you like much more, including a kitchen sink, this could cost up to £5,000.

Legal – If you are changing your vehicle from a van to a campervan, there are road authorities that you may want to inspect prior to re-categorising, which could be costly. It is advised to insure your vehicle also.

Please visit our website for further information about campervan conversions and much more.

New MOT Rules – HID Lights

Now that the new M.O.T rules are in force have you had any problems with having HID’s fitted and failing the MOT because of them? Here’s why:

In the Department for Transport’s (DfT) view it is not legal to sell or use after market HID lighting kits, for converting conventional Halogen headlamps to HID Xenon. If a customer wants to convert his vehicle to Xenon HID he must purchase completely new Xenon HID headlamps. The reason for this is that the existing lens and reflector are designed around a Halogen filament bulb, working to very precise tolerances. If one places a HID “burner” (bulb) in the headlamp, the beam pattern will not be correct, there will be glare in some places and not enough light in other places within the beam pattern.

The following is the legal rationale: The Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 regulate the situation in the UK. Under these Regulations, HID/Gas Discharge/Xenon headlamps are not mentioned and therefore they are not permitted according to the strict letter of the law. However new vehicles have HID headlamps. This is because they comply with European type approval regulations. The UK cannot refuse to register a vehicle with a European type approval. These approvals relate to ECE Regulation 98 (for the HID headlamps which are tested on a rig in a laboratory) and ECE Regulation 48 (lighting installation on the vehicle). For the aftermarket, a used vehicle cannot obtain type approval because this only applies to new vehicles.

Therefore a HID headlamp unit sold in the aftermarket should:

  1. be type approved to ECE Regulation 98 as a component;
  2. when fitted to the vehicle should enable ECE Regulation 48 to be complied with (although no government inspection will take place); and
  3. Comply with RVLR as far as “use” is concerned.

In practice this means:

  1. The headlamp unit (outer lens, reflector, bulb) shall be type approved to ECE 98 and be “e-marked” to demonstrate this. That can only be done by the headlamp supplier – Hella, Valeo etc. – who must test the headlamp in an independent laboratory.
  2. Once fitted to the vehicle it must have headlamp cleaning and self levelling (which can be for the headlamp or can be in the vehicle suspension – some expensive estate cars have “self-levelling suspension” and that is adequate). Also the dipped beam must stay on with the main beam.
  3. The headlamp must be maintained in good working order, kept clean and aligned/adjusted correctly in the same way as any other headlamp.

In summary: it is not permitted to convert an existing halogen headlamp unit for use with HID bulbs. The entire headlamp unit must be replaced with one designed and approved for use with HID bulbs and it must be installed in accordance with the rules stated above.