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Stunning Volkswagen Crafter with Integrated waste and recycling bins benefits.

This is a 2012 MWB VW Crafter TDI 6 speed manual with 154,600 miles on the clock. Our van has been extremely well looked after with full service history (last service carried out on 30/11/2020) with all paperwork present and up to date. Our van also comes with 12 months warranty left on the policy which we took out when purchased, this can be transferred to the new owner. This van has had 3 previous owners, comes with 2 sets of keys and has a valid mot until December 2021. Our van has had an extensive amount of work carried out during its life which I will detail below.

In the past 6 months the van has had the dual mass flywheel and clutch replaced, cam belt/water pump/idlers and tensioner replaced, new vacuum pump replaced, front tie rods replaced and front brake discs and pads replaced. We also have many other receipts which date back to 2014 stating other work which has been carried out.

This van comes with all the features including rear parking camera, multimedia unit with sat nav, Bluetooth functionality, rhino roof rack with roof deck, a custom made rear ladder and a 42” light bar. The condition in the cab area is almost immaculate with no tears in the seats and very little sign of wear. Overall this van has been very well maintained, kept in good condition and is ready to go exploring!

Meet Eartha, she has just been converted into a stylish tiny home on wheels. This is our fourth conversion which has been inspired by our previous travels through Europe incorporating the warm, earthy tones of the wilderness with the sleek and minimal touch of Dutch style. Eartha is a fully off grid home and ready to take you on some unforgettable adventures. Below we have summarised the key factors of our van conversion.

Van base We first prepared the van by treating any rust and imperfections. This was followed by sound deadening and insulation which consists of dodo dead Matt, celotex and a space thermal blanket. This has very high thermal values and which we have personally tried and tested before. We then lined over the insulation with reflective vapour barrier to remove the possibility of any condensation build up. We have thermally insulated blinds for all the windows to minimise any heat loss. Finally the walls were lined with hard wood ply painted in a tough and durable Valspar paint allowing you to easily wipe away dirt.

Kitchen The kitchen has been lovingly crafted by hand and made from lightweight pine to create an eye catching and practical work space. A shaker style door painted in a hazy purple/grey to embellish the kitchen frontage and is mirrored throughout the conversion. We decided to use a concrete effect compact laminate worktop because of its durability and clean look. There are ample amounts of space for cooking and all other daily needs. We have chosen to pair the tops with a simple black glass 2 burner hob supplied by camping gaz (located under the sofa in a gas locker to hold 2 x bottles). Opposite to that we have a deep brushed steel sink which is perfect for everyday needs. The work space is well lit from 3 adjustable spotlights which run on their own dimmer switch. A 50L SMAD 12v fridge has been installed capable of holding all of your essentials. A 240v inverter outlet socket has been fitted on the side of the kitchen allowing you to run Blenders Etc. At the end of the kitchen we have built a top to floor cupboard which holds most of our clothes with the capability of hanging, a full length mirror on the door complete with a compact chemical toilet at the bottom. On the side of the cupboard next to the rear door we have plumbed in an outdoor shower which enables you to wash from the back of the van. Shower curtains are provided to give privacy which can be attached to the door hooks to create a screen.

Additional benefits:

  • Integrated waste and recycling bins

  • handmade Italian tiled splash-back

  • Good sized storage cupboards

Living area/Bed From our past experience we decided that functionality and comfort are two things we would not compromise on. Taking this into account we decided a corner sofa was the way to go. We fitted 3 windows in the van (side opening) and a Dometic roof vent to maximise the natural light. For us it maximised the views when sipping our morning coffee and it gives us an open space to socialise. The cushions are made from memory foam and upholstered with faux suede removable covers. Not only is the sofa an amazing space to relax it also doubles as a pull out double bed capable of sleeping 2 tall adults and the possibility of one more underneath. Plenty of storage for bedding and possessions can be found under the cushion pads, one accessed from a chest style lid and the other via sliding doors. Opposite the sofa you will find the water storage compartment capable of holding 50L of fresh water and 25L of waste water. The fresh water is stored in 2 x 25L tanks on a unique quick release system, by having it plumbed in this way is enables you to fill up wherever the water source is located. Equipment such as the sureflow water pump, sureflow filter and accumulator are found in the bottom of the sink cupboard. Located at the end of the bed we have installed a very efficient 8kw self contained diesel heater which is perfectly capable of warming the van on a cold winters night. Also we have installed a 12v surround sound system controlled via Bluetooth allowing you to play your music so you can always vibe on the road!

Electrics We have gone for an effective and efficient electrical setup which is easy to use and minimal to maintain. The system has been designed with off grid travel its priority meaning you will very rarely need to connect to mains electricity. Perfect for anyone looking to hit the wilderness and escape modern day life.

Below is a list of components and features used in the set up:

  • Battery to battery charger

  • Renogy Bluetooth Solar charge controller

  • 2000w inverter and isolator switch

  • 2x150w Renogy solar panels

  • Fuse board

  • 240v mains hook up

  • Consumer unit

  • Hook up cable

  • 2 gang inverter outlet

  • 2 gang mains socket

  • 3x double usb sockets

  • 1 gang cigar socket

  • Custom switch panel

  • 3x touch dimmer panels

  • Volt metre

  • 8x dimmable LED downlight

  • 4x adjustable LED spotlight

  • 2x 110 AH Numax deep cycle leisure battery


Price: £30,000

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