There have been two Van Blancs. The first in 2013 was a T5 Kombi 140 DSG converted for us by a local company. We had some great adventures in it. In 2016 we decided to improve the idea so the T5 was sold and replaced with the T6 described here. Once more we had a couple of great adventures but finally concluded we needed a bigger van so in October 2018 the van was sold to make way for a new VW Crafter that we are calling Van Wolf.
Van Blanc II was a 2016 VW T6 Kombi, 150 DSG T30 Highline. It is a Bluemotion Euro 6 model.
As a Kombi it came with a glazed tailgate and single / captains front seats as well as the mid row of seats and additional sound deadening in the cab area. The Highline spec includes a range of standard features including colour coded bumpers, Thatcham cat 1 alarm, front seat armrests, rear wash wipe, multi function steering wheel, alloy wheels, front fog lights, heated windscreen.
The additional factory options we specified includes;
- LED Headlamps with washers and LED tail lights
- Second battery
- Front seat air bags
- Folding mirrors
- Swivel front seats
- Removable tow hitch with 13 pin electric socket
- 80 litre fuel tank
The van is finished in standard VW Candy White.
The OE alloy wheels, mid row Kombi seat, rubber load area floor and lining panels were all sold back to the dealer who will use them to convert a panel van into a pseudo Kombi.
The OE wheels were replaced with the VW Thunder alloys from our T5.1 that have been refinished in Dark Anthracite by Lepsons and shod with Dunlop Sport Max load rated tyres. I had bought a set of original silver Thunder alloys for our T5.1 with decent tyres before I sold it.
The van went to Jason @ Absolute Audio in Amesbury to fit a Pioneer Avic F88DAB radio / sat nav unit with canbus interface and to upgrade the OE front speakers to a set of Rainbow 8.2 with Pioneer rears.
The conversion to a camper van is the result of experience, after several years living with our pervious T5, and a lot of research. Why convert and not just buy a VW California or third party conversion I hear you ask? Well firstly we don’t quite like the California on several fronts and it is expensive for what it is and secondly the California and every third party conversion we have seen doesn’t work like we want it to work.
In order to achieve the result we wanted we decided that we would have to look at a specialist for each part and perhaps do some work ourselves. We knew that this may cost a bit more and need project managing but for the money we were going to spend we wanted what we wanted. So what have we done?