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My hillwalking mate is talking of buying a van . He wants something he can use as an everyday vehicle and has asked me about Honda Elysion. Had never heard of it until he posed the question. Has anyone any views on them?
Any thoughts gratefully accepted .
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Knew on me too John, it's an import so body panels a problem if ti gets bumped, my first question is does he need so many seats, and would he be better off with a 4x4 to get really out there.


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What bothers me Kev , is, as you say it's imported . Seems that it comes in as a van and is converted here.
As you say the body panels might be more expensive and difficult to source quickly.
My main concern is , being a man of a certain age , it doesn't come with a toilet . I know you can get a porta potti but I like a bit of privacy when you're doing your business. Other concern is price , a 2004 is over 20K , that buys a lot of "proper" van.
If he buys a van he's certain he wants one that can be used everyday.
Needs to be nice as I'll be in it now and again[smiles%20(18)]
Thanks for prompt reply.
As always , hope the two of are well.
Speak soon
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When you say he wants a van, John, what exactly does he want to do with it? A weekend here and there? A couple of weeks holiday? 

Does he want a bit of comfort or does he just want to camp on wheels?

Any PVC would do the job, and could be used as an everyday vehicle especially if it will fit in a standard parking bay.

Best to go bog standard rather than custom, as if it doesn't suit there will be no problem selling it.

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get him to check out microcampers on yutub ...loads of ideas ...great and small ...
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When you say he wants a van, John, what exactly does he want to do with it? A weekend here and there? A couple of weeks holiday? 

Does he want a bit of comfort or does he just want to camp on wheels?

Any PVC would do the job, and could be used as an everyday vehicle especially if it will fit in a standard parking bay.

Best to go bog standard rather than custom, as if it doesn't suit there will be no problem selling it.
I agree Geoff, pvc would do him . Hes been mentioning it for around a year now , think mostly for his "proper" hillwalking , he goes places where I wouldn't. When I started walking with him I told him if my hands were on the ground for more than 30 seconds , that became climbing and not walking. I've been up some big hills , but never "mountaineered".
Think I go with him to Perthshire Caravans and show him their large range  , hopefully he'll get a clearer picture.
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get him to check out microcampers on yutub ...loads of ideas ...great and small ...
Will have a look there myself.
Thanks for suggestion.
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I think he needs a large sheet of paper and then write a huge list of what he wants, and what he needs, where he wants to go, and for how long.

Then you can help him fill in alongside each item if it can be catered for by a PVC, a MH or just a tarted up Transit with a mattress.

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Went climbing all over the Highlands two up in a minivan, then a LWB Landie, and kipped/cooked up in the back when not using bothies or dosses, so don't see the need for anything as big as your mate's now thinking of. If he's serious about climbing/hillwalking, don't see the need for anything fancier. Besides, nowadays, parking something fancy by the roadside when you go off for 8+ hours or even a weekend away from up a mountain it is asking for a break-in, at least, if not a complete nicking. 
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Think I go with him to Perthshire Caravans and show him their large range  , hopefully he'll get a clearer picture.
John


From personal experience, I'd take anything Perthshire Caravans says with a large bucket of salt, so be careful.
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From personal experience, I'd take anything Perthshire Caravans says with a large bucket of salt, so be careful.
Won't be speaking to anyone there Seannachie, just a look to let Andy see what's available.
Went there before we bought our van , in in door showroom we were left to look around after first salesman asked if he could help. Hope it's still the same[smiles%20(18)]
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