Hi! I'm Ben. New to London - Van conversion

(Ben Newth) #1

Hi everyone, my names Ben and I have recently moved to London from Australia (arrived in March). I am stoked to have found this community. Back in Australia I used to be apart of a community workshop / garden group and I found it was a great way to meet people/socialise and learn new skills.

Over the next month I am planning on converting a SWB High Top Van (currently looking at a Ford Transit) to a camper van. I have already drawn up some plans but am for a group of people to run some ideas through with and possibly a space and tools to use. For me this is a project I have always wanted to do and am super excited to get started, but it would be great to share that excitement with others. I also know my woodworking/installation skills are limited so would love some guidance.

What can I bring to the Makerspace? I can assist people with audio/video editing, basic software development and a good laugh.

If possible, I would love to come into the Makerspace this week to have a look and meet people. Would this be possible?

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Ben :slight_smile:

(PaulY) #2

happy to chat, watch, help, blah blah*…

current VW t6 work / stealth camper owner…

…dreaming of buying a tesla motor and battery pack for full electro conversion…kickstater inspiration needed…

*time permitting
[not regular on discourse, but mines the red t6 often parked outside]

(PaulY) #3

Also please be aware of ULEZ.
This is currently in London central and in next couple of years will be extedning to south and north circular, which will mean you will have to spend £12 everytime you use it in that area.

doesnt matter so much if you live outside the zone and / or you are just using the vehichle for camper trips

(PaulY) #4

also, wednesday night is open evening night.
come down and have a look around if you havent already

(Ben Newth) #5


I will definitely hit you up for some advice!!

Electro conversion is a wicked idea. Hopefully we both can do that sometime ! **Fingers crossed.

Also thanks for the ULEZ details. I think I should be fine, but good to know.

(Ben Newth) #6

What time Wednesday evening?

(This week I have my Mixed Netball final - so depending on when that finishes)

(PaulY) #7

I think they are 7:30pm onwards, normally every Wednesday.

(Andy Sanderson) #8

Welcome Ben!

I have done a full DIY camper conversion on an ambulance (just sold it back in the US unfortunately):

Currently driving a VW T25 Westfalia and often doing little projects on it, good for reference of an excellent build / layout as well, happy to chat / give a tour etc…


(Andrea Campanella) #9

I’m not DIY but I have a converted Toyota Alphard 2008 Hybrid and I’m slowly upgrading it to our needs , welcome to the club!

(Ben Newth) #10

I won’t be able to make it along tonight, but do you think it might be possible to check out the space tomorrow night (Thursday)? Similar time?

(Paul Court) #11

It’s electronics night tonight so there will be people about. I’ll be there from 8 if you want the full tour (also an ex camper restorer, Hymer / Fiat truck chassis)


(Ben Newth) #12

Amazing! I’ll try pop over around 8. Look forward to seeing you there!!

(Ben Newth) #13

Hi Courty,

I came to the electronics night on the 13th and met a few people (Jonty showed me around). I would love to become a member of the Makerspace, I think I signed up on the website a few months ago. Is their anything I can do to assist in the membership process?