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Build Your Own Motorcaravan [Hardcover]

John Wickersham
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18 Feb 2006
One way to become the proud owner of a motorcaravan or camper van is to design and build it yourself. Not only can you create a distinctive holiday home, but you can also control the cost. Whether you want to fit out a van, renovate a camper, revive an old model or build one from scratch, this manual will show you how. It gives hands-on explanations about electrical systems, water supplies, storage ideas and saving weight when working with wood. All is revealed in this practical book.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (18 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844252213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844252213
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.5 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money 4 Jun 2008
This only gets 1 star because there was no box for zero stars. I bought this with the intention of converting my van but it is a waste of space. The author tells you what you need to do but doesn't give step by step instructions on how to do it - what's the point in that??? It shows the authors conversions and spends a lot of time rambling on about it without giving any proper instruction on how to do your own. Things like "you need to fit windows" are pretty obvious but How?? I think the title is one of the most misleading titles I have ever come across and the author should pay everyone who has bought this book their money back!
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Build your own Motorcaravan 22 Jun 2006
While covering all aspects of motorhome building it is a litle shallow and somewhat rambling with a lot of repetition. There is far too much about safety this and safety that when a short chapter on health and safety would be much better. The writing style is also a little flowery. It just needs a good editor. Having said all that there isn't anything better out there that I've found so far.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard Work 30 Jun 2007
Rubbish. Nothing is in a logical order. When designing a camper/motorhome the first thing that needs to be thought about is the wiring and plumbing etc but this isn't covered until the end of the book once he's already installed all the fixtures and fittings. Electrical systems are not covered properly. There's no information on how to wire a 12V and 240V system together - there is a note telling you to look at another manual. What little useful information there is is spread very thinly and padded out with a whole lot of rubbish about how great the Author is. For example I wanted to cut grooves in wood but the advice is simply what tool he uses then a photo of the finished product - no explanation of how to get a straight line or to get the right depth etc.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good buy. 31 May 2010
I find myself agreeing in some instances but disagreeing at other times with previous reviewers. Yes, the author does use a fair bit of personal anecdotal evidence in the manual, no it most certainly is not a waste of money buying this book.

It would be nigh on impossible for anybody to cover every single conversion that could be dreamed of. With this in mind why is that other reviewers then 'knock' the author for being general when describing conversions? I think this generalisation works well in the manual. If you are seriously thinking of converting a vehicle into a motorhome you should have some wide ranging skills to start with both in motor mechanics and in general metalwork and woodwork. The author shows that you don't need to be a craftsman to get very pleasing and sometimes better than professional results. Plenty of examples are given throughout the book of various conversions and it is from these that the purchaser should be then adapting to suit his or her own needs. The author actually makes this very easy to do.

If I do have any condemnations of the book it is that there are few too many references to other manuals from the Haynes stable also written by the same author. These references, I feel, could probably have been included in this one manual; that's really a minor point though.

Ultimately would I buy this manual again if I lost it or otherwise? Absolutely. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anybody thinking of embarking on a motorhome/campervan conversion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that much help 8 Sep 2012
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I found this to be very out dated and of not a lot of use I thought it would talk you through a van conversion not a motor home rebuild. I would only rate it a 3 out of 10 as a conversion build as some items may be of use to a complete novice......
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good background book 3 Jan 2009
By Micol
A bit rambling and mainly about what the author did. Not an itemised, step by step guide for the uninitiated. But, if you needed a step by step guide, perhaps you shouldn't be building a campervan anyway!
Good for providing background information to spur the reader to do his/her own research (mainly internet in my case) as to how to do everything that's needed. The electrics section provides quite a good guide to what's needed and what different bits do.
It gave me a good start to building my van (along with John Speed's "Travel Vans" and the SBMCC - a club - look it up on the web).
Realistically, this book is probably as good as it's going to get - after all, most campervans are very individualistic - who wants what everyone else has!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars build your own motorcaravan 12 April 2011
By twigs
The book is full of good ideas and things to consider but it is a little dated.It is a good basic guide to building your own motorhome.It doesnt have a order of work or detailed schematic's for electric's etc.
We have found it good reading and helped us with the basic knowledge so that we could do further research on the internet.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Same 23 Aug 2010
Much of the content in this book is mentionned in the other books of same Author on the caravaning subjct
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed with some of the content but overall a good ...
Some parts are generalized and even dated when reviewing the projects undertaken by the author. A bit disappointed with some of the content but overall a good book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by fred wheeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Was not of as much help as I had hoped ...
Was not of as much help as I had hoped. A bit out of date, I think, with regard to materials available in the marketplace today.
Published 10 days ago by JEK
5.0 out of 5 stars Tidy
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Published 14 days ago by GG
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great stuff
Published 1 month ago by martin gavin
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This isn't what I would call modern but it does what it says on the proverbial tin... Nice large book & instructions mind!
Published 4 months ago by GunZenBomZ
3.0 out of 5 stars Some useful ideas
Great photography and some useful ideas but in some ares too focussed ona specific project. Not really for the first time builder.
Published 5 months ago by Paul Bedingfield
3.0 out of 5 stars OK ish
Its OK if you're a complete novice, but didn't give me any of the technical info I was hoping for. Better suited to someone who has bought a new motorcaravan than to a campervan... Read more
Published 11 months ago by bizzi
3.0 out of 5 stars book review
while the book had lots of info i found it a bit to vauge in a few areas and also didn,t seem to cater very well for people on a tight budget no alteratives to expensive materials. Read more
Published 12 months ago by KATIE
3.0 out of 5 stars It is really just ok
When it comes to Haynes I have come to expect a lot more than what this book presents. It is at very least a hotch potch of pieces of information. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ms
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Saw the author at NEC Motorhome show last year in a panel of experts, changed my mind about power for camper. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Richard Grenfell
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