Rolling On…

EDIT: We waved goodbye to our trusty T5 today. It was sold to a lovely family from Yorkshire. We hope they have as much fun with it as we did. Now all we need to do is find a suitable, larger replacement. Exciting times ahead!!


Last summer we bought a VW T5 with the idea that at some point in the future we might fancy full-time vanlife. Neither of us expected to get hooked on life-on-wheels so quickly, but sometimes you just have to go with it. After a winter holed-up working and planning we’ve decided to hit the road full-time.

So after kitting out our lovely long-wheel-base just right for our chilled-out-adventure-lifestyle, we’re selling her on (although we might consider a part-exchange or a swap for the right second-hand van but it would need to be around the size of a Mercedes Sprinter LWB high-top and not cost any more than our current van).

The decision to sell-up was a easy one – now comes the tough bit of actually doing it all. It’s going to be hard parting with this van because she’s the reason we’re doing what we’re doing – and because we spent ages converting her to our needs. There’s no fancy electrics or alloys because instead we chose to spend our hard-earned cash on a high-quality conversion from the great folks at Bodans VW Interiors, along with some smart awnings (side and barn doors) from the fabulous Stitches + Steel and a Fiamma bike rack for our beloved mountainbikes. We hadn’t planned on having to sort out the dual mass fly wheel as well as the gearbox but they needed doing and this means that whoever buys this van is guaranteed she is totally solid under the bonnet.

We bought her with no service history but a comprehensive list of work and purchases is at the bottom of this blog and we’ve kept the receipts. The price of £10k includes everything listed below because we need to start from scratch with the bigger van.

This van drives like a dream and is absolutely perfect to take anywhere – she starts first time every time and has never let us down. Andy’s just been on a trip to Edinburgh while Sophie was in India and Sophie uses the van most days for work.

Current miles are 165,000+ This will increase as we’ll still be using her for work/trips until sold.

Check out our Instagram page TheAbsurdTravels to see what we’ve been up to with her as well as the other blogs on this site. If you’d like to drop by to check it out call Andy on 07415 889849 or email:

We’ve had the most amazing adventures in Wales and beyond with this lovely van and know whoever buys her will do too. It’s not perfect, but it is very clean and solid. It does have the odd minor ding/scratch/stone chip here and there that you’d expect of a vehicle of this age. The £10k price includes everything listed below – we’ve spent well over that in the months we’ve owned her, but we’re trying to be realistic about what we’ll get.

This is the ideal adventure van for a couple (or single person) – just add a camping stove, duvet, bikes, boots, wetsuits and surfboards and you’re ready to hit the road.


VW T5 LWB 2009 (59 plate) – £10k

1.9 TDi (102hp)
MILEAGE: 165,000
MOT: August 2017

SEPT 2016: Full service at 156,815miles
New clutch & dual mass flywheel
Timing belt kit inc. water pump
Cam belt
Oil filter
Air filter
Fuel filter
Engine oil change
Rheostat heater fan resistor

NOV 2016: 160,310miles
All gearbox bearings and seals replaced
Gearbox oil change
Anti-roll bar link & fit

JAN 2017:
new front brake pads

Bodens VW Interior conversion includes:
Ply line to walls and doors
Carpet line to walls and metalwork
Insulate to walls and doors
Ply line floor
Non-slip vinyl flooring
Offside sliding window
Nearside fixed window
Pair of barn door windows

Full set of Van-X VW T5 premium blackout curtains and cab divider curtain
Stitches + Steel side and barn door awnings
Fiamma Bike Rack (for two bikes) + cycle cover
AVBrand black & orange seat covers

Hand built bed, 4ft x 6ft (pine & plywood) consisting of 2x storage boxes that are 4ft wide x 1ft high x 18” deep and a panel for the centre. We used one box to store all the kitchen equipment and food and the other for everything else.
Mattress: eFoam 100 mm thick, all with individually hand-stitched covers.