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VW Model Year 2018 Exhausts

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Published by in Used campervan safety ·
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Volkswagen T6 Exhausts

We have started to see T6’s coming through now with a truncated exhaust as per VW’s partner bulletin CV0733-17 | 18 AUG 2017.
What this means is that Transporters manufactured as goods vehicles (N1), i.e. panel vans, will have a ‘short’ exhaust that truncates just behind the drivers cab bulkhead.

As the exhaust is discharging to the rear of any vent inlets for the drivers cabin, this is not an issue, as all noxious fumes will be taken away in the slipstream from any vehicle occupants.

However, when the vehicle is a passenger vehicle, like a Caravelle or California, Volkswagen continue to fit a long exhaust that discharges at the rear bumper.
The obvious logic being that the short exhaust could vent into the passenger area in any rear salon where there could be occupants in a passenger carrying vehicle as the discharge exhaust fumes are forward of the rear occupant’s ventilation points.

After a number of discussions with VWCV HQ, we’ve managed to establish a kit of VW original equipment parts for installing on a panel van to adapt the exhaust to a rear discharge – similar to the factory passenger carrying vehicles – thanks to those involved at Blakelands for quick action on this.


For our piece of mind and that of our customers, Thistle Rose Leisure will fit this kit of components as part of any conversion to a campervan if the base vehicle has the truncated exhaust; so you can rest assured that we’re continuing to mirror the safety aspects of the factory built passenger vehicles in our post-registration conversions.

Any camper conversions we quote for that have this short exhaust will include a new sales code CM500 and the cost associated with this modification will be included in the overall price.  At the time of writing this blog, this adds approximately £180 to the cost of a T6 conversion.

This is worth bearing in mind if you are shopping for either a base vehicle for conversion or for a conversion with other companies.  By all accounts speaking to the dealer network and with the product experts at Milton Keynes, the implications of this have not been considered by most of the conversion industry.

Furniture configurations

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Published by in Camper Configuration ·
When people look in our hire vans they often comment 'Do you only do one layout?'.  We point out that we build the rental vans to a high generic specification that we think is the most practical balance between transporting 4 people and their holiday 'kit' and comfort when sleeping, dining or playing tiddlywinks.

However, for our customer builds we've rarely built two vans to the same furniture combination.

We make our furniture in modules, eg. Kitchen module for SWB T6, Wardrobe Module for T6, Low Level module etc so that customers can mix and match the combination of storage solution.  

Beyond the SWB T6 units for a RIB 112 bed, we've also designed and manufactured units for LWB vans, SWB vans with RIB 130 beds, Ford Transit Customs, Nissan NV200 and L3 and L4 Ducato, Relay and Boxer vans.

We set up a virtual studio of the furniture modules we've built to date, these of course include the ubiquitous Volkswagen T5 and T6 SWB units - which are available direct through Kiravans, www.kiravans.co.uk

Just have a look at a sample of our furniture modules in the picture below to see the variety of designs and choice available.  What's more is we have access to over 2000 'finishes' to the furniture laminate, so you can be sure to buy the furniture you want, in the colour scheme you want from Thistle Rose Leisure.

We can offer this range of furniture direct to self build customers too!

If you're interested in an optimal furniture solution, 95% Assembled (not flat pack), why not get in touch and we can look at building a custom kitchen to suit your van.

Here's some food for though on what furniture you may like.

Various rear full height modules with single and twin tambour doors

Front kitchen module for RIB 129cm (sometimes called a RIB 130) seat bed.

Kitchen Units for LWB T5/T6 with RIB 129cm Bed, with and without oven

New 'Inflection' Furniture, the ultimate in Style - coming soon

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Unit C1, Millennium Road, Skipton, BD23 2TZ
Tel: 01756 795771
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