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What is the difference of the module for the long wheelbase vs. for the short wheelbase?

The floor panel of the long wheelbase is in two parts. The long wheelbase has a seating element measuring 38h x 40b x 30l in addition. The storage space and the work surface of the kitchen block are 25 cm longer than in the short wheelbase. There is an additional large wardrobe behind the driver's seat.

Can I take a module from the short wheelbase to the long wheelbase or vice versa?

Yes, that is possible in principle. You only need a new base plate.

Are the modules also available in other colours?

Yes, you can optionally design the module (the carcasses, the worktop, the kitchen back panel and the floor) completely freely.

Which wood do you use and why?

In conventional camper van interiors, you find MDF, multiplex made of birch and poplar or panels made of composite materials. Each material has advantages and disadvantages. Here it is important to shed light on why manufacturers choose certain materials and what is actually important to you. In addition to the carrier boards, there are various coatings that come in a wide variety of decorations.

Basic information
In the case of motorhomes, the focus is often on weight. Contrary to the marketing, this is not really about saving fuel, but quite simply about the permissible total weight of your vehicle. It is also clear that light does not necessarily mean stable and durable. The permissible total weight is so decisive because most users only have a driving licence up to 3.5t, or for tax/toll etc. reasons they need a vehicle up to 3.5t. reasons, they prefer a vehicle up to 3.5t. The topic of lightweight construction is therefore of utmost importance, especially for fully and partially integrated vehicles, as these quickly reach this weight limit.
With our module you have no problem with the permissible total weight and also not with the payload. It is therefore perfectly clear that we have chosen materials that stand for the best stability and durability.

Differences
MDF - The medium-density fibreboard consists of frayed wood that is glued and pressed into boards. It has a higher bending and breaking strength than e.g. chipboard. If MDF is screwed together, the screws can lose their secure hold in the material due to vibrations. The screw would virtually shake free. This material is only suitable to a limited extent for vehicle construction.

Multiplex Birch/Poplar - Multiplex boards are veneer plywood boards consisting of equally thick layers of glued veneer. If the top and bottom sides are also coated with a phenolic resin, it is called a screen-printed board.
Screw connections hold much better in multiplex boards than in MDF. Birch multiplex is also glued in a waterproof way and is therefore particularly suitable for the bottom panel. Poplar multiplex is much lighter than birch, but it is also quite a bit softer, which has an unfavourable effect on stability and screw connections. We use poplar multiplex for the components where we can save weight and where we do not need the stability of a birch multiplex board.

Composite panels - These are made either from hollow sections or with foam fillings. The result is very light boards, but the processing only makes sense for certain quantities, as the edge design in particular is complex. These panels are hardly ever used by smaller interior designers. They are now the norm for fully and partially integrated motorhomes, as only with such panels can the weight be kept below 3.5 tonnes. In terms of load-bearing strength, indoor climate, ecological balance and longevity of the hinges, these panels are rather modest.

What is installed in the Good Life Van
We use a combination of birch multiplex and poplar multiplex. The boards are coated with HPL decors from Egger. Fenix or even real wood veneer can be used on request. For the base plate, we offer Flexiteek as an optional covering.

How many people can travel on the bus?

- 2 persons (driver and passenger seat)
- 3 persons (driver seat and passenger double seat bench)
- 3 persons (driver seat, passenger seat, optional TÜV-approved seat from Schnierle rear - expected from 2022)
- 4 persons (driver seat, passenger double bench seat, optional TÜV-approved seat from Schnierle rear - expected to be available from 2022)
- 5 persons (driver's seat, passenger double bench seat, optional 2 TÜV-approved seats from Schnierle rear - expected to be available from 2022)

Attention:
- With the 5-person version, the module cannot be placed in sleep mode!
- With the short wheelbase, a turning device is obligatory when using a double bench seat!

Can I continue to use my existing seats on the bus in everyday life?

Due to the modular design, your vehicle remains completely untouched. You can simply remove the module and reinsert your seats.
If you wish, you can also have recesses with covers in your floor panel so that you can insert a Caravelle single seat, for example, without having to remove the module.

Do I need swivelling front seats?

A swivel unit is only obligatory if you have a double bench seat at the front. However, we also consider a swivelling passenger seat to be absolutely sensible and recommendable - regardless of which vehicle you have. A swivelling driver's seat is a "nice to have".

Do I need a parking heater - if so, which one?

If you camp mainly in summer, you don't necessarily need a parking heater, but for all other seasons it is more than recommendable. You need an air parking heater for the camper. A water parking heater is unsuitable for the camper. If your bus does not yet have a heater, it can be retrofitted easily and at any time - completely independently of our module.

Can I register my bus as a camper van?

Unfortunately, the regulations for registering a car as a camper van are not uniform throughout Germany. A gas cartridge cooker is installed in our bus. In some federal states, however, a fixed cooker installation is one of the criteria for approval as a motorhome. We therefore say "no" at this point, but refer to the applicable regulations of your federal state.

Do I have to go to the TÜV with the module installed?

Our module is not permanently installed in the vehicle and is therefore considered to be a load that must be secured according to load securing aspects. It therefore does not require TÜV approval or registration. The module is attached to the vehicle-specific lashing points.

Is my Caravelle/Multivan sufficiently insulated?

If you have an air heater, we consider the vehicles to be sufficiently insulated for outside temperatures of up to 2 degrees. Of course, with a suitable sleeping bag you can also spend the night in the camper in sub-zero temperatures. If you plan to travel more often in the period from October to March, we recommend a complete insulation.

Is the Good Life Vans floor panel already insulated?

All our floor panels are already coated with 6 mm NMC Insul Roll as standard, regardless of your base vehicle. In combination with your rubber/carpet floor or your standard panel, this is sufficient. If you have a van with a sheet metal floor, we can increase the insulation to 18 mm to 30 mm.

Are my windows sufficiently insulated?

The glazing of your vehicle depends on the configuration. There is standard glazing and double glazing. For the months of April to October, both options are fine. If you want to convert your bus permanently into a camper, you should either pay attention to double glazing or even consider doing without one or the other window. For example, you could insulate the entire driver's side and only install a rear window and a sliding door window. The less window area, the better the insulation.

Is it possible to insulate the roof?

With a pure van, you can insulate the entire vehicle without any problems. This is not so easy with vehicles that have headliners. Here you have to differentiate between a normal and an air-conditioning headliner. With a normal headliner, you could add insulation.

Which insulation do you recommend?

Many swear by Armaflex. We use NMC Insul Roll because it smells less and the room climate is more pleasant. We consider this more important than "theoretically" better insulation values.

Can I insulate my bus myself and still buy the module from you?

Absolutely. Insulation is actually a simple job that you can easily do yourself and save money.

What is Alubutyl and where is it used?

A distinction is made between thermal insulation and sound insulation. Alubutyl is available as a self-adhesive material. It is used for soundproofing car body parts. You often see that this material is also glued over the entire surface. This is not necessary. The function of minimising vibrations of the body panel is also achieved with partial pieces. It is important to glue the wheel housing as well.

How is the insulation clad to make the vehicle look homely?

For vehicles with existing side trim:
The existing side panel is replaced after the insulation process.

For vehicles without side trim:
For most vehicles, there are ready-made side trim panels made of wood or composite materials that can already be ordered to fit and attached to the original points. These panels can either be left in their raw state or laminated with vehicle felt or vehicle upholstery fabrics.

In addition to the above design, there is the question of the body parts that cannot be covered by the panels. For example, the window beams and sills. The only option here is to use vehicle felt, as this can be glued directly to the sheet metal and, due to its rough texture, allows a visual transition to the window edge.

Can I simply connect the module in my bus?

Your bus needs a supply battery in addition to the starter battery. In 90% of cases, the supply battery is located under your driver's seat. If this is available, the module can be connected directly to it.

What do I do if I do not have a supply battery?

You can have a battery installed either by us or by any car workshop. We recommend AGM or lithium batteries.

What do I need a charge booster for?

Newer vehicles cannot optimally charge the supply battery. This is due to the Euro standards. Simply put, the vehicle interrupts the charging process at every opportunity to save energy. If you want to use the capacities of your batteries sensibly and permanently, you need a charge booster. Alternatively, for some vehicles we offer to optimise the charging of the auxiliary battery directly via the vehicle software.

Do I need deep discharge protection?

The life of your batteries decreases rapidly as soon as the voltage drops below certain levels - even to the point of total failure. In our opinion, deep discharge protection is a useful accessory that can significantly increase the life of your battery.

Do I need an inverter?

An inverter turns 12 volts into 230 volts. This means you get a normal power socket in your camper. The inverters are available for different outputs. So you have to think about whether you want one at all and which devices you want to use with it. Accordingly, we can install a suitable inverter.

Do I need a shore power connection?

If you often go camping or do not use your vehicle for long periods of time, a shore power connection is a useful accessory. The cable is installed under the bonnet. In addition to continuous power in the camper, you can also charge the batteries at the same time.

Where can I view and test the module?

We have demonstration vehicles in our branches and showrooms. Please make an appointment by phone or e-mail to view the vehicles. Currently there are vehicles near Cologne, Frankfurt, Hanover, Augsburg and Munich. Soon we will also open a branch in Vienna. We can also be seen at the most important caravan fairs in Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Munich.

How do I buy a module?

Go to our configurator and assemble your module according to your wishes and ideas. At the end, you can send us your configuration as an enquiry. We will check your details and contact you to discuss the final details. When all points have been clarified, we will send you another summary. As soon as we have your "OK", you will receive the order confirmation from us and we will start with the production of your individual module.

How do I get my module?

Your module will be manufactured in one of our plants in Cologne - Frankfurt - Augsburg or Vienna. There you can also have the module installed directly in your bus. For logistical reasons, we are unfortunately not yet able to offer shipping of our modules.

Is there a right of withdrawal or a cancellation option?

You can withdraw from your purchase 14 days after placing your order without giving any reason. In this case, 20% of the deposit will be retained. If you cancel your order after 14 days, the entire deposit will be retained.
Please also refer to our terms and conditions on this issue.

How long is the delivery time?

As a rule, the delivery time is between 8 and 12 weeks. We can give you an exact date after receiving your request.

How much is the deposit?

The deposit is 40% of the purchase price and is due for payment when the order is placed. 30% is due for payment 5 weeks before delivery. The remaining 30% must be received in our account before collection of the goods.

7 Tips

BEFORE YOU BUY A CAMPER

Here we try to support you with some thoughts for your
purchase decision.

Tip 1 - Sleeping comfort in the Camper Van

Tip 2 - All-weather suitability

Tip 3 - Roof selection for your bus

Tip 4 - Everyday suitability for bus upgrades

Tip 5 - Module vs. fixed installation in a camper van

Tip 6 - Help with vehicle selection

Tip 7 - Price and quality

Your bus is a camper

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Munich
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