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Hi everyone! 
 

I’ve finally got myself a van.. I thought this day would never come! 

Ive been working out of my Nissan Qashqai. I started with a Gardiner backpack, upgrading to a pure freedom trolley about 5 months ago. 
 

I got sick of lugging 25l containers around, getting into the flow of a job and having to stop/start again to change containers when it ran out. 
 

The van I have got is a Renault Kangoo 1.5dci SL19 on a 56 plate. (All I could afford for now as didn’t want to finance a van) it has a 800kg payload which i am happy about (came as a surprise) air con, full bulk head and parking sensors too. 
 

I will be looking to get a tank and frame soon after I have it sign written and mechanically checked. Does anyone have/had one of these and if so what size tank would you recommend for a good fit that doesn’t take over the entire van. I want a upright tank but torn between 350 and 400.  
 

Any pictures of the layout of your Kangoo vans would be a huge help too. 
 

Thanks everyone 

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I would go for a 400 tank unless your payload allows a bigger tank. I think the upright stubby tanks are good. I have a caddy and they didn’t recommend the slim upright one. But everybody has different views. Pure freedom do a good cage and tank. All the best. Those 25 Lts are heavy lugging around. Although you may still use your trolley for awkward stuff. Some just link up their trolleys to the tank. 

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29 minutes ago, Jango said:

I would go for a 400 tank unless your payload allows a bigger tank. I think the upright stubby tanks are good. I have a caddy and they didn’t recommend the slim upright one. But everybody has different views. Pure freedom do a good cage and tank. All the best. Those 25 Lts are heavy lugging around. Although you may still use your trolley for awkward stuff. Some just link up their trolleys to the tank. 

Thanks for the reply @JangoMy payload would probably allow me a bigger tank but I’m just thinking space and dimensions. I use spotless water so I need room at the top to fit the nozzle to fill the tank. I also have a Skyvac atom with 7 poles I’d need to fit in.

I have the Gardiner backpack that will help me with though awkward jobs which is lighter and smaller than the PF trolley too. I think I’ll be putting it up for sale very soon, only 5 months old and that can go towards the system and van! 
 

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7 minutes ago, BWC said:

Thanks for the reply @JangoMy payload would probably allow me a bigger tank but I’m just thinking space and dimensions. I use spotless water so I need room at the top to fit the nozzle to fill the tank. I also have a Skyvac atom with 7 poles I’d need to fit in.

I have the Gardiner backpack that will help me with though awkward jobs which is lighter and smaller than the PF trolley too. I think I’ll be putting it up for sale very soon, only 5 months old and that can go towards the system and van! 
 

Yes it can be difficult. Fitting everything in. I use around 400 litres a day using 6mm microbore hose, with a good flow. I can understand you just keeping the backpack. We did have the trolley and sold it. Wouldn’t it be cheaper for you to get an Ro system and produce your own water? Once you get the van kitted out you will be so pleased, it’s so much easier. You won’t regret it for sure.  

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Master Jedi Alejandro

My last van was a Kangoo. 300L upright, you could get a 350 in no bother but my payload was less than yours. Upright is the way to go as you'll save a lot of room. 🙂

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4 hours ago, BWC said:

Hi everyone! 
 

I’ve finally got myself a van.. I thought this day would never come! 

Ive been working out of my Nissan Qashqai. I started with a Gardiner backpack, upgrading to a pure freedom trolley about 5 months ago. 
 

I got sick of lugging 25l containers around, getting into the flow of a job and having to stop/start again to change containers when it ran out. 
 

The van I have got is a Renault Kangoo 1.5dci SL19 on a 56 plate. (All I could afford for now as didn’t want to finance a van) it has a 800kg payload which i am happy about (came as a surprise) air con, full bulk head and parking sensors too. 
 

I will be looking to get a tank and frame soon after I have it sign written and mechanically checked. Does anyone have/had one of these and if so what size tank would you recommend for a good fit that doesn’t take over the entire van. I want a upright tank but torn between 350 and 400.  
 

Any pictures of the layout of your Kangoo vans would be a huge help too. 
 

Thanks everyone 

Well done mate, onwards and upwards 😃

Will certainly make life a bit easier having the van - good stuff!

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14 hours ago, Master Jedi Alejandro said:

My last van was a Kangoo. 300L upright, you could get a 350 in no bother but my payload was less than yours. Upright is the way to go as you'll save a lot of room. 🙂

Thank you for the reply! Do you have any pictures of your Kangoo set up in the archives? I’m struggling to find some sort of rubber flooring to put in there. May use protectacote. What did you do in yours? 

12 hours ago, TrixxyKicks said:

Well done mate, onwards and upwards 😃

Will certainly make life a bit easier having the van - good stuff!

Thank you mate! 

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15 hours ago, Jango said:

Yes it can be difficult. Fitting everything in. I use around 400 litres a day using 6mm microbore hose, with a good flow. I can understand you just keeping the backpack. We did have the trolley and sold it. Wouldn’t it be cheaper for you to get an Ro system and produce your own water? Once you get the van kitted out you will be so pleased, it’s so much easier. You won’t regret it for sure.  

Producing my own will be the next step for me I think! Just need to make some space for it. Exiting times ahead! 

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3 hours ago, BWC said:

Thank you for the reply! Do you have any pictures of your Kangoo set up in the archives? I’m struggling to find some sort of rubber flooring to put in there. May use protectacote. What did you do in yours? 

Thank you mate! 

if you search ebay or local book bookface market place you may find a second hand rubber floor one piece mat 

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3 hours ago, BWC said:

Thank you for the reply! Do you have any pictures of your Kangoo set up in the archives? I’m struggling to find some sort of rubber flooring to put in there. May use protectacote. What did you do in yours? 

Thank you mate! 

I do indeed. Setup changed a wee bit before I changed it but the basics are there. Any questions just ask!

I fibreglassed the existing ply. As you can see, that did not go well. My new van is getting speedlinered. But its down to your budget and what you can do, I'm very bad at DIY, lol! I'll attach a thread I ran on it last week, shoaled help you. Protectacote not the best according to others, but have a read. - 

 

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@BWC wehereabouts in nottinghamshire are you? Ive not got a kangoo, but another small van (VW Caddy), if you're anywhere near my rounds you're more then weclome to come and have a nose at how things fit in to get an idea of what will work for you👍

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4 minutes ago, Robt100 said:

@BWC wehereabouts in nottinghamshire are you? Ive not got a kangoo, but another small van (VW Caddy), if you're anywhere near my rounds you're more then weclome to come and have a nose at how things fit in to get an idea of what will work for you👍

Thank you mate very kind of you. I’m in Mansfield, whereabouts are you? 

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Creswell.............but working in Mansfield this week. Got bits spread accross Edwinstone, forest town, mansfield and sutton in ashfield. So you can either pop over here and take a look, or meet me on the round somewhere. Send us a PM and we can arrange something👍

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4 hours ago, Master Jedi Alejandro said:

I do indeed. Setup changed a wee bit before I changed it but the basics are there. Any questions just ask!

I fibreglassed the existing ply. As you can see, that did not go well. My new van is getting speedlinered. But its down to your budget and what you can do, I'm very bad at DIY, lol! I'll attach a thread I ran on it last week, shoaled help you. Protectacote not the best according to others, but have a read. - 

 

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Thanks for these @Master Jedi Alejandro it gives me a good idea to go from and get an idea of space. The van came with a load of tool draws and wracking in there. Going to get them cleared out this week and flogged. I can’t find a rubber load liner for a Kangoo anywhere online. I read your post about getting the reel through the door rubber too which is a great idea 👍🏼

3 minutes ago, Robt100 said:

Creswell.............but working in Mansfield this week. Got bits spread accross Edwinstone, forest town, mansfield and sutton in ashfield. So you can either pop over here and take a look, or meet me on the round somewhere. Send us a PM and we can arrange something👍

I’ll send you a message now mate 

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12 minutes ago, BWC said:

Thanks for these @Master Jedi Alejandro it gives me a good idea to go from and get an idea of space. The van came with a load of tool draws and wracking in there. Going to get them cleared out this week and flogged. I can’t find a rubber load liner for a Kangoo anywhere online. I read your post about getting the reel through the door rubber too which is a great idea 👍🏼

I’ll send you a message now mate 

Might wanna hold onto that racking, may be able to reuse parts of it, before you flog it. Just an idea!

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5 minutes ago, Master Jedi Alejandro said:

Might wanna hold onto that racking, may be able to reuse parts of it, before you flog it. Just an idea!

I’ll be keeping one part, it will allow me to hang and store all sorts and doesn’t take any space, but the huge set of draws on the other side is taking up to much space 👍🏼

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i had a kangoo for a while but i found it too small...i had a 350L tank strapped in,gas heater and bottle,pumpbox,reel,etc.....in the end i hated it  because everything was so cramped i was glad to get rid in the end.....its ok if your just starting out though but you ll soon outgrow it IMO.....

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12 hours ago, dazmond said:

i had a kangoo for a while but i found it too small...i had a 350L tank strapped in,gas heater and bottle,pumpbox,reel,etc.....in the end i hated it  because everything was so cramped i was glad to get rid in the end.....its ok if your just starting out though but you ll soon outgrow it IMO.....

We’ve all got to start somewhere. I’m happy with it. What did you use to line and protect your floor in the Kangoo?

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29 minutes ago, BWC said:

We’ve all got to start somewhere. I’m happy with it. What did you use to line and protect your floor in the Kangoo?

Just rubber mats... no need to protect the floor....its a myth that van floors rot because of water getting spilled in the back...I used to flood the kangoo nearly every week!when I sold the van it was 14 years old....yep not a spot of rust on the van floor....😁👍

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