The Escargot - RV/Camper Car Transporter Conversion - Part 1

  • Published on Apr 12, 2019
  • In part one of our side project, we take a 34 year old ex-library bus and begin its transformation into what we hope will be a hotel on wheels with the added bonus of being able to transport any of our vehicles at the same time. The venerable truck needs to go on a diet, so out come the power tools...
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  • Rodrigo Maero
    Rodrigo Maero 3 days ago

    Next up: Nik gets squashed by the RV, show's cancelled

  • RWBHere
    RWBHere 5 days ago

    15:47 - Sound starts to work.

  • Curtis Barker
    Curtis Barker 5 days ago

    Looks as if your first destination should have been a Landfill to toss out the trash! Yes you need treat that rusty chassis with
    degreaser & rust converter you guys had better get back to fashioning Lots of Colin made Brackets! Lotsa room for those on this project!

  • Joseph Erwin
    Joseph Erwin 6 days ago

    Lightening holes in the frame and shite-tonne of aluminium bracketry.

  • Joseph Erwin
    Joseph Erwin 6 days ago


  • StinkySQL Sixpence
    StinkySQL Sixpence 7 days ago

    Its fascinating just to see how those were built. You should do more automotive archeology

  • -Martin -Higgins
    -Martin -Higgins 8 days ago

    I'd have left the Erberspacher diesel heater in place, there worth there weight in gold, Nothing worse than sleeping in a cold car or van , Best option fitted to my diesel years ago

  • Sam Barker
    Sam Barker 9 days ago

    That chassis is a hell of a lot better than the two trucks at my work which are half the age

  • Road Runner
    Road Runner 9 days ago

    8:35 this is why you two well so well together, the communication is amazing.

  • Dead Reckon
    Dead Reckon 10 days ago

    The best way I've found to remove hydraulic lines I don't care about is to cut them flush with the fitting, and use a deep well socket with some kind of electric or pnuematic impact gun. Had to do it with power steering lines and old lines on a couple tractors. Smells horrible cutting through hydraulic fluid, but it's worth it.

  • celeroon89
    celeroon89 11 days ago +2

    Isnt it illegal to remove the rear "bumper"? Isnt that like a safetything, if a low car rear ends you it doesnt go under and gets crushed?
    I think you should mount it back or put something equal to it, just for safety

  • TVtwarn
    TVtwarn 11 days ago

    Ratchet open end adjustable is a thing , I have Stanley made ones and they are great on larger size bolts after being loosed . Although I'm not sure it would have fitted in that gap but still a useful tool for boredom reduction

  • TADionysus
    TADionysus 13 days ago

    looking at the wood floor you could cut a few hundred more pounds or kilos by changing the floor from wood to aluminum sheet

  • Colin Martin
    Colin Martin 14 days ago

    I really, REALLY hope you guys replace that bumper with something equally substantial. There's a VERY good reason it was so huge and heavy. It's a critical safety component in rear-end collisions. Removing the bumper or replacing it with one that is not strong enough is akin to duct taping a sharp kitchen knife to the steering wheel, pointed directly at your neck.

    Yes, it's a heavy turd, but I'm a paramedic, and I've seen what happens when inadequate rear bumpers on trucks get rear-ended by cars. PEOPLE DIE, and die in a HURRY.

    You want the bumper on that truck to be as solid as possible, because if it fails, it folds up under the truck and the hood of the car slides under as well, leaving the tiny A pillars to fail and the rear step of your truck becomes a goddamn guillotine. Those bumpers should never crumple, they need to be as solid as possible, because when they fail, if the car was doing more than about 45, the driver and passenger are dead.
    Here's a video of what you're doing with that truck by removing the bumper, and examples of how much a good bumper can do to save lives. The key here is that the bumper be as solid as possible.

    I've seen more than enough corpses from exactly this kind of injury (north or 45mph you tend to never see anyone survive, and if they do, they wish they were dead.) Don't cheap out on that bumper. It might save someone's life.

  • Apo Plexic
    Apo Plexic 20 days ago

    I liked the doors :-(

  • Stephen Bell
    Stephen Bell 22 days ago

    New word of the day "recalcitrant"

  • Thomas Hillier
    Thomas Hillier 24 days ago

    Does removing the rear bumper make it any more dangerous for a following vehicle that might run into it?

  • 911s73targa
    911s73targa 25 days ago

    That satisfiying whiiiirrrr when the impact wrench finally get's it spinning.

  • Ross Moore
    Ross Moore 27 days ago

    I love the name play on the snail!

    SPEEDTER601 29 days ago

    Escargot mmmmm maybe S-cargo?

  • Kie
    Kie Month ago +1

    I vote for a two stroke diesel, with a 9v battery on the dash for hybrid status. And a fantastically complicated badge which claims "optimistic hybrid".

  • Perculsion
    Perculsion Month ago

    "still haven't got nearly enough tools out"

  • Tom Chamberlain
    Tom Chamberlain Month ago

    You could probably lose half a ton just by sandblasting all the rust off

  • Vehicle Repair Toolbox Videos

    Ha ha FORD CARGO. I remember those things. On the way out when i was on the way into the trade. Last one i remember was in a Ryder yellow. Same colour as this bus....

  • TK42138
    TK42138 Month ago +1

    That looks like an old Essex county council vehicle. Can just see the remains of the three swords logo.

  • lennier1
    lennier1 Month ago

    "Unladen weight" and you didn't follow it up with a Monty Python joke? Heathens!!!

  • Tom Clare
    Tom Clare Month ago

    I'm pretty sure this is the Essex Library bus that did the rounds in Southend!

  • XOZ Industries
    XOZ Industries Month ago

    That must be terrifying to drive on those roads

  • winter time
    winter time Month ago

    Be careful no nastys in that heater ducting like asbestos

  • Joe G
    Joe G Month ago

    YAAAS, new project

  • AustrianAnarchy
    AustrianAnarchy Month ago

    That is NOT HIDEOUS! It is almost the yellow of Don Prudhomme's famous Dodge ramp truck!

  • David Cordes
    David Cordes Month ago

    Get the funk out.......where the binky are the brackets?

  • James Darney
    James Darney Month ago

    You do like your posh words mind guys lol.....
    Great vlogs and am looking forward to this one , keep em coming. Lots of luck lol ....🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿😎

  • Lucas Ribeiro
    Lucas Ribeiro Month ago

    The hydraulic legs are very important on RV`s it makes it flat and static while being used as an RV, without the legs it won't probably stay flat and it will shake with wind and people walking inside it.

  • PJ DM
    PJ DM Month ago +13

    For the love of god use some hearing protection please!
    Love your channel guys👍🏻👍🏻

  • Will Tricks
    Will Tricks Month ago

    Scrap it and get a Chinese six, apparently you can carry a lot of gold in one. Cheers

  • chadwick hayes
    chadwick hayes Month ago

    I'm beyond excited seeing this finished by my 30th birthday I'm 28

  • Graham Wilson
    Graham Wilson Month ago +1

    Probably built at R Hind Carlisle by my brother in-law.

  • ddd228/Dave in Seattle.

    Yes rich,the Yanks still call them dikes,but not in a co-ed shop.

  • pavel
    pavel Month ago

    do you guys not have a torch?

  • 984francis
    984francis Month ago +1

    This project is clearly in a completely different bracket from Binky.

  • Kevin Burns
    Kevin Burns Month ago

    How many brackets needed for this project? 😂😂

  • William Swankie
    William Swankie Month ago

    Hammer and chisel? 15 seconds in to mucking about with bolt. The mini is taking longer than Brexit. Southern English, must be roasting down there. Where? Over there.

  • Daniel Murray
    Daniel Murray Month ago

    Reinforce the roof and use a really long ramp? Edit: Also convert it to diesel electric and make it go 0-60 in 3.5sec. Do proper BOM job lol

  • Matt W
    Matt W Month ago

    Essex library!

  • Nick Dittes
    Nick Dittes Month ago

    I'm surprised that removing the back bumper is allowed. Getting rear ended is now a death sentence for anyone in a car.

  • jeremy varker
    jeremy varker Month ago

    Why isn't this on the telly? Oh that's right, its interesting!

  • Bill Bogan
    Bill Bogan Month ago

    840kg weight loss wasn't anything to sneeze at.
    But it seems your going to need the flu to get rid of the weight you need to.

  • Nomi Malone
    Nomi Malone Month ago

    Bin all the fluorescent lights. Use LED's or something.

  • Ian J
    Ian J Month ago

    awesome guys. ep 1 ...done...223642 more to go !!!

  • wesley00042
    wesley00042 Month ago

    That's in my racoon wound.

  • R C
    R C Month ago +1

    Hello Fellas. Any chance you could let us know when pt 2 is going to be uploaded?

  • Dave Wright
    Dave Wright Month ago

    I liked those old bussy style doors.

  • Big AL
    Big AL Month ago

    Snap on tools do a ratcheting open end spanner.

  • damian lewis
    damian lewis Month ago

    Will miss the mini when done...sooooooo want it but glad there is more stuff comin, keep up the good work lads, you deserve a brew

  • Flanky and The Machine
    Flanky and The Machine 2 months ago

    Listening to the silicone on the back come free was one of the most satisfying yet disturbing sounds I've ever heard.

  • UnitSe7en
    UnitSe7en 2 months ago

    "...Hinge on your wallet!"

  • Nick H
    Nick H 2 months ago


  • rustybum2 Staniforth
    rustybum2 Staniforth 2 months ago

    Hi, can I offer a hint re rusty nuts, I know a torch works well and a plasma cutter woud do the job, but if you don't have either but do have clear access like you had, try a sharp cold chisel and a few blows with a lump hammer aimed at a flat on the nut. This will "spread" the nut and break the rust bond with the bolt. Cheap, try it. Thanks for sharing from an old "Geezer" in Ireland.

  • Tom Harper
    Tom Harper 2 months ago

    That certainly looks like the hemmings farm 🤔

  • Unintended Consequences

    I would get a trailer anyway, and turn the whole truck into an RV/Camper. Just buy a real lousy trailer, and make it wonderful again.

  • Will Singh
    Will Singh 2 months ago

    This is the 6L project hey?

  • THEEblindman
    THEEblindman 2 months ago

    Snapon make an open ended ratchet spanner !!!!!

  • Deric Kettel
    Deric Kettel 2 months ago

    The first thing I would work on is that leaky hose!!!

  • FatMenBeTrippin
    FatMenBeTrippin 2 months ago

    No automated jig for this one boys? 😂

  • Peter van Brucken
    Peter van Brucken 2 months ago

    Just like Binky...only bigger. LOTS bigger! Just as enjoyable to watch though :)

  • Rs500ybd
    Rs500ybd 2 months ago

    i did not realise that you are siting the Vehicle in the back .i would have made a workshop / living Q Fit Super Rear awnings for repairs at the rear . Cummins Onan Generator Solar the hole roof use Nissan leaf battery for inversion and your off . that truck without the body is around 3 & half tons . can not wait for your next film You can still get some parts for them trucks too there is still quite a few on the road . i assume this is the Non turbo version six pot . My trade Boys is a commercial rescue mechanic . 10 years industrial electrician then moved in to the Rescue industry . Nick Consult about that under run bar you took off i think today it has to be there by law . it's also your tow pin hook up nice to see you struggling there with the stubborn nuts and bolts . WURTH 2040 is what us pro's use i have Swapped out axles and stuff on trucks that are 70 years old nothing better than the above. it's easy enough to get your hands on some old EV Battery's these make shit hot inverter supply's .Your both Grade 1 student's . Nick i would say comes from the Aerospace industry and his mate is a farm boy from Essex who loves silicone tits and adjustable air booty . Boys like you inspire others to do stuff like this gives new life to a old wagon. Respect where Respect is due . most bolts on a truck will go without issue between 1500 NMT TO 5000. i would sooner drive a cargo that the current eurocargo it's toilet junk flimsy horrible cack. IVECO I Vibrate Everything Comes Off . hurry up on the next vid .

    • Rs500ybd
      Rs500ybd 2 months ago

      The 82 Dislikes are Numpties who never got off there bottom and did stuff or at least tried .

  • Kie
    Kie 2 months ago

    Will you be making a fantastically complicated LPG powered BBQ?

  • Michael Titchenal
    Michael Titchenal 2 months ago

    I know it is a little late for a suggestion for weight reduction........ Why not add large windows on the back box area? The framing in the walls would hold the structure and you could cover the windows with a vinyl of your show logo.

  • Black Mafia
    Black Mafia 2 months ago

    I am interested when a new video will be uploaded