For Sale – Transit Custom 2016

I’m selling my van and it makes sense to put details all in one place and just send interested people a link to this post. If you have any questions please drop me a message. More details and pics will come as soon as I have time.

Ford Transit Custom 290 LTD E-Tech

2.2 litre diesel. 125ps. Low roof, short wheelbase (L1H1).
100,000 miles just turned. Second owner from new, bought at 49,000 miles.
MOT Oct 2022. Service history and receipts since purchase.

Drives perfectly and hand on heart can say there are no issues with her mechanically that I am aware of. I probably spend about £1k a year on filter and oil changes. The van has been an essential tool for me and so I have treated it as such. I’m moving on her on so that can get something a little newer, and possibly with an electric drive system, to do a full camper conversion on. I’m in no rush to sell, so do ask for more pics or details if you need them.

Limited spec includes loads of great features:

  • Heated windscreen (worth every penny on its own IMO)
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Electric folding mirrors
  • DAB radio + Bluetooth handsfree
  • Auto call emergency services if detects a crash and phone connected
  • 12v plugs and USB sockets
  • 3.5mm jack for iPods etc…
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Voice controlled handsfree and radio (can give Siri instructions via steering wheel button)
  • Auto wipers
  • Front fogs
  • Long load bay with hatch under passenger seat (doubles as storage)
  • Floor liner in rear
  • Tyre changing kit and towing eye

My upgrades include:

  • Rear roof lining insulation and boarding with wipe clean shower panels in a cool black and silver flecked pattern (removable).
  • Walls insulated behind OEM wood panels. Panels painted and varnished.
  • Custom coat hanging storage space with heater rail (can be included by negotiation).
  • Rear lighting powered from leisure battery
  • Single bed/seat unit with memory foam mattress. Pulls out to make a sleeping area for 2 people. Mattresses included.
  • Custom units with integrated cooking shelf, storage, leisure battery and 12v & 240v charging panel. Battery and inverter can be included by negotiation.
  • On roof solar panel trickle charger (can be included by negotiation).
  • Roof bars (3x Thule) and body coloured awning (Fiamma F45S) (both can be included by negotiation). The awning has a corroded end cap but I have a replacement new one which will be included in the sale.
  • Matts in front to protect floor and make cleaning easy.
  • Seat covers included. Upholstery underneath is new looking.
  • Road legal but high spec headlamp bulbs
  • LED sidelights front and back so you can leave them on when parked up without draining the battery (I got last van written off while it was parked on a straight road so call me paranoid!)
  • Green vinyl on body is business branding, but I can leave or remove any of it before sale.

I’ve compared several other vans of the same age and similar mileage. With the customisations and mechanical condition, I’m looking for £12,250 or nearest offer for the van itself. The roof bars, awning, heater, battery, solar panel and inverter can be sold with it, but as I intend to use them on the next van I will be looking to charge a bit less than replacement cost for them if you would like to keep it all. Add £750 to negotiated price if you want all of those items with the van. All other contents will obviously be removed for the sale.

The Good

MOT Oct 2022
New power steering pipes and parking sensors Oct 21
Oil change, flush, filters and new disks and pads on front Sept 21
New rear disks and pads Oct 20
Oil and filters done on average once every 10,000 miles
Good quality spare tyre.
2 brand new Michelin M+S tyres fitted to front Feb 2022. Rear tyres about 5000 miles left of tread.

The Bad

Usual scratches from hedges on a van of this age. Worst ones shown in photos. Not as bad in real life thankfully.
35mpg average real world driving is a bit less than Ford website give. Still good for a van doing country lanes.

The Ugly

I’ve not added any dents, but I bought the van with a few already on. They are shown in the pics with an iPhone for scale. Hard to show properly in photos so viewing recommended, but none of them a severe and unless the van is freshly polished they are not very obvious.
The chip in the windscreen appeared a couple of months back. The heater elements work fine and the chip has not spread. It passed an MOT and most Fully Comp insurance policies will do a new screen for a max of £75.

Please feel free to request more photos. Van was washed, swept and mopped immediately prior to having pics taken.

New Bolts at Pindale Farm

Recently I have been spending a lot of time swinging about on the surface, either through testing knots or coaching SRT skills. For all of this I’ve been using the excellent tower facility up at Pindale Farm near Castleton.
The SRT platform offers scaffolding bar belays and back-ups and the surrounding walls of the old mining buildings are equipped with many 8mm anchor sleeves (Spits) and a few alloy Troll hangers. You can rig just about any permutation of SRT pitch your brain could possibly come up with.
Using the tower over the past few years I’d noticed the deterioration in some of the anchors and as I was such a frequent user I thought some of the replacement anchors should be paid for out of my pocket.

Yesterday (19th March 2013) I managed to procure both equipment and assistance.
Jez Parr CIC (contact) was kind enough to loan me his SDS drill and all the bits for the job.
Nigel Ball CIC (Website) donated half of the anchors and 90% of the expertise in the operation.

We placed 4 new Petzl P38 Longlife anchors on the main wall of the facility; a line of 3 forming a traverse and pitch head which then drops to a rebelay or deviation on the 4th anchor.
We also lubricated and cleaned out all of the 8mm sleeves with a threaded tap to give them a new lease of life.

The tower is now a mix of anchors and can be used with or without hanger plates. Please bare in mind that the tower is equipped by volunteers/individuals and is on private land so booking is essential. Users are reminded to check the anchors they use are safe before commiting their life to them as they would underground and that anchors should never be used alone but as part of a safety chain.

Pindale Farm is an excellent place to stay in the Peak for caving or any other reason. They have camping and bunkhouses on their site as well as the excellent SRT tower.

One of the best and most important aspects of camping is how it helps you build and strengthen relationships. When you go camping with friends or family, you get a chance to talk and visit without distraction, even late into the night. Physical fitness: Time spent camping is physical time. To better better be prepared against animals and snakes you may run in to the way, visit for their vast information about camping, insects and animals.

New bolts circled:Pindale Tower

The 2012 Season Gets Going

2012 has had one of the slowest starts to the outdoor season for many years. Every instructor I’ve spoken too recently has reported a far poorer April than recent years.
It has been no different here, the first few months have been quiet but it has allowed me plenty of time to prepare for the year ahead, road testing some new ideas and forging new parnerships.

One of the first new items you may have seen is the addition of more films via our YouTube channel. All these have been shot so far on my Olympus Tough camera which will be a standard part of the kit for any day out with Peak Instruction. Photo & video memories, especially in the digital age, are really important and we will provide as many memories of your day as we can.
To take this a step further our new GoPro HD Hero camera is on its way to our office. A truely go anywhere system that can be mounted on a helmet, kayak or anything you can think of and can accompany groups through their whole caving trip or give a climbers-eye view of a rock climbing experience. We will also be using the GoPro to produce a number of cave ‘trailers’ to give people a taste of what they may experience on a day with Peak Instruction. I may even find the time to record a few of our local kayak runs to inspire you to have a go.

The next new area to our service is not really new at all. In the background Beth has been producing caving undersuits on demand to cave instructors for a few years but soon we’ll be offering the same fully tailored items to clients and the public.
Her suits are made to measure out of whatever weight fleece you desire and most importantly from an unlimited pallet of designs. Chances are that if you’ve seen a crazy looking suit in the Derbyshire area, it could be one of Beth’s.
It’s not just cave suits, we’ll be introducing outdoor gear repairs, group survival shelters and canoe sails, and this is just the start.
Keep a look out for the outdoor kit specific page on our site – appearing this spring/summer.

We are also planning on introducing a new selection of activites to our range, including things like archery, bushcraft and raft building. I’ve also been working on some corporate/team building adventure packages.

I believe we are all the masters of our own destiny and although the economic climate is not as bouyant as we’d like, a positive approach to the future is our goal. We’ll continue to seek improvement in every aspect of our service throughout 2012 and into the future.