Camping

Camper Van Conversions

Expensive school holidays

Considering over-priced package holidays during school holidays I looked at other holiday options for my son Harry. We've tried tents and cabins in Italy, Gites in France and a Casa in Spain but travel costs soar in August. We love camping however I find a week a little too much as opposed to 2 or 3 nights (and the weather is always a risk).

Campervan in-buildCampervan completed

Pricey Camper Vans

So after months of deliberation the camper van idea came to a head and this is something I've always wanted to own. However camper vans are pricey; I viewed vans of W or X registration (1979 - 1981), some 23 years old, commanding up to £10K, the VW T5's are a fortune, and I've looked at 55 to 58 plate (2005 - 2008) Vauxhaul Vivaros or Renault Traffics with 50,000 to 77,000 miles at a staggering £28K - £31K!

Reliable Conversions

So, the idea (though not unique) was to use 55 or 58 plates from the existing fleet of Vauxhaul Vivaros or Renault Traffics that I already own and convert them into camper vans myself. Then came the idea to sell on the converted vans after I'd used them as campers myself for 3 to 6 months. During that time I get to know the vans inside out and make modifications and adjustments to further improve on the conversion. Having had the vans from new, they are well maintained and come with full knowledge of their service history; and only when they are fully-checked and cleaned do I sell them on.

Flexible Camping Holidays

I'm able to keep the cost down by using vans from a fleet that has written down, we have access to trade prices when it comes to buying any fittings such as components for electrics, gas and water, and contacts within the trade for GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) for the semi-high roofs. Utilising our experience from installing other systems we're able to fit out a van with trusted and tested electrics, Corgi installed gas, rock and roll beds and professionally fitted interiors at a much more competitive price.

CVV?

Here on my blog I'll publish a record of any conversions and their progress along with any selling prices as they become available. All the camper vans will be competitively priced. CVV? We decided to call the first one 'Camper Van Vera', even before it was even finished (named after my late mother) and the name has not changed since!