The good news for people hoping to buy a campervan is there’s plenty of choice. And, while buying direct from the manufacturer is an excellent option, it’s not the only one; a brand-new VW camper is no doubt something to aspire to, but for reasons of price and layout you might find a campervan conversion suits you better. Volkswagen campervans are understandably popular but remember Ford, Fiat, Citroën and Mercedes all have their plus points, too. Here’s our round-up of 10 of the best campervan converters working in the UK today
10 best campervan converters
Eastbourne Road, South Godstone, Surrey RH9 8JQ. 01342 892499
Named after the Lord of the Rings character, Bilbo’s has been producing VW Transporter van conversions, most of which come with raising roofs, since 1977.
Unit 1, Pennypot Industrial Estate, Kent CT21 6PE. 01303 261062
CMC, or Concept Multi-Car, produces a range of van conversions that come with German-built Reimo roofs. More recently it has also launched its own Hembil brand.
Great Western Business Park, Armstrong Way, Bristol BS37 5NG. 01454 310000
Founded in Essex, but now based near Bristol and owned by PIlote, Danbury produces its own VW and Ford-based conversions, and sells Pilote’s Fiat-based van conversions in the UK under the Avenir name.
Mainsforth Road, Ferryhill, County Durham DL17 9DE. 01740 655700
Despite the name, Devon Conversions has been producing a wide range of Ford-, Peugeot-, Citroën-, Fiat- and Mercedes-based van conversions from its County Durham factory for several decades now.
Chequers House, Chequers Lane, Derby DE21 6AW. 01332 207976
Well known for its VW-based conversions, Derby-based Hillside also converts other base vehicles and was the first to produce an all-electric camper van based on a Nissan.
Great North Road. Knottingley, West Yorkshire WF11 0BS. 01977 677118
IH, named after its founder Ian Hartley, did briefly flirt with low profiles, but is now focused on producing seriously bling Fiat Ducato van conversions with great spec levels.
4 East Way, Lee Mill Ind Estate, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 9GE. 01752 892200
Murvi’s van conversions are perhaps above average in price, but they show exceptional attention to detail. The range includes many end washroom layouts – unusual in van conversions.
Unit 1, Pym Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1PG. 0113 244 4131
Leeds-based Vantage produces a wide range of Fiat-based high top van conversions. For 2020 it has produced its first models with four travelling seats, including the Sky with a drop-down bed.
Unit 1 Skelmanthorpe Tech Park, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, W Yorkshire HD8 9GA. 01484 861100
Barely a week seems to go by before Wellhouse Leisure is bringing out yet another new van conversion. Just about any base vehicle seems to be a possibility – new or used.
Unit G9, Lock View, Lowfields Business Park, Elland. West Yorkshire HX5 9HD. 01422 372111
Now owned by Rapido, WildAX has ambitious expansion plans, with three new models brought out in less than a year. A new factory is also in the offing.
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