It is neither the first British demountable motorhome, nor the first on a micro base vehicle (that was the Mini-based Wildgoose), but the Romahome did become the most popular micro motorhome ever! In 1976, imports began of a tiny twin-cylinder 354cc pick-up truck, the Honda TN7.

Subsequently, innovative auto and marine designer Barry Stimson built a demountable pick-up campervan body for it. The design was modified and it gained an overcab for the slightly longer and more powerful Honda Acty. Isle of White-based boatbuilders Island Plastics bought the design and mass production of the moulded GRP Romahome commenced. The product was further developed by MD Brian Bailey.

A small child could sleep in the overcab, but it was more often used for storage. Two long inward-facing settees converted into single beds (all-over double also possible). USP for the Romahome was the dropped kitchen floor in the rear overhang. This enabled full standing room in a vehicle just 2.34m (7’ 8”) high.

1989 Romahome interior
The interior of a 1989 Romahome

Production transferred to a variety of other Japanese micro pick-ups and then to the Citroën C15.  The body was built to high marine standards and so outlasted the underpinnings. Quite a few are now on their third base.

Late 1970s Barry Stimson prototype
A late 1970s Barry Stimson prototype

If you’re interested in a more modern ‘van, take a look at our best campervan guide, where we share our top picks that are currently on the market.

  • Base vehicles: Honda Acty (2cyl-545cc), then Bedford Rascal/Suzuki Supercarry (4cyl-970cc) and finally Daihatsu HiJet (3cyl-993cc). Converted in Cowes, Isle of Wight.
  • Overall length: 3.97m/13’ 0” (1989 Bedford Rascal)

You can find out about another model from Romahome as I’ve taken a look at the Romahome on Citroën C15, a ‘van that is clever, compact and affordable.

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