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Practical Motorhome reviews the East Neuk Campervans Fifer L, a specialist conversion built in Scotland
Away from the mainstream motorhome market there’s a small army of specialist converters producing a variety of motorhomes that are usually that little bit different. We’ve just uncovered one of the very best from East Neuk Campervans (ENC).
The company’s base in Anstruther, about one and a half hours east of Edinburgh, is not the easiest place to get to, but if you know what you want it will be a rewarding visit.
ENC uses the Citroën Relay version of the ubiquitous Fiat Ducato/Peugeot Boxer base vehicle, ordering it in a higher specification than is standard. Metallic paint (pearlescent Iron Grey here), air conditioning, passenger airbag, a 120bhp engine, reversing sensors and/or camera or sat-nav/tracking system, front foglights, mudflaps and more are all fitted as standard.
Then the ENC work begins, which is all performed to the highest order by its small, but highly dedicated workforce. The furniture is cut by a computer-operated CNC router and the extensive GRP mouldings are all produced at the factory, too. This includes the fully lined washroom, anywhere where a step is needed, the water tanks and even the battery box. The base vehicle is fully insulated, too.
The finished product stands out against its campervan rivals. The front lounge area, created by swivelling both cab seats, is enhanced by extending the cab floor level, for example. The build quality is second to none. We’ve seen how all the wiring is trunked, how fittings like concertina blinds are used rather than skimping by using rattlesome sprung variants, and how the seating foam and upholstery are of superior quality.
This attention to detail continues with a high level of interior specification that includes a compressor fridge, solar panel, 180Ah leisure battery, Webasto heating operating from diesel and/or mains and more.
The colour-coded awning on our test ’van is a £695 option, as is the towbar and electrics (a further £550). Although all the pre-wiring is in place, you’ll need to buy your own TV. However, by buying a ’van from an independent manufacturer like this there’s a greater level of flexibility to the finish: a layout tweak here, or an extra bit of kit there.
Waeco Compressor Fridge, 2-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Dometic toilet, Shower curtain
Absolute top quality, and no shortage of innovation. You’ll definitely go a long way to find better. You may have to go a long way to see it, but it’s worth it.
- Quality of build
- Base vehicle
- Interior specification
- Not much – lack of a TV, perhaps