Benefits Of Campervan Conversions

By Peter Bloom As caravanning increases in popularity with the economic down-turn, so is the rate of campervan conversions, say experts Peter Bloom and Paul Taylor. The motor vehicle census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found the campervan vehicle fleet increased by 23% from 2006 to 2011. These are not just traditional vehicles bought from a dealer, however; many of the campervans taking to the road are conversions, with past lives ranging from 1970’s school buses to retired ambulance vehicles. Campervan Conversion Save You Money With new campervans costing up to $150,000 Mr. Bloom from Red Dog Campervans and RV’s says the trend to conversions is not surprising, as customers save up to 35%. “You can save a lot of money on purchasing a second hand vehicle,” she says, explaining that it’s not just the initial cost of the vehicle, but also the fit-out, which saves consumers money. Despite the large difference in price between a new campervan and a converted one, Mr. Bloom believes this is not the greatest advantage of undertaking a conversion. Get The Exact Campervan Conversion You Want “The biggest benefit is that you get exactly the layout and features you want, rather than pre-built.” “The new campervans sometimes come in very neutral colours. When you do a conversion you can choose how you want it decorated. You can add your own sense of personality and style.” The ability to select the type and range of appliances in the campervan is also another advantage. “A very popular request is external cooking facilities,” Mr. Bloom says. “A lot of people don’t like cooking inside because of the smells, so having an outdoor kitchen is a great solution.” Mr. Bloom lists extra storage space as another common application requested, along with solar panels and fresh water and grey water tanks, which give the ability to free-camp. What can be placed in the campervan depends on largely on the type and size of vehicle used. As such, for those considering getting a vehicle converted it is important to purchase the right one. “[The best suited vehicle] depends on the length of your trips, if you be travelling off road or sticking to caravan parks and if you are going to be living in it for long periods of time,” Mr. Bloom explains. Short Weekend Trips Or Longer Trips: Campervans Are Perfect For those looking to take short weekend trips, Mr. Bloom recommends Mercedes sprinters. “They are a lot easier to drive–you can drive them on a normal car licence–they are easy to get in and around town, easier to park and they are more fuel efficient than some of the bigger vehicles” For those looking to take longer trips or even live in their motorhome, however, seven metre long vehicles such as the Toyota Coaster, Hino Rainbow or Mazda T3500, or large coaches of 12 metres, would be more suitable. According to Mr Taylor from Motorhome Conversion Company, a recent trend is converting old school busses, from as early as the 1970’s, […] Read more »