Conversion specialist G&P debuted its latest campervan conversion at the recent NEC Motorhome & Caravan Show. The firm, which specialises in campervan conversions of Japanese import vans and smaller European vans, has completed its first conversion of a long wheelbase Toyota Proace (the successor to the Hiace).
In truth, the Proace is based on the existing Fiat Scudo/Peugeot Expert/Citroen Dispatch, so it’s not a ‘new van’ as such, but it is a new conversion, and one that could well appeal to the ‘camper’ end of the motorhome market as the Proace is economical and easy to drive, with similar running costs to a family-sized diesel car.
The conversion doesn’t do anything unusual, but can sleep four thanks to an elevating roof bed and looks well planned and excuted, judging from these pictures:
Mr Gez Clifford, Proprietor of G&P said:
“We have plenty of experience working in the past with the Toyota Powervan, which was very popular up to the time production ended two years ago. We are confident Proace can prove just as successful, Toyota is highly regarded and we’ve received endless comments about the reliability of their vehicles and solid look of the new Proace.”
The show model was kitted out with an elevating roof section with roof bed, blackout curtaining, a non-slip floor, swivelling seats (engineered to rib and crash test specifications), an electric access step, kitchen hob and sink, microwave, wardrobe space, fridge-freezer, power sockets, TV, utility shower, “rock-and-roll” bed, portable toilet system and a dining table stowed on the tailgate for use in or outside the vehicle.
G&P can supply the Proace conversion as displayed, or can tailor the design and features to suit each customer’s requirements, including the fitting of an optional high-top roof section. Each conversion takes between five and six weeks to complete.
According to the firm’s website, G&P also sell DIY campervan conversion kits for customers to fit to their own vans, creating an interesting ‘halfway house’ type of conversion that might appeal to would-be DIY converters who want a professional standard of fit and finish to their side conversion units.
For more information, visit www.campervan.uk.com.