The vehicle started out as a Land Rover 130 Defender chassis cab. That is just a cab at the front and a flat bed at the back to cover the chassis. This is a new government ruling which cost an extra £1000. only for the flat bed to be discarded.
The Land Rover was driven to Warendorf in Germany to be converted into a camper van by Custom Campers. The build took 6 months and I am told 500 hours of work went into the build. Virtually a Rolls Royce of camper vans. My Grandad said don’t ask how much it cost, so I am assuming a lot!!
There is a lift up roof which houses a double bed and below there is a table that seats four people which can also be converted into a double bed. Inside the van is a sink and an integrated two burner gas stove and for hot sunny days we also have a stove on the door so we can cook outside. On board is a toilet and a small shower space or the shower hose can be passed through the window and you can shower outside all with hot or cold water.
Hot water is generated from the heat of the engine but if we are at a campsite and we have electric hook up we can then get hot water via an immersion heater
On top of the roof we have two solar panels which helps to keep the batteries topped up. For changing wheels we have a high lift jack which is located on the bonnet and should we ever get stuck in sand we have a pair of sand ladders, also a winch is situated on the front bumper.
Finally the icing on the cake so to speak is a six speed automatic gear box, supplied and fitted by J E Motor Works of Coventry.
Land Rover 130 Defender chassis cab.
The Land Rover 130 Defender after the conversion had been done in Germany by custom campers.