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Looking for a VW T6 Camper conversion, we have 3 exciting options available for you

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If you are looking for a VW T6 Camper conversion, we have 3 exciting options available for you.

  1. Buy a brand new and fully converted van that is ready to go.
  2. Buy a brand new van that is ready trimmed, has the poptop and windows ready fitted and can be sold as-is for a home build, or fully built by us with the final specification chosen by you.
  3. Book in for a custom build of your own van.

Each choice will give you the peace and mind offered by choosing an 8 Ball Camper Conversion and each one offers different advantages.

Option 1: A ready built van

We currently have for sale a beautiful black 2018 VW T6 SWB with a full 8 Ball² Conversion.

This high specification T28 van is offered with delivery mileage only (300 miles) and comes with the reassurance of full VW warranty until July 2021, full 2 year warranty on the conversion and manufacturer’s 5 year warranty on the poptop roof.

This Highline van includes cruise control, air conditioning, auto headlights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth audio etc. It has 18” alloy wheels and genuine VW lowering springs have been fitted to give the van a great look.

The high spec 8 Ball² conversion includes colour coded Austops poptop roof, Dometic CRX 50 compressor fridge, SMEV double burner and sink unit, inbuilt 23 litre water tank with electric pump and rear RIB seat/bed with ISOFIX points, sliding frame and extra length rear cushion. The electrical setup includes leisure battery and Durite charger system, Sargent EC155 power supply unit, LED lighting and rear speakers. This particular vehicle also includes useful storage solutions of a Loc8 Table System fitted into the sliding door and two camping chairs neatly stored in the tailgate using the Chairpod system.

This vehicle is available immediately and is priced competitively at £39,950 inclusive of VAT.

Option 2: A van part-converted, which can become a DIY build for those who have the enthusiasm or can be completed by us to your own specifications.

Here we are offering a brand new High Line T6 in Chrome Yellow. The van has delivery mileage only and comes with a colour coded TUV approved Austops roof, side windows, insulated and trimmed interior and a full replacement floor with altro finish. And there we have stopped; to give you the greatest range of options available.

If you want, we can complete the van with one of our signature conversions (either 8 Ball² or 8 Ball³). You will be able to choose the finish of the cupboard system and decide upon which out of our extensive list of options you’d like to include.

Alternatively you may be looking forward to a home build project over the winter months and you are looking for a van that has had the major parts completed, but is a canvas on which you can create your own masterpiece. If so, this is the van for you.

Whichever you choose, just let us know what you’d like and we will be happy to help.

Option 3: We can convert your own van

Whether it’s a T5 or T6, new or used, we can create a stunning bespoke camper for you. This gives you the ultimate service where you get a fully guaranteed high quality conversion to the exact specification you want. Whether you want bespoke leather seats, starlight ceiling, under worktop lighting, diesel heating, solar panel etc. The list goes on. With hundreds of colours and finishes available for the cupboard system alone, your van will be as individual as you are and all of it will carry our 2 year warranty (5 year manufacturer’s warranty on the poptop). We have a bit of a waiting list, but we can still get your van converted in time for the 2019 season.

So whatever you want, when it comes to a VW camper, 8 Ball Camper Conversions has it covered.

Win a £250 Camper Hamper

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We are amazed at the stories we hear of our 8 Ball Camper Conversions. Customers tell us about where they have been and what they have done using their T5 or T6 campervan, but we never get to see any of it. So we thought we’d run a photo competition open to anyone who has had a van converted by us.

It’s simple; the best photo wins a £250 hamper of really useful campervan stuff. The subject matter needs to be your 8 Ball Camper Conversion, but after that it’s up to you.

So whether you want to send us a picturesque scene, something weird or whacky, or a funny moment from your travels; as long as it shows an aspect of your conversion you could win.

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You can send us your pics on any of our social media platforms or by e-mail. So whether you already have a photo, or you are just about to use your van and the ideal opportunity presents itself, send us your snaps and we’ll enter you in the competition. So get snapping and a £250 Camper Hamper could be yours courtesy of 8 Ball Camper Conversions.

Chairpods; no need to rummage around for your camping chairs ever again

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Once you’ve arrived at your destination, all you really want to do is sit down, open a bottle and relax. So you need an easily accessible comfy chair or two and a handy table on which to put your bottle and assorted bowls of nibbles. Until recently this meant grovelling around under all your gear to find your deckchairs and then cursing the fact that your table only fitted inside your van when you want to be outside enjoying the view.

Things improved greatly a couple of years ago with the advent of the Loc8 Table System which allows easy storage of a brilliant camping table in your sliding door. The table itself can be used both inside and outside your van, so it’s a really versatile option. But the problem of the chairs remained; until now that is.

We are now proud to offer The Chairpod; a great idea taken from the VW California and developed here in the UK. The Chairpod fits onto the tailgate of your T5 or T6 and allows you to securely store two high quality light weight camping chairs in a place that is immediately accessible.

The pod itself is a neat black canvas style soft case which is neatly attached to the tailgate. Inside the chairpod is storage for the 2 camping chairs, which are then neatly zipped in when not in use. To get them out you simply unzip the Chairpod and unclip 2 securing tabs on the chair. Within seconds you’ve got the chair out and you can celebrate arrival at your destination by opening a bottle or two and having a well-deserved rest.

The chairs themselves are ultra-lightweight, but extremely strong and they have a capacity of 120kg (which is almost 19 stone if you are old fashioned). Best of all, they are comfy too!

And if the heavens open, it takes just seconds to fold them up and store them back in the Chairpod before climbing back in the van, taking your Loc8 Table with you.

So taken together, the Loc8 Table System and Chrairpod gives you the best possible way to have a camping table and chairs that are easily accessible when you need them and neatly stored out of the way when you don’t.

Starlight Ceiling

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I was trimming a VW T6 campervan last week whilst listening to the radio, when ‘Vincent’ by Don McLean came on. It starts with the words “Starry starry night” and that seemed very apt, given the fact that the van had just received a Starlight ceiling.

You may remember a few months ago we posted on Instagram our first Bentley-style Starlight ceiling.

It all came about when a new customer said how much they liked the roof lining of a Bentley they’d seen, where hundreds of fibre optic lights sparkled above the head of those sitting in the back.

Never one to ignore a challenge, Colin immediately promised the customer that if Bentley could do it, so can we and he then set about working out how to achieve it.

Over the next few weeks he was seen drawing dots on almost any flat surface at 8 Ball Camper Conversions, trying to work out how to get a truly random pattern. Odd as it may sound, the worst possible look was obtained by being completely random, as there would be areas with too many dots and other areas with none at all. But after a bit of trial and error he managed to work out a random pattern which looked good.

Next came the fibre optics themselves. First he tried a fairly mainstream fibre optic driver complete with 200 strands of tiny fibres. Helped by our apprentice, he drilled 200 tiny holes in a board and carefully threaded the fibres through. It looked like a cross between spaghetti and a spider’s web after an hour or two, but he assured us that it would look great in the end. But to be honest he was only half right; the finished board lit up fine and the random pattern looked good. However the resulting starlight effect was more like a scene from a Star wars action sequence rather than being the gentle twinkle of the night sky. You half expected Darth Vader to knock on the van door, if you hadn’t had an epileptic seizure first, such was the frantic flashing.

Never one to give up, Colin searched around for a different driver that would twinkle more and flash less. Eventually he hit the jackpot and the first 8 Ball Camper conversions Starlight ceiling was fitted into the bed base of the customer’s T6 van and it looked great. In fact it looked so good that a friend of ours had one put into his new T6 a few weeks ago too. It’s been a massive hit with the family and apparently his famously lively kids will now happily settle down and watch the lights twinkle as they drift off to sleep.

This leads us to our latest customer, who picked up on the idea and took it one stage further. “I’d like a starlight ceiling to remind me of a really special time. Can I have the night sky over Naples please?”

So the customer researched the sky, finding the exact view of the constellation they wanted and sent over a photo. We then had the photo enlarged onto a giant vinyl sheet and Colin set to work transferring this onto the bed board.

Using the vinyl as a template, he started with the biggest stars and for each one he drilled a tiny hole in the bed board and fed through an individual strand from the fibre optic bundle. Next he did the medium sized starts and finally the smallest, until he’d used up all 200 strands. Each strand was taken from a different part of the bundle, so that any two stars next to each other were likely to twinkle at a different time and in a different colour. Its job done, the vinyl sheet was then discarded leaving just the dark blue bed board.

As you can see from the photo, the strands spread out like a fan from the bundle and Alex can be seen feeding individual strands through to the underside, with them temporarily held in place with masking tape. Once completed this was then covered with ply before the mattress ended up on top.

Next Colin ‘shaved’ each strand on the underside of the board, so that they couldn’t really be seen when not turned on; hence you don’t even realise they are there.

And then with the flick of a switch the stars above Naples suddenly appear. Magic.

3 Weeks, 3 Roofs – Week 3 – SCA

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This is our third and final blog on “Which pop-top roof is the best?” and this week it’s the turn of the SCA roof.

SCA
We fitted an SCA pop-top roof to a SWB VW T6.

SCA are a German company who have been making pop top roofs since 1980.

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How did it arrive?

SCA roofs are available only in white, so for most owners the first job is to send the roof off for painting before it is fitted. To be really well painted the canvas needs to be removed or alternatively only the upper roof and front pod section are painted after very careful masking.

The installation

The first thing you notice about an SCA roof is its weight. The roof itself is a heavy lump and there is a fairly heavy galvanised frame that fits into the roof opening as well. Compared to the Reimo roof featured in the last blog, it’s more time consuming to install. Not difficult, just a bit more of a faff. The metal frame is fitted to the vehicle first, using rivets and bonding and then the upper frame is bonded down.

Fit and finish

The SCA roof looks to be good quality and with a very good overall finish. As with the Reimo roof, there is no extra trimming needed inside the van, although to tie it into our interior we did trim the lower section which can be seen when the roof is down. The bed itself is a very smart thing on sprung lats, making it very comfortable, although it may feel a little flimsy to some.

What does it look like?

Once installed it looks good and unlike the Reimo roof there are no obtrusive screws showing on the outside of the vehicle. It is still taller than an Austops roof though and this means that on our van the resulting overall height was over 2 metres with the SCA roof. So low barriers beware!

How does it operate?

To put the roof up you unclip a couple of safety straps and then turn two large turnbuckles. These are quite stiff to operate, so those with arthritic fingers may find it a struggle. Then, as with other roofs you simply push up and the 4 gas struts do the rest.

To pull the roof down, you grab hold of the 2 handles in the roof unless you’re short, when you need to use the 2 straps instead. You have to pull quite hard to offset the action of the 4 gas struts and this may be a problem. For me it’s easy, however a featherweight may find it more challenging and I have visions of an energetic pensioner doing pull ups rather than actually getting the roof down.

As with the Reimo roof it’s not really possible to pull the roof down in stages, making it hard to get the front window folded neatly and there isn’t much space in which to fold the window either. Dropping the roof is very quick, but then you have to turn the two fairly stiff turn buckles and clip in the safety straps too.

What’s it like to live with?

The canvas is good quality and everything looks nice. The bed is very comfortable and the lat design really helps here. Whether children would notice how good the bed is I’m not sure, but for those of us of more mature years, it’s nice. I do wonder what its maximum weight rating is however, as the lats seem very thin and then there is just a very thin layer of ply underneath before you are downstairs.

Cost

Just like the Reimo roof, it’s an expensive option and costs about £4000 plus vat once fitted.  The roof carries a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Warranty

This SCA roof comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Pros:

You can fit a roof rack to it with a maximum weight of 70kg.
It needs very little trimming after installation.
Nice bed.

Cons:

Costly.
Relatively high profile makes the van tall when the roof is lowered.
4 gas struts make it quite demanding to lower.

So which of the three is best?

I was expecting it to be a close thing and a real struggle to find choose the best. However once I’d put them up and down a few times my decision was made for me. In all honesty I’d opt for the Austops roof. It’s less expensive, easier to pull down and it’s slimmer than the others, so you can use more car parks. The fact that it’s made in the UK is an added bonus too.

Don’t get me wrong, both the Reimo and SCA roofs are very good and perhaps on close inspection some people may see why they cost more. The fact that they cost so much more however seems unwarranted. I’d spend the difference on more options for my conversion and then buy a few crates of wine with the rest of the money I’d saved.

3 Weeks, 3 Roofs – Week 2 – Reimo

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Last week we reviewed the Austops scissor hinge pop top roof. This week is the turn of the Reimo V tech easy fit roof with open sky option, which we fitted to a brand new SWB VW T6.

Reimo are a well-known and well respected German company producing a number of items for the camping leisure market.

How did it arrive?
The roof arrived in white gel coat and our van was red. It seems Reimo roofs are available only in white, so for most owners the first job is to send it off to the paint shop before you can begin.

The installation
The Reimo roof looked to be very easy to fit, as the entire unit is pre-built and all a converter needs to do is to cut a large hole in the roof of the van and then drop the entire unit into the hole. Obviously it’s a bit more complex than that, but the installation was fairly simple. Once located, the unit is bonded and bolted into place largely using existing bolt holes usually used for roof bars.

Fit and finish
The Reimo roof seems to be very well made and the overall finish is excellent. In our example the front pod section wasn’t exactly the same profile as the van’s roof, but with a bit of care and effort the resulting look is good. The fact that the roof unit comes in one piece means that it’s almost completely finished off once fitted and there is very little, if any additional trimming required inside the van.

What does it look like?
Externally it is a little taller than some roofs and on our van the resulting overall height was over 2 metres. As some car parks have 2m height barriers, this could be a problem and many camper van owners want to garage their vehicle too, so the slimmer the better.
The front pod section is a fairly common design and it looks fine. My greatest bugbear about the look is that there are 4 large screw heads which are visible near the front of the pop-top itself, inside is pretty much free of any visible fixings though.

How does it operate?
To put the roof up you loosen and remove the two securing straps, unclip the cross elastic and then push the roof up on its gas struts. The bed pushes up in a similar manner and the roof is up in no time at all.

To pull the roof down, if you are tall you grab hold of the 2 handles in the roof and pull down. If you’re short, you use the 2 straps instead. Once it’s down you have to feed a couple of straps through securing locks, which is a bit of a faff to be honest and then pull them quite tight to ensure the roof is down fully.
It’s not really possible to pull the roof down in stages; it’s all or nothing. So if you want to carefully fold the front window neatly it’s tricky to do with the Reimo roof. Also there is very little room to neatly fold the front section of canvas, meaning that it’s easy to pull the roof down and end up with a big flap of material hanging out of the front. As with everything though, you soon get used to it and it’s possible to get a fairly neat look after a bit of practice.

What’s it like to live with?
The fact that you can fully open the canvas is a great gimmick and I guess, a real selling point. I’m not sure how much you’d actually use it in the UK though; after all how many people want to be seen by the entire campsite as they do the washing up? And given the British summer, it’s not much use in driving rain. However, if it’s July in a remote area of the Alpes Maritimes, I guess it would be great to look out on a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea as you dry last night’s dishes.

The bed is a flat board operating on a hinge when raised. The canvas seems good quality and everywhere inside the roof feels very well finished.

So a Reimo roof coupled with a quality conversion should give you a very pleasing van indeed.

Cost
And now the bad news; this Reimo roof is a costly option and is priced at over £4000 + vat when fitted.

Warranty
This Reimo roof comes with a 7 year warranty on the shell itself, a 1 year warranty on the canvas and a 3 year warranty on everything else (complicated eh?)

So to sum up

Pros:
Needs very little trimming after installation
Panoramic opening
Can accept a roof rack up to 60kg

Cons:
Costly
Relatively high profile makes the van tall when the roof is lowered.
A bit of a faff to lower and secure before a journey.

3 Weeks, 3 Roofs – Week 1 – Austops

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We are often asked “Which poptop roof is the best for a VW t5 or T6?” and to be honest that’s a matter of opinion. As we only fit TUV approved roofs, that narrows the field somewhat; but to be in a better position to advise customers, we decided to build 3 vans with 3 different TUV approved roofs. This has allowed us to offer an objective comparison on both how easy they are to fit and more importantly for customers, what they are actually like.
So here we go.

We will start with Austops, which is a British company based near Selby in Yorkshire.
We fitted a white SWB T6 with a standard Austops scissor hinge roof.

How did it arrive?
A key feature of an Austops roof is that non-metallic colours can be colour coded to your van in the gel coat at the production stage. This saves the time and expense of having to get your roof painted before it’s fitted. Sadly this option isn’t possible for metallic finishes, so if you want a metallic colour the roof must be painted first. However Austops will get this done for you in advance, so that when your roof arrives it is immediately ready for fitting, which is a great help in comparison to other manufacturers.

The installation
The Austops roof has a frame made up of a number of component parts. There is a well-engineered powder coated front frame that is installed above the front headlining, a powder coated rear frame and two galvanised side frames that are fitted during installation. This means that there is slightly less manhandling of heavy frames in comparison to other roofs, as you do one piece at a time rather than a whole frame assembly in one go. There is also no nose cone to fit, so that’s one less job to worry about too.

What does it look like?
In a word; slim. The roof adds very little to the overall height of the vehicle, which means that on our van it still fits under a 2 metre height barrier. I was at IKEA last week and unlike almost every other camper there, ours could use the multi-story car park rather than having to use the commercial vehicle park. Being under 2m is a massive advantage when on holiday too, as you should be able to get into most supermarket car parks rather than having to park some distance away out on the street.

How does it operate?
To raise the roof you loosen the long Austops straps and push, the gas struts do the rest. You then need to reach in and unclip a cross elastic before you push the bed up. This is easy enough, but if you have a twin front passenger seat with no seat swivel, you do need to be something of a contortionist to reach in. It’s far easier if there is only a single passenger seat, as you then have room to stand between the two front seats to turn round.

To lower the roof, you first lower the bed, replace the elastic and then pull down on the straps equally. One advantage of this roof is that you can pull it down a little at a time, allowing you to carefully fold the front window. Also, as there is no nose cone there is a lot of space in which to fold the window. This means fewer creases and ultimately a better look and longer service life I guess. Once the roof is down, there are no more clips or straps to mess about with and all you have to do is push the strap ends up out of the way.

What’s it like to live with?
The upper area around the frame comes untrimmed, so there is a bit of extra work to do here in comparison to other roofs. The upside is that once trimmed the finished roof feels like it’s a part of the conversion rather than being a large fibreglass tub which has been inserted into the van like some other roofs.
The bed board is 12mm birch ply, so it’s relatively light but it feels substantial. You don’t worry about it collapsing after eating a few too many pies.
The canvas is pretty much fully waterproof and it seems to cope well with British weather.
Cost
The Austops roof is very competitively priced and the fact that in a flat colour it can be colour coded to your van at no extra cost also saves you even more. We currently charge (for a SWB van) £2,300 + vat for a flat colour and £2,700 + vat for a metallic finish.

Warranty
The Austops roof comes with a 5 year manufacturer’s guarantee.

Pros:
It’s slim and our van fits under a 2m height barrier. The roof can be lowered a bit at a time, making folding the window much easier
It is very competitively priced

Cons:
It requires final trimming around the upper section of the frame once installed. You need to reach into roof space to attach the elastic cross strap
Not recommended for a roof rack

Next week is the turn of the Reimo V tech easy fit and finally the SCA roof will be the week after that, along with our conclusion as to which we think is the best.

Our 2018 Hire Camper Van

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This month’s blog is about our VW T6 Campervan for hire, as at last I can report seeing a yellow orb in the sky after months of grey and that means one thing: holidays.

For the last couple of years our trusty T5 hire van did sterling service, but we decided it was time to upgrade things a bit, so it’s moved on to new owners and we have just built a replacement.

The new van is a 2018 Highline T28 102PS in bright red. It meets the latest Euro 6 environmental regulations, so no worries about being banned from any city centres. Being a Highline it has all the best features you’d expect on a decent car, such as cruise control, heated front windscreen and climate control etc along with all the functionality and kudos of a quality VW campervan converted by ourselves.

2018 camper van hire

Inside we’ve chosen a modern clean look with a dual tone grey cupboard system complementing the simora seats and crash tested RIB seat (with ISOFIX fixings). This standard conversion comes with 50 litre compressor fridge, LED lighting, usb charge socket and a double burner gas and hob sink unit coupled to an integrated 23litre water tank. Taken together it’s a conversion that blends good looks with practicality.

The electrical hook-up system is able to charge the heavy duty gel leisure battery when you’re on site, so it runs all the electrics including a couple of mains sockets for those home comforts. But when wild camping the leisure battery takes on the task of running the fridge, lights and water pump, so you can be secure in the knowledge that the separate vehicle battery will remain fully charged regardless of your use of the conversion.

For a poptop roof we’ve chosen an Open Sky Reimo V Tech. This means that you can completely roll up the canvas on those blistering hot days of summer (we live in hope) using the roof as a sun shade more than anything and allowing you panoramic views whilst doing the washing up! Yet in a few seconds, the sides can be rolled down and zipped up should a sudden shower threaten.

Up in the roof itself the bed sleeps 2, with another 2 able to sleep’ downstairs’ on the RIB bed.

We’ve tried to think of everything you need on a holiday so the van comes fully kitted with crockery, cutlery, kettle, pans, cleaning materials and even salt and pepper grinders. So in theory all you need to bring is your food, some bedding and towels.

Whether you want to experience campervan life for the first time, or you just fancy a holiday where you can roam as you please, contact us and we’ll check availability for you.

We offer short breaks from Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday, as well as longer breaks from Saturday to Friday and we’ve held our rates again this year making it a great time to experience a brand new campervan.

Prices include vat, insurance, unlimited mileage and full breakdown recovery should the unthinkable happen.

For May: a short break is £360 and a long break is £550.

For June to August: a short break is £400 and a long break is £650

For full details see our website.

Our 2018 hire van features:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • DAB radio
  • Alloy wheels
  • Leather wrapped multi function steering wheel
  • Arm rests for both the driver and front passenger
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Rain sensors

Our 2017 hire camper van was converted in March and currently it’s somewhere in Scotland, the week before it was in Cornwall, so it’s rapidly getting to see the UK.

Planning your first camper van

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It’s amazing how good VW T5 and T6 transporters are in the snow, especially the 4 Motion of course. It’s a good job too, as the weather recently has reminded us that it’s still winter.

However spring is on its way and thoughts are turning to days away exploring, picnics on the coast and of course the big family holiday.

Recently we’ve seen a steady stream of excited customers working out the exact specifications they want for their van. Cupboard colours, trim colours, flooring colours, RIB seat options, solar panels, diesel heater, under worktop LED lighting, extra windows, USB charge points, Loc8 Table System, valuables safe, bespoke leather trimming, Reimo rail, rear speakers etc etc. The list can become daunting. So where do you start?

Here is our recommendation as to what to do and in which order. And it all starts with getting the van right first.

No matter how many times we warn against it, people sometimes buy the first van they see as they are so excited at the prospect of planning their conversion. They then spend a lot of money getting it converted and live with it day in and day out, constantly irritated because it wasn’t the right van in the first place.

  1. Size matters

Decide whether you want a SWB or LWB. SWB remains the most popular amongst customers, as these vans are easier to drive and park. But the LWB will give you 28% more usable floor area inside and allow you to have a longer bed if you need it.

2. Doors matter

Do you want a tailgate, which will give you a bit of protection from the weather when around the back of the van, or do you want barn doors which are easier to open when in a car park for example?

3. Specification matters

If you want A/C, or cruise control, or a heated windscreen etc get a base van that has it already. These are not things that can be easily added later.

And finally…

4. Some things don’t matter

If you want colour coded bumpers they can be done later, so too can you easily change the wheels or the stereo. You can add aftermarket feastures at almost any stage too, so don’t worry too much about those things.

Whatever the weight classification (T26, T28, T30 or T32) a conversion will work fine, although T28s and T30s are the most popular. Genuine VW lowering kits are available and can be fitted at any time.

Whether the van has a bulkhead or not makes little difference to the conversion and is not something you should get hung up about (although if you have the choice, no bulkhead is better for us thanks!).

And windows? We can fit them easily, so don’t pay extra for a van simply because it already has windows fitted. But if it already comes with windows, no problem.

And now the real fun can begin….planning the actual conversion!

Who wants a VW T6 campervan?

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Recently we were approached by a TV production company who were doing a piece on campervans and they were looking for ‘expert’ knowledge. Funnily enough they also wanted to sell us advertising too.
We don’t advertise very much and we try hard to target our adverts to people who are likely to be interested in one of our bespoke conversions, so we are careful.
People are bombarded with adverts for all sorts of things and I can honestly say that 99.9% of the adverts I see are of absolutely no interest. I’m over 50, but I have no interest in an over 50’s policy, I have no interest in a PPI claim, I’ll never use a product that is rich in A.H.A. fruit acids, I’ll never buy a new Peugeot or shop at Waitrose (Sainsburys is at the end of my road for goodnress sake). So just think how much time, effort and money is wasted making adverts that are of no interest and then how much of our lives we waste watching them.
So perhaps there’s something to be said for targetted advertising; it doesn’t waste the advertiser’s money and it doesn’t waste our time either. Amazon and Google are masters at it, but if you ever allow anyone else to use your computer, beware: last week I suddenly started receiving adverts for skateboards and for a while last year lots of adverts for ladies swimwear appeared (don’t ask).
The production company who approached us make programmes for a TV channel that specialises in cruise ship holidays and about 80% of the schedule is given over to reviewing floating hotels wallowing in crystal clear waters somewhere exotic.
This got the team at 8 Ball Camper Conversions thinking about who would watch such a channel and perhaps more importantly, whether they would be the type of person who would genuinely be interested in a VW T5 or T6 campervan.
So here is a list of personality traits we associate with campervan owners. It’s based on no hard evidence whatsoever, so I guess this means any data generated is suitable for making national and international policy decisions.
How many of these traits do you display?
For each one, have a think and make a mental note of the number catagories you fall into. If you reach 4 or more give us a call, as we may be able to help!
1 Do you  like exploring places?
Campervan owners tend to want a vehicle that will get them anywhere a car can go; whether it’s into city centres, down country lanes or down to the beach. They like going off the beaten track and finding places that few others have found before.
2 Do you like the outdoors?
Campervan owners enjoy feeling closer to nature than they would  if they were staying in a hotel (or on a cruise ship for that matter). The pop top roof gives us the benefits of feeling like we did when we camped in a tent, but the van conversion offers the advantages of being warm, dry and having all the comforts of home too.
3 Do you have an outgoing personality?
It sounds odd, but most campervan owners have a joy for life and are people who see the world as being a glass half full, rather than as being a glass half empty; they don’t like sitting about waiting for things to come to them. This can be a bit of a problem when we tell them the next build slot available is a few months away, but they usually accept it with grace and say something like “well at least it will give me time to research things a bit more”.
4 Are you thorough?
When people come to us with a view to a camper conversion, they fall into 2 groups: those who have spent hundreds of hours on the internet researching vans and those who are about to spend hundreds of hours on the internet researching vans. Researching vans can become addictive. But if you’re reading this then you know that already!
5  Are you slightly eccentric?
Quite a few campervan owners like to do things a bit differently. Their vans reflect their eclectic personalities and we see vans decked out out in everything from pretty pink flowers to blood splattered skulls and cross bones. They often use bold colours in their cupboard system  and they’re always on the look out for something else to make their van even more individual. These owners tend to love their vans the most; they keep them for years and almost always the van will have a name. If you have ever named one of your vehicles, you have this trait; even if you try to bury it deeply behind a sensible and grown up facade.
6  Are you cool (or secretly want to look cool, but at the same time not be too ‘showy’)?
A few campervan owners are surf dudes, or they wish they were. They see their van as a  cool means of transporting them and their boards to the next big wave. These customers often care more for their surf boards than their vans and they will ensure that their boards have something nice to travel on. If it’s not a surf board (and round here is not famed for surfing), then chances are it will be a bike; usually a mountain bike.
7 And the age of most campervanners?
Now this is a hard one, as we’ve seen campervanners from their 20s through to their 70s. However there seem to be two main groups: those in their 30’s who have young families and those whose children have flown the nest and who now have the freedom to travel where they want to go rather than keeping the kids happy.
So how did you score?
6 or more: You cannot live without a campervan. If you don’t already have one, you are missing out so badly that you may need therapy. Contact us immediately as part of the therapy process.
4-5: You should seriously consider getting a campervan. It will measurably improve your life and mean that you sometimes smile to yourself for no particular reason.
2-3: A campervan could be useful to you, but to be honest so could a vacuum cleaner or a set of emergency folding chairs.
0-1  You watch the cruise channel.
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