British firm turns Renault Trafic into £42k camper van

A British van conversion company has ordered a fleet of 30 Renault Trafic vehicles on which it will base a new range of camper vans.

The French-made vehicles form the basis of  Sussex Campervans’ Manhattan conversions, which start at £41,995. However, customers can spend £44,995 on the better-equipped Paradise model.

Those choosing the Manhattan will get a two- to five-berth camper, with a “classic” side-kitchen layout. The Paradise, on the other hand, offers twin or king-size beds and comes with a distinct kitchen area at the back.

Both vehicles, though, come with the accoutrements of a high-spec Trafic Sport. That means satellite navigation is standard, as are air conditioning and rear parking sensors. The price tag includes automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, too, not to mention 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and metallic paint.

Customers can choose between low-roof short-wheelbase (SL) and long-wheelbase (LL) vehicles, but all come with diesel engines and a six-speed manual gearbox. Buyers also get a three-year/100,000-mile Renault warranty thrown in, along with a three-year guarantee for the conversion.

“The Renault Trafic lends itself very well to the conversion,” said Sussex Campervans’ managing director, Daniel Lopez. “Its shape means we can utilise all the available space, and although we can personalise upholstery and add extra equipment, the quality and look of the Sport trim, plus the generous standard specification, means that many customers choose to keep what was factory fitted. It’s not hard to see why it’s so popular with our customers.”

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