Which are the best campervans for me?

Which are the best campervans for me?If you’re trying to decide between all the different campervans on the market, it can get pretty confusing. So I’ve put together a quick blog to help you decide.

If you’re drawn to the Volkswagen California, for instance, you’ll want to compare it to a few other medium sized campervans for sale

Here at Sussex Campervans people often ask what the differences are between the Volkswagen Caledonia (from £39,995) and the Manhattan (from £34,995) 

At first glance, they’re very similar. Both the Caledonia and Manhattan ranges have a classic campervan layout – with a side-kitchen, a rear seat that turns into the Rock ‘n’ Roll double bed, and an optional double bed in the pop-top roof.

Shared highlights: VW Caledonia and Manhattan campervans

4 or 5 belted seats

Front passenger seat options – swivelling single or double seats

Sleep 4 or 5

Rock ‘n’ Roll double bed 3’9” x 6′ (7′ with extender panel)

Pop-top roof with optional double bed

Side kitchen with integrated sink/hob

50L fridge with ice box

Under-body 12-litre/ 6kg LPG tank powering hob and heater

Gas gauge

Under-body thermostatic heater

External BBQ point

Leisure battery 

Electrical hook-up point

Gauge for both batteries

LED lighting

240V, 12V and USB sockets

Optional solar panel

Portable cassette loo

Hand-finished furniture and upholstery in a range of colours and textures

Ottoman (LWB)

Microwave option.

Spot the difference: VW Caledonia versus Manhattan campervans

The Caledonia SX is based on the Volkswagen T6 panel van range.

The Manhattan SX is based on the Renault Trafic panel van range or its twin, the Vauxhall Vivaro.

Both have Euro 6 diesel engines and manual gearboxes, but VW offers a DSG autobox option.

The VW Caledonia has a smaller pop-top roof bed area, due to the tapered shape of the van.

The Volkswagen Caledonia SX is our take on the iconic VW camper – available in long and short wheelbase versions

VW Caledonia dimensions:

VW Caledonia SX: Length: 4.9m (SWB), 5.3m (LWB). Width: 2.29m incl mirrors. Height: approx 2m. 

Rock ‘n’ Roll bed: 3ft 9ins x 6ft. (6ft 10ins with optional extender panel)

Pop-top roof bed area: 8ft x 4ft (259cm x 122cm).

Pop-top roof bed option: 6ft 8ins x 3ft 9ins (203cm x 112cm)  (3 upholstered roof boards plus overcab area) 

Manhattan campervan dimensions

Manhattan: Length: 5m (SWB); 5.4m (LWB). Width: 2.28m (incl mirrors). Height: approx 2m.

Rock ‘n’ Roll double bed: 3’9” x 6′ (7′ with extender panel)

Pop-top roof bed option: 2.7m long x 1.5cm wide

Ottoman bed for a child: 19ins x 5ft 2ins (47cm x 158cm). Option on LWB only.

The NV200 CamperCar SX (from £29,995)

“Like a VW camper that’s shrunk in the wash.”

The CamperCar SX has the same layout and facilities as the Manhattan and VW Caledonia, but is smaller, so it sleeps 2 or 3. It’s as easy as a car to drive, and fits in most garages and under most height barriers.

Base vehicle choices:

Nissan NV200 Tekna or Acenta

Diesel engine and manual gearbox, with barn doors at the rear

Petrol engine and automatic gearbox, with tailgate

NV200 CamperCar dimensions:

Length: 4.4m; Width: 2m (incl mirrors)

Height: 1.95m approx.

Rock ‘n’ Roll bed: 3ft 4in x 6ft (not counting the front passenger swivel seat)

Paradise Compact and Paradise Twin campervans

The Paradise Compact SX (from £36,995) and Paradise Twin SX (from £37,995)

The ingenious Paradise SX layout makes the most of the front seats, swivelling them round to join the extended rear seats, forming a sleeping platform the width of the van. The Paradise Twin – the LWB version –  has lots of extra storage in the rear kitchen.

Highlights:

4 or 5 belted seats

Kingsize bed 6ft x 5ft (1.83m long x 1.48m wide)

(Or use as twin single beds)

Pop-top roof bed option: 6ft 8in long x 4ft 9in wide (2.03m x 1.45m) SWB

Pop-top roof area: 8ft 10in long x 4ft 11in wide (2.7m x 1.5cm) SWB; 9ft 11in long x 4ft 11in wide (2.82m x 1.5m) LWB 

50L fridge with ice box

Under-body 12-litre/ 6kg LPG tank powering hob and heater

Gas gauge

Under-body thermostatic heater

External BBQ point

Leisure battery 

Electrical hook-up point

Gauge for both batteries

LED lighting

240V, 12V and USB sockets

Optional solar panel

Portable cassette loo

Microwave option

Hand-finished furniture and upholstery in a range of colours and textures

The Venturer SE (from £24,995)

Like the California Beach, our Venturer SE is aimed at those who love a simple outdoor life, with a comfy bed. 

Highlights:

5 belted seats

Rock ‘n’ Roll double bed

Pop-top with double bed options

Side-kitchen with water on tap

12V sockets in cab and kitchen unit

Portable cassette loo

Based on a Renault Trafic

Venturer campervan dimensions:

Length: 5m. Width: 2.28m (incl mirrors). Height: approx 2m.

Rock ‘n’ Roll bed: 3ft 9in wide x 6ft long (6ft 8in with extender panel)

Pop-top roof bed: 2.7m long x 1.5cm wide

All sizes are approximate.

 

You’re welcome to visit us

I hope that this guide to pop-top campervans models is helpful. Browse the ‘Our campers‘ pages on our website, complete with video tours of each model, then come and visit us!

We’re open six days a week – Monday to Friday, 9-5, and Saturday, 10-4. Just ring 01403 336 369 to let us know when you’re hoping to arrive, and we’ll put the kettle on.

Please click here for a handy Sussex Campervans map and directions. See you soon! 

 

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