Monthly Archives: June 2015

Pod Gallery

Check out our latest Pod conversions here:

SWB large pod

This simple pod can be specified with single or twin burner hob, with or without a 12v 39l fridge and be fitted permenanly or made to be removable.

Pricing  – Pod £1850,   Table £195,   Occasinal table £75,   39l Vitrafrigo Fridge £450

Availavle in six colours, Red, Orange, Sea Blue, Sea Jade, Lime green, Fucia

Caping pod closed with table Kitchen pod detail Kitchen pod door detail kitchen pod draw detail Kitchen pod fold up table Kitchen pod with single burner hob and sink Kitchen pod T5 cooker pod T5 pod with single burner hob and sink

“Billy”

Paul and Jayne’s LWB Pod

Pauls pod lwb interior

When Paul and Jayne came to us with a half-converted van with SCA roof and partial electrics already in place, our brief was simple: finish the job, incorporate a decent-sized cooker doing it, but don’t go cabinet crazy and eat up all of the LWB’s extra space. They weren’t in the market for a full-blown tourer with everything and the kitchen sink, simply something fuss-free and spacious to take them on day trips. This all smelled like a custom pod conversion to us.

Liking the style of our GT cabinets, they plumbed for a modified GT sink unit with double cabinet and double burner, but without a fridge (which would only get in the way on breaks of less than 24 hours). To this we added a Cambee triple bed for the odd overnighter, and topped everything off with an under bed drawer and rear locker to keep clutter at bay.

From there it was over to Paul and Jayne, who rustled up their own curtains as a final touch before Billy was declared ready for the road.

Pauls pod lwb seat herringbonePauls pod kitchen unit

 

Sophie and Toby’s Pod

Sophie and Tobys Pod T5 conversion

Living up to the legend of the Westfalia, Sophie and Toby’s T5 is the ultimate modern day surf-mobile. Both were into catching waves, and liked the option of storing their boards either under the Cambee bed or on the van roof. Opting for a Pod kitchen unit freed up more space for more boards – and choosing a fully removable Pod meant they’d be able to have drinks and dinners out on the surf with friends.

While Sophie and Toby now had a newborn to factor into their adventures – that didn’t mean the tide had turned on their surfing days! Their system’s simple: while one parent hunkers down comfortably in the van with the new arrival, the other can get out on the waves and vice versa. Young surfing parents, take note!

“Hi Matt, A big thank you to you, Storm and the team for our fantastic van conversion. You have been a pleasure to work with from start to finish. We have really appreciated your enthusiasm, innovative design ideas and patience- you’ve done a great job in listening to our vague ideas and turning them into a practical reality! We are thrilled with the finished result, the quality of workmanship and attention to detail, and can’t recommend you more highly to others. We are so excited to have our fun van home and can’t wait to start planning some trips away in it- maybe starting this weekend! “

Sophie and Toby exteriorSophie and Toby Pod back shot

 

Paul and Katrina’s Pod

Katrina Jenkins Interior T5

Cameraman Paul needed a van to get him to location, schlep all his gear and put him up comfortably in between takes, a job for the Cambee Pod if ever we heard one. The space saved on cabinets and a track system to pull the bed forward made way for all his gear, while a cool box which could be set up outside with drinks was definitely going to keep Paul popular with cast and crew in the summers.

The family also wanted to be able to tour in their new conversion – so we fitted a lifting roof with berth for his son to enjoy climbing up into at night, a table stashed behind the bed in the day and the Cambee triple Flex as a king-sized sleeper for Paul and wife, Katrina – classic work-weekend van stuff.

Katrina bootKatrina interior T5

 

Classic Gallery

Check out some of our latest Classic conversions:

Dan and Tanya’s Mobile Office Dan and Tanya T5 blue interior

Authors of the best-selling Wild Swimming series, Dan and Tanya, were no strangers to campervan life. They’d toured the country for years in a bare bones T4, hunting out amazing places to take a dip and then writing about them. But when their son came along and their informative guides started taking off, they decided the time had arrived to trade up in the world.

They came to us looking for an interior which would sleep the 3 of them comfortably, offer cooking facilities for post-swim suppers and double as an office in the day, so that they could dry off – and get to work on those future best-sellers!

We packed their Cambee Classic with solar panels, an inverter (sequestered lakes don’t tend to come with EHU), plus lots of sockets and charging points for their electrical sidekicks, creating an outdoor office sleeper inky blue as their hidden pools.

Dan and Tanya T5 overhead lockersDan and Tanya r and r bed with table

 

Paula’s Classic

Paula's Classic T5 interior

It’s hard not to feel a little bit cheerful looking at Paula’s red, white and baby blue interior, made even airier by additions like two swivelling front seats, overhead lockers, an under-bed drawer. This is our versatile model turned out for longer trips away.

“Love love love my Classic camper. Thank you”

Paula's classic T5 bootPaula's Classic boatyard 2

 

“Marty”

Marty in the wild

Marty was our demo van before finding a home with Beth and Tim, and as a Cambee Classic conversion with an opening safari roof, the first of his kind. Though he hasn’t yet been back to see the savannahs of the Maasai Mara, he has been able to graze multiple British plains on explorations with Beth and Tim’s growing family.

Primed with 4 sockets, extra kids’ bunks and the children’s paradise that is the safari roof den, Marty could keep a family of campers tame for weeks at a time.

Marty T5 interiorMarty boot

 

“Cliff”

Jo and Matt’s Classic “Air”

Cliff Pod interior

Matt and Jo had been crashing in an almost empty T5 for quite a while before they brought it to Cambee for a revamp. Both are keen outdoorsy types, with a soft spot for North Wales, where Jo’s from, and at their most comfortable half way up a rock face… But after a day scaling the Llanberis Pass, coming back to a night on a blow up bed was seeming less and less appealing. Deciding it was time for a little more luxury, they brought Cliff in.
Liking the idea of a removable pod, which let them cook in the great outdoors, they went for modified GT cupboards with a cool box, and opted for our low “Air” units (without back cupboards) so they’d have as many windows to gaze out at the Welsh dales from as possible. The combination worked especially well with their LWB, twin doored base – who we hear is soon taking them to France.

Cliff interior Gt curtainsCLiff pod kitchen outside

A few snaps from Jo of Cliff doing his thing in Wales:

Cliff and Jo in Wales

Matt cooks up the most important meal of the day on the Pod kitchen:

Matt and Cliff at breakfast 2

“Souk”

Rob’s Classic Pod

Rob's LWB Camera Camper 01

Director of photography and cameraman Rob wanted both a quintessential camper and an ideal location vehicle –  but he didn’t want two vans. He asked us to merge the main characteristics of the two, to create somewhere he could stay in comfort, that would carry all his kit and make a steady shooting platform for car-to-car and traveling shots.

With twin sliding doors for filming out of, and the overall driving finesse of the T5, his base van was off to a good start. We played to its strengths by adding a lift out cooker Pod, so that Rob could film freely through the doorway – and rustle up a mean meal out under the stars.

Side kitchenCook in the openFactory rotating captain seatsMains and inverter power

A bed on Cambee’s rail system allowed him to carry a small shipping container of kit  to location (or sports gear on his on days off), while a large, removable under bed draw meant storage space definitely wasn’t a problem.  We crowned all this with sockets on virtually every available surface – and Souk was ready for (lights, camera) action!… Rob tells us they’ve since been out as far as Morocco on the job together.

Removable underbid draw, makes room for surfboards or a kayakSliding table Camping in the woodsRoom for Bikes etc

 “Moby”

Dom’s Classic

Dom smith interior T5

A doctor from the South West with a weakness for waves, Dom coasted into the Cambee office looking for something simple to bring his LWB T5 to life for weekend breaks on the breakers. Our Classic package, without extras, was just what he was looking for. The Cambee Double Flex left enough clear space under the bed for 5 surfboards, if Dom had them, while the 12v fridge, double hob and sink took care of meal times. To finish things off, we lathered the interior in blue suede and fitted an SCA roof with windows, so he could gaze out at the sky and the briny deep from bed.

Dom Smith HobDom Smith boot

 

“Joe”

Michael’s Stealthy Classic

Michaels stealth interior

Michael’s job took him around the country inspecting farms, and through a fair few of its B&Bs until one morning he decided he’d had his last half-full English…  A camper was definitely a better place to be hitting the hay.

At the top of our mission statement with this camper: making sure it didn’t look like a camper at all. Michael wanted to be able to kip in the back without a soul knowing he was in there. Commence operation: Covert Camper.

With work taking him considerable distances, he was looking for a van in pretty good condition to start with, so we helped him source a simple, low mileage model. It didn’t have any rear windows, which worked well with our ruse but risked giving Michael cabin fever, so we fitted a set in tinted glass in the middle panels. Next we fashioned a special blackout blind to separate the cab from the cabin at night – successfully creating the illusion that all you’d find within were nuts and bolts…

Inside, of course, there was really a full set of our Classic side units, a cushy double Cambee R & R and white suede-lined padding. Making sure Michael (who had a fair few inches on most campers) was completely comfortable, we also shortened the lockers and the cabinets, to keep knocks to the head to a bare minimum.

Michaels stealth rearMichaels black out blind T5

 

 “Minnie”

Emma and Dom’s Classic

Emmas Baby blue classic

With a rare baby blue paint job and a snazzy set of wheels, Emma and Dom’s ex-mobility van is a tall glass of water on the outside. On the inside they went for zest with lime green doors and punchy curtains, anchored by a Cambee bed in Harrow grey.

An example of an almost, but not quite whole Cambee conversion – the elevating roof was already in place when the van arrived, which we lined along with the rest of the cabin.

Emmas baby blue classic interiorEmmas baby blue classic rear

“Cherie”

 Anna and Malcolm’s Classic

Red interior

Between all the nooks and crannies in their home turf of Devon and the sunny highways of Europe, retired BBC cameraman Malcolm and his wife Anna had a long list of places to drive off into the sunset to.

Opting for a Cherry Harrow seat, Sunrise red floor, Rosso red cabinets and curtains recycled from a well-loved pair of drapes from home, there are no prizes for guessing what this couple’s favourite colour is.

To make sure their van didn’t also leave their finances in the red, we fitted overhead shelves, a lower priced alternative to lockers, and chose to adapt a Classic for longer campsite tours rather than go for the GT, adding in hook-up and swiveling front seats to ensure it was up to task.

“The van is going very well and we are looking forward to the camping season. Everybody admires the conversion and we tell them it works very well”

Red interior T5Red interior shelves

 

“Duke”

Matt’s Classic

Stock 2 Tone exterior 2

Matt’s latest demo seemed a bit too good to hand over to his little terrors for the summer so, spotting this ex plumber’s van for under £3,000, he jumped at the chance for a low cost stand-in that he wouldn’t have to spend his holiday patrolling.
Though with almost 150k on the clock, Duke had definitely served time, Matt knew that a little TLC would have it spick and span for the annual family trip to the South of France.

And right he was – a two-tone paint job quickly took care of the dings around the bottom of the body, and a set of Classic cabinets and Safari roof soon breathed new life into the interior – Duke was reborn. Matt and the terrors had a fantastic few runs in him before adding an extra removable seat to sell on to a local family with 5 kids so Duke coud enjoy his camper retirement in god hands.

Stock 2 Tone interiorStock 2 Tone interior drawer

Proof a van that’s putt in some hard graft is definitely well worth concidering if you’re anual milage will be sub 10k – and makes a great budget option for the family getaway.

 

Joe’s LWB Classic

Joes LWB classic R and R bed

Joe, dad Adrian and sister Lucy were true blue surfers if ever we’d seen any – with Lucy currently cutting a swath through several international junior surf championships. They came to us looking for a T5 that would take them, boards and all, down to local waves and on the occasional surfari further away.

Cambees actually already ran in the family, beginning with Adrian’s LWB T5 day van, which we built around a double Flex bed (extended to 7’9″ because Adrian himself was almost of surf board height ). After some good times in this, Joe decided it was time to invest in a surf-mobile of his own.

Convenience for his boards was the top priority – so he went for a bed and Classic cabinets, ditching the under bed drawer to free up board space. Classic SWB units in a LWB van left room for a well-concealed loo unit, so this  van could take care of everything on whichever secluded shore it ended up.

Joes LWB classic CambeeJoes LWB classic

 

Grand Tour Gallery

The latest GTs off the line and a few old Cambee favourites:

“Jasmine”

Grand Tour 2 berth 2003 VW camper 1.9 104 bhp T5, 7 belted seats, 3 way fridge, removable rock & roll bed, removable double buddy seat, DVD player and 19″ TV
Captain Seats

Jasmine interior

Having been on a fair few camper trips in his time, Matt (Cambee’s proprietor) knows all the necessities for travelling with children. Transforming his van, Jasmine, into the ultimate family camper, we added extras like a track system with double buddy seats, so it could transport the kids & co to the south of France, as well as take care of school runs back home. Next up was the dashboard DVD player with 19″ flat screen, topped off with a huge 3 way fridge with room for a week’s worth of ice creams. He’s yet to hear a complaint…

Jasmine tvJasmine exterior

 

“Annie”

Grand Tour 2 berth, 2004 T5 1.9 110bhp, 28k, Cambee fixed roof, 4 belted seats

T% retro interior

Annie was our very first camper conversion and paved the way for all the Cambees to come. We spent around 10 months slowly converting her, making templates and recording every aspect of the interior as we went along. This included coming up with our own unique Rock and Roll bed, designed not only to be more comfortable, safer and to provide better storage, but also to be removable so that Annie would work as a multi function camper. We’re definitely pleased with the results.

We also built her a removable mobile office pod, which has proved popular with photographers and cameramen. Receiving a final nip and tuck in the form of an engine remap from 85Bhp to 110Bhp, she was ready to set off on an adventure.

Annie was sold to Chris and Judith to be used for sports activities (keeping warm while the kids compete…), family holidays with their two children, and during the rest of the year with bed removed and a set of protective panels installed, doubles as Chris’ kombi work van for his electrical contracting business.

We started as we meant to go on: creating a quality interior, with plenty of substance and a whole lot of style.

Annie mobile officeAnnie back shot r and r bed open

 

Mox and Kristin’s GT

Mox and Kristins BayMox and Kristin’s bay had more character in its rear view mirror than many camper vans, but time had taken its toll on the T2, and this couple had had to struggle up one too many hills in it. They wanted something more reliable to tow their young family around and across the channel in, which would also rise to the challenge of… the school run.

Sad as they were to part with their Westfalia, they came to Cambee knowing that if anyone could maintain the vintage feel of a 70s original, we would.

 

Mox and Kristin's GT interior

We spent 3 hours just deciding on a curtain fabric on their first visit. But the time was well invested – once the curtains were down, everything else just fell into place around them.

We’re a little bit in love with the finished result:

 Mox and Kristin's Gt Drawer Mox and Kristin Gt extra bunk

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Tanya’s GT

Tanya's Menschkos interior

Tanya had had a windfall and decided to invest it in a no-expenses-spared tourer. She put her all into crafting her ideal interior, which paid off in full – this GT’s quite the visual masterpiece!

High specs were the theme of the composition – with matching front swivel seats and an SCA roof all in a flash new T5.

Tanya's Classic butterfliesTanya's butterflies rearTanya M's Cambee Bed

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Kim and Nick’s GT

Kim and Nicks GT interior 2

A keen cyclist, Nick wanted something to take him and wife Kim across the channel, and a bicycle made for two wasn’t going to cut it. They wanted a van that Kim could sit comfortably in for long periods to act as base camp, while Nick took off on 2 wheeled mountain climbs. Swiveling front seats and the cushy Cambee double took care of comfort, the GT’s cupboard space meant Kim had room for all the books and activities she’d ever need, and a baby blue suede lining kept everything light and airy.

With plenty of space behind and in front of the bed – it was also primed for bicycle transportation. Last time we spoke, Nick was getting ready to travel to this year’s Tour with 4 mates AND their bikes in the back. “Bonne chance” to him!

Cliff drawer T5 interiorKim and Nick Boot space

 

 Nick and Lorraine’s LWB GT

Nick and Lorraines GT interior T5

Having sold their dental practice, Nick and Lorraine were bound for France and the high life. They’d dreamt of spending retirement sipping chardonnay on a French vineyard somewhere and now just needed a van that would take care of them for a few weeks at a time while they did it.

We didn’t have to think twice about recommending a GT – just the ticket with plenty of room, lots of luxuries, and cubbyholes (to stash a few bottles on the way back). Theirs being a LWB T5, they had space for an extra set of drawers, and plumped for an underbed drawer and overhead lockers to go with them.

Once they’re well acquainted with the French grape, we wonder, is it on to Italy and the Super Tuscans?

Nick and Lorraines WIndscreenNick and Lorraines Cambee double

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 “Eliza”

Ellie and Gavin’s LWB Classic

Lynch interior Cambee bed

A husband and wife team from Bristol, Ellie and Gavin liked the clean lines of Cambee’s design, and deemed us the most likely to put together a simple, retro interior that harked back to the surfing VWs of old. The finished product’s a melodious blend of white, grey and orange, with a colour scheme that hangs on the curtains – a fail safe method of striking interior design gold.

One of the clues that Eliza’s a little more 21st century than the original Westfalias: a shower attachment on the back of the van lets the surfing couple hose themselves down straight from the water. You also wouldn’t have caught an elevating SCA roof 30 years ago. Wild for our safari roof, the couple commissioned us to transform their ready-fitted SCA into an open air sitting platform for even more fun. Topped off with drawers (a LWB bonus) and swiveling front seats, Eliza’s extremely livable.

Lynch boot Cambee tableLynch kitchen unitsLynch Safari roof

Lynch Hose

 

 

The rear hose attachment is small but it does its job. The couple plumped for a 25L Elgena water heater for theirs, for warm, bath-like hosing downs.