We love the fun you can have with campers and have always been inspired by the classic split screens and bay windows, still putting in service after 40 to 50 years on the road, albeit with a little help from their enthusiastic owners…
Our mission is to build the next generation of classic campervans, combining safe, economical and hard-wearing modern shells with beautiful retro-cool interiors made from sustainable birch ply, durable Formica and the latest mod-cons. It’s an investment built to ensure long-term value, but a Cambee is so much more than a practical and comfortable home on wheels. Like the original trusty split screen, a Cambee takes on the personality of its owner. Our customers name their campers, as they become a cherished friend, loved for life.
Cambee founder and designer Matt first began looking for a camper for his own family, to explore their home turf of Devon and recapture some of the fun he’d enjoyed in his grandparents’ bay window Dormobile as a child.
Having just passed her test, Matt’s wife Saori didn’t think she’d manage the school run in a big old bay, and with Matt’s weekly commute to a London TV edit suite, a bus was off the cards for him too. Without space at home for 3 vehicles, it fell to Matt’s trusty old Golf to make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of a T5. When, van sorted, it was time to find the right conversion, perfectionist Matt struggled to find anything “off the shelf” to fit the bill. So, he dusted off his carpentry tools (from a past life as a furniture maker), called in some favours and, before long, the Cambee Grand Tour was born.
Having completed his apprenticeship at Princess Yachts building luxury cabins, Rowan joined the Cambee crew as our final fitter. He’s seen pretty much all of the Cambee conversions out the door - his skills have been turned to every job here, barring Bertie’s accounts. Never rushed, he will see every last detail of the fitout is done to a T. And if there is ever a problem, his encyclopedic knowledge will find a way to fix it.
At the helm of the good ship Cambee, Matt is founder and designer in chief. A stickler for perfection, he sees it as his mission in life to make sure every little detail of our conversions are as good as they can be. But with such an able crew of ship mates around him, he’s equally happy when his duties are demoted to making the tea and sweeping up.
Saori, Matt’s wife, heads up a crack team of wreckers. They are small but perfectly formed and have a special knack of destroying any cabinet not built to the highest standards in minutes. Regularly known to bring Matt to his knees with their demands for more space to stow yet another toy or teddy in their already brimming camper, Saori and the kids are a vital part of the inspiration behind Cambee.