- 4.8 m
- 1.83 m
- 2 m
- Year built:
- Tare weight:
- 1790 kg
- Max. weight motorhome:
- 2700 kg
- Included travel distance/week:
- 800 mi
- Automatic transmission
- Driver licence:
- Seats while driving:
‘A Beautiful Escape’ is my newly converted luxury Toyota Alphard pop-top camper. The van is automatic, and unlike campervans such as VW’s, engine noise is at a whisper and the ride is very smooth - no low gear jitters here.
The camper has automatic side sliding doors and tailgate, electric windows, air conditioning front and back, driver and front passenger armrests, drinks holders all around the vehicle, sunglasses holder, steering wheel audio controls, smartphone holder, bluetooth, audio line-in and a reversing camera.
The front passenger seat swivels round, facing the back seats. At 4.8 length and 1.8 width, the van is shorter than a 5 series!
At an 'unpopped' height of just 2 metres, it’s easier to park and can enter all height restrictions, but still packs a 122cm width bed which is far larger than most camper convertible doubles.
Alongside that is a compressor fridge, solar panel, x2 ring gas cooker, sink, 12L fresh water tank, x2 240v plugs, x2 12v plugs x2 USB sockets to recharge your phone directly from the van, plus underbed storage, and side panel storage. The vehicle is completed with fitted curtains, front windscreen blackout throw, as well as thermal window blinds for the middle and of the vehicle.
The beauty of the vehicle is because of the solar panel and the compressor-type fridge you don’t actually need to ‘plug in’ to 240v unless you want to play playstation on a TV! Perfect for wild camping or pitching on non-electric pitches which means you save money and have more choice on pitch location.
The van can be paired with the top of the range Vango Galli iii drive-away air awning which connects directly to the side of the van - you can TRIPLE your living space and drive away for the day for an explore, then come back to to your standing tent and connect to the van. The awning comes with an additional groundsheet, carpet and sleeping pod.
‘A Beautiful Escape’ has been converted by the renowned North Star Conversions on the Isle of Wight and has been tested for mechanical, and electrical safety, and carries a Gas safe certificate.
So now you know about the van - what else is there to think about? Well, I spent the first half of 2020 in a camper, travelling around Europe (yes, during the Covid outbreak) and I’ve now got a fair idea of what creature comforts are worth taking, so to make your life easier, the following comes as standard.
Gas - Campinggaz 907 stored in a Gas-safe box
15 metre electric hookup cable
x2 solar powered lanterns
Bike rack for up to 3 bikes
Small camping table
Mattress protector for rock n’ roll bed
Memory foam mattress topper for pop-top bed boards
Collapsible grey water bucket
Broom, dustpan and brush
x2 Enamel mugs, x2 Campa camping mugs, x8 Plastic glasses, x6 Dinner plates
x4 Cereal bowls, x4 Enamel bowls, x2 Chopping boards (small and large), x6 sets of cutlery. Plastic cutlery and dinner set is available for kids (just make the request).
Chopping knife, bread knife, serrated knife, veg peeler, grater
x2 pots, x2 frying pans, x1 griddle pan.
Wooden spoon, fish flice, large spoon, ladle, salad server.
Collapsible colliander, washing up bowl.
1.5 litre stainless steel kettle, Aeropress and filters (for coffee)
Salt and pepper shakers.
Washing up brush with dish soap, cleaning cloths, tea towels, drying rack, surface spray.
Fire extinguisher, fire blanket
Spare wheel and tools
Additional free extras - making the most out of your time
Pre-camping walk-thru video - how to use the van, how to set up the awning
Paper guide ‘how to’ for the van
List of Facebook groups and apps for campsites, wild camping
Additional paid-for extras
Vango Galli iii Inflatable drive-away awning, creating an extra [insert m2) with groundsheet, sleep pod and carpet. You can set up camp, and drive away for the day sight-seeing and come back and connect it to the camper. £100
Cooking table and outside gas cooker and grill £30
Porta Potti Qube 335 set up and ready to go £30
Camping chairs (for adults and kids) £20
Sun awning £20
Collapsible large dining table £20
Electric heater £20
All the above available for additional £200 to your booking.
Fresh bedding and towels for the camper are an extra £50
Four legged friends will be a small surcharge to cover additional cleaning costs that may arise.
Delivery & Collection available with 50miles of London for an extra fee (please request on booking to check availability)
You need to supply
Your own bedding (double fitted sheets work best for poptop and rock n roll bed), sleeping bag or duvet.
Soap for hand washing
First aid kit
Your own food; oil and vinegar, herbs and spices, tea and coffee
Aluminum foil, Kitchen roll, Cling Film, Food storage bag
Trowel (for wild camping toilet!)
Toilet paper for campsite / hole in ground
Washing line / pegs
Duct tape (always useful)
- Kitchen unit
Suitable for tall people
Side facing seats
- Dining area
- 4 Berths (2 separate beds, Convertible bed 2p)
No smoking. Please treat the van like it's your own. Take care of it. Don't rag the engine. Be safe - drive carefully.Show more Show less
Alternative transport, Accomodation costs in case of repairs, Transport costs to garage and transport costs to alternative accommodation and Breakdown service
The deposit for this camping vehicle is €1,250. The deposit will be returned to you after the rental period.