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Which Sussex Campervan is for me? People often ask me what’s the difference between all our pop-top campers, so here’s a quick guide to Sussex Campervans’ latest models – compare our campervans here.

 

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We have a selection of stock vehicles for you to see when you visit – and we can also build to order

 

In this guide to Sussex Campervans, we look at all our camper van conversions and give typical specifications and approximate starting prices. We compare our campervans here

Volkswagen Caledonia SX

From £39,995 ‘brand new secondhand’ or from £43,995 all new*

Manhattan SX

Manhattan Compact (SWB) from £34,995 ‘brand new secondhand’ or £39,995 all new. Manhattan MPV (LWB) from £36,995  ‘brand new secondhand’ or from £42,995 all new.*

Both the Caledonia and Manhattan ranges have a classic campervan layout – with a side-kitchen, a rear seat with two seatbelts that turns into our own Rock ‘n’ Roll double bed, and an optional double bed in the pop-top roof.

Shared highlights:
4 or 5 belted seats
Front passenger seat options – swivelling single or double seats
Sleeps 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 van only)
Microwave option.

Differences between the Caledonia SX and the Manhattan SX 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 siblings, the Nissan NV300 and 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.

*NB Start prices depend on the exact specification required and the base vehicle prices available to us at the time of ordering. A ‘brand new secondhand’ campervan is a new conversion of a pre-owned van.

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

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 SX: 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.

 

Pop top campervan Manhattan by Sussex Campervans

The shape of the award-winning Renault Trafic (and its siblings the Nissan NV300 and Vauxhall Vivaro) makes it a fantastic campervan

 

The NV200 CamperCar SX

From £31,995 brand new secondhand or from £35,995 all new.*
It’s just 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

Dimensions:
Length: 4.4m; Width: 2m (incl mirrors); Height: 1.95m approx.
Rock ‘n’ Roll bed: 3ft 4in x 6ft (not counting the front swivel seat)
Pop-top roof boards option.

*NB Start prices depend on the exact specification required and the base vehicle prices available to us at the time of ordering. A ‘brand new secondhand’ campervan is a new conversion of a pre-owned van. Our petrol-auto CamperCars are based on nearly new NV200 vans that we regularly import directly from Japan.

This Sussex Campervans Nissan NV200 CamperCar is the petrol engine version, with an automatic gearbox, pop-top roof and a tailgate

The Paradise Compact SX

From £36,995 ‘brand new secondhand’ or from £41,995 all new

Paradise Twin SX

From £37,995 ‘brand new secondhand’ or from £44,995 all new

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

*NB Start prices depend on the exact specification required and the base vehicle prices available to us at the time of ordering. A ‘brand new secondhand’ campervan is a new conversion of a pre-owned van.

Paradise SX pop top campervan from Sussex Campervans 5

The Paradise SX range has a separate rear kitchen and a full-width kingsize bed at the front

The Venturer SE (from £27,995 ‘brand new secondhand’ or from £33,495 all new)
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
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. All start prices are approximate and will depend on your exact requirements. 

 

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I hope that this guide to Sussex Campervans, featuring our latest models, is helpful. The best ways to decide which of our bespoke van conversions is right for you are to browse the ‘Our campers‘ pages on our website, complete with video tours of each model, then ring to book a visit.

We’re open six days a week – Monday to Friday, 9-5, and Saturday, 10-4. Just let us know when you’re hoping to arrive, so we can book you an appointment and get ready to put the kettle on.

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