There seems to be an opening in my life into which a motor-caravan would
fit (although the finances are going to be a struggle even for something
well over ten years old).
I've found a firm called "Romahome" based on the Isle of Wight (UK)
(<http://www.romahome.com/ although they seem to have allowed their
domain name to lapse) who have been building 2-berth motorhomes onto
Citroen base-vehicles (C15, Berlingo, Relay) for several years, and what
I've seen and read on-line so far suggests that they are good. Their
'Hylo' models look the most suitable for my purposes, as they are not much
bigger than a normal car.
Does anyone here have any experience of that make, or any other based on
Also - would I be expelled if I sold my ZX in part exchange for something
not even remotely Citroen-related? The motorhome aspect may have to trump
loyalty to Citroen, assuming I can manage the finances at all.
You can also post to news:uk.rec.caravanning which is where most of the
nonposters to news:uk.rec.motorcaravans who have motor caravans seem to
Web pages: http://www.caravanningnow.co.uk/ for caravanning,
http://www.rcole.org/ for my personal web site and
http://www.homeindorset.co.uk because I love the email address.
Of course, everyone knew that, somewhere down under all those layers of
leather and chain mail, dwarfs came in enough different types to ensure the
Whiskers ( email@example.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like
they were saying :
Buy an H-van or Acadiane.
Fit it out as a camper.
Job done, with a damn sight more style than a B'lingo or Relay...
Our Acad has a raised bed base which takes a 1m wide futon - I'm 6'2", and
we both sleep comfortably in it.
Best H-van conversion I've seen was simple - they bought a Welsh Dresser,
took it home in the van, found it wouldn't fit in their kitchen, so bolted
it into the van. Conversion finished. Lob a mattress on the floor.
I don't mind that sort of 'boring'; where can I find them and how much do
they cost and how easy are they to park and how well can they handle long
journeys and bad weather? (I have found <http://www.hvan.co.uk/ and
<http://www.citroenet.org.uk/utilities/h-van/hvan-srw/in ). Presumably,
they are all left-hand drive - which is not a good feature in the UK,
particularly when trying to pay at tolls or car-parks without a passenger
to reach through the right-hand window.
I suspect that my octogenarian parents would struggle to get aboard.
Certainly, a Citroen H-Van camper would be more to my liking than a
VW-based one, if I end up looking at things that age and size.
One step at a time; I'm right at the beginning of this line of thought.
I'll struggle to pay anything. I've seen adverts for C15-based campers in
that sort of price range, and they have the practical merits of being newer
and less basic in design than the H-vans. They do lack the charm, of
I could probably manage to acquire a nice line in Breton or Gallic
invective and small-talk, but I no longer smoke so the strong cigarettes
are out (and I was a pipe-smoker anyway, which in my mind goes better with
a Light 15 than with an H-van), and I don't want to get into the habit of
swigging from bottles of Pernod or bad wine. I do quite like garlic.
I'm no speed merchant, and one of the reasons for thinking about a camper
van is so that I can break down cross-country journeys into two or more
days without the expense and planning of finding 'conventional' places to
eat and sleep. I only use motorways if time is short or to simplify
Being able to just go, at the drop of a hat, is the plan.
My family are scattered to the far corners of southern Britain, and aren't
getting any younger - so I want to be able to visit at short notice and be
useful without imposing any need for them to provide hospitality. My own
health and mobility aren't what they used to be either, and money is
scarce. The hobby and leisure aspects of a camper van are secondary in my
thinking at the moment, albeit not unattractive.
Different style, certainly. I don't think I've ever seen any sort of H
van in the UK. I think they're a bit larger on the outside than I'm
contemplating - although I might tolerate that if the price is right. But
I really want to able to park in the space that a car would use, hence the
C15 or Berlingo as a base vehicle.
I do like the 'real Citroen' aspect of the H vans, although I'd be rather
concerned about the reliability of a commercial vehicle that would have to
be at least 25 years old now.
I'm really not up to doing a conversion for myself, and I'm too old and
stiff to want to manage with a mattress on the floor in the back of a
An Acadiane might be more the size I'm looking for, but again the age and
reliability would worry me.
I think I want some insulation, heating, and other luxuries - and
something I can use as a passable 'ordinary car' too.
Not where I look, but inner London isn't the natural habitat of camper
vans and when I'm driving I don't pay attention to the make and model of
every vehicle in sight, so I can accept that they may have failed to
register on my conscious mind.
That's the top end of my tolerable size-range.
True, at least in terms of road space covered.
Thanks for the tip!
I'm certainly big, and well past the stage of life at which comfort can be
dismissed as unnecessary. I can't afford to run two cars; even one is a
I passed a H-van (and proper period camper conversion too) going the
other way a few days ago, such was my surprise that I nearly ran up
the read of the car in front! Always wanted a H-van ever since
childhood, many happy memories of the family driving through France to
holidays in Spain, tis true that every other small trader seemed to
have one (mind you every other car seemed to be either a 2cv or DS
back in the '60's and early '70's), I often wonder how many H-vans the
local 'Ice Man'  got through in his working life...
 sold blocks of ice, the size of washing up bowls, each morning
from the back of a H-van
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