We don’t need to add any comments or embellishments – just watch the impartial review of the Ecowagon 2020 Volkswagen T6.1 demo van conversion. Thanks to A Bus And Beyond camper reviews. P.S. If you want to have a laugh go and read the comments below the video on YouTube. Oh, there’s some drama there.
Originally posted 16/03/2020: Caravan Guard.
Fancy aspiring to this? It’s easy to argue this is one of the finest Volkswagen-based camper conversions money can buy.
Ecowagon itself needs some introduction. It’s a small, fully independent converter that sells direct and has always specialised in Volkswagen vans. OK, so there are hundreds of such companies throughout the country, but there’s one thing that makes Redruth, Cornwall-based Ecowagon special – its total commitment to quality.
And yes, that does mean paying higher prices. Brace yourselves, because the vehicle here, complete with a whole string of optional extras (as listed opposite, some £13,000 in total, although there are more), comes out at some £88,750.
You did read that right. And that’s before you take into account what level of specification you want on your Transporter base (as here, it’s the T6 with Highline trim). Hence, it’s easier to talk of the Expo Plus conversion price starting at £34,995 – and that’s on top of your personally selected base vehicle.
As you’ve surmised, then, this is very individualistic and – to be frank – if you’re going to order a vehicle like this you need to know exactly what you want.
The “standard” Expo Plus comes with a choice of Reimo Easy (electrically operated) or SCA elevating roof including bed, a rear travel seat/bed system you’ll only find elsewhere in Volkswagen’s own California, the usual VW-based camper fittings (two-ring gas hob, 50-litre compressor fridge) and then a fair sprinkling of “desirables” ranging from wind-out awning to 160W solar panel, underslung gas tank, diesel-fuelled heating, and much more.
On top of this are some unique Ecowagon fittings, such as its own curved-edged furniture, and blinds with flyscreens, through to external shower with its own supply tank. It’s all highly bespoke. Or, as Ecowagon puts it, “If we can design it or fit then we will.” And, of course, you can have a virtually unlimited choice of colourways to suit your final choices on overall specification.
The overall quality, however, is what really shines through. It also backs it all up with its own “no quibble” three-year warranty.
Ecowagon doesn’t deviate from the classic VW camper floorplan, with furniture along one side and that California-derived sliding rear seat/bed (adapted for UK use by Ecowagon). And items like the combination hob and sink are typical of any campervan conversion. On top of all this, however, you will want to consider quality such as the catches for the lockers, runners for the drawers etc.
There really are so many clever touches here, too. Examples range from dimmable LED lighting, to the folding table system, to the upper-level lockers, to the folding shelving in the wardrobe and – again – more.
Also, note the main control panel and associated fuses etc are all tucked away neatly inside the wardrobe but – and it’s an important but – are oh-so practical.
A dream machine for many, of course. This nevertheless shows what can be done these days with a VW campervan conversion. Inevitably, though, it’s with you, the paying customer, where the ultimate responsibility lies.
Here at Caravan Guard we offer comprehensive and specialist campervan insurance cover for “bespoke”, professionally converted campervans such as this.
If your campervan converter isn’t listed on our website when getting an insurance quote online then please call us on 01422 396852 and speak to one of our specialist advisers.
Verdict: Top-of-the-tree bespoke VW-based camper
Plus: Superior quality bespoke work, sensible features
In-a-nutshell: A campervan plus!
Many thanks to Caravan Guard for this article. © Images courtesy of Caravan Guard. The original post can be viewed by clicking here.
Ecowagon has been converting VW vans to campervans at its Cornish base for some time but 2018 saw its exhibit at the Motorhome and Caravan Show for the first time. Print Editor Stuart Kidman of Caravan and Camping Club took a closer look at one of its latest models, the Expo Plus VW T6 conversion.
The price in the video review is advertised at £67,000.00 for the base van and conversion. Expo Plus conversions start at £34,995.00 and the Expo VW camper van conversion is from £17,995.00. You can see the prices of all our conversions here.
It was a privilege to hear Stuart sing our praises:
We sat in the Expo Plus and it’s utterly stunning… really, really excellent conversion.
Nick Harding took a look at the Ecowagon Switch bespoke Volkswagen campervan conversion boasting a plethora of luxury options which Club members Jeff and Nikki have been using to tour Africa. Read the full test report of this very special Ecowagon Switch VW conversion on pages 102-104 in the June 2018 issue of the Club Magazine (if you’re a subscriber).
Please note that the van is reported at a price of £80,000 but the conversion is from £24,995.00 (as of November 2018). Jeff and Nikki purchased a very high spec VW Transporter van for this conversion.
From April 2016, MMM magazine look at some of the best T5 VW campervans on the market. We had some stiff competition here but we decided to present a van that definitely had character!
The Ecowagon Ultimate Explorer (no longer produced) is reviewed – a forerunner to the Expo and Expo Plus. Inspired by a Scottish colour palette with heather and moorland hues, this VW conversion interior is BRIGHT and BOLD in equal measures. Please note that this conversion does not have the bespoke Ecowagon blinds that we now fit to our T5 and T6 conversions. Many other advances have been made too including technology and flexibility. We constantly improve and innovate.
The Ecowagon review begins at 12 minutes and 23 seconds and ends at 15 minutes and 59 seconds.