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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.
Very pleased with our new Van. We went with the Expo spec with some extra items to make it exactly what we wanted. Kenny and his team were very patient taking us through the whole bespoke build choices answering all our questions. The big difference to us was the quality of the build / fit out which is far better than alternatives. Would definitely recommend Ecowagon if you are looking to have a great VW camper van. 5 star service and build quality. 👍.
Got some work done on my van and couldn’t be happier. Thanks to Kenny and the guys at Ecowagon.
We are soooooo pleased with our conversion.
We went for the Eco Plus with a few extra personal touches and it could not be better. Kenny, John, Jay, Alex and the rest of the team have been so helpful and friendly from the start and turned our vision into reality.
We have had the van for a few months now and have had one or two teething problems but these have been sorted by the team with no hassle or fuss. I recommend Ecowagon to everyone.
The team at Ecowagon were amazingly helpful and did a great quality conversion for me. Really glad I came to them to get the work done as their prices are much more reasonable than other similar companies plus their workmanship and customer service is superior.
Gwen and Kev
Converting a VW van has been in the planning stage for some time. We went to the NEC Motorhome show in 2018 to find inspiration. We looked at every VW van and conversion and had a lot of discussions. It was all a bit overwhelming and when we got home we reflected on all we’d seen and all of the reading material. Separately we both came up with only one option to give us all we wanted – Ecowagon.
So, we went to Cornwall to order in May 2019. Kenny and the team couldn’t have been more welcoming or helpful, even Misty the dog was great!
Originally we had hoped for completion by end September but turns out the Spanish machine which does the edgebanding was not providing the ‘proper Ecowagon’ beautiful finish so we have ended up with a most amazing hand finished units, yes a bit delayed but so worth it.
We went again to the NEC this year and once more we didn’t think anyone else has the finish and attention to detail of the team Ecowagon. We also enjoyed meeting the friendly team, they are real characters and in their own way all helped us to realise our dream van with windows 🤣
If you want a conversion where details are important and you achieve the look you want: Go to Ecowagon. They are worth the beautiful journey to Cornwall, they are a real friendly team and the options for your custom build are endless.
We are blown away by the end result, surpassed our expectations and we would highly recommend that if you are thinking of converting a VW van give them a call
Brilliant team, thank you so much
Gwen and Kev
Sheila Zeat Kane
Having owned a campervan or motorhome, in one format or another, for the last 30 years I can honestly say that Ecowagon are the converters of choice for my next, and probably final, van! I have recently sourced a fantastic VW through them with the aim of having it ‘transformed’ later in the year. Kenny, John and the team have impressed with their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm and I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone wanting a quality conversion.
Sarah Louise Buckle
Fantastic conversion by the guys at Ecowagon. They allow you to fully customise your interior to your own specific requirements. They give you a super high quality finish and are really helpful, even with any little problems you may incur after collection. For me I found that it was quite hard for my 84year old mum to climb in and out so they fitted an extra grab handle.
Really happy with my bus and the service the guys provide. Definitely recommend them.
Ecowagon great bunch of lads can’t do enough for you I would recommend these lads completely they do what it says on the tin.
We love our new van – the fit out quality is fantastic and in our opinion much better than other alternative options (inc VW!). We could choose what we wanted bespoke to our needs / tastes which is great. Kenny and his team were really helpful (and patient) answering any questions we had. Would definitely recommend Ecowagon if you are looking to have a great VW camper van 10/10 👍.
Picked up my T6 Ecowagon Expo three months ago and we are still completely stoked with the conversion. The van is highly specced and finished to an amazing standard. With two young kids, it makes accessing the outdoors so easy as a family and it has genuinely changed our lives. The best investment I’ve ever made.
The support in sourcing a van, the design phase, build and aftercare has been exceptional and I cannot fault any of it. A very well thought and personally tailored operation. Kenny, John, Jay, Rimaz and the rest of the Ecowagon team are all superb. I cannot recommend them more highly enough.
We are over the moon with the job that Kenny & the team did on our T5 Panel Van, converting it to our beautiful new Expo camper. Ecowagon took care of everything – exterior styling, wheels, media system and the fantastic interior. Quality materials are used throughout and having looked at many options the finish is really second to none. We love the clean styling and sleek finish. The investment we have made with Ecowagon should give us many years of happiness as a family.
Thank you Kenny, John and all the guys – we are really grateful.
Ecowagon forever… I have had two vans fitted by Kenny, John and team, both of them in the days when they were not starting out with brand new vans, and have been very happy with both, the interior build quality is really good, and remains looking good, even after more than four years now. The guys are very friendly, really professional, and have always been quick to sort out any little problems. Brilliant team with deep knowledge of great vans. Thanks guys!
We saw Ecowagons at the NEC motorhome show, and it was immediately clear they are a cut above the rest (and we sat in all of them!) in terms of quality level.
Dealing with Kenny and the team throughout the build was a pleasure. Responsive to any questions and genuine, thought through advice at every stage.
When you pick up the van they talk you through every aspect. The quality of the finish is absolutely superb – even looking at ridges between floor and wall you can how they’ve selected the perfect material to ensure a robust and easy to clean surface. The cabinets feel like they’re from a top end kitchen. The leather work on the seats is immaculate. Nothing rattles or shakes as you drive. The shower point is outside to ensure no water in the van. They can put the water and gas beneath the van to maximise storage. They have spent years refining their selection of each component (they passionately told me about many of them!). I could go on and on and on!
We picked up our T6 VW Camper just before Christmas.
We had a couple of electrical teething problems which Kenny and John sorted out promptly. We have now had two ten day trips to France in varying weather conditions ranging from snow and ice to beautiful sunny days on the coast. In all of these conditions the van has worked perfectly.
We absolutely love the freedom that the van gives us having previously had a larger Hymer motorhome. The flexibility of being able to wild camp and get into any location, town or country makes this an ideal vehicle for us.
The whole process from start to finish in purchasing the van to completion has been an enjoyable experience helped greatly by Kenny, John and the rest of the team at Ecowagon.
We have an individual VW designed and custom built to our specific needs. The van is beatifully made inside and will give us many years of pleasure.
Fiona and Martin
Beautiful conversations, I would definitely recommend using Ecowagon for your your van conversion.
We have been dreaming of a VW Camper for some time and spent endless hours researching what we wanted. Taking early retirement this year has enabled the dream to come true. We first saw Kenny and Ecowagon at a camper van show in Exeter in March this year and we were blown away by what we saw and the outstanding quality of the conversions. The research, debate and discussion continued when in late summer we had sourced a donor van and we were finally in a position to take the plunge. And all we could think of was an Ecowagon camper, nothing else would do! Today we took delivery of our camper and we are absolutely delighted and thrilled with it; the attention to detail and quality of the finish are exemplary. Kenny and the team have been extremely helpful and provided excellent guidance and endless ideas throughout this process. We cannot thank them enough.
Simon & Jill, Devon.
Kenny and Ecowagon team
We just wanted to thank you for our superb camper van conversion which we picked up on Saturday. We stayed overnight on our way back to Pembrokeshire and had our first experience of the comfort the van now provides.
During our van conversion odyssey, we looked at many conversion companies and were fortunate to meet you at the recent Exeter motor home show. It quickly became apparent to us the quality of the van conversions that Ecowagon achieve, in particular the total attention to detail.
During the conversion period you answered all our enquiries promptly and kept us updated with regular photos which we appreciated. The completed van photos on your Facebook show the high quality of your work, we shall be recommending Ecowagon to any people we meet during our travels who are considering a van conversion. A special thanks to John for the quality of his cabinet making and his design CAD skills!
Phil and Ceri
Asked to do a day van style conversion on our T5 as we wanted a full width bed rather than cupboards down the side. Still managed to get a hob, sink, fridge, 240V and 12V, plus a massive cupboard and drawer. Very clever design and done from scratch to meet our requirements. Quality and finish both great, staff are polite, knowledgeable and down to Earth. Will be back soon for a wind out awning!
These guys are great!! 5* all round… the transit custom seats I chose to have put in my T5 where a bit of a task, but they did it & they look awesome to top it off they fitted my floor as well… the service provided was efficient and friendly… fully recommended, one happy lady.
Ecowagon have done an outstanding conversion on my van. Attention to detail, quality, finish and price was better than all its local competitors. I’m absolutely chuffed with the results, and highly recommend them. Thanks guys 🙂
The guys at ecowagon are absolutely the best at what they do if you go you will not be disappointed they have recently done a conversion on my family’s T4 it’s the best I’ve seen.
Awesome campers, incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wouldn’t go anywhere else!
Great service and great camper conversions.
Thanks to Kenny and the guys for recently kitting my T5 out with all the electrical fittings needed to become an awesome camper. Friendly service with helpful advice!
Thanks to Kenny, John, Alex and everyone else at Ecowagon. Really love my T5 camper. Stylish, high quality and has everything I need. Such friendly service. No hard sale. Kenny and John answered my never-ending questions without making me feel like a nuisance. Looking forward to some great times in my van.
Thank you Nikki and Jeff:
Really helpful and knowledgeable team can’t recommend them enough.
Norman and Vicky
Kenny and his team have done a fantastic job on my T5. The quality of workmanship is great and very friendly service. Thank you guys and not forgetting Misty, Love it !!
Ricky James Davies
Fantastic set up!!!! Good friendly people with a lot of knowledge, if I need anything els doin I will definitely be using these guys !!!!!! Thank you
These are the guys to see if your looking at getting a camper fitted out!
Picked my newly converted “Ecowagon” up on Monday and headed straight for Salcombe to try it out for 3 days. Absolutely blown away with the attention to detail and finish of the whole conversion. If you need a quality bespoke conversion then these are the boys to use. But be quick, they are already booked up to xmas, get in before they put prices up!!!
We are so delighted with our camper van from Ecowagon, thank you Kenny and everyone who turned our van into such a stunning home on wheels! We’ve already had a weekend away in it and it has surpassed all expectations, the finish is beautiful, everything feels really sturdy and we were so pleased with the clever design that gave us loads of storage space as well plenty of room for 4 of us plus 2 dogs. My kids want to live in it, literally – they did their homework sat in there last night (so it must have magic powers too). Everything works, fits neatly, it came in on time and on budget – we couldn’t be happier.
Kenny, John and Jay turned my old electrician’s van into far more than a camper. The meticulous attention to every little detail has produced a work of art. Well worth every penny.
Here’s a collection of not so good reviews, some are even quite strange.
We called into Ecowagon almost 3 months ago… the guy we saw assured us Kenny would call us to discuss a quote for some units we wanted to have made and fitted… still waiting for that call…
I contacted this ‘specialist’ company about taking my van in to them to carry out some work converting my van. They took all my details and no one has had taken the time or courtesy to contact me – how can people turn away thousands of pounds!! Complete lack of customer care.
Interestingly, Chris Smith changed his name to Jayne Pearce recently. Google are investigating.
This was our response:
“Hi Chris. Sorry we didn’t get back to you we have been really busy recently. We don’t seem to have any record of you contacting us? We were away displaying at the NEC motorhome show a few weeks back possibly it was then you phoned? We pride ourself on good customer service as you can see by reading our other reviews.”
This was our response:
“Hi Chis, I can’t recall ever doing any work for you. If we did and you have an issue please don’t hesitate to contact me. We always stand by our no quibble 3 year warranty on all our work.