Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A go-anywhere camper conversion

The better camping sites are often located at places which are not easily accessible by normal vehicles. Thus a campervan with off-road capability is an attractive proposition, it provide the comfort of home and the mobility to explore the great outdoor. Ideally, the base vehicle should be medium size van with 4wd chassis. There are no shortage of 4wd vehicles in Malaysia, but most are of the wagon body type, which do not have the internal space required for cameprvan conversion. 

A fine example of VW T3 Syncro camper conversion
 
Around the world, the VW T3 Syncro has been a popular base for such conversion due to its combination internal space and off-road capabilities. However the scarcity of T3 Syncro in Malaysia make it diificult for such concept to be realised here. The van that is closest to such criteria here is the Mitsubishi L300 4wd variant, besides being more common in Malaysia, it is also somewhat cheaper to maintain than the VW T3 Syncro. Below is an example of how the L300 4WD van can be turned into a campervan with some simple interior modification. The diagrams are self-explanatory.



































14 comments:

VW Campervan hire said...

Hey,
That's a really great conversion and it's good to see it being done. It really inspires me when people are able to do their own conversions and you can see a photographic path to how an ordinary van becomes a great campervan. This is my own campervan called called Notty who is awesome! Hope you enjoy looking at her!

Nacho said...

Great job !! I am coming to Malaysia for a few months and want to buy or rent a camper preferably 4 wheel drive. any advices please ?

TJ Chang said...

Unfortunately, there are no campervan for rent in Malaysia. There used to be one rental company but it went out of business years ago.

getono said...

Hi TJ Chang, how do you manage to get the camper insured. May i know which insurance company do you sue, and how the JPJ categorizes your vehicle. Thanks. Zul Birmingham,UK.

TJ Chang said...

The camper shown in this post is not mine, it was a conversion done by an Austrian guy. As for my own camper, JPJ classified as a van with caravan body under private ownership. I insured it under Takaful Insurance as per its capacity (1.8 litre), no difference from other privately owned van of similar capacity. A conversion as shown in this post would not change it's original classification because there's no body or structural change, by the same extension the insurance would be the same as well.

getono said...

Hi Tj, thanks. i'm planning to bring home this campervan. the devon on mudah.com is now sold. do you think i can get it registered and taxed normally. it is basd on delica L300, 4 gear manual. fitted with fully-coach built luton body by eura. i believe there is no structural changes, except for strenghtened suspension. it is a 1983 model.http://s1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa342/chezulkhairi/

TJ Chang said...

That is one great looking camper! My guess is that the existing UK legal papers for this camper should be sufficient for JPJ approval. To be on the safe side you may want to get copies of the builder's engineering plan and the UK road transport authorities approval papers. The insurance for campervan in Malaysia is simpler compared to UK where they have very specific tariff for this type of vehicles.

Anonymous said...

where can i covert my toyota innova to campervan.. i stay in subang jaya...can someone info me pls. tq

TJ Chang said...

Toyota Innova may not be suitable. A regular van will have better interior dimension and space.

Graeme said...

Hi TJ,
Love to see these campers in Malaysia! I'm going to be working here a while and would love to get hold of one - can you recommend how I might be able to buy one in Malaysia?

TJ Chang said...

Unfortunately campervan is not very common here. It may be easier to bring one in from your home country.

Julian Roe said...

I am about to settle in Kula Lumpur and bring my boatbuilding skills into play and convert a van.
I would like to find people in KL who can help me source a suitable vehicle and explain the legal side of converting a van.

TJ Chang said...

You need to get a licensed vehicle body architect to produce a plan to be submitted to the road transport authority (JPJ) technical department for approval. Upon completion, the vehicle will need to be inspected by the inspection agency (Puspakom) for on-the-road permit.

Anonymous said...

hi TJ chang..can i have a discussion with you regarding this campervan.i would like to start my own project.
please email me at whelmiawz@gmail.com.tq

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