Blubelle

Blubelle's owners Kati and Skippy come from a contemporary dance and circus background; and her roots are buried deeply in performing arts and Circus. Much of the inspiration for this iconic conversion came from the vehicles they saw at Burning Man festival where originality and creativity abound. Their conversion team was made up of many highly skilled circus folk (check out her conversion story below).

Their dream was to create a comfortable and tranquil space, which could enable off-grid solitude or connection with a like-minded community. To this end you will find a solar panel for power and a woodburner for heat when you need it. Plus, a cleverly stowed-away portable toilet to use if you wish.

Her craftsmanship is exquisite while her interior walks the line between serene simplicity and warm homeliness. Perfect for groups or families with 5 belted seats and 5 beds, her design adapts to her hosts. Our favourite feature is the clever multi-functional bunks which fold down into a sofa or up for bike storage. At 6' they are long enough for an adult and with optional sides they are also suitable for smaller people

So, take a break from jumping through hoops and regain your balance in Blubelle.
We had a fantastic trip in Blubelle - she has everything we needed
Liz Doy ~ April 2018

Essential Information

  • Collect from: Eastville, Bristol, South West
  • Size: Delux
  • 5 belted seats
  • Sleeps = 4 Adults 1 Child(ren)
  • Standard double bed, two 6'x2' (182cm x 60cm) bunk beds and cab bed
Europe
Shower
Festivals
Smoking
Pets
Tow bar
Heating
Air Con.
Built-in Toilet
London L.E.Z.

Prices for 2018 Low Low Mid Mid High
Mon-Thur (Day rate) £65 £80 £95 £111
Fri-Sun (Day rate) £92 £113 £134 £155
Weekend (3 days)
Week (7 days)
Min hire period 3 3 3 3

Notes: Prices may change without warning and for certain events will vary. Please click the 'Check availability' button to get an exact quote.

Further Information

  • Vehicle Type: MERCEDES, SPRINTER 311 CDI LWB
  • Registration: emailed when you book
  • Vehicle Year: 2007
  • Engine:
    • Size: 2148 litres
    • Fuel: Diesel
    • Fuel Efficiency: 30mpg
    • Transmission: Manual
    • Gears: 6
  • Size: 7.1m x 2.4m x 2.8m (LxWxH)
  • Weight:
    • Maximum: 3500kg
    • Unladen: 3080kg
    • Payload: kg

      Warning! Limited Payload. All drivers must be aware that with 5 belted seats the payload of this vehicle could be exceeded with normal use. It is the drivers responsibility to ensure that the total vehicle weight inlcuding driver, passengers and lugage, does not exceed 3500kg whilst on the road.

  • Belted seats: 5

Seating

Drivers seat and 2 x passenger seat in the cab all with 3 point belts
Rear facing bench seats, with two lap belts in the back.

Conversion Story

Blubelle's roots are buried deeply in performing arts and Circus, with a dream of living off grid in beautiful locations.
My wife Kati and I (Skippy) come from a dance & contemporary circus background. We met while performing at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics 2012.
In 2013 we spent a month touring California with time spent in the wonderful cosmopolitan and forward thinking San Francisco, camping in many a wild water spots, climbing in Yosemite National Park and then onto the extraordinary madness that is The Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert, where the incredible art cars, and a love of all things wood, ignited a spark of an idea.
When our son Luca was born in 2014, our lives and focus shifted and the joy of being with him gave us the impetus to create our dream, Blubelle.
The circus world is a loving family and you will find people with many wonderful artistic talents, so we pulled together-
John Beresford a world-famous street performer who lives with his family on a beautiful boat, for wood, wood and more wood.
Simon Scofield a world class aerialist and acrobalance performer, who lives in a yurt in peaceful woodland, for the roof canvas, and help with so many other things. We coppiced, stripped and seasoned all the Hazel from his woodland.
Rhys; an artist and sparky, another family boat dweller, to wire me up and advise on off grid technology and life in general.
Tom Cherry a sculptural metal worker and fabricator, who worked on the mutoid waste vehicles for the para Olympic, to create the unique and bespoke woodburner from salvaged steel from the local scrapyards.
And none of this could have been achieved without the help of James a philosopher, engineer and up-cycler whose warehouse space Blubelle lived in for the first 4 months of her new life and out of which came ideas, dreams and all the insulation, flooring and many little handy bits (recycle everything).
Darryl Carrington an up and coming comedian, juggler teacher and like-minded cycle enthusiast who warehouse space Blu spent the second part of her life along with lots of Circus paraphernalia.
Jamie Walker a world class diabolo performer & juggler and who's first-hand knowledge (he owns the van Maya), advice and patience (I asked him way too many questions) helped our dream to rise.
Sandy McClure a super visionary photographer and dear friend who patiently shot all my detail requests (hours and hours) and made Blu look as fine as she is, even though it rained on us.
And lastly David Ffrench himself an environmental engineer, self-build expert and man with a vision, for all his expert guidance and Blu's stunning fridge door.
All these people did SO much more that they were asked or paid to and have injected love and friendship into Blubelle and our family, we all share a common dream of peace and equality and our lives are richer for the experience.
So, here's Blu an art car that can go and find peace and tranquillity or community and entertainment to wash off everyday life and breath for a moment with family, friends or blissful solitude.

Sleeping & Seating

Blubelle has a Standard double bed, two 6'x2' (182cm x 60cm) bunk beds and cab bed which accommodates:

  • 4 adult(s)
  • 1 child(ren)

There is sociable seating for up to 7 people inside Blubelle .

Heating

There is a Woodburner to warm you up on colder days.

Kitchen facilities

  • three gas hobs for cooking
  • Sink
  • Water Tank
  • Fridge: compressor (12v only)

Cooking Equipment

1 Copper kettle
1 Espresso coffee maker
1 Tea pot with cosy
5 Mugs
5 Beakers
3 Cooking pots of different sizes with lids
1 Frying pan
2 Wooden chopping boards
2 Chopping knives of different lengths
1 Peeler
Assorted wooden cooking spoons
5 Dinner plates
5 Dinner bowls
5 Breakfast bowls
5 Sets of knives, forks, spoons and teaspoons
2 Sets of childs knives, forks and spoons
1 Fold away fruit bowel
2 Tea towels

Water is provided by: 2x 20 litre removable water containers with foot pump

Sanitary facilities

  • Shower: No
  • Portable toilet available as extra: Chemical toilet on a sliding tray under bunkbeds

Electrical Facilities

  • Electrical Hookup (240v)
  • Leisure Battery
  • Solar panel charging.
  • 12v Cigarette Lighter Sockets

Audio Equipment

Standard CD player in cab, portable bluetooth speaker supplied for everywhere else

Storage

There are four main empty storage areas: The biggest is under the rear bottom bunk, the sliding toilet is also housed here but can be removed if unwanted. The next is under the rear facing bench seat/head end of the double bed, the third is under the front facing bench/foot end of the bed and the fourth is an ellipse cutout in the outer edge of the front facing bench/foot end.
All there kitchen equipment is stored in 4 draws under the beautiful Scottish elm worktop, a long cupboard space with 3 sliding doors sits above the worktop, the two 20ltr water containers are stored in a cupboard under the sink, there is also a large draw under the cupboard and a small draw and two cubbyholes under the wood burner. There is also a phone pocket above the main bed , drivers side, and a shelf with USB charging points next to the main bed, passenger side.

Other Items

We can provide children's or adults games, puzzles and books if required.

Where is Blubelle?

Blubelle is parked outside my house in Eastville, a fifteen minute cycle from Temple Mead train station and very near to a bus stop that comes direct from the centre of town, with very quick and easy access off and onto the M32 and a local Tesco's superstore or Better Food Store selling local and organic foods plus eco-friendly health and beauty products, with a cafe .
Address
92 ROUSHAM ROAD
EASTVILLE
BS5 6XL
Pick-up and drop-off times

Default times on the bookings system are 2pm for pick-up and 12 noon for return but individual vehicle owners will have their own limitations on their availbality but will do their best to accommodate your needs.

Customer Car Parking
Street parking is available: If you are coming by car you are welcome to park it where Blubelle is usually parked.

Please note parking is provided at your own risk

For the full glamping experience the following extras are available to add to your booking when you make final payment.

Option Price
Bedding for 2 £12
Sat Nav - with slightly out of date maps £0
Towels (2 large fluffy ones) £8
Bedding for 4 £24
Fire kit- Logs/Kindling/Newspaper £8
Solar Shower £3.5
Chemical Toilet £5
Bike rack (for 3 bikes) £10
2 surfboards £75
2 bikes £50
Car Seat - Group 0+ (infant) £15
Car Seat - Group 1, 2, 3 £15

There is a tick box for each of the above on the booking form. Prices are per booking unless otherwise stated. All extras are subject to availability.

You will also be able to support Quirky Campers' ethical goals by making a donation to climate change prevention and mitigation projects - we suggest £2.50 per 100 miles. See our about us page for more details.

Blubelle has comprehensive insurance specifically for hiring of campervans that covers drivers which meet the following citeria:

Ages: between 23 and 75 years young
Nationality*: UK or EU driver’s licenses
Length held: Minimum 2 years
Points*: Up to two minor offenses in the past 5 years is OK (no more than 6 points)
Claims*: No more than 1 claim in the past 5 years

*NOTE: These items are flexible but the campervan owner will need to refer the driver's details to the insurer and may require some additional information.

International Drivers from most countries can be covered but the excess is likely to be higher. USA, CA, NZ or AU have always been a yes and often with the standard excess.

The full booking form will ask for all the relevant details but feel free to drop us an email if you have any questions. There is an excess of between £750 and £2000 in the event of any damage to the vehicle. This amount is set by the insurer and is dependant on driver age, convictions, claims and country of issue (for a UK driver with a clean license it will be £750).

Full breakdown cover is also included – details are in the Campervan.

  • Take to Festivals: Yes
  • Smoking Policy: No Smoking, please.
  • European Travel: Permitted
  • London Low Emission Zone: Compliant

Travelling with Children

Blubelle is suitable for travelling with children.

Due to having a wee one, three and a half, (and number two on the way) we made sure the van is very child friendly and as safe as possible, you can fit two child seats in the front, rear facing if necessary, the main draws have locks on, the wood burner has a safety guard that fixes in front of it. The two bunks have tough fabric supports that will stop a child from rolling out and the top bunk has a foot hole to help get up and down. The bunks have been designed to be individual fun spaces, with lovely character curtains that shut out the rest of the van. The top bunk has hot air balloons floating by and the bottom bunk has a wild flower meadow with butterfly's fluttering around (a few butterfly's have fluttered off around the van, see if you can find them). Each has a small personal storage compartment, for those secret items, and both have their own switched led lighting. The top bunk also has 2 USB charging points.

Pet Policy

Sorry no pets allowed inside the vehicle

European Travel

Yes you can take Blubelle outside the UK. Breakdown and insurance for European travel are included in the standard booking cost. Please note European travel include Republic of Ireland and the EU27. For other countries, please get in touch before you book and provide us with the dates, vehicle and countries to be visited.
Get in touch for a quote.

Mileage Limits

  • Full Price High Season – unlimited mileage
  • All other seasons and discounted bookings:
    • 200 miles per day
    • and then20 pence per mile
This will mean the vast majority of customers won't be charge any extra.

Driving Notes:

Please bear in mind the age, size and cruising speed of the vehicle when planning your journey. Some older and/or larger vehicles travel much more slowly than what you might be used to.
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Note: The hire of this vehicle is arranged by Quirky Campers ltd acting as the agent on behalf of Blubelle's owners. We make every effort to ensure that all the vehicles listed with us are of a high standard but cannot guarantee the condition of the vehicle. If you experience any problems please notify us as soon as possible.