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Essential Information

  • Collect from: Nottingham, East Midlands
  • Size: Compact
  • Belted seats: 4
  • Sleeps: 2 Adults 2 Child(ren)
  • Bed types: Rock and Roll 3/4 Double bed, give 4 feet wide by 6 feet long when down. Plus NEW for 2019, a bed across the front seats when swivelled. Suits child to 100cm tall. Further upper bunk accessed by folding steps would suit a child aged up to 8 / 130cm tall.
  • License Required: Standard UK/EU license
  • Europe
  • Shower
  • Festivals
  • Smoking
  • Pets
  • Tow bar
  • Heating
  • Air Con.
  • Built-in Toilet
  • London L.E.Z.
  • Wow o wow what a beautiful set up - a masterpiece

    Kayleigh ~ May 2018
  • Everything we needed was included. The bed with the topper was super comfortable.

    Jackie & Martin ~ July 2018
  • Sylvester provided the perfect escape from reality & we loved every minute!

    Stuart, Carla and Bosco ~ September 2018
  • Quirky and practical - comfortable to drive and to sleep in.

    Fiona and Graham ~ August 2018
  • This was our first time in a campervan & we loved it very much

    Jay and Ruth ~ August 2018
  • I was surprised how easy Sylvester was to drive, he drives just like a car!

    Rebecca C ~ September 2018
  • Sylvester is simply gorgeous! You can tell that the van has been crafted & decorated with love & care.

    Becs C ~ September 2018
  • we loved the quirky bits

    Nigel ~ August 2019

Note: The hire of this vehicle is arranged by Quirky Campers ltd acting as the agent on behalf of Sylvester'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.

Sylvester the campervan is the definition of ‘small but perfectly formed’; who knew you could fit so much quirkiness into a vehicle of this size! He has been beautifully handcrafted by his owner Jon, who had previous experience converting a traditional VW, then saw the quirky light and decided to create something that would feel like a real home from home.

From his miniature herb garden to his copper sink, handmade doorknobs to penny curtain tiebacks (see what we mean in the pictures), everything about Sylvester is handsome, original and executed to perfection.

He is fully functional off grid with a solar panel and propex heating system so is suited to low-tech campsites and wild camping. He is hardly bigger than a car, feels similar to drive and can squeeze into a car park space, but when you arrive open the pop-top and roll out the awning to double your living space. If you want the full luxury experience just add on the enclosed awning and shower tent.

Finally, located in Nottingham, Sylvester is ideally located for… well pretty much everywhere! Southerners going North, Northerners going South and those arriving at East Midlands Airport.

NEW FOR 2019
Sylvester has now been fitted with a removable child's bed and folding steps to access the bed above the cabin. Will suit a child up to age 8 / height 130cm. PLUS a small bed across the front seats, suit a child to 100cm tall.

Further Information

  • The Vehicle
    • Vehicle Type: Vauxhall , Vivaro
    • Registration: emailed when you book
    • Vehicle Year: 2013
    • Engine:
      • Size: 1995 litres
      • Fuel: Diesel
      • Fuel Efficiency: 36mpg
      • Transmission: Manual
      • Gears: 6
    • Size: 5.182m x 2.206m x 1.968m (LxWxH)
    • Weight:
      • Maximum: 3030kg
      • Unladen: 2280kg
      • Payload: kg
    • Belted seats: 4
    • Air Conditioned Cab: Yes
    • Tow Bar: Yes


    Two front seats that swivel when parked up for extra seating.

    Rock and Roll bed at rear with crash test certification, comes with two three-point Seat belts.

    Conversion Story

    Sylvester is my second van conversion, well in truth probably my third as I wanted a van when I was 19 and the first vehicle I owned was an Austin A35 van. This probably started the seed way back then. It was to be a simple customised conversion.

    Van Mk.II was a 42 year old VW Late Bay that I converted in late 2016, it turned out very well and received many positive comments. I had fully intended to hire it out but in the end we found it to be uncomfortable for long journeys, no heating (barely anyway) no aircon and quite noisy. It was beautiful but it had to go! Luckily I had no end of interested parties and it has now gone to a lovely couple of women that reside in Brighton.

    This brings us to Sylvester. Being a far more modern vehicle, he is far more suited to hills and the open road - with more than enough power to keep up with modern traffic. Great heating for cooler months and aircon when it sometimes gets hot! It now extends our camping season. That coupled with the quick to heat Propex and Solar power, we are well placed for going off grid when the mood takes us.

    The van has been insulated to a high standard so you will be kept nice and toasty even in the winter. A high quality pop top was fitted in December last year which when raised gives great head room, I am six foot and I still have lots more space above me. Side vents either side on the canvas give excellent ventilation and the front facing window floods light into the space. The Pop top also has a 150w solar panel so if you point the tail to South (Compass included) then you should have all the power you need.

    It does have a recently fitted 300w Mains Inverter, not powerful enough for electric heaters or hairdryers but ideal for using a Laptop or small TV for instance. (Both not included). Both front seats rotate giving a very spacious feel to the van.

    Sylvester has been more of an organic build this time. We both had items from parents, now sadly gone that we wanted to take with us, to keep them close on our journeys yet to come. So you will find Rosewood from an old harmonium that tops off the tall cupboard as well as making perfect drawer fronts. Old copper coins and thrupenny bits are used to great effect as curtain tie backs also from our family collection. You may even see an old copper kettle which was my mum’s in there. To complete the quirkiness we have an antique copper jam pan doubling up as a sink AND for heating water... and why not! Worktops as well as the dining table are made from Bamboo, a light but very strong wood.

    Hopefully I have learned new ideas as I have gone along. Sylvester may not be quirky from the outside but the intention was to create a welcoming homely space on the interior, I hope you feel that has been achieved. Helena my partner has made a lovely set of curtains to complement the wood interior.

    I am a self employed Graphic Designer, creating these Campervans has been a wonderful diversion from the day job. Is it the last one I will ever convert? Time will tell but I think that is highly unlikely, watch this space! Onwards and quite possibly upwards as they say :)
  • The Accommodation

    Sleeping & Seating

    Sylvester has a Rock and Roll 3/4 Double bed, give 4 feet wide by 6 feet long when down. Plus NEW for 2019, a bed across the front seats when swivelled. Suits child to 100cm tall. Further upper bunk accessed by folding steps would suit a child aged up to 8 / 130cm tall. which accommodates:

    • 2 adult(s)
    • 2 child(ren)

    There is sociable seating for up to 4 people inside Sylvester and there are 2 portable seats included in the hire for use outside.


    There is a Gas Heater to warm you up on colder days.

    Kitchen facilities

    • two hobs for cooking
    • Sink
    • Water Tank
    • Running hot water.
    • Fridge: coolbox

    Cooking Equipment

    Twin gas hob for cooking, along with a single portable induction hob for use when on electrical hookup.

    A charming French Jam pan has been used as a sink and does not have a waste connection so if the location is suitable and the waste water is ok it can simply be emptied outside. We do have a pop up 5 litre bucket if you wish to carry it to a waste disposal point. The jam pan can also be placed on the hob with a suitable amount of water to rapidly heat for washing or showering.

    Cooking Equipment
    1 Copper kettle
    1 Espresso coffee maker
    2 Mugs
    2 Clear Beakers, suitable for beer, fruit juice or wine.
    1 Steamer with two tiers
    1 Frying pan
    2 Plastic chopping boards
    2 Chopping knives of different lengths
    1 Peeler
    2 wooden cooking spoons
    2 Dinner plates
    2 Breakfast/ Dinner bowls
    4 Sets of knives, forks, spoons and teaspoons
    1 Tea towel
    Cleaning sponge and washing up liquid

    Water is provided by: Water is provided by: 1 x 20 litre removable water container with electric pump which automatically comes on when the tap is opened - using a pressure drop switch so that a conventional tap can be used.

    SHOWER: Yes, rechargeable electric, used in conjunction with a 5 litre collapsible bucket and a shower/toilet tent. (Available as an optional Extra)

    Sanitary facilities

    • Shower: No
    • Portable toilet available as extra: Portable Chemical toilet suitable for use in outside toilet tent.

    Electrical Facilities

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

    Audio Equipment

    XTRONS TB706PL 8-Core Android 6.0 Double DIN - SATELLITE NAVIGATION - Car GPS Stereo DAB+ Radio. A multi function Radio that has DAB, FM Radio, GPS and other Android Apps such as This will be loaded up with many hours of tracks in advance in case you are in a dead wifi zone. The DAB and FM radio are fair but there are a few dead spots. If you have a good Mobile data package I can recommend turning on mobile data, setting up a wifi hotspot on your phone (tethering) and logging into it via the XTRONS. You can then use the BBC Iplayer app installed to listen to current and past programs in great quality. Also included is a small Bluetooth speaker that can link to your phone or iPad etc.


    There is storage for coats and bags in the cupboard by the side of the Rock and Roll bed, plus a little space over the back of the R/R seat when up. When the vehicle is on site and roof up, there are plenty of storage spaces on top of cupboards and at the front.

    Other Items

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

  • Location & Parking

    Where is Sylvester?

    Sylvester is parked outside my house in East Bridgford, a five minute drive from Bingham train station and 30 minutes from Nottingham station. If you require picking up from either station please let us know in advance. We are also very close to the A46, A6097 with easy connection to the M1 and A1. East Midlands Airport is the closest to us and is 23 miles, 38 minutes away by car. You could take the Skylink Express bus to Nottingham (28 minutes) and we could collect you from there if required.
    Street parking is available: If you are coming by car you are welcome to park it where Sylvester is usually parked. Please note parking is provided at your own risk.
    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 Sylvester is usually parked.

    Please note parking is provided at your own risk

  • Extras

    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
    Camping Furniture (table and 2 x chairs) £10
    Camping Furniture (2 x chairs) £5
    12v cool box £8
    Canvas Awning £
    Awning - Drive-away £25
    Portable Camping Toilet with Utility Tent £17.5
    2 or 3 person tent £10
    Electric Rechargeable Outdoor Shower and Tent £7
    Wifi (5GB data - top ups available) £25
    Car Seat - Group 0+ (infant) £15
    Car Seat - Group 1, 2, 3 £15
    Bike rack for 2 bikes £20
    Yoga mat £2
    Towels for 2 people (2 large and 2 small) £10
    Fleece blankets x2 £0
    Bluetooth speaker £0
    6 pole Windbreak £8

    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.

  • Insurance, Breakdown & Drivers

    Sylvester 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.

  • Usage
    • Take to Festivals: Yes
    • Smoking Policy: No Smoking, please.
    • European Travel: No
    • London Low Emission Zone: No not-compliant

    Travelling with Children

    Sylvester is suitable for travelling with children.

    Having 4 seatbelts, children could be accommodated. If you choose the optional Air inflatable awning there is plenty of space for children to sleep on an airbed and sleeping bags (Airbed and bags not supplied). NEW for 2019 are two internal beds across the front seats and a bunk bed. Suits up to 130cm tall children.

    Pet Policy

    Sorry no pets allowed inside the vehicle

    European Travel

    Sylvester cannot be taken outside the UK

    Driving in London

    Sylvester can NOT be driven inside London's Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) or London's Ultra Low Emissions Zone. If you need to drive inside either the LEZ or ULEZ you need to Pay to Drive in London

    Mileage Limits

    • 200 miles per day
    • and then 20 pence per mile
    This will mean the vast majority of customers won't be charged 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.
  • Season dates
    19/12/201905/01/2020Low Mid
    07/02/202023/02/2020Low Mid
    18/12/202010/01/2021Low Mid

    Note: Dates subject to change without warning

  • Prices

    Prices for 2019 Low Low Mid Mid High
    Mon-Thur (Day rate) £62 £76 £90 £104
    Fri-Sun (Day rate) £86 £107 £126 £146
    Weekend (3 days)
    Week (7 days)
    Min hire period 3 3 3 5

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