Gleeful

Gleeful is a Hymer-Eriba conversion on a Renault Trafic chassis. Already a rarity, she is made even more unique with her customised interior inspired by her owners' passion for sailing, wandering, Buddhism, love and fun.

Her theme is light, airy and is evocative of many of the beach-side locations they have wild-camped in. Clean, crisp colours, a calming comfortable interior, minimalism, simplicity and individuality. With a fixed double bed, twin captain seats and bags of storage, she is perfect for couples and particularly for longer trips. And having spent her winters in Spain, she's very familiar with European adventures and is a left-hand drive so European travel is no problem.

As Gleeful is nearly thirty years old, her exterior shows signs of ageing, but like a classical actress her features are all the more alluring for that. Elaine and Dominic have enjoyed the sense of freedom and romance she brings, and now they want you to experience the same!

Whether you're heading to the races at Cheltenham, into the wilds of the Brecon Beacons, or heading across the channel, let Gleeful be your hostess with the mostest.

Essential Information

  • Collect from: Hereford, South West
  • Size: Roomy
  • 2 belted seats
  • Sleeps = 3 Adults
  • Double fixed transverse bed, standard UK size (6'3" x 4'6"/190 cm x 137cm). A single bed can be made from the seats to the rear of the driver's cabin (6'3" x 2"/190 cm x 60cm).
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) £54 £66 £79 £91
Fri-Sun (Day rate) £75 £93 £110 £127
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: Renault, Trafic
  • Registration: emailed when you book
  • Vehicle Year: 1990
  • Engine:
    • Size: 2.5 litres
    • Fuel: Diesel
    • Fuel Efficiency: 25mpg
    • Transmission: Manual
    • Gears: 5
  • Size: 6.4m x 2.5m x 2.6m (LxWxH)
  • Weight:
    • Maximum: 3000kg
    • Unladen: 2420kg
    • Payload: kg
  • Belted seats: 2

Seating

Driver (Left Hand Drive) & Passenger Captains' chairs (swivel) with 3 point seat belts. Two seats, each rear of the driver & passenger without seat belts.

Conversion Story

Gleeful is a Hymer-Eriba Hymermobil and was built in France in 1990 and imported into the UK in 2009. We purchased her in 2016 and have lived in her since. She has travelled extensively throughout Western Europe as we started out our adventures as HelpX volunteers.

She's called Gleeful in honour of Elaine's sailboat Glee, which was based in St Maarten in the Caribbean where we met in 2015. We enjoyed the lifestyle but decided to go for a land based option. Not so many sails to put up! Recently we discovered that Glee had sunk during Hurricane Irma and hope her spirit lives on in her successor.

We never liked the dark decor and beige walls, so in August 2017 we stripped her interior, repainting with a brighter white/turquoise theme. We installed a raised fixed transverse bed (standard UK size - 6'3" x 4'6") as we don't like to move cushions/bedding and so forth every day. If you've done that in a caravan or campervan you'll know why!
The added bonus is much greater storage, with additional garage doors on both sides. The skylights have been replaced with new units to give a light, airy feel to the space.

Originally the van came with a drop down bunk over the front seating. We decided to remove it for a number of reasons. We found having the bunk a chore to use, it was uncomfortable to sleep in and the van felt cramped. We have the option of a two-person tent and inflatable bed instead when guests arrive. The space has three large lockers now. No more bumping your head getting to the front seats either!

The decor is colour matched for a light retro-chic ambience, mixed with our chilled, slightly bohemian style. We've constantly refined her over time, adding features such as LED lights & USB powered mood lighting, vinyl flooring, a roof mounted solar panel, a 1000w inverter, reversing camera and a rear mounted storage box.

Most of the work has been carried out by ourselves; Elaine has owned & maintained boats and Dominic ran his own Handyman business. We used professional contractors for jobs such as gas fixtures and mechanical alterations.

As it's our home we've modified her to suit being used by two people on a permanent basis, with ease of use and storage paramount. We believe in sharing joy and hope you find her a fun, gleeful home on wheels for your holiday.

Our plan is to list her for hire in the UK in the summer, and the rest of the time near Malaga in Spain, so if you fancy continental campervanning quirky style we have the solution for you. We have a Facebook blog - please feel free to check out @Gleefulvan or search for The Gleeful Adventurers to see what we've done and where we've been.

Sleeping & Seating

Gleeful has a Double fixed transverse bed, standard UK size (6'3" x 4'6"/190 cm x 137cm). A single bed can be made from the seats to the rear of the driver's cabin (6'3" x 2"/190 cm x 60cm). which accommodates:

  • 3 adult(s)

There is sociable seating for up to 4 people inside Gleeful .

Heating

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

Kitchen facilities

  • two gas hobs for cooking
  • Sink
  • Water Tank
  • Running hot water.
  • Fridge: gas fridge (3 way)

Cooking Equipment

The galley consists of a two burner propane gas stove, a sink with hot & cold water. There is crockery (plates, side plates, bowls, cups and glasses) & cutlery (knives, forks, large and small spoons) for three people. There is a wok, a saucepan, a small frying pan, a kettle, a halogen oven, a blender/food processor that runs off the inverter as well as a set of utensils that cover all basic meals. Additionally there is a chopping board & knives.

Water is provided by: Integrated 60 litre potable water tank c/w 2 x 15 litre plastic containers.

Sanitary facilities

  • Shower: Yes
  • Built in toilet

Electrical Facilities

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

Audio Equipment

A portable bluetooth (USB) speaker is included in the hire. The vehicle is fitted with five USB ports for personal devices. Due to the change in media options (eg Netflix) there is no radio or TV. A PC can be charged off the inverter.

Storage

Please note all measurements in millimetres.
There are five head-high storage lockers in the main area ( approx 900 x 240 x 340), a three-way fridge (500 x 700 x 400) and a cupboard (350 x 500 x 350) & cutlery drawer below the galley sink. There is a wardrobe next to the bed with hangar space (1300 x 600 x 500).
There is ample stowage space beneath the bed (700 x 400 x 1900).
There is a full width storage space above the driver/passenger seats with three doors (1500 x 350 x 230).
The garage is accessed via three panels and the space is 1000 x 2000 x 700. The back box is 1400 x 600 x 500.

Other Items

We have included the following:
12v mini-vacuum cleaner, dustpan & brush, first aid kit, hi-viz jacket, 2 x emergency breakdown triangles, a spare fuel can, jump leads, fire extinguisher, parking ramps, awning winder, toilet additive and two propane gas bottles.

Where is Gleeful?

Gleeful is based in Hereford, which is served by good road links - M5/M50 and is the gateway to Mid and South Wales as well as the Midlands. Nearby is the beautiful Wye valley and the Forest of Dean.
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
Off street parking is available: If you are coming by car you are welcome to park it where Gleeful 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
Towels (2 large fluffy ones) £8
Sat Nav with traffic updates £17.5
Camping Furniture (2 chairs and 1 small butler table) £8
Paddle board - inflatable £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.

Gleeful 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 £1500 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: Non-compliant

Travelling with Children

Gleeful is suitable for travelling with children.

Children are more than welcome in Gleeful, however she's fitted out as a two person van (with a small bunk - 6'3" x 2') and has only two seat belts.

Pet Policy

Under normal circumstances there are no pets allowed inside the vehicle, however we operate a policy of 'don't see, don't tell' with regard to your animal friends. If you leave no trace, we don't mind. We do insist that bedding is kept animal free though.

European Travel

Yes you can take Gleeful 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: Dates subject to change without warning

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