Sir James

Suave Sir James offers retro cool and contemporary luxury in an unforgettable package: his distinctive aluminium body looks like a retro rocket ship headed for the stars!
As his name suggests, Sir James is dead posh. Hop in and you’ll find ingenious planning makes great use of space, with plenty of beds and seats, all beautifully upholstered. A kitchen with fridge and running hot water, toilet/shower, 240v electrical hook-up and a gas heater will take care of your other creature comforts.
Everything’s built and finished to a professional, modern standard and, being a Volkswagen T5, he’s reliable and easy to drive, too.
Sir James is a top-quality conversion by Devon-based Retro Tourers, and offers all the comfort of a motorhome with far more fun - ideal for a funky family glamping trip.
Cosy and comfortable - 10/10 would hire again
Simon Marlin ~ September 2017
waves on the motorway & compliments in the campsite
Belen Carsi ~ August 2017
Definitely a head turner. Hiring again very soon
Karen Sampson ~ July 2017
Campertastastic ... like driving your front room about
Leon Maitland ~ April 2018
would definitely hire again and 100% recommend to anyone taking a road trip!
Anne Taylor ~ July 2018
Didn’t want to give him back.. would definitely hire again.
Ad gray ~ June 2018
Sir James was the talk of everywhere we went - wouldn't hesitate recommending to others
Keira Lutz ~ May 2018

Essential Information

  • Collect from: Liverpool, North West, North West
  • Size: Roomy
  • 4 belted seats
  • Sleeps = 2 Adults 2 Child(ren)
  • Full size double (120cm x 190cm), single bed above the cab (90cm x 190cm) and a small bed single on front seats (50cm x 140cm)
Tow bar
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: Volkswagen, T5
  • Registration: emailed when you book
  • Vehicle Year: 2004
  • Engine:
    • Size: 1.9 litres
    • Fuel: Diesel
    • Fuel Efficiency: 40mpg
    • Transmission: Manual
    • Gears: 5
  • Size: 6m x 2.05m x 2.85m (LxWxH)
  • Weight:
    • Maximum: 3000kg
    • Unladen: 2520kg
    • Payload: kg
  • Belted seats: 4


Two upfront
Two just behind

Conversion Story

Sir James was built by Buzz of Retro Tourer Ltd. He wanted a practical family campervan that looked cool and retro.
It's original used was a pick up van used by tradesmen. The body is made of aluminium and the conversion was carried out in Devon.

Sleeping & Seating

Sir James has a Full size double (120cm x 190cm), single bed above the cab (90cm x 190cm) and a small bed single on front seats (50cm x 140cm) which accommodates:

  • 2 adult(s)
  • 2 child(ren)

There is sociable seating for up to 6 people inside Sir James .


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: compressor (12v only)

Cooking Equipment

SMEV 2 burner LPG hob and sink

Water is provided by: 41 litre fresh water tank and a 41 litre grey water tank
Truma combi 4e (electric and LPG) for hot water and heating

Sanitary facilities

  • Shower: Yes
  • Built in toilet

Electrical Facilities

  • Electrical Hookup (240v)
  • Leisure Battery
  • 12v Cigarette Lighter Sockets


Storage under seats and in above locker cupboards, wardrobe also.

Where is Sir James?

Sir James lives in a part of Liverpool called Huyton. It's about 20 mins from Liverpool airport and a ten minute walk from the local train station.
96 Huyton Lane, Liverpool
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 Sir James 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 £7.5
Towels (2 large fluffy ones) £8
Classical Guitar £15
Breakfast Hamper for 4 £21.5
Bedding for 4 £24
Barbecue, grill, bag of English woodland charcoal £10
Bedding for bunks (3 children's sleeping bags) £20
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.

Sir James 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

Sir James is suitable for travelling with children.

The top bunk is a full size single bed and could maybe squeeze 2 littlest ones up there (90cm x 190cm). The front bed is suitable for a child up to about 10 years old (50cm x 140cm).

Pet Policy

We have a ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy with pets. In other words we’re happy for you to take your dog as long as you bring it back in a condition that we never would have known!

European Travel

Yes you can take Sir James 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 Sir James'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.