- Collect from: Manchester, North West
- Size: Roomy
- Belted seats: 3
- Sleeps: 3 Adults
- Bed types: fixed double bed that measures 5 feet 8 inches long by 4 feet 6 inches wide (177cm x 135cm).
The sofa can be turned into a small single, 180cm x 52cm (by taking the drawers under the wardrobe out) -
- License Required: Standard UK/EU license
- Tow bar
- Air Con.
- Built-in Toilet
- London L.E.Z.
Meringue the van is my favourite camper! So comfy and homely, those little creature comforts they add makes such a differenceDanielle ~ January 2019
Note: The hire of this vehicle is arranged by Quirky Campers ltd acting as the agent on behalf of Meringue'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.
Meringue will take you out into nature, but you won't feel like you're camping. Her fixed bed means zero fuss transitioning from 'day mode' to 'sleep mode'. A toilet cubicle means you don't even need to make that trip to the woods or the campsite loos. You'll never get chilly with her gas heating system. She has 3 hobs and an oven so pizzas are well and truly on the menu. And she has bags of storage including a little wardrobe to hang your clothes. Georgia and Alex fully tested her functionality by living in her for 7 months, and it shows.
All of this is finished off with all her personal touches; pretty soft furnishings, romantic fairy lights, artistic touches and of course her unique multicoloured exterior. So, why wouldn't you pick up this cosy campervan from Manchester and go adventuring in comfort and style.
- The Vehicle
- Vehicle Type: Renault, Master
- Registration: emailed when you book
- Vehicle Year: 2009
- Size: 2.5 litres
- Fuel: Diesel
- Fuel Efficiency: 35mpg
- Transmission: Manual
- Gears: 6
- Size: 5.9m x 1.98m x 2.6m (LxWxH)
- Maximum: 3500kg
- Unladen: 2720kg
- Payload: kg
- Belted seats: 3
- Tow Bar: Yes
SeatingThere are belted 3 seats, all located in the cab next to each other. They are fixed and do not swivel.
Conversion StoryMeringue is a converted Renault Master. She was originally used for Spain to UK courier services, so she has seen her share of the European sights, and is undeniably reliable.
We, Alex and Georgia, completed the conversion in about 18 months, working through two very cold winters! It has always been Alex's dream to convert a van and when we became a couple, we decided to fulfil that dream together. We even lived in it for 7 months whilst saving up to make the move from London to Manchester.
Meringue is made up of A LOT of wood, a lot of love and over 3000 screws! The conversion took place mostly in Georgia's parents driveway, in Suffolk, alongside some residential streets in Zone 2 of London and a commercial business car park.
After having lived in Meringue ourselves, we believe this has helped us equip her for everything you might want or need in daily life, and for any adventures you may embark on!
- The Accommodation
Sleeping & Seating
Meringue has a fixed double bed that measures 5 feet 8 inches long by 4 feet 6 inches wide (177cm x 135cm).
The sofa can be turned into a small single, 180cm x 52cm (by taking the drawers under the wardrobe out) - which accommodates:
- 3 adult(s)
There is sociable seating for up to 3 people inside Meringue .
There is a Gas Heater to warm you up on colder days.
- three hobs for cooking
- Water Tank
- Fridge: travel fridge 12v and 240v
A square frying pan, 3 boiling pots (different sizes), a whistling kettle and a baking tray are all included in the van hire. Utensils include, a wooden spoon, spatula, 3 forks, 3 knives, 3 spoons and 3 teaspoons, as well as 3 plates and 3 bowls.
Water is provided by: 2 x 25 litre jerry cans, one used for fresh water and one for waste. The tap has a switch next to it which turns a submersible pump on/off.
- Shower: No
- Built in toilet
- Leisure Battery
- Solar panel charging.
- 12v Cigarette Lighter Sockets
There is a radio CD player in the cab which also has an aux audio cable to connect phones, etc
Meringue has an incredible amount of storage! The entire space under the bed is used for this, currently holding 3 large boxes on wooden sliders, for your convenience to get them in and out, with bags more room. There are 4 draws under the bed which can be accessed from inside the van for your clothes, as well as a sizeable wardrobe next to the kitchen. There are 3 draws below the sofa for bits like your underwear, socks and electrical bits, like 12V straighteners!
We have Banana-grams and 'Yes and No' in the van for your entertainment. There is also a small bookshelf next to the bed, which will have 4 or 5 books on which you are welcome to read. If you let us know your genre preferences before hand, we'll do our best to fill it with crime, romance, horror etc. books for you.
- Location & Parking
Where is Meringue?Meringue is stored in Withington, South Manchester just 20 minutes from the vibrant city centre and just over an hours drive from The Yorkshire Dales, The Peak District and The Lake District. Scotland is also just a few hours away.
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.
From the owner:We both work full time 9 - 5, Monday - Friday, so pick up and drop off times work best at the weekends, or in the evenings during the week.
Customer Car ParkingOff street parking is available: If you are coming by car you are welcome to park it where Meringue 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 Bed safety rail £0 Travelling to Europe? (VOH cert required) £8 Towels (3 large fluffy ones) £10 Travelling to Europe within 7 days? (VOH cert required with special delivery) £14.95
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
Meringue 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: Yes covered
- London Low Emission Zone: Yes Compliant
Travelling with Children
Meringue is suitable for travelling with children.
Meringue can accommodate children, as she has one double and one small single bed, but we recommend children over the age of 6 is best.
Pet PolicyWe 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 TravelYes you can take Meringue outside the UK. Breakdown and insurance for European travel are included in the standard booking cost. Please note European travel includes 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.
Driving in LondonMeringue can be driven inside London's Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) but NOT inside London's Ultra Low Emissions Zone. If you need to drive inside the ULEZ you need to Pay to Drive in Central London
- 200 miles per day
- and then 20 pence per mile
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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Prices for 2019 Low Low Mid Mid High Mon-Thur (Day rate) £58 £71 £84 £98 Fri-Sun (Day rate) £81 £100 £118 £137 Weekend (3 days) Week (7 days) Min hire period 3 3 3 3
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