- Collect from: Ayrshire, Scotland, Scotland
- Size: Roomy
- Belted seats: 3
- !Limited payload: This vehicle may not be designed for 3 adult passenger plus luggage. See Vehicle Details for the exact payload.
- Sleeps: 3 Adults 1 Baby
- Bed types: Eric has 1 fixed standard double bed at the rear with a partition curtain to block light in the summer, keep you cosy in the winter, or offer some privacy. The storage box and slide out drawer combine with the 2 bench seats to create a large single bed of 105 x 170cm with comfortable memory foam mattress. All windows have black out curtains or blinds.
- License Required: Standard UK/EU license
- Tow bar
- Air Con.
- Built-in Toilet
- London L.E.Z.
Note: The hire of this vehicle is arranged by Quirky Campers ltd acting as the agent on behalf of Eric'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.
Inside this super practical camper van, you will find a fixed rear double bed and a second single bed that is made up from the bench seats. The copper and pallet wood kitchen has a three-burner hob and fridge, as well as all the pots, pans and utensils you could possibly need to cook up a feast. Eric is also set up for an off-grid camping experience. He has a large solar panel and a power inverter, which means that you don’t have to stay on campsites to charge up your gadgets, if you don’t want to. And, with the beautiful Scottish Highlands beckoning, we wouldn’t blame you!
If you want to head off on an outdoor pursuits adventure holiday, Eric is probably the caper van for you. Underneath the fixed bed, there is a massive, rubber lined 'wet and dirty' garage area with space for all kinds of camping equipment plus 2-3 bikes, and a dedicated wetsuit / board area with hanger. For those occasions when the Scottish weather isn’t playing ball, you’ll find a selection of rainy-day games in one of Eric’s many storage cupboards.
Eric is a beautifully and thoughtfully converted camper van – he’s the perfect compromise between the luxury of a motorhome and the practicality of a VW Transporter. Plus, he’s got style to rival either any of those options! One of the best things about Eric is that he’s also pet friendly. So, whether it’s just you and your best four-legged friend on a hiking adventure, or the whole family on an epic Scottish NC500 exploration, this awesome camper van will accommodate every possible need in super practical and stylish ways!
- The Vehicle
- Vehicle Type: Mercedes, LWB Sprinter
- Registration: emailed when you book
- Vehicle Year: 2011
- Size: 2.1 litres
- Fuel: Diesel
- Fuel Efficiency: 29mpg
- Transmission: Manual
- Gears: 6
- Size: 6.95m x 2m x 3m (LxWxH)
- Maximum: 3500kg
- Unladen: 3140kg
- Payload: kg
Warning! Limited Payload. All drivers must be aware that with 3 belted seats the payload of this vehicle could be exceeded with normal use. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that the total vehicle weight including driver, passengers and luggage, does not exceed 3500kg whilst on the road.
- Belted seats: 3
Seating3 x 3-point belted front seats - the middle seat has no airbag so is suitable for a child seat (not Isofix).
Conversion StoryEric was the result of a compromise between the luxury of a motorhome and the practicality of a VW Transporter. We knew we needed a reliable engine, full size fixed bed, standing height, and lots of storage for outdoor toys and equipment. Our research led us to the Sprinter LWB, and when we finally found the perfect van it took a 1000 mile round trip to London to collect our ex-electricians van. We brought it back to our home on the Isle of Eriskay and began to lovingly convert it to our perfect van for Hebridean Adventures!
We had a rough idea of the layout, features and rustic feel we wanted inside. When I found a section of old boat washed up in a rocky cove on the other side of the island, complete with the original patinated copper rivets, it provided the perfect centrepiece for giving the van a strong Hebridean character and unique finish.
The Hebridean feel continues throughout the van - from the copper metalwork representing the autumnal island landscapes, to the blues and greens of the sea in the upholstery, down to the nautical map of the Outer Hebrides on the ceiling. Even the name Eric relates to Eriskay and it's viking connection - it originates from Old Norse meaning Eric's Isle.
The complete build was undertaken by ourselves and we used repurposed materials wherever possible; the van was lined with ply and racking when purchased so we reused these to line the garage area and make the furniture framing, and most of the furniture finish is driftwood or pallet wood recovered from sheds and beaches around the Uists. A keen eye may even notice that the back door storage pockets are made of old fishing net.
To complete the van build we felt solar was a necessity as we like to be away from busy campsites as much as possible. We do have electrical hook up when required but we've found the addition of 200W of solar on the roof is (usually!) enough to keep the batteries topped up for off-grid camping in the Scottish spring and summer!
- The Accommodation
Sleeping & Seating
Eric has a Eric has 1 fixed standard double bed at the rear with a partition curtain to block light in the summer, keep you cosy in the winter, or offer some privacy. The storage box and slide out drawer combine with the 2 bench seats to create a large single bed of 105 x 170cm with comfortable memory foam mattress. All windows have black out curtains or blinds. which accommodates:
- 3 adult(s)
- 1 baby
There is sociable seating for up to 5 people inside Eric and there are 1 portable seats included in the hire for use outside.
- three hobs for cooking
- Water Tank
- Fridge: compressor (12v only)
The van has a fully equipped kitchen for 4 people with 4 each of enamel/tin camping plates, bowls, and mugs, large pasta bowls, 4 plastic stemless wine tumblers, 4 forks/ knives/ spoons/ teaspoons,1 set of 3 kitchen knives, 1 bread knife, 4 wooden utensils, 1 pair large utility scissors,1 set of 3 stackable pots with lids and 1 frying pan,
1 collapsable colander, 1 chopping board, 1 salt & 1 pepper grinder, 3 x food containers, 2 x dish towels, 1 cloth, 1 scrubber, 1 hand brush and dust pan and 1 small extendable mop, and of course the essential cafetiere!
We will also include the following complimentary items:
salt & pepper, various spices, biodegradable washing-up liquid & disinfectant/kitchen cleaner, 1 pair of marigolds.
We include LPG for cooking in the price of the hire.
Water is provided by: 20l removable water container with 12v electric tap/ 23l removable grey/waste water container - both stored in cupboard under sink.
- Shower: No
- Portable toilet available as extra: We have a removable chemical porta-potty hidden in the pull-out storage drawer.
- Electrical Hookup (240v)
- Leisure Battery
- Solar panel charging.
- 12v Cigarette Lighter Sockets
- Power Invertor
Sony head unit in cab with aux-in - this is ONLY for use while driving as it runs off the vehicle battery.
We also provide a superb portable Bose Mini Soundlink speaker with 12v charger for use in the living area or sitting outside the van.
The van has lots of storage inside with a full shelf in the kitchen area for foodstuffs, a 65l capacity fridge, space in the drawer beside the cutlery, and a large space under the bench of 1m x 0.5m, as well as a box seat with a 2 bins and extra space for bags. The bed area has 3 open shelves and an open wardrobe for hanging jackets and shirts. The rear has a massive rubber lined 'wet and mucky' garage area with space for all camping equipment plus 2-3 bikes, and a dedicated wetsuit/ board area with hanger.
We have a selection of rainy day games: chess, playing cards, travel Battleships, travel Connect 4, Family Trivial Pursuits.
There are some travel related books on Scotland and a collection of Visit Scotland guides to a number of places of interest.
Collapsable bucket, 12v shower, folding shovel, and a bike pump are also found in the garage.
- Location & Parking
Where is Eric?Eric is located in Ayrshire, parked at our house in Kilwinning, a short rain ride from Glasgow Central Station. We are 10 minutes drive from the ferry to the Isle of Arran, 30 minutes from Glasgow, and 1 hour from Loch Lomond.
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:Normal pick up time is after 2pm and drop off is 12 noon, but we will do our best to accommodate times out-with this where possible - just let us know as soon as possible if you have any special requests.
Customer Car ParkingOff street parking is available: If you are coming by car you are welcome to park it where Eric 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 Hammock £8 Portable Toilet £10 Car Seat - Group 0+ (infant) £15 Car Seat - Group 1, 2, 3 £15 Bedding for 3 £18 Towels for 2 people (2 large and 2 small) £10 Towels for 3 people (3 large and 3 small) £15 Portable BBQ and picnic set £10 Beach games bundle - Boules, Frisbee, Beach bats n' ball £10 Camping furniture for 3 - Table and 3 XL chairs £10
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
Eric 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: No
- London Low Emission Zone: Yes Compliant
Travelling with Children
Eric is suitable for travelling with children.
The centre seat of the double cab seat has no airbag so would be suitable for a child seat but it has no Isofix points.
The second bench bed is a great size for kids to sleep and or/play on, and if they are babies or toddlers most travel cots will slot nicely into the top section. A travel cot can be provided on request.
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 TravelEric cannot be taken outside the UK
Driving in LondonEric 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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Note: Dates subject to change without warning
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