Essential Information

  • Collect from: Kennington, London, South East
  • Size: Compact
  • Belted seats: 2
  • Sleeps: 2 Adults
  • Bed types: An extra long 2m double bed which sleeps two.
  • License Required: Standard UK/EU license
  • Europe
  • Shower
  • Festivals
  • Smoking
  • Pets
  • Tow bar
  • Heating
  • 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 Rita'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.

Rita is an expedition vehicle, equipped to tackle all terrains, with a stylish and homely feel.

Designed and built by two architects, Rita features solid oak flooring and joinery with insulating cork lining throughout. The wood burning stove, made from hollow square steel, and soft furnishings in Welsh-made Mid-Mentury Modern wool are perfect for keeping cosy.

She has been uniquely customised to run on vegetable oil if required and has so far traveled 15,000 miles on it, including a 4000 mile trip around rural France. As a waste product, this is a CO2 neutral fuel, but she quite happily runs on diesel too.

The full kitchen provides for all your culinary needs. The built in fridge/freezer, sink with running water and double hob are complimented by special touches such as the locally made oak chopping boards and Glastonbury's UK made recycled stainless steel pint cups.

A tiltable roof-mounted solar panel provides ample power for all your electrical demands, with the further option of plugging into the mains.

For the perfect handmade campervan, hire Rita. She's ideal for both weekend getaways and long term living but also as a 'hub' for cooking and storage for large camping parties.

Further Information

  • The Vehicle
    • Vehicle Type: VW, T4 Syncro (4WD) LWB High Top
    • Registration: emailed when you book
    • Vehicle Year: 1997
    • Engine:
      • Size: 2.4 litres
      • Fuel: Diesel/biodiesel
      • Fuel Efficiency: 30mpg
      • Transmission: Manual
      • Gears: 5
    • Size: 5.2m x 1.85m x 2.5m (LxWxH)
    • Weight:
      • Maximum: 3500kg
      • Unladen: 2200kg
      • Payload: kg
    • Belted seats: 2


    2 x seats with 3 point seat belts in cabin. Drivers seat tilts, with a swivel passenger seat.

    Conversion Story

    Rita's first owner was Transco, now British Gas, originally located in Wales, hence the four-wheel-drive!

    She was sourced by her current owners Jonny and Rhiain in 2015, at the beginning of their Architecture Master's. The intention was for the van to serve as living facilities for Jonny over the two year course. The interior was designed and crafted during the degree, where she ran on waste vegetable oil collected from the university kitchens, and featured as the focus of his dissertation.

    The solid oak throughout has been collected as off-cuts from previous projects and the joinery designed to make best use of each length. Rita's specialist fixtures and fittings have been sourced or made by local crafts people. The soft furnishings are a collaboration with Chalk Wovens, a Brighton based woven textile brand.
  • The Accommodation

    Sleeping & Seating

    Rita has a An extra long 2m double bed which sleeps two. which accommodates:

    • 2 adult(s)

    There is sociable seating for up to 5 people inside Rita and there are 3 portable seats included in the hire for use outside.


    There is a Woodburner to warm you up on colder days.

    Kitchen facilities

    • two hobs for cooking
    • Grill
    • Sink
    • Water Tank
    • Fridge: gas fridge (3 way)

    Cooking Equipment

    Pot + Pan
    Plates, bowls and cutlery for two
    Chopping boards
    Coffee presse
    Stainless steel pint cups
    Stainless steel insulated mugs
    Washing up equipment
    Tea towels
    Salt, pepper and oil
    Tea and coffee
    Matches, firelighters

    Water is provided by: Electric tap with 25l portable water tank.

    Sanitary facilities

    • Shower: Yes
    • Built in toilet

    Electrical Facilities

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

    Audio Equipment

    Radio, CD + AUX in
    4.1 surround sound; Dash speakers, rear 6x9s, 12inch subwoofer


    Three clothes storage compartments behind bench back. Six baskets under bench for storage. Fridge/ freezer with kitchen drawer. Over cab storage for bedding, plenty of boot storage space.

  • Location & Parking

    Where is Rita?

    Rita lives on Cleaver Square in Kennington, a square for Boules with the Prince of Wales pub. Kennington Tube station, part of the Northern Line, is right around the corner, with Vauxhall station a 10 minute walk away. there are also numerous buses to this area. Located on the border of Zone 1, Rita is accessible for all of London.

    The area is residents permit holders only, so it's best to take public transport when collecting Rita.
    Top Flat
    339 Kennington Road
    SE11 4QE
    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:As Jonny and Rhiain work 9am-6pm Monday to Friday, you will be able to arrange pick up and drop off times to suit everyone.

    Customer Car Parking
    Sorry there is no parking available at this location.
  • 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
    Towels (2 large fluffy ones) £8
    Breakfast Hamper for 4 £21.5
    Barbecue, grill, bag of English woodland charcoal £10
    Fire kit- Logs/Kindling/Newspaper £8
    Bow saw and small axe £6
    Hammock £8
    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.

  • Insurance, Breakdown & Drivers

    Rita 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.

  • Usage
    • Take to Festivals: Yes
    • Smoking Policy: No Smoking, please.
    • European Travel: Not Permitted
    • London Low Emission Zone: Compliant

    Travelling with Children

    Rita is suitable for travelling with children.

    Customers will need to provide their own child seats. there are only two belted seats.

    Pet Policy

    Pets are welcome, although there is limited sleeping space for dogs.

    European Travel

    Rita cannot be taken outside the UK

    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.
  • Season dates
    20/12/201806/01/2019Low Mid
    08/02/201924/02/2019Low Mid
    19/12/201905/01/2020Low Mid

    Note: Dates subject to change without warning

  • Prices

    Prices for 2019 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 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.