Essential Information

  • Collect from: Redfield, Bristol, South West
  • Size: Delux
  • Belted seats: 5
  • Sleeps: 3 Adults 1 Child(ren)
  • Bed types: Standard Double bed orthopedic mattress,
    Single bunk over foot of double bed- extendable to adult size (1.85m)
    3/4 length sofa bed - child size to small adult (1.55m x .95m).
    Sleeping arrangements can vary depending on size of family.
  • License Required: Category C1 or equivalent allowing the driver to drive vehicle OVER 3,500kg
  • 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 Thelma'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.

Step inside Thelma's classic 90s bus exterior and be wowed by this mid-century modern, cosy home! With her suitcase storage drawers, mapped ceiling of South West England and converted Art Deco sink & cooker, she's a real work of art you'll fall in love with.

Her owners wanted to create a practical space that was sociable and homely. Sleeping up to 5, she is perfect for families and groups of friends alike. Cook up a storm in her kitchen with its spacious fridge and 4-hob stove and serve it at the fixed dining table and 4 chairs. She's great for traveling with kids - with the belted seats around a table they will be able to entertain themselves with colouring books, magazines, toys or snacks (while the driver gets to concentrate in peace ;-)).

You won't be surprised that her creators have a background in art and photography. It has been no mean feat turning her from a community bus into a beautiful haven, but now she's complete they want to share her with the world. They invite you to gaze out of her huge windows to feel part of the landscape around you.

Please note: as this vehicle is over 3.5 tonne it can only be driven by someone with a category C1 license.

Further Information

  • The Vehicle

    Note: This vehicle is over 3.5 ton and requires C1 license to drive

    • Vehicle Type: VW, LT46 TDI LWB
    • Registration: emailed when you book
    • Vehicle Year: 1999
    • Engine:
      • Size: 2461 litres
      • Fuel: Diesel
      • Transmission: Manual
      • Gears: 5
    • Size: 7m x 2.2m x 2.95m (LxWxH)
    • Weight:
      • Maximum: 4600kg
      • Unladen: 3500kg
      • Payload: kg
    • Belted seats: 5
    • Tow Bar: Yes


    1 Drivers seat up front in the cab and then 4 seats around the table (2 facing forwards and 2 backwards). All 5 seats have 3 point belts.

    Possibility of adding an adult seat in the front next to the driver. This would take the total no of seats to 6. Please note - you cant sleep 6 in the vehicle, but if you intend to have a tent too, this could work for a party / family of 6.

    Conversion Story

    Becky was besotted with this bus from the moment she spotted it for sale on a friend's timeline. Maybe it was the classic boxy 90s bus look, maybe the fact it was already converted and we could see how spacious it was.... 3 months later it was ours.

    The previous conversion used the space well but was a bit primitive and impractical. So, we proceeded to strip out everything that was there, (bar the sofa) and rebuilt it with a mid-century vintage flavour. It was great learning experience, and ideas came to us as we went along.

    We both have a background in art & photography, and we took the best bits of our house and curated them into the bus; the enamelled steel sink and stove sunk into an Art Deco Sideboard, mapped ceiling. East German vintage sofa bed re-covered in genuine tweed. It's super comfy for cosy chats and tea, while the table is the social hub of the bus.

    We travelled through North Wales with Thelma while she was under construction to test her out and work out what needed and have done a wet Glastonbury. Epic journeys and beautiful memories! We want you to have the same.

    In her previous life Thelma was a 15-seater community bus run by Brighton and Hove council and was well looked after. We love her dearly and hope she'll take you on spectacular adventures too.
  • The Accommodation

    Sleeping & Seating

    Thelma has a Standard Double bed orthopedic mattress,
    Single bunk over foot of double bed- extendable to adult size (1.85m)
    3/4 length sofa bed - child size to small adult (1.55m x .95m).
    Sleeping arrangements can vary depending on size of family. which accommodates:

    • 3 adult(s)
    • 1 child(ren)

    There is sociable seating for up to 7 people inside Thelma and there are 2 portable seats included in the hire for use outside.

    Kitchen facilities

    • four rings hobs for cooking
    • Grill
    • Sink
    • Water Tank
    • Fridge: compressor (12v only)

    Cooking Equipment

    6 plates
    6 mugs
    6 drinking glasses (plastic)
    Coffee Making Pot
    Miles West Country Tea Bags
    3 pans
    1 Frying pan
    chopping board
    Washing Up stuff
    Drying rack for washing up

    Water is provided by: Integrated Water tank filled from outside. Electric tap. Lasts 3 days of moderate use.
    Waste tank to catch grey waste (kept in external storage)

    Sanitary facilities

    • Shower: No
    • Portable toilet available as extra

    Electrical Facilities

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

    Audio Equipment

    Cd player with line-in for phones / streaming / mp3s - 4 speakers in the bus.

    Cab is seperate.


    Three suitcases in built in shelves.
    Under double bed.
    Under sofa bed.
    Kitchen storage under sink / hob.
    External storage accessed from passenger side rear.

  • Location & Parking

    Where is Thelma?

    Thelma is parked outside our home in Redfield, Bristol. Not far from the city centre. Close to the Bath-Bristol cycle route and the M32. Best approached from Whitehall Road end where you'll see the Bristol Spirit Cafe bar. There's normally plenty of free parking on the street.There's a Tesco's and Aldis 3 min drive away as well as the shopping street of Church Rd with cafes pubs that do good food too.
    Busses 44, 42, 48 and 7 run very close and regular.
    57 Gerrish Avenue
    BS5 9DG
    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 Thelma is usually parked.

    Please note parking is provided at your own risk

  • 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
    Sat Nav £7.5
    Towels (2 large fluffy ones) £8
    Bedding for 4 £24
    1 bike £30
    2 bikes £50
    Towels (4 x medium) £10
    Camping Furniture (2 chairs and 1 small butler table) £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

    Thelma has comprehensive insurance specifically for hiring of campervans that covers drivers which meet the following citeria:

    Note: This vehicle is over 3.5 ton and requires C1 license to drive

    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.

  • Usage
    • Take to Festivals: Yes
    • Smoking Policy: No Smoking, please.
    • European Travel: Permitted
    • London Low Emission Zone: Non-compliant

    Travelling with Children

    Thelma is suitable for travelling with children.

    Children love travelling on the bus. You can see over the hedges when travelling! Because you're seated at a table its possible to play games, read or draw.
    The seats are fixed distance from the table, so baby car seats may not fit.
    We have a selection of games, cards, and balls available , included in the hire fee.

    Pet Policy

    Sorry no pets allowed inside the vehicle

    European Travel

    Yes you can take Thelma 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.
  • 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) £62 £76 £90 £104
    Fri-Sun (Day rate) £86 £107 £126 £146
    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.