An inventive couple have built a £ 60,000 motorhome, the first in the world to have a lift to put weary campers to bed.
Gemma and Simon Robins spent seven weeks converting a 2020 Fiat Ducato into a high-tech campervan.
Simon, 41, built an electric hydraulic scissor lift to access the bed in the sleeping roof.
The couple, from Wrexham, tested the luxury vehicle by staying overnight with their two children, Mason, nine and 12-year-old Emilia.
In addition to the full shower room, toilet, four travel seats, two double beds, fridge, oven, sink and three burner hob and space to carry a motor.
They are selling the four berth solar powered van for £ 60,000.
Gemma Robins, 34, and husband Simon, 31, from Wrexham, have built a £ 60,000 motor home, the first in the world with a lift to put tired campers to bed. Pictured, the exterior of the motorhome
Simon built an electric hydraulic scissor lift (photo) to access the bed in the sleeping roof
Gemma and Simon converted a 2020 Fiat Ducato into a high-tech campervan for seven weeks. Pictured, the interior
The couple, ‘over the moon’ with how the project went, are now selling the solar-powered four-seater van for £ 60,000. Pictured, the toilet
Gemma explained that they couldn’t figure out where to put the bed, so she decided to build an elevator to get to the roof. In the photo, with husband Simon
“We couldn’t figure out where to put the bed and get to the extra bed on the roof, so we built the elevator to go up to the roof,” said Gemma, 34. “I’ve never seen a motor home with a lift before so I think it’s quite unique and from what we’ve seen the only one in the world.
“We wanted to build a very versatile van that was perfect for families because it could sleep and travel as four.
‘An enormous amount of floor space was needed for other things, such as motorcycles and kayaks.
‘We added a pop top on the roof to allow for sleeping space for two more people, but the room unzips, which is a great viewing platform for when you’re on a race track, but this is also great for taking to the stars look.’
Gemma went on to explain how the family wanted to live completely off-grid and not be dependent at campsites and hook-ups.
In addition to the full shower room, toilet, four travel seats, two double beds, refrigerator, oven, sink and three-burner hob and space to transport a motor (photo)
Gemma went on to explain how the family wanted to live completely off-grid and not depend on campsites and hookups. Pictured, in the RV
“Everything in the RV, from the water to the gas heating, allows you to be independent,” explains Gemma.
‘We also wanted the design to be funky and stylish, unlike a traditional caravan, which we did with the quality of the materials, the color scheme and the gloss effect.
‘We usually build custom motorhomes from an empty bus supplied by the customer.
‘I think this one will be good for intrepid explorers and travelers as you can go wherever you want as long as you can refuel with the water and gas tanks.
The couple wanted the design to be funky and stylish, which they achieved with the quality of the materials, color scheme and gloss effect. Pictured, the second double bed
Gemma explained how everything in the RV, from the water to the gas heating, makes you independent. Pictured, in the RV
Gemma believes the RV will be good for intrepid explorers and travelers as they can go wherever they want as long as they can fill up with the water and gas tanks. Pictured, the outside
The couple spent seven weeks making 2020 Fiat Ducato completely self-sufficient and capable of storing a motorcycle. Pictured, inside
Speaking of the camper (in the picture, inside), Gemma said: ‘I’ve never seen a camper with a lift so I think it’s quite unique and from what we’ve seen the only one in the world’
The couple tested the luxury vehicle by staying overnight with their two children, Mason, nine and twelve years old, Emilia. Pictured, the exterior of the motorhome
Gemma continued, ‘My husband races bicycles and you can take him to a race track where they usually don’t have electrical hook-ups.
And with the Covid situation, some campgrounds don’t open shower facilities and toilets, but all that’s in them.
‘We last took it to a racetrack to test it ourselves with our two kids and it was really comfortable.
‘There is enough space to move around and not to trip over each other. It is fully equipped, it is like going home. ‘
Gemma, who says the couple is “very happy” with how the project went, added: “We worked on it full-time in our workshop for seven weeks, our largest project to date.”
Gemma says the couple is “very happy” with how the project turned out. Pictured is the four berth solar powered van for sale for £ 60,000 through their company Creation Campers