Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome

By: Peta Stavelli


Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome
Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome
Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome
Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome
Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome
Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome Bespoke Campro Revolution motorhome

When Woodville couple, Don and Leone Compton, saw a stylish custom-build campervan advertised in Motorhomes Caravans & Destinations, they knew they had found their next vehicle: a Campro Revolution.

Semi-retired Tararua farmers, Don and Leone Compton, bought their first campervan 13 years ago. They have recently bought their third and they think they have finally found what they are looking for.

Don was flicking through MCD when he saw an advertisement for Nelson-based company, Campro.

"We intended to change our vehicle eventually but seeing this one advertised made us change a few years earlier than planned. We decided we had to go to Nelson to talk to the manufacturer," Don explains.

They met up with Campro owner Andrew Litchfield and talked through their needs.

"Andrew really listened to us as we talked about our needs for a campervan. He was prepared to give us everything we wanted – well almost everything," Don says with a chuckle.

Bespoke Campro Revolution

Having seen Andrew and deciding that a bespoke Campro was the vehicle they wanted, they tossed around their ideas for the perfect vehicle. Happy their brief was understood, they told Andrew that they would be back in touch as soon as they had sold their current vehicle.

With their vehicle sold, the next step was for Don and Leone to go to Andrew’s suppliers to choose everything they needed to personalise their fit-out. At the same time they took everything they would need to get on the road to Nelson to store at the Campro headquarters so they could get on the road as soon as their vehicle was ready to go.

"Andrew was happy to store it for us but even with his experience he couldn’t imagine how we would fit it all in. We had every confidence that with all the storage designed into the ’van we would be able to."

Being on their third vehicle, the couple knew exactly what they needed in a mobile home. The couple is semi-retired and they get away from the farm every six weeks or so. They enjoy breaks of a few days and have an extended time away a couple of times a year.

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On their most recent trip, one month in the South Island, Don and Leone spent an average of $8 a night on accommodation. They need a vehicle that will enable them to be off the grid and their Revolution is so well set-up to meet their storage and power requirements.

They didn’t slip below 90 percent charge on their batteries, (2x 120Ah/hr and 120W solar panel) despite only visiting campgrounds twice during the whole month.

"Having self-containment makes the difference," explains Leone.

The perfect interior

Another major for the couple when choosing a campervan was to have sufficient room for a north/south permanent bed with the added comfort off a sheepskin overlay. "For a little bit more comfort."

They have achieved this in a seven-metre vehicle which they also wanted to be slightly narrower than they had been used to.

"We’re getting older, and we like the idea of having something narrower," explains Leone. They say there was little compromise for them living and working in the same small space.

"We’ve got everything we had in our larger vans. We love the swivelling seats and the two-person sofa. For us, it works really well. But we tend to have a pretty good arrangement. And I tend to do the kitchen while Don takes care of most of the driving and the nuts and bolts."

The kitchen comprises a three-burner hob, oven and an under-bench 90-litre fridge along with plenty of storage in cupboards and drawers, and a pull-out pantry. The couple chose not to have a microwave and have used the space for an extra cupboard.

The bathroom is all in one. "It’s small but adequate, and there’s a flue from the diesel heater in the bathroom so we can use it for drying our smalls. The shower nozzle pulls out and we find it’s easy to dry the whole room with an absorbent cloth."

Check out the full review in issue #130 of Motorhomes Caravans & Destinations magazine. Subscribe here.

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