Toyota Hiace Superhitop Campervan

By: Wally Bowater, Photography by: Wally Bowater


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We take a look at this very tidy 1995 model Toyota Hiace

Toyota Hiace Superhitop Campervan
Toyota Hiace Superhitop Campervan
  • Car performance
  • Light to drive
  • Cheaper in all areas than a large motorhome
  • Three-berth
  • Reasonably spacious feeling inside
  • Good storage

The Toyota Hiace has been used in a number of applications in the motorhome industry where the user does not want any more than a small vehicle with an average car performance that is light to drive and presents a compact living environment.

A lot of smaller rental companies are still using smaller sized vans because they are cheaper in all aspects including purchase, fit-out, running costs and rental costs.

This 1995 model Toyota Hiace Superhitop Campervan was manufactured in Japan as a motorhome and imported into New Zealand by MeritRV & Commercial, in New Plymouth, in 2006. MeritRV then reconstructed the interior to the usual New Zealand style living area and sold it.

The Toyota has recently been traded back to MeritRV. It was kept in excellent condition and now presents itself as a good, small, not-too-expensive three-berth campervan.

The unit has a standard Toyota Hiace driving compartment with the usual features, including an entrance grab handle on both sides, a central arm rest, fabric seat inserts, air conditioning, adjustable steering column, and it is fitted with automatic transmission.

The body measures 4.9 metres (16 feet) long and the Superhitop gives the interior a reasonably spacious feeling. The average individual can easily stand up inside the unit.

The rear door of the van opens to an excellent height, allowing good air flow and rear entrance if required. Together with the main home entrance and the two drive compartment doors, this Toyota has more doors than the average motorhome of almost any size. All doors are totally lockable.

Inside, the van houses a twin gas cooking hob above a fridge, a stainless steel sink and spaced seating, which can act as two single beds or can be converted to a double bed. There are a surprising number of storage lockers, cupboards and places, including an open space above the rear door.

The front area above the driving position has a pull-out single bunk big enough for an average person.

The Hitop has vents that can be opened and there is an electric vent fan in the roof that should prevent heat build-up in that area.

The home area is powered by 12/240-volt electricity with a smart charger feeding to a deep cycle house battery charged from the engine alternator.

Part of the specification includes fresh and grey water tanks, a gas alarm, internal curtains for total privacy and side windows that open. A portaloo comes as standard and a fold-down dining table enables the occupants to convert the two single beds to one double.

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Specifications

1995 Toyota Superhitop Hiace
79,000 kilometres (certified)
2.8-litre diesel
Automatic
4.9-metres long
Three-berth
Top-of-the-line condition
Three-year unlimited kilometres Autosure warranty
Priced at $30,995

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