Vanworx exhibiting in Birmingham
Vanworx has its Volkswagen T6 Slipper and, for the first time at the Motorhome and Caravan Show, the long wheelbase Chesil campervans on its stand (hall 11, no: 11.135), plus its Kombi Thruxton Sportsvan (with sleep pack), and an all-new Volkswagen Crafter-based MaxTraxx camper for campers who like to go off-grid and off the beaten track.
The new MaxTraxx camper is the first Vanworx conversion of the latest Volkswagen Crafter and designed for the ‘Vanlife’ generation of campers who like to go off-grid and wild camp off the beaten track. It is available with a medium or long wheelbase, with two or four-berths, with a fitted bathroom or a second (fixed) double bed, and is also available on the equivalent MAN TGE base vehicle.
Every MaxTraxx has 4MOTION with a differential lock, and the 2.0TDI 140PS with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 177PS engine and DSG transmission are available as options.
As standard, the MaxTraxx has LED lights, a kitchen with Dometic fridge and freezer, Webasto diesel night heating and hot water system with shower, 240V mains electric and a leisure battery. Two-berth models have a rear bathroom, whereas four-berth models have a Thetford Cube removable toilet and rear shower plus a second double bed (fixed) with a luxury Laroma mattress.
To develop the right look and specification for the MaxTraxx type of ‘go anywhere’ campervan, Vanworx Managing Director, Dave Garnsworthy, did extensive research in California and at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, Germany.
“The research trips were a great opportunity to get a real insight into the trend towards this type of vehicle for wild camping,” said Dave Garnsworthy.
“We also developed the MaxTraxx so we could offer a larger camper for those who want something bigger than a T6, but still practical and useable every day, with the unbeatable appeal of the Volkswagen style and quality,” he continued.
Prices for the standard MaxTraxx with medium wheelbase start from £70,400 (inc VAT). The MaxTraxx on display at the Motorhome and Caravan Show is a special ‘Prototype 001’ model showcasing the full range of Vanworx options and styling accessories, with a retail price of £100,700 (inc VAT); however, it is available at a special show price of £95,000 (inc VAT). The options fitted include:
- Leather upholstery with traditional Westfalia-style tartan fabric inserts
- Lithium battery (LPS off-grid set-up) with induction hob and solar upgrade
- 18in Delta wheels and BF Goodrich tyres
- Vanworx full length roof rack and rear ladder in satin black
- Warn winch with remote control
- Audison Stage 2 audio upgrade with Hertz receiver (for when parked)
- Lazer rally lighting (including grille kit and roof lights)
- Thule electric awning
- Seikel conversion kit (raised suspension, under body protection, rock sliders and snorkel)
T6 Slipper and Chesil
The two Vanworx T6 campervans on display are the best-selling four-berth Slipper conversion with a side kitchen and two-seater, ‘rock and roll’ rear seat/bed, while the other is the popular Chesil on a long wheelbase T6 giving extra living space plus a full width three-seater rear seat which also makes an larger (130cm) bed to make it a four/five-berth camper.
The Slipper is based on a T30 Volkswagen Kombi in its higher ‘Edition’ trim level with a 2.0TDi, 150PS engine with DSG transmission (and also available with the 199PS engine). The standard specification includes adaptive cruise control, LED lights, soft-close doors, heated/swivel front seats, front and rear parking sensors (with rear camera), satellite navigation (with App connect) and a removable towbar. For camping, it has a Reimo elevating roof (including double bed), Dometic hob and sink, Dometic compressor fridge/freezer, extra side windows, full lining and insulation, Thetford portable toilet, and a table stored in the sliding door.
Vanworx like to give customers the choice to create a bespoke interior with their own choice of upholstery and colour scheme, as demonstrated by the Slipper model at the show which has the following options fitted: Leather upholstery with GTI-style tartan fabric inserts, VWX Sport+ styling package (including lowered suspension), BBS XA 20in alloy wheels, Thule awning, Lifos lithium battery and solar upgrade, Audison stage 2 audio upgrade, Webasto diesel heater, and a VW bike rack in custom black.
Standard Slipper conversions are available from £51,000 (inc VAT). The Slipper model on the Vanworx stand, showcasing the wide range of desirable options available, costs £71,000 (inc VAT), but is available at the show for a special offer price of £69,500 (inc VAT).
The Vanworx Chesil LWB has the same standard specification as the Slipper, and is available from £55,000 (inc VAT). The Chesil on display is rather special with the new 2.0TDI, 199PS engine with 4MOTION all-wheel drive (including differential lock), DSG transmission, ‘Comfort’ dashboard and LED headlights, and is fitted with several options, including: Leather upholstery, VWX Sport+ styling package, VWX 20in alloy wheels, Reimo awning rail, Webasto diesel heater, and a real wood kitchen worktop. With these options fitted, this Chesil would cost £77,900 (inc VAT), but is available for a special price at the show of £76,500 (inc VAT).
T6 Kombi Thruxton Sportsvan
Vanworx’s Kombi Sportsvan conversions are popular with customers who may want a van to use for work or carrying gear for their sports and hobbies, with the option of using for camping, without obviously looking like a campervan.
The Vanworx Thruxton conversion has a fully lined interior and a choice of interior upholstery and sports styling accessories. It can also be used for camping with the addition of a Sleep Pack with fold-out rear bed plus a table and chairs.
Prices for a Vanworx Thruxton Kombi T32 with 2.0TDi, 204PS engine and DSG transmission, start from £41,800 (+VAT). This includes a high standard specification: LED headlights (with High Beam Assist) and rear lights, adaptive cruise control, twin electric side doors, soft-close tailgate, heated (swivel) front seats, heated (electric) door mirrors, media centre with App connect, 2+1 rear seats, VWX lowered suspension, VWX Thruxton styling pack and 20in VWX alloy wheels.
To show the bespoke specifications available from Vanworx, the Thruxton on display at the show also has some extras fitted, including: Sleep Pack with curtains (£1,250+VAT), VWX Nappa leather upholstery, Alcantara headlining, LED interior lighting and USB charging points, full sound deadening, rear storage pod with speakers and hanging hooks, VWX front speaker upgrade and Vanworx adjustable height suspension upgrade. With these options, this Thruxton costs £49,600 (+VAT), but is available at a special offer price at the show of £45,000 (+VAT)
All Vanworx models are converted to OEM/factory standards and designed and built to the highest safety standards, including Whole Vehicle Type Approval accreditation (a significantly higher standard than IVA – Individual Vehicle Approval – used by other converters) and Conformity of Production status from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA - the UK’s Vehicle Type Approval authority).
In addition, the fixed, two-seater RIB rear seat (with integrated headrests) has been subjected to a full ‘pull’ crash-test with the seat actually fitted in a vehicle, rather than simulated in a laboratory. The seat quickly and easily folds to make a comfortable double bed, with additional storage underneath it.