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I would also like to say that I am delighted with the van. I had never seen the inside of a camper before I started looking at second hand ones last year and I am glad that I went for the brand new option.
The secondhand one I saw was a bit DIY with various issues. Having researched a wide range of new conversions yours are hard to beat for the well thought out tried and tested layout, excellent use of space, the top quality of the workmanship and finish, and value for money.
You always had a ready answer for any of the queries that I had before and during the conversion process and I knew that I could trust your considerable experience in completing conversions to ensure that the finished van would exceed my expectations.
I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone looking for a conversion.

Neil Laing


When I started looking for a new camper last summer I had the experience of four previous campers to inform my search for what is likely to be my last camper. These included conversions by both Devon and Autosleeper. After much research and some visits I found SMC Campers via their website and then visited to see some of their work. The design layout, quality of components and standard of work and high quality sourced base vans were all excellent and I bought one of their ‘Xplore’ conversions. Since then we have spent time in the Outer Hebrides and more recently the south of France. The van performed brilliantly and I’m pleased to say the conversion met our needs well. I am still marvelling at the use of space and the large storage capacity offered. I can unreservedly recommend that anyone considering a camper conversion look closely at these excellent vans.

Nick Jowett


After making the decision we wanted a VW Camper, we thought the best process was buying a van, and getting it converted to how we wanted it. Luckily whilst getting our car MOT’d we were recommended SMC Campers. On first meeting Christien it became obvious how serious he took his work, and the attention to detail he put in. He took the time to discuss many things with us, even before we had decided to go ahead, nothing appeared a problem to him, including giving us advice on the base van we should purchase, and even offered to come with us to an auction if needed.
Once we had purchased the van, he gave us advice on colours and specifications to ensure we got what we wanted. The heater is a must, and we are definitely glad we took your advice on that.
During the conversion we got pictures of the progress that was being made, and we were kept up to date on when the van would be ready. When it was ready, Christien took time to explain how things worked, and gave us an information pack, which made the change of classification with the DVLA simple, and reminded us of things we forgot!!
Even after we picked the van up, Christien & Kerry have been very helpful with advice on anything related to the van, and I would feel comfortable ringing them with any queries.
We have just returned from our 2nd trip away, and the van has exceeded our expectations, and are looking forward to our 3rd trip away already.
Thanks for everything.

Nigel, Karen & Owen

After deciding on a T5 conversion, we started researching where to get the work done when we were recommended SMC Campers. It was an amazing stroke of luck, as we hadn’t seen Christien advertise in any of the magazines, however it was certainly meant to be.
After speaking to Christien and deciding what spec we wanted, it quickly became apparent that his knowledge on T5 conversions was absolutely second to none.
We brought our van from the Isle of Man to Heysham where he and Kerry very kindly travelled down which enabled us to get the ferry straight back to the Island.
We were kept up to date at regular intervals with photos of work in progress, in fact it became a bit of a ritual checking e-mails for new pics and I’d also ring up for a chat on how things were going.
Right on cue the time came to pick the van up and again Christien and Kerry made the trip to Heysham in Lancaster so we could collect it. It was a pig of a day weather wise with gale force winds, rain and sleet, but this van shone out above anything else at the port. We got in and Christien explained how everything worked.
In the weeks since getting her home, we have had lots of days out and Lisa Kaitlin have been out overnight in her.
You read testimonials on his website on the exceptionally high standard of his work, however his eye for attention to detail is incredible, the van is perfect in every way!
We are now looking forward to trips to Ireland, the Lake District and the South Coast of England. We have also found new friends in Christien and Kerry.
Thanks for all your advice and for transforming our T5 into a stunning campervan.

Kevin, Lisa and Kaitlin.

Hey Christien thanks for doing such a good job on the van the attention to detail is outstanding! The TV works great! Really happy can't wait to get away In it and show it off!!!! Darren

Darren Tindall

After many months of research into buying and converting a campervan we decided to entrust the services of Christien and Kerry at SMC Campers. We were advised on fabrics, colour schemes and fixtures and fittings which were cost effective, stylish and practical. They advised us on timescale and price and discussed at length the process and work which would be involved in the refit. Everything went according to schedule and our van was finished in the allotted time.
We were absolutely delighted with the end result. Everything was done to a very high standard and we couldn't be happier with the finished product.
We cannot thanks Christien and Kerry enough and would highly recommend SMC Campers.

Ali, Benny, Orla & Bramble xx

Hi Christien
Just though I’d drop you an email to say we both love then van, I’ve been driving it for a couple of weeks now with no rattles, squeaks at all, quite an improvement from my last camper and a testament to the quality of your workmanship. We’re looking forward to many happy trips over the coming years
From two very happy Campers

Tom and Laura

Christien,
Thank you very much for the excellent T5 conversion. I would definitely recommend SMC Campers to anybody looking for a quality conversion.
The base designs offered are really well thought out but Christien was happy to help us customise the design to our exact requirements whilst giving great advice on what would and wouldn't work.
During the build Christien gave almost daily updates and pictures so that we could see the progress.
But the main reasons I would recommend Christien is the attention to detail and quality of the build. In particular what seems like a one-man mission to get rid of those annoying squeaks and rattles that every other van I tested seemed to have. The build quality is superb and I expect it to last for years to come.
Thanks,

Nic & Anna

Christien:

Working with SMC Campers was the right choice from the start. We found them extremely professional, easy to work with and very flexible in providing a customer service for our conversion. Introducing new ideas and technology worked well for us and gives SMC the chance of offering new features.
As regards the final finish ... you can tell quality when you see it. I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

Cheers,

Peter.

Dear Christien & Kerry

We would just like to express our thoughts on our new van, which you have completed for us. You kept us informed with photos and emails through every step of the transformation, and the transformation is totally amazing. The quality and finish is absolutely 1st class. Having completed a full year of use it is still as perfect now as the day we collected it from you. Perfectionist is not a word I'd ever use lightly but you truly are worth every penny.

Many, many thanks for the beautiful job on Syd.

Ian and Tracey

Hi Christien and Kerry,

Just a quick note to say thank you for our wonderful camper van (we have named the van Taffy, and are very proud owners).

After seeing the high quality van conversions that Christien produced for others, we finally took the plunge after 6 years of pondering. Although it was a big decision, we quickly knew we had made the right one. Christien sourced us an immaculate base van for our budget, and then as we wanted to make the van personal to us Christien was very patient in allowing us to tailor the van to our exact needs. A very professional service was offered from start to finish and we are extremely grateful for all the time and effort that has gone into making the perfect camper van for us.

Taffy is absolutely perfect, better than we could have wished, and working well as our only vehicle. We have spent some lovely weekends in Northumberland and are enjoying the freedom and stress free van life. There is also nothing quite like getting into a warm van after a surf or bike ride and putting the kettle on! Taffy gets admired wherever we go and we would highly recommend SMC campers to others.

Thank You again, we are looking forward to many more years of the luxury adventuring we can now do.

Sarah and James xxx

Apologize for the delay in writing to you - Toby is fourteen months old now and is keeping both of us very busy indeed. However, you'll be glad to hear that we've not been too busy to get out on the road and really enjoy our amazing campervan (that we have named Dixie).

So far we have had a two week holiday in her and some impromptu weekends away. In the two week holiday we clocked up over 1100 miles as we drove round England taking in the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, the Forest of Dean, Bristol and Exmoor. Throughout all our trips we've experienced glorious sunshine, blowing gales and rain storms of biblical proportions, and our Dixie took it all in her stride and took very good care of us every step of the way. The diesel heater came in very useful when we were all soaked to the bone, and even the dog was dried off in no time. We took Dixie to Cheddar Gorge in October, and even when frost and ice were forming on the outside, we were toastie warm on the inside. The air-con was vital when the sun did come out, the bed is incredibly comfortable, and the generous storage space meant we had plenty of room for all the things a young family needs. And we really like the little swivel table behind the passenger seat.

The luxury and comfort that Dixie gives us has made our weekends away in her feel like proper holidays, and has taken our camping trips to a whole new level. Dixie attracts attention everywhere we go, and we receive complements on her at every campsite we visit. I can honestly say there is not one thing that we would change about our stunning campervan. From the moment you step into the van you can feel the quality of the conversion and the amount of skill and attention to detail that has gone into her design and construction.

We are still trying to sell our estate car, but we have been using the Explor.er as our main family car for a few months now. She is as capable and comfortable when doing the weekly shop as she is when enjoying a cider and cooking dinner by a Cornish beach. She is not just a car or a campervan, she is a part of our family and we love her.

Thank you Christien for all your hard work and support.

Kind regards

Matt and Becky x

Hi Christien,

We have had our first 2 week holiday in the van and would just like to say it"s like a Tardis when it comes to packing, I could not believe that I could get so much in it. In fact I took way too much stuff. The seats were amazing and the bed really comfortable. The surfboard 'hanger' was brilliant. Denis and I are so pleased with the quality and workmanship of the conversion.

Denis & Christine

We bought our VW T5 Xplor.er in February 2012 after seeing it advertised on the SMC website. It is a van that Christien had in stock that he had converted into a campervan. The quality and workmanship that has gone into the conversion is excellent. We have had a few trips away in it this year and cannot find any fault with it. We have had some extras fitted before and after buying the van which he was happy to do. He always has the answer to any questions that we have and is keen to help.

Payment was a concern for us both and we finally agreed on a bankers draft. Now that I know Christien a little better, I would have no problem in paying him with a bank transfer. Both my wife and I are glad we found SMC Campers after months of searching for the right van. We definately made the right decision and will always recommend SMC Campers.

Thanks again Christien

Keith, Karen and Oliver Clay

Dear Christien and Kerry

Just a wee note to say how delighted we are with our conversion. We have just had our first weekend away and everything went perfect. The quality of the build is exceptional and we have already had a lot of people asking where we had it carried out. The time you took to talk me through everything when I picked it up added to a stress free weekend. Also the covering letter and photo's you prepared for me to convert the van to a motor caravan with the DVLA made it so simple. When we arrived home my new V5 was through the door with the new classification. All round first class service. Please feel free to pass our details on to any one in our area who may want to have a look.

Many thanks,

Bob and Denise Riley

Cleator

Hi Christien

We have been extremely happy with both the quality and finish of the conversion to our van. We felt that we received a lot of professional, friendly advice about the conversion (especially with the fitting of three extra seats for our children) and were kept fully up to date with the progress throughout the build with photos and emails. Thanks again.

Ruth and Justin

Hello Christien

Happy New Year: Just a quick note to say thank you for your help with my van conversion. We finished it just before Christmas and have just got our logbook back from the DVLA recassified as a Motor Caravan.

Many thanks, we will certainly recommend you if anyone asks.

Regard Julian, Jo, Josh and Zara

Dear Christien / Kerry

Just writing to say how pleased we are with our van that you recently converted for us. When we were looking for a company to convert the van, we knew that from the first conversation with Christien that he was passionate about what he does and that he treats all vans as if they were his own. We immediately knew SMC Campers was the company we wanted to convert the van. This passion and positive attitude continued right throughout the build phase with Christien providing regular progress updates with photos to indicate how thing were going. The information pack and letter to DVLA that you supplied on completion was also a really nice and very useful touch. This made the process of getting the van re-classified as a Motor Caravan extremely straight forward.

Now that we have been using the van for a month the quality of workmanship and attention to detial is even more apparent. The van is already capturing the attention of passers by and I have already had the opportunity to recommend SMC Campers to people who are looking for a first class campervan conversion.

All the best

Craig & Sarah McNicol

I couldn't recommend Christien and Kerry of SMC campers highly enough.

The conversion to my VW T5 was completed within agreed schedules, within budget , whilst maintaining a very high standard of work.

The quality of the fixtures and fittings is outstanding.

Their professionalism, dedication ,reliability and commitment , made the whole project a stress free experience.

I have already recommended them to friends.& colleagues

If any prospective SMC clients in the Edinburgh area wish to contact me by email to answer any questions, or in fact view the van. I will be more than pleased to assist

Regards

Anton Roberts. Edinburgh

Dear Christien Just a note to thank you for the brilliant way you converted my VW Transporter, the workmanship and attention to detail was second to none. Its great having someone in my local area who can pass on invaluable knowledge and advice. I would definitely recommend SMC Campers conversions to anyone thinking about converting their van. From the tight fitting reimo roof, the built in wine rack and the relaxed post-conversion after sales attitude, it’s been a pleasure dealing with you.

Thanks again: Peter Graham.

The campervan has become a much loved part of our family. Feel free to give out our address or phone number to any one who would like to come and see your work or would like a reference of your work and high standards.

Peter Brown

Ridiculously brilliant! You're the godfather of conversions.
Excellent stuff

Cheers, Louise Worth

Just thought i would drop you a line to let you know how pleased we are with the the campervan conversion you did for us. Had been wanting to purchase one of these for years and now having bought one realise what we have been missing.
The finish and design are superb and comparing them with what is on the market believe you are providing one of the best available. Combined with your ethics and business philosophy of customer comes first we do not think we could have selected a better initiation into the campervan and motorhome way of life. Very many thanks from a very satisfied customer.

Donald Peaty

Having purchased a 2008 VW T5 we set about looking for the best deal in converting it to our specification. Christien gave us an excellent service, was most helpful and knowledgeable and during the conversion kept us updated. on each step, The campervan is now a very comfortable holiday home with the wow factor and we would have no hesitation in recommending Christien Heslop.

Maureen & Adrian Gilmour