We LOVE these and we know you will too. Introducing our 2006 registered, 2-4 berth Volkswagen retro-campers for hire; Betty, Pearl, Flo, Elsie, Matilda, Nell, Pru, Dot, Ivy & Sylvie. These campervans are some of the very last to be built with traditional, air-cooled engines – giving the feel and that nostalgic, rumbling sound of the VW camper originals.
Pretty Ruby red is a 2007 camper with a modern water-cooled engine, and is the newest camper on our fleet.
Scroll down the page or click on the pictures below to meet the campers, read their blogs and to make your very own paper toy snailtrail camper (for your desk or for the kids!).
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Colour: Sky Blue under white – a gentle beauty, there’s nothing ugly about our Betty.
Number Plate: SL06 BLU
About: Betty has a pop-up roof and seats & sleeps 4. She has a deep chest fridge.Traditional air-cooled engine. 2006 registration.
Model shoot for High Street Retailer
“Driving Betty is like being with a film star – you get looks and waves wherever you go! Betty hosted an 11th birthday party then went on to the Norfolk and Suffolk coast. We love Betty!” – The Dash Family
“Took Betty to Southwold for Easter – she was fantastic fun, very comfortable, comes highly recommended. Steven & Lucy could not have done more! Super time was had by all. We would also recommend the Harbour Campsite in Southwold. Looking forward to our next adventure in Betty!” Daniel & Sophie. hire car to las vegas to casinos
Colour: Retro Cream under white – inspiration for Pearl’s cream came from a Dualit toaster. Pearl is a classy camper who loves a wedding.
Number Plate: SL06 DUB
About: Pearl has a pop-up roof and seats & sleeps 4. She has a deep chest fridge. Traditional air-cooled engine. 2006 registration.
Career Highlights: Two weeks modelling in a fashion retailer’s London Oxford Street shop window – loved the attention!
Celebrity wedding – Pearl really looked the part.
Favourite Quotes: “We love Pearl! How cool! We had an amazing road trip. Excellent” – Vicki & Chris
“Pearl was a treat. Lots of admiring glances and plenty of memories” – Ken & Marylin
“We love Pearl! She’s such a joy to be in and we did resist the temptation to pretend that we owned her on more than one occasion!” – Debbie & David
“A very special journey, special memories of many miles and laughs. Pearl ticked off a box on our wish list of things to do together. A very cosy, romantic holiday” – Rachael & Rafe
Colour: Light Turquoise under white – a happy-go-lucky, gem of a camper. Flo is so named because of her sea colour and her free spirit – go with the Flo!
Number Plate: FL06 BUS
About: Flo can seat 5. She has a pop-up roof and can sleep 4 (or 5+ with an awning). Flo has a coolbox. Traditional air-cooled engine. 2006 registration.
Career Highlights: Heading West to Cornwall and Wales with GMtv and Keith Chegwin was great fun!
Isle of Wight Festival
Favourite Quotes: “Thanks for a great ride” – Cheggers
“Had the most amazing week in Flo! Toured Cornwall & Devon & got an amazing reaction wherever we went!” – Laura & Danny (Honeymooners)
“We love you Flo – what a looker! Wouldn’t have wanted to tour Wales any other way! Hope to meet again!” – Adi, Jason & Liz
“Flo was an accommodating host, we loved touring the Norfolk broads in such a spacious, capacious turquoise beauty! She attracted lots of smiles and waves – what a flirt! We shall be back!” – Lucy & Catherine
Colour: Apple Green under white – a real sweetie-pie to the core, Elsie is simply yummy!
Number Plate: EL51E VW
About: Elsie can seat 5. She has a pop-up roof and can sleep 4 (or 5+ with an awning). Elsie has a coolbox. Traditional air-cooled engine. 2006 registration.
Client picnic for a London catering company whose corporate colour is the very same shade of green!
Favourite Quotes:“Elsie kept us warm and filled our hearts on New Year’s Eve” – Hannah & Simon
“Elsie took us to Cornwall so we could find a new home, which we did. The whole experience was a sweet wonder. We love Elsie” – Ben & Fi
“We loved Elsie, she took us to beautiful St Ives, the sun came out and we all smiled. Everything was perfect, even down to the spotty green oven glove! xx”
Annabelle, Lily & Dan
Colour: Primrose Yellow under white – always bright and sunny, a happy way to travel.
Number Plate: SL06 WAY
About: Matilda has a pop-up roof and seats & sleeps 4. She has a deep chest fridge. Traditional air-cooled engine. 2006 registration.
Out on hire together with Betty, Pearl & Flo making a fab four – fantastic!
Favourite Quotes: “Waltzed between Whitby & Keswick, uphill and downdale. Great time had by all” – The Beards family
“Fell in love with Matilda on our Honeymoon, we would like to adopt her and take her home” – Ben & Christine
“Little Miss Sunshine goes to Purbeck, Corfe Castle, Swanage cul de sacs, this trip had it all” – James & Holly
“What a wonderful week with Matilda, exploring from Cambridge to Cornwall and lots in between … ‘And he sang as he shoved that jumback in his tucker bag, you’ll come a waltzing Matilda with me'” – Karen & Marty, “a couple of Australians from Melbourne – living in Cambridge”
Colour: Very Orange under white – not at all shy and great fun to be with! Nell is kept pet-free for allergy sufferers.
Number Plate: SL06 FUN
About: Nell has a pop-up roof and seats & sleeps 4. She has a deep chest fridge. Traditional air-cooled engine. 2006 registration.
Career Highlights: New to the fleet but we’re working on it! First hire to lovely North Norfolk – Hunstanton, Sheringham & Holt.
” I love and I kist Nell” – Madeline B, age 5
“Just Wonderful! We had so much fun x” – The Barringtons
“Thank you Nell for looking after us so well and being a big orange superstar. You dealt admirably with the WOMAD mud and rollercoaster hills of mid-Wales, and were comfy and kind to us both (and fidget). We’ll miss you.”
Stu & Charlotte (& baby Fidget due in 5 weeks!)
Prudence (Pru to her friends!)
Colour: Periwinkle Blue under white – Pu is a true beauty and with genuine 60’s fabrics she is a hippy chick too.
Number Plate: SL06 BUS
About: Named by our customers – “Prudence” got the most votes and we love her name almost as much as we love her.Pru has a pop-up roof and seats & sleeps 4. She has a deep chest fridge. Traditional air-cooled engine. 2006 registration.
Career Highlights: Spending the week as “Archie” (see Pru’s blog).
“Prudence took us to a new place everyday, Cotswolds, Exmoor National Park, Devon and then Cornwall, until we found paradise at Mother Ives Bay. A fantastic holiday – will never forget it.”
Nick & Lisa
“Dear Prudence, thank you so much for letting us travel and stay in you, we had such a wonderful time! You did such a fab job taking us all the way to a sunny and beautiful Cornwall. It was our best holiday ever because we got engaged! Glad you helped make it so magical & memorable.”
Frankie & Mark
Colour: Cool black under white – rock chick looks and attitude, Dot is a camper who gets noticed.
About: Dot has a pop-up roof and seats & sleeps 4. She has a deep chest fridge. Traditional air-cooled engine. 2006 registration.
Career Highlights: Helping to mark the grand opening of the Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s £6.7m extension, which provides a permanent home for its acclaimed Pop Art collection. Dot felt so very cool and now considers herself to be part of the art set!
Favourite Quotes: “Haven’t grinned so much in ages! Lovely scenery, lovely winding Suffolk roads, and the best home in the world. Thank you Dot – wish we could take you home!” Liz & Spencer
“We had an amazing week in The Lakes – thank you Dot!” – Lisa & Billy
“Fantastic long weekend – Dot really looked after us, kept us warm, dry and safe. Brill!” – Sue & Adam
Colour: Red under white – Ruby is stunning and really turns heads.
About: Ruby can seat 5. She has a pop-up roof and can sleep 4 (or 5+ with an awning). Ruby has a larder fridge. She is a 2007 camper with a modern watercooled engine.
Career Highlights: New to our fleet but Ruby is working on it!
“Made me make contact with the hippy within. Man. Marvellous!”
Colour: Silver top-to-bottom – very Barbarella!
About: Sylvie has a pop-up roof and seats & sleeps 4. She has a coolbox. Sylvie is a limited edition camper – one of the very last of the traditional aircooled campers to be made. She is left-hand drive.
Career Highlights: More soon…
Favourite Quotes :
“We had a fab time with Sylvie touring around Cornwall. A fantastic way to live by the sea. We will miss our hot chocolates and listening to the waves.”
The Radcliffe Family
“An absolutely fantastic time spent exploring North Norfolk coastline – eating crabs, listening to music and discovering lovely villages by the sea. Thanks Sylvie!”
Sue & Andrew
Colour: British racing green under white … not that Ivy likes to race anywhere because she knows, like all our campers, that slow and steady is the way to go. We love Ivy (because she’s beautiful) and we’re sure she’ll grow on you too!
About: Ivy is right-hand drive, has a pop-up roof and seats 5. She has a chest fridge.Traditional air-cooled engine. 2006 registration.