Making the campervan usable 24/7

11 Oct

porta potti

I did a quick survey on another website ( a Campsite forum) and asked the question: ” Do you use your Porta Potti at night or make the trek to campsite toilets ?”
The majority response was to use a Porta Potti at night. Many disliked a trek in the dark and rain and cold. There were safety and security issues raised.
So how could we modify our campervan so that we can use the lovely, brand new “335” for a quick pee when the bed is made up and the winter gales are howling?
I have had a quick measure up. Our NV200 lacks the 400 mm or so of extra floorspace twixt front cab seat and bed/seat that VW LWB Transporters enjoy. Space for a small Porta Potti there for Vee Dubbers !
If we cut about 100 mm from the bed /seat back this would give sufficient space to place the “335” sideways on between the passenger cab seat and the front of the bed. This would also improve the rear view out of the lovely black glass in the rear French doors of the van. It would still provide for a safe backrest height. Definitely a solution.
We could consider a removable and strong hinged extension to replace the removed section to cater for taller future owners?
I am not rushing into this and will check with Drivelodge to see what internal metalwork is hidden within the backrest, but feel sure that it’ feasible. Certainly desirable for us. It will turn a Premium “Day Van Plus” into a viable 24 hour, 24/7 campervan.
Driven it to work today as I had to loan out my car. This Nevada is a right piece of kit. Highly recommended. Phone Drivelodge now…………. and book your NV200/Evalia/Combi in !

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4 Responses to “Making the campervan usable 24/7”

  1. martin mcdowall October 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    We used beryl for two weeks holiday pior to conversion. We folded down the passenger seat flat and sat the porta on the back of the seat. when the swivel seat is fitted this will be even better. As in previous vans my wife will fabricate a quality material cover with a velcro flap at the top which means we can sit it on the seat after meal times and it looks aesthetically pleasing but there if required as we make the bed up early in the evening to relax. Just a thought. Cheers.

  2. Joanne October 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Happy to sort it for you FOC, call me to sort out.

    • Dinkum October 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

      Joanne, that is a most generous, kind and considerate offer ! We always expected that we would probably make a few small changes to make the camper “our own.” It was never our intention to cajole a free offer. We are pleased with the price we paid and what we got for our money. Excellent value! This mod would be the icing on the cake. The Nevada, I believe, is about the best package you can get into an NV200. I will contact you soon. I am actually quite touched by your response. Thank you.

      • Joanne October 15, 2013 at 11:34 am #

        Good customer service is the core of any business, we want all our customers to feel they have received the best service possible, we don’t always get there, but its not through like of trying!

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