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12th April 2023

The best campervans you can buy for under £5,000

If you don’t mind a vehicle that’s been around the block a few times you can pick up a campervan for under £5,000. Here are the vans you need to look out for.

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Top end campervans cost megabucks, but if you’re prepared to compromise on age, spec, finish and equipment levels, you can still pick up second-hand models for under £5,000.

Of course, they’ll have been around the block a few times and they’ll come with wear and tear, but they can still be great for days away and tours. You might also be able to find a good bargain. Plus, if you’re looking for a project campervan to build to your specifications, a more affordable campervan could be a good option, especially if this is your first project.

There are a number of second-hand factory-built camper models that regularly come onto the market. Here the outward bound types at Sterling identify some bargain campers to look out for. 

Just remember, if you are buying a second-hand camper, make sure you get an expert to inspect the electrical, water and gas systems (where applicable), as well as the engine. 


1. Fiat Frankia Campervan

This roomy five-berth campervan is a great tourer. It has a well designed over-head cab sleeper with a dining area plus flushing toilet, sink, shower and gas-powered oven and hob. It has everything you need for a day trip to the beach or longer adventures.

2. Peugeot Partner Tepee 

The Tepee carries five people in comfort and can sleep two. There’s a concealed double-burner gas hob that slides out for use, and the table converts into a generously proportioned double bed. The rear camper section detaches, so the camper can be used as a regular van when it’s not being used as an RV.

3. Mercedes Autotrail Sioux

With a marvellous Mercedes engine these will run and run and they are very spacious. The Sioux campervan will sleep five comfortably with the sofa folding out as a double at the rear, a single behind the driver’s seat and another double above the cab. The generous kitchenette has a cooker, grill, oven and fridge and there’s even a cassette loo.   

4. Citroen Relay Explorer

The Relay Explorer is a two-berth with large double sofas that can be used as single beds or joined together to make one double. The kitchen has a steel sink, a foot-pump for running cold water, lots of storage and a toilet.

5. Toyota Hiace Campervan

This three-berth features solar, gas and electric hookups for home and abroad, a fridge, table, gas-powered hob and grill, laminate flooring, and cupboards galore. For added peace of mind, it comes with an immobiliser fitted as standard.


6. Renault Trafic Leisure Drive

Sleeping two, the comfy sofa folds down to make a spacious double bed. This campervan also comes with a roomy inflatable awning, a sink, a three-ring hob, and connections for electricity and bottled gas. The campervan also has a fridge and lots of storage, while its swivel passenger seat provides a little extra camping comfort. 

7. Mazda Bongo

The Bongo sleeps four, two in the fold-out bed and two in the pop-top roof. It’s one of the smaller campervans you will come across, but there is a surprising amount of storage space cleverly tucked away and room for a couple of gas burners and a fridge. It benefits from four wheel drive which can come in rather handy on muddy campsites or at festivals during a traditional British summer!

Bargain insurance for your bargain campervan

Once you’ve found your bargain campervan you’ll want to get it insured at a bargain price too. Contact Sterling for a swift no obligation campervan insurance quote. Call  0344 381 9990 or book a call back at a time that suits you. 

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