HIGH QUALITY CAMPERVAN DESIGN AND BUILD
Welcome to Thistle Rose Leisure.
We are professional camper van converters based in North Yorkshire with over 100 years of amassed experience in special vehicle conversions and adaptations.
We love to make buying a campervan as simple, pain-free and enjoyable an experience as possible. In this website we hope you'll find all the information you'll need to follow your dreams in a Thistle Rose Campervan.
Perhaps you're brand new to campervans or have a definite shopping list of things you want. You can start your Thistle Rose Leisure journey by just browsing through the pages or by following the links below:
We produce numerous designs to our customers desires and take pride in our friendly pre-sales advice - why not contact us to explore the camper van life that Thistle Rose can provide
'We don't sell you a mass produced van that we want to build - buy a van from us that you want us to build'
Before you browse our site, we'd just like to say a huge thank you to all our customers for trusting us with their investment and precious leisure time. An especial thank you goes to the customers who continue to send in great images of their vans and have allowed us to use these 'action' shots in our website.
What Our Customers Say
Our Camper Conversions
The VW Transporter remains the most popular choice for campervan conversions. Thistle Rose construct lots of different layouts on the SWB and LWB vans.
The Transit Custom is a real alternative to the VW T6, available in short and long wheelbase as well as with a hi-top factory roof, this van makes an excellent practical campervan.
Nissan NV200 & eNV200
An exceptionally compact fun vehicle that can make a full camper for 2+2 with a full length bed and side kitchen squeezed into a vehicle that is no larger than a compact hatchback car.
Ducato, Boxer, Relay
The large Sevel vans make exceptional campervans. With their near vertical side walls, they are ideal to convert into a living space. We have various designs for this vehicle including bed-over-garage and rear dinette designs.
As qualified automotive designers and professionals in rapid prototype and development, we are uniquely placed to look at bespoke design and build projects
Our Range of Conversions
Podcasts Now on Site!
Thinking about a campervan? Not quite got the time to trawl through all the websites? Why not listen to our podcasts on the various aspects of buying and owning a campervan? Click on the links here to listen to these helpful discussions. Each podcast lasts around 10 minutes, so grab yourself a cuppa and have a listen.
Centenary of Conversions
Last week we celebrated our 100th campervan conversion leaving Thistle Rose and in the same week back in August 2016 our first van arrived which was campervan conversion number one!
Our 100th conversion will be heading back to York with owner Jan. Jan said ‘I had been considering the possibility of investing in a campervan for a number of years, the freedom and security of travel appealed as well as the convenience of having everything with you for a day-trip or an overnight stay. It will also provide a great base for family days out and my grandchildren can’t wait to sleep in the van.’
Jan first saw Thistle Rose at the Yorkshire Motorhome Show in Harrogate in March. After speaking with Peter on the phone and visiting the workshop and looking at the website she says ‘I felt very confident that Thistle Rose could provide the quality in a conversion that I was looking for. Now that I have seen the finished result, I know that I made the right choice.’
The first trip for Jan and her van will be a day trip out to Whitby and then a trip to Buxton, Derbyshire for her first overnight stay.
Here’s to the next 100 campervans!
PERFECTION TAKES TIME
- but maybe not as long as you would think -
'Rather than buy a campervan that someone wants to sell, why not talk to us about the camper van you want to buy'
At Thistle Rose Leisure, we are qualified, professional automotive engineers with a pedigree in design for many of Europe's main converters. Our staff have worked for household names such as Mercedes-Benz and Volvo in design, vehicle conversion, consultancy and compliance. Our owner, Peter Occardi has worked on European working groups as a national representative for vehicle safety standards in emergency vehicles, where lives depend on the quality of the engineering.
We bring this knowledge pool and mindset on safety and quality to our camper conversions.
Alongside our knowledge of engineering, design, compliance and vehicle conversion we also know what makes a camper van great. From build quality and layout to fittings and equipment, we understand the details that make camper vans part of the family and help us get the very best from our leisure time. As well as being professionals in the field of automotive design, we are also campers - and therefore experienced in fields of a completely different type (usually muddy!).
OUR LATEST CONVERSIONS
Below are some of the conversions completed recently, each with their own story to tell. Why not contact us and talk about what you'd like in your conversion?