About this listing
Big Red, formally known as La Grande Rouge, is a very comfortable and economical self contained Ford Transit camper van. Converted by yours truly almost 2 years ago, a lot of thought has gone into the internal design of the van to ensure optimal comfort and use of a small space. You will actually enjoy cooking and can store heaps of gear under the bed/couch.
There are three seats in the front and the bed/couch in the back comfortably sleeps up to three people as the bed is wider than a Queen! There is plenty of storage underneath the bed and couch for your gear and clothes. Clothes may also be hung up on a rack in the back. Pretty classy, right?
The kitchen unit includes a sink with a hand pump, ample counter space for food prep and a tiled board for cooking. This board is removable so you can cook outside on a drop leg table that sits outside the side door. If the weather isn't so good you can cook inside too, but just remember to keep the door open and always watch the cooker flames.
Big Red is pretty simple with minimal electronics except USB charging ports and dimmable LED lights. Refrigeration is in the form of a massive 70 litre chilly bin. I can supply ice bottles as an add on, otherwise buying ice and draining her every few days is a good idea.
I've lived/travelled in Big Red for almost 2 years and as such, I reckon I have accrued a wealth of knowledge in relation to travelling New Zealand in a campervan and making the most of this stunning country. Happy to help with tips and ideas on where to go and how to be thrifty. Also can help with tips for rock climbing, kitesurfing, cycling and tramping!
Big red is a manual. So please only book her if you are comfortable driving manual. I've recently installed a reversing camera. Reversing is a lot less stressful now :)
PS: I can provide you with all the instructions and support in English, French and Spanish.