Spotlight on…. Knights Custom Conversions
Knights Custom Conversion is a VW converter offering campervans built to the highest order.
Campervan magazine caught up with Managing Director, Jonathan Nightingale, to find out more…
When did Knights Custom Conversions start out?
It started in a small way in 2014 with a vehicle that was crying out to be converted. Since then, it has been a great adventure from the early designs to creating something totally bespoke. Each customer can truly say that they own a one off. I love design, and working with customers to bring their dream to life is the best feeling.
What sets you apart from the crowd?
Passion and artistry. Who wants to run with the crowd? I have taken some risks with innovations but they pay off. I still get excited every time I have that build sheet in front of me and the customer’s faith behind me.
How would you sum up the company’s ethos and values?
We are a family-run business through and through. Our aim is simple: superior products, fitted by trained staff with guarantees to give piece of mind. I do the designs but am also very hands on so, when we sit and discuss the build requirements, you get not only a wealth of product knowledge but also how this works within the design.
What do you think makes a great campervan conversion?
Great design gives you useability, whatever the conditions. Whether you prefer to be on site with the facilities they provide or go completely off grid, good design is the right design for you. Thinking about heating, cooking and space is important and, with the advent of the Reimo sliding bed system, space became so much more diverse.
What kinds of bespoke options do you offer?
Along with the versatile Reimo sliding bed systems, we developed our own bespoke units. These are tailored to every situation and requirement, be it maximum storage, or loaded with the latest equipment. We are also now offering integrated diesel hot water and heating with thermostatic controls. Ever at the forefront of design, innovation is what gets me excited.
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What’s your best selling campervan?
The Prestige Tourer is by far our best seller. Due to its versatility with seat positioning and storage, it fits the remit for most customers.
Have you got any exciting new developments in the pipeline?
We are excited to be moving to larger premises on the same site to gain an extra 4,500sq ft. 2020 was a very busy year which, in the current climate, we are grateful for. So, the biggie this year – we are developing a unique Crafter conversion! The spec will be off the scale, so watch this space… six seats, six berths and the ultimate in luxury…
What advice would you give to someone thinking about buying a campervan?
Take your time and explore the options. Consider the size of the bed and get something that suits your needs as a bed but also offers comfort when travelling. Also think about the length of your trips and whether you will be camping on sites or want to have the option to go off-grid. The options for heating and cooking are varied – gas, diesel and solar power, so take your time and ensure you explore every avenue.
What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked by a customer?
Oh, now there is a difficult one! We did have an artist request some very vibrant colours to be put together. Due to the nature of what we do and the ability to tailor the build to the needs of everyone, we did indeed meet the criteria.
What’s the best campervan trip you’ve personally undertaken?
The best trip was one down south. I had two young boys (now three) and they just loved the on-the-road adventure. Exploring Devon and Cornwall, taking in the Jurassic coastline, was not only educational but the best fun we could have. Heading back into a warm camper for a cuppa and a bacon sandwich was versatility at its best!
The Knights Custom Conversion range….
Order a VW T6.1 and get a four-berth across the range, featuring a Reimo pop-top, starting from £49,995 for a brand-new vehicle and £53,995 for a Highline DSG automatic. All four ranges feature bespoke kitchens precision-cut with our new CNC machine and finished with our edge bander, giving a superior finish. We offer a three-year guarantee on all our work (subject to T&Cs).
Price from: £16,590
Featuring an RIB 1.20m-wide two- seater bench/bed or upgrade to a Reimo Variotech 3000 sliding bed system. Cooking is gas-powered, from an underslung LPG tank with a barbecue point, or you could upgrade to a gasless induction hob. A two-berth is priced from £16,590 for a conversion only, while a four-berth starts at £21,240.
Price from: £17,490
This was first created in 2020 for a customer, and has proven to be popular as it’s so versatile. It features a fixed rear toilet, two single seats/beds and a galley kitchen. A LWB two-berth is priced from £17,490 for a conversion only, or a four-berth is from £22,440 (SWB available soon).
Price from: £16,590
This features an RIB 1.30m-wide three- seater bench/bed and has a narrow side kitchen, which offers diesel-fuelled cooking and heating, with the option of gas. A two berth conversion-only costs from £16,590, while a four-berth version is priced from £21,240.
Price from: £16,590
This has an RIB 1.12m-wide two-seater bench/bed and a deep side kitchen for maximum storage. There’s gasless diesel cooking and heating, or an underslung 16-litre LPG tank plus a barbecue point. A two-berth conversion-only starts at £16,590 while a four-berth is from £21,240.
Knights Custom Conversions 2−5 Seas End Rd, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 6LD
Tel: 01205 330126/07581 467899/01406 370298