Torbay’s brand-new mini-camper, the Rebel, was born after it was clear that there was demand for a motorcaravan even smaller than Torbay’s existing line-up of VW T5 conversions.
And, with all of Torbay’s expertise being based on Volkswagen vehicles, it was clear what they needed to convert next – the Caddy.
This small car-like van is the perfect base for a tiny camper, with its size, and interior, differing little from a VW Golf. But to complete its car-like pedigree, the options list includes all the niceties you’d expect on a luxury saloon – metallic paint, alloy wheels, cruise control and a trip computer. Then, to turn it into a camper, you must pay for a few little extras courtesy of Torbay. In the boot, instead of, well, boot space, you’ll find a removable ‘cooking module’ that costs a further £1,000 on top of the Caddy’s basic price of £17,995. And for another £350 you can get various styles of awning that attach to the Caddy’s rear tailgate
For sleeping, anyone who knows anything about Torbay’s conversions will be familiar with their bench/bed mechanism, which replaces the Caddy’s standard rear seats. The seat base flips over to create the front half of the mattress, with the backrest doing the same to create a large, flat, double bed. Fabric pockets have been hung onto the front cab seats to create some on-board storage, and all the seating is finished in VW’s original ‘noughts-and-crosses’ fabric that is both hardwearing and easy on the eye.
But it’s the cooking module, stored in the boot, that makes this small van into a proper motorcaravan. If you wish to use it in-situ you can, but it is easily removable too. You can leave it in the garage when using the Caddy as a car, or you can take it into your tent or awning once on site. The module consists of a two-burner hob (with manual ignition), a stainless steel sink with a cold tap, and storage beneath for a gas bottle and water carrier. When not in use, the cooker and sink are neatly hidden from view by a roller shutter door. The module doesn’t quite fill the Caddy’s rear so you can still fit in foodstuffs and cooking implements, and the separate tent sits on top of the roller shutter blind when travelling. JV
Anyone with a taste for basic outdoor living should definitely put the Rebel on their shortlist.
Base vehicle: Volkswagen Caddy 2.0 SDI (69bhp)
Price from: £17,995 on-the-road
Length: 4.41m (14ft 7½in)
Width: 1.53m (4ft 11½in)
Height: 1.83m (6ft 0in)
Gross vehicle weight: 2,185kg
Payload: approx. 570kg