We design and build VW Transporter campers
Three Bridge Campers specialise in the design and construction of luxury VW campervan conversions, based primarily on the VW Transporter T6 or VW Transporter T5. We can supply campervans from new, used or from customer supplied donor vehicles. Three Bridge Campers have a passion for creativity, innovation and a desire to create individual campervans that push boundaries for a truly unique end product. We work hard to make you the camper van of your dreams. We’ll collaborate with you to fully understand your requirements and desires to ensure that the final, full build work is completed to your specification. From luxury interior options to a range of accessories.
Discuss and plan
From initial contact we move into the planning stage of the process, where we decide the exact specification your campervan will be built to. We will sit down in our meeting room and every option, item and process will be explained and discussed until you are happy with the price and build. We will discuss colour options for every aspect of the build to include flooring, lining, upholstery and furniture. This stage can be spread over multiple meetings if required, as this stage is very important as it reflects the end product. We will guide you through every option and colour to help you make the right decision for you, as every build is unique to each and every client.
Strip and prep
Once your build slot has commenced we do a pre conversion vehicle inspection, that includes full damage report and computer diagnostics report of the vans OBC. We then start stripping all interior parts that get boxed up and labelled for protection and the van gets protected with vehicle specific lining paper. The van then goes through the cut and drill stage, where every metal cut and hole is complete so that no more metal fabrication is required further on in the build process. All metal cuts and holes are treated in a metal primer after de-burring, which includes roof aperture, windows and floor access holes.
Insulate and trim
After all metal preparation is complete, we then trim all the exposed metalwork in the rear of the van for a smooth and luxurious finish. We use a high temperature adhesive that bonds the lining material to the metalwork, and joined with a seamless fit with no overlaps. Before the trimming is applied, the metalwork is prepped with a good scotch key for best adhesion, then cleaned with de-greaser. All raised parts of metalwork is flattened back and any excess sealant is removed for the best possible finish. After metal trimming is complete we then sound insulate the entire vehicle, and apply a second heat insulation layer on top.
Pop top roof
The elevating roof we supply and fit is the top of the range Reimo Easy-Fit panoramic range that fits perfectly to the profile of the vehicle. Reimo is the industry leader in campervan products and produce roofs exclusively for the VW transporter. The roof is installed with great precision and patience for the best possible fit, with no corners cut. Sika products as recommended by Reimo are used for all bonding stages with the correct primer and activator. This process is one of the most important, and takes around 3 days to complete allowing for the required sealant activation time between stages.
First stage electrics
The first stage electrics consist of the main and secondary wiring looms that connect all appliances and batteries together. These looms are made up in our dedicated electrical room where all wires are calculated on voltage requirements, voltage drops and wire lengths. We choose very carefully what wires are used for each job, so that no under voltage faults occur in the future. These looms are bound in automotive trunking, and routed specifically to not cause snagging or to foul on vehicle trim parts.
Under chassis installation
Under chassis installation is all done in one hit, which includes a 15 litre gas tank (unless gas free), 48 litre fresh water tank, Webasto heater, rear bed brackets and any suspension or geometry parts. All gas piping and water piping are also run at this stage ready for connection to the internal appliances. Any metal cutting or drilling of the vehicle chassis is once again adequately primed for rust prevention.
External styling and modifications are carried out with genuine OEM parts or quality branded aftermarket varients for alternative styling requirements. Styling parts include and are not limited to spoilers, splitters, side skirts, grills, side protection bars and alloy wheels.
Cabinetry and preparation
Three Bridge pride ourselves on our cabinetry, and this aspect of the conversion is what has gained us our reputation of creating unique and exceptional campervans. At this stage your design becomes reality and the cabinetry is designed and cut on our state of the art CNC machine. Each furniture kit is different as its built around the clients individual specification to maximise storage and practicability. After the furniture has been cut on the CNC machine it then gets assembled in the assembly area with strict quality control, and fixed using the very best fixtures and fittings. All door edges are finished with a high quality ABS edging with a process from our top of the range edge banding machine.
Second stage electrics
This is where we install the heart of the conversion, with an extensively tested and meticulously designed electrical system that pushes boundaries in leisure vehicle power management sector. We run every wire to the correct length and wire gauge to make sure that all appliances and controls are receiving full voltage in a safe and controlled way. Lithium batteries are installed as standard with battery management systems built in, and optional upgrades to a gas free camper with induction hobs and microwave.
Final install and commission
Once the furniture kit is installed and wiring loom connected, the van comes together and the bed is installed and all finishing trims are fitted. We then put the van through an extensive quality control test where every aspect of the conversion is checked for quality and correct operation.The van is ready for collection, and will be professionally valeted ready to start your adventure and make memories of a lifetime.