FAQs

Why should I get a tribrid Eco Camper?

LPG or Autogas is roughly half the price of petrol – saving you serious money. LPG is also much cleaner than petrol, with a fraction of the exhaust toxins. This makes the tribrid not only much more economical but the ultimate eco-friendly campervan.

Why Hybrid and not a fully electric campervan?

Range and Charging Infrastructure – We are very keen to develop an Electric Vehicle that is not restricted by the range of their power supply. Hybrids are not. Our Hybrid Eco Campervan batteries don't run out as they self charge - therefore they can go anywhere for any length of time (up to 1,000 miles on one fuel stop!). There are a few Electric Vehicles advertised as having a range of up to 100 miles. We road-tested all of these vehicles and spoke to other owners and they struggle to deliver more than 50 miles under normal driving conditions (eg with heating, radio and lights on). While this is great for city driving (for which they are designed) they are not suitable for long drives and for getting you away from it all - which is what campervans are all about. There are no charging points in rural areas and all the beauty spots where campervans belong. 

Is the Eco Camper four-wheel drive (4WD)?

Yes. The E-Four electric 4WD system provides better driving performance by using power from the rear-wheel drive motor to optimise electric power distribution to all four wheels according to driving conditions. It provides additional drive power when needed, such as when accelerating from a standing start or on wet, slippery surfaces.

How clean is the petrol engine?

The Alphard Hybrid qualifies as an ultra-low emission vehicle achieving emission levels 75% lower than 2000 standards under the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport's Approval System for low-emission vehicles.

Are the base vehicles brand new?

While the conversions and all the campervan equipment are brand new, the base vehicles are used. These Toyotas are high-grade, low-mileage used vehicles freshly imported from the highly regarded Japanese used-car market.

The vehicles are imported via Campers Scotland's import network through which we have been sourcing high-quality Japanese vehicles for over a decade. As Scotland's leading importer, we offer the best available low-mileage vehicles aged 10 years or older, anywhere.

While this may seem old to us in the UK, the Japanese vehicle market is at least 10 years ahead of the UK market in terms of equipment and technology. Japanese vehicles of this age are equivalent to two or three-year old vehicles in the UK in terms of condition and technology. 

There are many reasons the Japanese market offers such quality: they don’t use salt on their roads; they are not allowed to park their vehicles on city streets overnight (hence most are garaged); their MOTs are very strict and expensive; and they trade-in more vehicles at the three-year mark than any other country, offering an abundance of nearly new vehicles. This makes our Eco Campers not only amazing quality but incredible value – costing less than a regular, used diesel VW campervan.

How long does the hybrid battery last?

Unlike purely electric cars which need to be plugged in, hybrids self-charge. Thanks to the Toyota Synergy Drive, the hybrid battery is charged in two ways: by the petrol engine, which acts as a low-emissions generator while stationary or while driving, and every time the vehicle slows down by way of the electro-magnetic brakes. Provided the vehicle is moving or when stationary and the ignition is on, the petrol engine will kick in and charge the hybrid battery when required – then switch off again. As long as there is fuel in the tank, a healthy battery will never run out. While cooking, the hybrid battery will recharge on average every three minutes and cook for a similar amount. Estimated average cooking times are 10 minutes, requiring only two or three recharges. You can also cook using gadgets such as a slow-cooker while driving, preparing food for your arrival. The charge system is totally self-regulating.

Will the hybrid battery need replacing soon?

No. The great thing about the Hybrid battery in the Alphard Eco Camper is that they are easily maintained. At Eco Campers we have not only developed a quick and easy way to monitor the performance of the battery, we can quickly and cheaply replace any of the battery cells that are under-performing. We are so confident the batteries will last and perform well, we offer a five year guarantee on all our Hybrid batteries.

How powerful is the petrol engine?

Developed for hybrid vehicles, the 2.4-liter 2AZ-FXE engine has a high-expansion ratio cycle that enhances fuel economy by improving efficiency and reducing friction loss. Additionally, optimum control of the Super CVT [Constant Velocity Transmission] and front motor create low emissions levels. The petrol engine gives 129 brake horse power (bhp).

How efficient is the Eco Camper?

The Alphard Hybrid realises about twice the fuel efficiency specified by Japanese 2010 fuel efficiency standards while also qualifying as an ultra-low emission vehicle, consuming fuel at the rate of one litre every 17.2 kilometres (in the Japanese 10-15 test cycle). This equates to around 43 mpg.

How many people can they seat and sleep?

With a fitted roof, Eco Campers can sleep and seat four. Without a roof they can seat four and sleep two.

How easy is it to find LPG filling stations and what happens if I run out of LPG?

The LPG systems we fit are self-starting, which means the LPG switches on automatically and, when you run out of LPG, it automatically switches back to petrol. Most motorway service and in-town stations have LPG for fuelling.

Is finance available to help me buy one?

Yes. Our parent company Campers Scotland Ltd offers finance options on all campervan orders. For more details, go to our Finance Page.

What is the road tax and insurance like on this vehicle?

Because the base vehicles are imported from Japan, there is a blanket importation road-tax levy - which is currently £255 - regardless of the fact they are Hybrid and have lower emissions. We wish this wasn’t so and are requesting this be changed. Insurance varies according to age, driving history and your postcode. Customers typically come back with premiums between £250 and £400. These can be much higher if you live in the centre of a busy city or have just got your driving license or have recent claims or convictions. Call us for details of good insurers. We are happy to help.

Can I buy this on the European continent?

Yes. We can export to all EU countries (transportation costs apply). Please note the Toyota Alphard Eco Camper only comes in right-hand drive.

Can I buy this in the US or Canada?

Not yet. There are considerable importation restrictions to vehicles into both countries that prevent sales there for the time being. Keep enquiring however, as we are looking at solutions.

What are the dimensions?

Sizes in mm

Load Length: 2440

Outer width (folded wing mirrors): 1877

Outer width (open wing mirrors): 2110

Outer length: 4850

Outer height no fitted roof: 1905

Outer height with pop-roof (down position): 1990

Outer height with Hi-top roof: 2490

Roof bed space (width x length): 920 x 2230

Does it have electric hook-up and other power options?

Yes. The Eco Camper has a high-powered leisure battery, a car battery and electric hook-up. The leisure and car battery are charged like any other car or camper via the alternator and a split-charge relay system. A blue round plug to connect to campsite 240v electric hook-up is included in the package. This also powers an on-board 240v to 12v (AC to DC) charger that keeps the car and leisure batteries charged every time you are connected to campsite 240v power. For a fee you can also have solar power that keeps the car and leisure battery charged off-grid.

How do the induction hobs work?

These are superfast, safe electric hobs. Instead of direct heat they create an electro-magnetic field that heats the pan, not the hob. They are therefore not only cold to touch, but highly efficient and super-quick, transferring most of the energy directly into the pan and the food. Our tests found that a pint of water can boil in around three minutes.

What other techy stuff is good to know?

There’s lots of design innovation to improve your driving and camping experience. Check these out:

Reduced drive resistance
The highly aerodynamic body design along with reductions of the operating resistance in each part of the powertrain have reduced drive resistance and loss of drive energy, helping lower fuel consumption.

Insulated body
The specially developed windshield glass reduces the amount of solar radiation penetration and the roof and roof panels contain an insulating material to reduce cabin temperature, which helps conserve energy when the air conditioner is operating.

Intuitive air conditioning system
The newly developed Alphard Hybrid uses the world's first two-way compressor with a built-in motor. The engine powers the air conditioner when the engine is running, and the compressor's internal motor powers it when the engine is not running, helping to conserve energy and provide enhanced comfort.

What’s the warranty deal?

We offer as standard a full year’s mechanical warranty on the base vehicle plus two year's warranty on all our conversion work and fitted appliances. We offer an unbeatable five year's warranty on the hybrid battery (conditions such as ensuring the battery is not over-heated and left standing without charge for periods of inactivity apply). Our skilled servicing team also offer continued servicing support on all aspects of the Hybrid components after this period.