The ‘Surf’ originated from our interest in water sports and windsurfing. It seemed logical to make a camper that could carry that all the important kit inside, whilst still being able to function as a camper. Rather than trying to make a standard camper accommodate the kit in some way, either by loading it on the roof or inside (often rendering it unusable or limiting its functions); we built a camper fit for the job with all the kit nicely sealed away, safe and sound. The concept for the Surf was created after building various custom builds for sport enthusiasts, such as surfers, windsurfers, para gilders and kite surfers. Due to the high demand and the number of customers that this type of vehicle appealed to, we created the Surf.

The Surf is based on a LWB VW T5 and has the traditional front elevating roof and the units that run down the driver’s side. This layout is one of the most practical designs and is well proven. It offers more than ample room for living and offers great changing facilities to get in and out of wetsuits and outdoor clothing. The interior is also built to withstand the outside elements which often make it inside during active pursuits. This is why we use practical materials and seal all the areas of the floor, making it easy to clean. The space inside the Surf is more limited than a standard camper, such as the Tempo, due to the large kit storage area; however, every possible space is turned into practical usable space.

The Surf has only the best products installed; ranging from the Schnierle seat/bed system, Reimo elevating roof, SMEV kitchen appliances, Indel B compressor refrigeration, Exploria custom made furniture units, superb media and sound systems and external styling products.

The following sections give a quick overview of the Surf. Such things as linings, services, fridges, audio, media etc. can all be explored in more detail from access on the menu bar.

Lining, Soundproofing and Trim

Fully soundproofed and insulated to the highest spec. Re-lined and smoothed internal bodywork allows for seamless lining to be applied, in a material of your choice.

Waterproof Kit Storage Area

A fully waterproof & robust, full length storage area ensures your wet kit stays confined to the wet area and doesn’t start rotting your van. It also keeps those damp smells often associated with wet kit confined to the storage area.

Roof and Roof Bed

The Reimo slim line front elevating roof offers a sleek, low profile look and is colour coded to match the vehicle. Complete with Exploria deluxe roof bed, trimmed in alcantara and featuring sunken underbed spotlights and roof TV screen.

Seating and Flooring

Obviously in a conversion of this nature, with a large area taken up by the kit storage area; space is at a premium. So, we have utilised the Schnierle SL1 bed system, which is a narrow width, 2 seater, fully crash tested bed system. It works with an ingenious bonded aluminium floor which is fully M1 tested and certified. If required, the bed system can be removed relatively easily if required. The bed has a large storage area under the seat base which can be fully loaded. This bed is super easy to use and has unlimited recline positions and is very comfortable for sleeping and sitting. The only drawback with this conversion is that it is that little bit narrower.


The Surf’s furniture is obviously centred around the waterproof storage area. Every space internally is utilised offering usable storage. A great emphasis is made on the rear end storage area behind the seat, to make up for what is lost due to the large waterproof area. Flowing aluminium corner profiles offer that nice detailing touch. Ergonomically designed to allow a comfortable driving position, with the units set back enough for even the tallest of drivers and this also allows the driver’s seat to swivel around if required. Flowing work surfaces offer extra workspace and add to the overall appearance. As with all of our conversions, access to appliances and the fridge remain possible with the bed up or down.

Upholstery and Trim

The full range of VW upholstery is available, along with our unlimited custom leather options. Please see our OEM seat covers and leather upholstery pages.


  • SMEV combination 9222 series hob and sink offer a functional and desirable look with smoke glass lids give a sleek finish and can also be used as workspace
  • SMEV mini oven and grill is an option
  • Indel B C49 fridge offers unrivalled performance which is seamlessly fitted into the furniture
  • Nicely located so access can be obtained with the bed up or down



Under body water tank with a huge 65 litre capacity. Discreet filling point to rear of bumper with quick lock fitting for quick dry, no hassle filling. Traditional filling options are also available.


Camping Gaz 907 locker located at the rear near-side offers easy access. The locker is a unique, top access locker exclusive to Exploria, designed to take up the least amount of space possible. The locker itself is a legal gas locker made from steel, is air tight, flame proof and vented through the floor all in accordance with regulations. Along with the gas locker all internal piping is in accordance with legislation, in copper pipe and with Truma pigtails and regulator with test point.


Diesel powered heating from a Webasto Airtop 2000ST under-body heater. Offers fantastic, super reliable heating which is very economical and can also be used as a secondary heater while travelling. Can be controlled manually, by timer or by a app on your smartphone.


Powered by the latest, state of the art digital CBE power management system. Offers easy access and monitoring of vehicles stats. Complete with either 16 or 22 amp battery charger, 240v circuit breaker. 140v voltage sensitive relay offers completely independent wiring system to van, and high output 180 amp cabling.

240v inlet socket discreetly located under rear bumper, avoids any unsightly plastic boxes chopped into the side of your vehicle.

Various number and locations of 240v 3 pin sockets along with 12v sockets.

Lights - All high output LED lights with low draw

  • 8 LED roof bed lights offer direct light over the living area
  • 2 LED kitchen lights mounted in kitchen overhead storage unit
  • 2 LED Rear speaker console lights
  • 1 LED flexi neck roof bed / cab reading light
  • 2 LED tailgate lights offer easy loading and extremely useful if using tailgate awning
  • 4 LED roof lights, fitted into underside of elevating roof - optional when having an elevating roof re-trim
  • LED courtesy lights offer increased light and decrease draw from vehicle battery
  • Decorative LED mood lighting to top of wardrobe area and side loading door step - this is optional
  • Door sensitive internal lighting is nice as an optional extra
  • External awning lights can be a nice touch and even give the option to create your awning area into a night club!
  • Twin 110 - 140 amp batteries offer plenty of power. Options on batteries from lead acid, gel and traction to suit your budget and needs


  • Front Exploria custom cab screens
  • Rear custom Exploria curtains

Audio / Media

Unlimited options for in-car entertainment are available. We have the capabilities to produce show winning audio media systems built in-house to suit your requirements. Please see our audio media pages.

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