Stealth Camper Van

“PJK Racing The Legend Lives On”.

In the spirit of PJK Racing we have built another vehicle, for a different period of our life this time a stealth campervan.

Objective

Our aim was to build a vehicle that would be a weekday workhorse, and a weekend leisure vehicle, without the look and size of a campervan, and retaining the practicalities of a saloon car.

Originally we were considering a pre converted Mazda Bongo with a raising roof or “pop top”. We have raced and had Mazda’s as our road cars for decades. So have a soft spot for the brand.

We looked at a number of Bongo’s within our budget, but were concerned about reliability and corrosion on a vehicle of the age that our budget allowed, We attended owner club events and scoured the internet for suitable vehicles for what seemed like ages.

During our searches a number of other options appeared, including the Nissan Elgrand. A minivan manufactured by Nissan Shatai for Nissan since 1997. Available in three model developments, the E50, the E51 and as of 2010 the E52. The Elgrand is commonly used by celebrities in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand. And some other countries/regions around the world.

In Japan, ownership costs are expensive. Due to the exterior dimensions having exceeded Japanese Government dimension regulations and engine displacement incurring higher annual road tax obligations.

So why Stealth?

Our aim is to be as inconspicuous as possible, to allow us to park up almost anywhere without attracting attention. We also want access to normal car parking without the worry of height restrictions. A guide to stealth vans here.

Stealth Van Wish List.

  • Double bed.
  • Fridge.
  • Hob.
  • Sink.
  • Water supply.
  • Wastewater collection.
  • Leisure battery with split charging.
  • 240 volt power supply (essential for cpap machine).
  • Solar charging.
  • Stealth style window insulation/screens.
  • Internet and multimedia connectivity.

Starting the build.

Collecting the wood
Collecting the materials, proving the versatility of the Elgrand.