ROCKETING demand for motorhomes converted from vans is bringing dividends to firms which buy, and look after, high spec versions.

A study reveals that vans with features such as air conditioning, electric windows, metallic paint and tailgates are seeing a boost in their residual values. A VW Transporter can make up to £15,000 at trade, but after being converted into a camper van they sell for more than £30,000.

Trade sources say that the camper van revolution is growing at such a rate, that motorists who do not need a van for their work and who aren’t VAT registered are buying used vans to convert.

Online remarketing specialist Autorola is experiencing a huge increase in demand for high specification vans.

Head of operations, Neil Frost, said: “The camper van is making a welcome return.

“Demand for high spec VW Transporter vans continues to rise, as do prices. As a fleet operator it makes the investment in options such as electric windows, metallic paint and air conditioning worth it as they are pushing up values when it reaches the used market.”

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