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“Nâphash” custom-built overlanding motorhome by Custom Campers

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Are you looking for a unique and personalised way to travel and explore Africa? Custom Campers has you covered: With an emphasis on quality and class, Custom Campers designs and manufactures custom-built campers to your specifications, so you can travel in comfort and style.

If you were at the Caravan Show 2023, then you would not have missed one of the latest builds from Custom Campers owner Fred Oosthuizen. And the CaravanSA team was lucky enough to catch up with the motorhome’s owners, Brian and Pauline Smith, after the show.



Brian and Pauline say: “After about 15 years of camping, a lot of it off-road, we took about three years to decide to have a custom camper built.

“We looked at various builders across the country, but Fred from Custom Campers stood out. He listened to us and was able to give us exactly what we wanted, unlike other builders who initially said they could do what we want but then later refused certain requests.

“Fred was very hands-on throughout the project, and although it took 18 months to complete the build – partly due to COVID-19 setbacks – we enjoyed working with him.

The Smiths had already purchased an Iveco 4×4 Daily 55150 chassis (short-wheelbase, not extended) with a 3-liter diesel engine. The motorhome required a Code 10 driver’s license to operate.

“We started the project in early 2021 and took delivery in October 2022.

“The chassis we had bought a while before that already at a price of R1.2 million, and Fred quoted us R800 000 for the custom build we wanted.

“We purchased many of the items we wanted in the motorhome ourselves, but Fred removed those items from his bill.

“Our motorhome takes only 10 minutes to set up and take down, and we designed it this way so that we can easily go for a drive whenever we need to.

“We went to the Kruger for a trial run. Next, we plan to go to Namibia to see family. Then we also want to do Caprivi, Zambia, Tanzania, and come back through Malawi. From there we are not sure, maybe Botswana or Mozambique. But that’s the thing, we can just go and then see what we want because we can do anything and go anywhere.”

Brian and Pauline’s motorhome is built on an Iveco 4×4 Daily 55150 chassis, short-wheelbase (not extended) with a 3-liter diesel engine.

The motorhome required a Code 10 driver’s license to operate.

Asked if they had any advice for anybody else who wants to order a similar motorhome from Custom Campers, they say: “Be patient, because it does take time… and buy as much of your own stuff as you can.

“Work alongside Fred. We got some good advice to check the vehicle as often as we could during the build. Not just to check in on the work, but really also to know what is going on – because if you are in the bush, Fred’s team wont be there to fix anything.

“Again, remember it takes time. Things change as you go along.

“In the end, we are very happy with our motorhome – we won’t change anything. We highly recommend Fred and Custom Campers.”

As with all of Custom Campers’ unique builds, Fred asked the Smiths to name their motorhome.

“Ours is in Hebrew, and it’s called ‘Nâphash’,” say Brian and Pauline, “in basic terms it means to ‘take a breath’, or ‘to refresh oneself’.”


EXTERIOR

  • 3 solar panels, each 400W
  • Victron 3kVA inverter
  • 4 lithium-ion batteries
  • Quick-pitch external shower
  • Internal and external kitchen
  • Dometic 2-plate gas burner stove
  • 4 gas bottles in total
  • 2 spare wheels
  • Front and rear winch
  • Water tanks: 200 litres for shower and kitchen, plus 50 litres of drinking water through reverse osmosis system
  • Hansen gas/electric geyser
  • 90L fuel tank plus another 90L long-range fuel tank
  • Hand-operated can crusher
  • Thule double bike rack

INTERIOR

  • Clamshell roof with electric lift on actuating pistons
  • Double bed installed sideways (east to west) for ease of leveling or having the head up
  • 3 fridges, all national: a main 100L fridge for drinks and ice, a 90L dual fridge/freezer in the kitchen, and an 80L deep freeze
  • Dometic 2-plate gas burner stove
  • 2-seater dinette area
  • 4 fans, no air conditioning inside

FRONT CABIN

  • Custom center control in the cab
  • Garmin Overlander GPS system
  • Rearview and front camera
  • High-band radio
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