‘Mamba’ the Citroen Relay Off Grid Overland Camper
Live draw Tuesday 1st February 2022
Citroen Relay Off Grid Overland Camper
2007 139.5k miles & 9 months MOT
2.2L Citroen Relay Campervan with 9 months MOT which has had a relatively easy life, being first used as a Joiners vehicle and most recently used by Northern Conversions to collect sheets of wood for their camper conversions. It’s been taken care of throughout its life, recently having a full service / MOT / Alternator / EGR valve / 5x new tyres / rear brake discs & pads / front brake pads / 2x lower suspension arms / rear shock absorber etc.
This L1H1 Citroen Relay has been freshly converted to a very high spec & standard by the team at Northern Conversions specifically for VannyCampers’ competition. The brief was to create a rugged/aggressive looking campervan which has a spacious interior with full off grid capability but still able to fit within a normal parking space, and they absolutely nailed it.
Mamba comes with a landlords gas safety and weigh bridge certificate for piece of mind, this also gives the winner the ability to rent out this campervan!
Bed: There’s a fixed single bed across the rear which pulls out to a small double. So it’s perfect for a solo traveller or couples adventure.
Interior: In front of the bed are 2 opposite facing seats with freshly upholstered cushions, one of which contains the porta loo. Between these is a table which pulls out from under the bed, along with the fridge. The bespoke kitchen has been built mainly from reclaimed materials which gives the camper a very unique look, this contains the sink and hob as well as ample storage. The van uses vinyl click flooring for a hard wearing and weather resistant finish and the door cards are also made from reclaimed wood.
Insulation: The camper has been fitted with sound deadening to each panel, followed by 25mm PIR board flooring/ceiling, the walls have then been insulated with recycled plastic wool with a second layer of foil bubble insulation.
Storage: There’s plenty of storage within the kitchen unit, along with space under the rear seats (although one of these also houses the loo). There’s a fairly large garage area under the bed for larger items, also the numerous cubby holes & storage spaces within the cab area.
Table: The reclaimed wooden table pulls out from under the bed, simples!
Fridge: Dometic CRE50 12v Compressor fridge
Hob: Thetford Topline 922 double burner hob
Sink and Tap: Stainless steel rectangular sink with bespoke copper tap
Gas: The van uses a refillable underslung gas tank, along with a crash sensitive gas regulator which cuts off the gas supply in the event of a crash or sudden stop and the correct fittings/piping needed. The gas system has been signed off by a gas safe engineer
Electrics: Mainly using Victron smart systems which can be monitored via an App
Lighting: There’s spot lights in the ceiling along with a reading light for the bed
Bodywork: Full Raptor respray in “olive green”, which gives the camper a real aggressive look, Raptor is a hard-wearing textured paint so it looks and feels awesome!
Heating: Diesel heater housed within the bottom of the kitchen unit, this takes its fuel supply directly from the vehicles fuel tank so you don’t need a separate tank to use it
The camper has a very high spec electrical system which has been fitted to a high standard using good quality parts, all cabling is the correct size which has been ran through conduit throughout the build and each item is on its own circuit using the correct size fuses. Most of the items are Victron with Smart functionality which means they can be monitored using the Victron Connect App on your phone.
1x 110ah Lithium leisure battery
Victron Multiplus 800w Inverter / Charger
Victron 150w Solar panel
Victron 75/15 Smart solar controller
Victron DC-DC smart charger (split charge system)
Victron smart Battery monitor, giving a % readout of the battery state
RCD / MCB
Fawo Magnetic electrical hookup point
Mamba’s original rear wood lining was removed, along with all exterior lamps, handles, trims, mirrors, bumpers, badges & inner door cards. Once the van was “ripped down”, the floor was treated with epoxy primer before being painted raptor black along with the roof rack, trims & rear bumper. Next the full exterior was prepped and painted with raptor camo green before being rebuilt and fitted with its windows, roof vent, ladder and wheel carrier.
This left the Team at Northern Conversions with the perfect blank canvas to start the conversion. All of the panels were then fitted with sound deadening, the electrical system first fix completed properly then the campervan insulated and lined with pine cladding. This was then primed and painted using an airless paint sprayer to give a perfect finish.
Next on the list was the internal cabinetry, as you can see this has been uniquely built to a high standard using reclaimed materials for the kitchen unit, benches and door cards.
Once the woodwork was complete, the final fixtures were fitted including all of the electrical items, Dometic compressor fridge, diesel heater then the water system.
The build was then given a good shake down to make sure everything is working as it should, before being checked over by a gas safe engineer who then provides a landlords gas safety certificate then being taken to a weigh bridge to provide a weight certificate.
Lastly, a private number plate was found and fitted using short 4D plates– if you hadn’t noticed, this reads as close to Mamba could be found, a very nice touch.
As you can see, Mamba is the perfect mini camper that has been built to last by the team over at Northern Conversions using the best parts & materials. You will not see another campervan like it! VannyCampers are proud to be able to run Mamba and can’t wait to hand it over to it’s new owner!!