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Welcome to Thistle Rose Leisure.
We are professional camper van converters based in North Yorkshire with over 100 years of amassed experience in special vehicle conversions and adaptations.

On Sunday 22nd March, we decided to reduce our staff exposure to Covid-19 and asked our workforce to stay at home.
I worked solitary in our unit to complete a campervan needed by an A&E consultant - as they firmly believe they will need it onsite in the coming weeks.
Following the announcement on Monday 23rd March, and from talking with friends of the business who are medical professionals, I will be closing the doors on our business until we can all work together again safely on site.

The good health of our our extended staff  'family', our customers and our neighbours in the business is more important to us than turnover.
Julie and I really want to send an especial thanks to our customers for their understanding and support in this - we do feel humbled in your faith and trust with us.

Julie and I will continue to work from home, unfortunately we won't be able to consult with customers face to face or demonstrate our campers, but we can liaise via email and telephone and help with your enquiries about camper vans.

We also want to thank Brian and Jordon for understanding why we have taken this decision - we won't let you down guys.

You can still contact Julie and I by email, mobile or whatsapp and we will still check our inboxes. Our works phone has been diverted to one of our numbers. Please do stay in touch

From Julie and I to all our staff, suppliers, neighbours, supporters and customers - stay well and we'll see you all again as soon as we can all huddle together again in the confines of one of our campervans!

We love to make buying a campervan as simple, pain-free and enjoyable an experience as possible.  In this website we hope you'll find all the information you'll need to follow your dreams in a Thistle Rose Campervan.  Perhaps you're brand new to campervans or have a definite shopping list of things you want.  You can start your Thistle Rose Leisure journey by just browsing through the pages or by following the links below:

We produce numerous designs to our customers desires and take pride in our friendly pre-sales advice - why not contact us to explore the camper van life that Thistle Rose can provide

'We don't sell you a mass produced van that we want to build - buy a van from us that you want us to build'

Before you browse our site, we'd just like to say a huge thank you to all our customers for trusting us with their investment and precious leisure time. An especial thank you goes to the customers who continue to send in great images of their vans and have allowed us to use these 'action' shots in our website.

What Our Customers Say
Our Camper Conversions
The VW Transporter remains the most popular choice for campervan conversions. Thistle Rose construct lots of different layouts on the SWB and LWB vans.
Transit Custom
The Transit Custom is a real alternative to the VW T6, available in short and long wheelbase as well as with a hi-top factory roof, this van makes an excellent practical campervan.
Nissan NV200
An exceptionally compact fun vehicle that can make a full camper for 2+2 with a full length bed and side kitchen squeezed into a vehicle that is no larger than a compact hatchback car.
Ducato, Boxer, Relay
The large Sevel vans make exceptional campervans. With their near vertical side walls, they are ideal to convert into a living space. We have various designs for this vehicle including bed-over-garage and rear dinette designs.
Other Builds
As qualified automotive designers and professionals in rapid prototype and development, we are uniquely placed to look at bespoke design and build projects
Stray FM's Lifestyle show try out the Campervan Life!
Local radio personality, Beth Parsons, borrowed a Thistle Rose Leisure camper for the weekend to try out the campervan life for
Using one of our Volkswagen Transporter conversions, Beth set out on a weekend road trip to see just what the attraction was with living life in a car sized panel van.  She enlisted the help of boyfriend Sam and a couple of little helpers too.
Listen to what she and her roving reporters thought of the Thistle Rose campervan on the podcast here:
- but maybe not as long as you would think -
'Rather than buy a campervan that someone wants to sell, why not talk to us about the camper van you want to buy'

At Thistle Rose Leisure, we are qualified, professional automotive engineers with a pedigree in design for many of Europe's main converters.  Our staff have worked for household names such as Mercedes-Benz and Volvo in design, vehicle conversion, consultancy and compliance.  Our owner, Peter Occardi has worked on European working groups as a national representative for vehicle safety standards in emergency vehicles, where lives depend on the quality of the engineering.

We bring this knowledge pool and mindset on safety and quality to our camper conversions.

Alongside our knowledge of engineering, design, compliance and vehicle conversion we also know what makes a camper van great.  From build quality and layout to fittings and equipment, we understand the details that make camper vans part of the family and help us get the very best from our leisure time.  As well as being professionals in the field of automotive design, we are also campers - and therefore experienced in fields of a completely different type (usually muddy!).

Below are some of the conversions completed recently, each with their own story to tell.
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