We’ve traded the full cabinets of our GT and Classic models for a bigger bed and a selection of simple pod kitchenette units in the Pod, for a spacious camper that’s geared towards weekend excursions and spontaneous dashes down to the surf.
Proving that compact kitchens don’t have to mean limited options, we fit long and short wheelbase, fixed and removable Pod units in a spectrum of cabinet colours. Each allows us to install the Cambee Triple Flex, our roomiest 5’x 6,3” R & R bed, or the Cambee Double Flex, leaving a handy through-space for bikes, baggage or just a little more legroom.
This setup is just the ticket for sporty types seeking a van to carry their kit but not wanting to sacrifice their creature comforts, like tea and a hot meal at the end of an action-packed day. There’s huge clear space beneath the bed for boards and kayaks up to 8’4”/ 2.54m(SWB) or 9’ 10”/3.0m(LWB) (or more with a single front seat), plus a lifting rear panel making room for 2 to 3 bikes in the boot ‒ all in all, space enough for a small army of action men to store their gear.
For those more inclined to relaxing than relays, the removable Pod unit can be set up for feasts al fresco out under an awning or on a starlit shore.
Ticking all kinds of boxes, the Pod also acts as an ideal family run-around, with up to 6 3-point seat belts all M1 safety tested.
For more details, view the full list of Cambee Pod campervan features.
Fitted with a compact single burner sink/hob, 49L fridge and 12V electrics, the fixed SWB Pod is small in size but big on comfort.
It’s essentially our full-blown Classic kitchen in compact form, so we routinely recommend this as a space-saving alternative to the traditional side unit layout when sleeping and traveling space are of the essence.
Fixed pods fit discreetly behind the driver’s seat and leave space for a van-width R & R bed and a swivelling double front seat – the ultimate compromise between space and comfort.
• SMEV 8800 combination sink/single hob
• 12V whale pump
• 49L 12v Webasto fridge
• 10L removable water container
The additional 40 cm feels more like a mile in the LWB, as it means we can fit 1m wide Pods without obstructing a full-width bed. This creates surface space for a larger electric pumped sink, double hob and the legroom for a rotating driver’s seat.
What you fill your cupboards with is completely down to you - opt for a 12v or 3 Way fixed fridge, a double cupboard and separate coolbox or forgo the fridge for a reduced price.
Additional flip up shelves on both ends of this Pod make for useful additional work surface
• 9222 SMEV sink/double hob
• 49L 12v Webasto fridge or 35L RC2200 Dometic cool box
• 12v whale pump
• 10 or 20l water container
Taking flexibility up a notch, this unit trades the water system of the fixed Pod for the unlimited cooking possibilities of the Great Outdoors. Make sandy shores or forested glens your kitchen by simply taking your double, gas-powered hob along with you. Sticking closer to home, you can also set up shop under an awning or sun shade to reserve your van for lounging and sleeping.
In place of a fixed 49L fridge, the removable Pod combines with a wieldy 35L Dometic cool box, which can easily be wheeled down to the beach on its own for a few cold ones on a hot day. Water is provided by a simple container with tap or optional underbody watertanks can connect to a flexi tap.
• SMEV 8022 sink/double hob combo
• Aluminium Dometic RC2200 35L (50.8cmx50cm, 14kg)
• Water container with tap
We designed the Pod units in the interest of the comfort and individuality of our campers, so it would be counterproductive to tie ourselves down to only 3 models.
If your heart’s set on a tiny single-burner kit, a half removable/half fixed confection or you’ve dreamt up some other design that you believe will make your camper more comfortable, we’re more than happy to assist in making your plans a reality. Above we’ve listed our recommended appliances, but we can also source alternatives if you have another preference. Contact us to arrange a consultation and discuss bespoke design.
While side lockers are off the menu in a Pod () our single rear lockers are just as popular for a popular additional cubby hole. The panels either side of the drawer are a natural platform for speakers, where they aren’t going to get muffled by bags and bedding.
Exclusive to the Pod’s Cambee Triple Flex bed, these let you remove the large drawer for boards and kayaks, but leave the smaller in place with your essentials.
Open up the spacious Pod interior even more with our best-selling front seat spinners on both the driver and passenger’s sides.
Raise the roof on your T5 for a den-come-seating space that’s a huge hit with tiny travellers. Great for keeping a watchful eye on their activities while a removable Pod steams away outside.