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Toyota Hiace Campervan

Toyota Hiace Campervans – are they a good choice for a camper van?

As I do more and more research about vans and campervans here in Australia, there is no doubt that one of the most popular vans used for converting into a camper van, is a Toyota Hiace.

The Toyota Hiace makes a great camper van, and many people have been converting these vans for years due to their reliability, ease of getting parts and service, fuel economy and size.

And since they’re such a popular vehicle here in Australia, there is quite a lot of stock to choose from, and they have a good reputation so they’re readily bought and sold.

Whether you’re a back packer looking for a vehicle to take you and your mates around Australia for 6 months, or a couple wanting a small home on wheels to take away on holidays, the Hiace is a great choice.

A new Toyota Hiace campervan costs from $49,000 to $59,000 for a bare van, and about $85,000 for an already converted Toyota Hiace camper van.

A used Hiace campervan ranges in price from $25,000 for a 1995 model, to $70,000 for one 5 or 6 years old.

But of course price will vary greatly based on the amenities in the van, how well it’s been converted and looked after, the number of kilometres on the clock and of course, the condition of the vehicle.

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Where to buy a Toyota Hiace camper van already converted

If you’re looking for a brand new van that’s already been converted, you have couple of options.

There aren’t a whole lot of campervan manufacturers that consistently produce a particular model of campervan on the Hiace. But there are a couple:

Jacana Hiker

www.jacanamotorhomes.com.au

Exterior view of the Jacana Hiker Toyota Hiace campervan showing the pop up roof conversion.
Jacana Hiker
Bed and kitchen area inside the Jacana Hiker Toyota Hiace campervan.
Jacana Hiker

This video takes you through the main features of the van and gives you a good sense of the size:

I really like this one! Jacana have given this van a polished looking interior and it really looks comfy and cozy.

Talvor Hitop

www.talvor.com

You really do need that increased roof height in the Hiace, and this permanent fibreglass roof makes a big difference to the interior space.

Exterior of the Toyota Hiace Talvor Hitop camper van.
Talvor Hitop
Interior of the Toyota Hiace Talvor Hitop camper van showing the bed in the back.
Talvor Hitop

Talvor Endeavour

www.talvor.com

With 2 belted seats in the back, and extra sleeping in the loft, this campervan makes a great choice for up to 4 people travelling together.

Exterior of a white Talvor Endeavour camper van with the side door open.
Talvor Endeavour
Interior of the Talvor Endeavour motorhome with a loft bed above and seating below.
Talvor Endeavour

Frontline Toyota Hiace H30 6 Gen

frontlinecamper.com.au

The Frontline campervan is built on the Hiace LWB and with the addition of the pop-top roof, it makes for plenty of room inside.
They have a few different layout options but they’re all pretty similar with a double bed or two singles, and the option of two more sleeping in the loft.

External view of the Toyota Hiace Frontline camper van.
Frontline
Internal view of the Toyota Hiace Frontline camper van.
Frontline

Kea HiTop T490

https://www.keamotorhomes.com/view-the-range/hitop-2-berth

The classic campervan layout with bench seats that convert into a bed for two, with kitchen and storage up the front.

Outside front view of a white Kea Hitop camper van.
Kea HiTop T490
Interior view of a white Kea Hitop camper van.
Kea HiTop T490

Kea Navigator T555

https://www.keamotorhomes.com/view-the-range/navigator-4-berth

This campervan may look odd… but that bullnose roof is what allows you to sleep four people in this Hiace. And they have quite a clever system that converts  the two rear seat-belted seats into a table and chairs, and then into a bed.

Outside front view of a white Kea Navigator camper van.
Kea Navigator T555
Interior view of a white Kea Navigator camper van.
Kea Navigator T555

Buy an ex-rental

Both the Talvor and Kea models above are used extensively by the camper van rental companies, so you know they’re a layout that works for most people.

Each of the rental companies turn over their stock quite regularly, so you could grab yourself a bargain.

I’ve created a list of where you can purchase ex-rental campervans over here.

White campervan on the side of the road in outback Australia, with text overlay: Where to buy an ex-rental campervan in Australia.

Converting your own Toyota Hiace van

Converting your own campervan is the best way to ensure that you get all the features that are most important to you.

Let’s have a look at the different sizes/types of Hiace van that are available, and then we can go over some tips and further resources to help you convert your van.

https://www.toyota.com.au/hiace/range

There are five variants of the Toyota Hiace:

Side view of a Toyota Hiace LWB Van.
Side view of a Toyota Hiace LWB CrewVan.
Side view of a Toyota Hiace SLWB Van.
Side view of a Toyota Hiace SLWB Commuter Van.
Side view of a Toyota Hiace Commuter GL Van.

The Hiace comes in 2 lengths, LWB Van and LWB Crew Van are the shorter vans; with the SLWB Van, SLWB Commuter and Commuter GL all the bigger size.. The SLWB has a higher roof, with standing height of 1.615m.

Diagram of the dimensions of the Toyota Hiace LWB and SLWB vans.

If you’re wondering about 4WD or AWD… the Toyota Hiace is Rear Wheel Drive only, and the company doesn’t look to be changing that. https://www.carsguide.com.au/car-news/toyota-hiace-wont-be-offered-with-all-wheel-drive-74856 

Different layouts

The Toyota Hiace is the smallest camper van available while still having enough space to sleep, cook and relax in your van.

We have written a post with some advice for designing the layout of your campervan plus we have some extra considerations specifically for the Hiace (storage and bathroom).

Render of a camper van showing internal fitout

Storage

With the Hiace being on the smaller end of the campervan scale (much smaller than say the Mercedes Sprinter, VW Crafter or Fiat Ducato) storage is going to be tight.

If your bed converts to dining you’ll have less storage and you’ll probably have it lower, to make it comfortable to sit at (thereby losing more storage space).

Whereas if you have a permanent bed you’ll be able to raise the height of the bed and put heaps of storage underneath. Then of course, that means you don’t have a spacious dining area.

Bathroom

If you want a bathroom in your Hiace, you’re going to have to go with the SLWB, as this gives you the length to fit one in, and the height. Although you’re still only going to get standing height of 1.615m, so you may need to consider adding a pop up roof.

Adding a pop-up roof

The Hiace has a pretty low roof. On the LWB models the internal height is just 1.34m, so you’d have to be content with not being able to stand upright in your vehicle, or you need to increase the height of the roof.

The internal height in the SLWB models is higher at 1.615m and that’s great if that’s tall enough for you. But if you’re taller than that, you’ll also need to look at raising the roof if you want to stand upright.

There are some places that will do a roof top conversion for you, like

https://diyrvsolutions.com.au/collections/book-roof-conversion
https://campercraft.com.au/collections/pop-top-roof-installation
https://www.sscampervans.com/shop/roofs/toyota-hiace/

You may also consider a fibreglass raised roof like what ballinafibreglass.com.au do.  

To search for someone near you, try ‘campervan roof conversion’ in Google.

The cost to add a pop top roof conversion to your Toyota Hiace van is between $5,000 (for the components) to  $9,000 (supply and fit).

Toyota Hiace campervan conversion kits

There are many camper van conversion kits that could be used in the Hiace. You’ll just need to check your measurements to ensure it will fit. 

You can see our list of camper van conversion kit suppliers here:

Couple sitting outside their vintage camper van, with text: Campervan conversion kits.

Companies that will do the conversion for you

And if you don’t want to do the conversion at all, this is the list you need!

Hire a Toyota Hiace campervan

With sites like camplify.com.au it’s now easy to try out a number of vans with different layouts. Find out what really works for you by hiring a van that is pretty close to what you think you want.

There are loads of Toyota Hiace campervans for hire on Camplify.com.au.

Are you thinking about converting a Toyota Hiace into a camper van; or do you want to buy one already converted and ready to hit the road!?


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    Louis

    Tuesday 17th of May 2022

    Very nice thanks!

    Diana

    Tuesday 10th of May 2022

    Very informative and helpful Thanks

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