However this is about to change, a local company called Wing Motorhome has recently embarked on an effort to build and sell a locally designed series production campervan model. The company is a brainchild of a gentlemen who preferred to be simply addressed as Ah Wing. I made a visit to his workshop where he is building his campervan model based on Chana light pickup truck chassis. In his workshop the very first unit is already in an advanced stage of construction. The body frame, panels, interior fittings are all fabricated in-house. The windows, air vent and doors are imported and they are specially made for cameprvan application. The end result is a very professional product. It is worth noting that Wing Motorhome can customize their basic design as per customer's requirement.The unit in construction is already booked by a customer who want to use it as a mobile office. According to Wing Motorhome, this is their entry level model which is designed to sleep 4 persons, with a kitchenette, shower/toilet, washing basin, water tank with pressure sensitive electric pump, AC and DC electric power circuit, an AC powered aircon. The base Chana pickup has a 1.5 litre petrol engine, manual transmission. A completed unit is expected to cost RM 60-70K depending on the level of interior fittings.
Wing Motorhome is blazing a trail, they have plan to launch middle size and large size models in the future. For Malaysians who want to get into the motorhome life style, this has to be one of the most exciting development in local campervan industry. You can contact Wing Motorhome at +60102266456.
|The JPJ approved engineering plan of Wing Motorhome entry level campervan model|
|The campervan started life as a bare ladder chassis|
|The perimeter frame takes shape|
|Installation of floor board|
|The frame is fleshed out with aluminum panels|
|Interior fittings begin to take shape. This is going to be the kitchenette|
|Cabinets and stowage compartments|
|The window has built in, retractable netting and blind combination. With the plexiglass panel opened, you can choose between a blind or a netting, or a combination half blind and half netting.|
|The door actually consist of and outer and inner doors. The outer frame is a panel door with window. The inner door is actually a grill door with netting for maximum ventilation. This is very important in the tropical climate of Malaysia|
|The external lockable stowage compartment, ideal for a small generator|
|The window from inside|
Besides the over-cab version shown above, there is also a van body camper based on a Jin Bei van in prototype stage. According to Wing Motorhome, the interior layout of this prototype is not optimum and there will be a revised design to be released in the future.
|The base vehicle is Jin Bei van, the body remain standard|
|The prototype's kitchenette and washing basin is located behind the driver's seat.|
|A close up of the the kitchenette|
|A disadvantage of this location is that it make access from driver's cab to the rear cabin diffcult|
|The seats are standard seats repositioned, however the final design will feature a custom made seats which can be converted into bed.|