are Land Rover based camper conversions manufactured by R.J. Searle
Ltd. of Sunbury on Thames England. This company is no longer in
business. If you are here looking for parts, Matt Savage
in the UK is offering replacement rubber parts for the roof and
parts in the future. His Land Rover shop web site is Matt
Savage Land Rovers. Matt has a page showing replacement
Carawagon rubber parts.
There was a Carawagon conversion for each model of Land Rover
and for the two door Range Rover. Combined, there were more Land
Rover based Carawagons built than any other caravan conversion.
Most Carawagons were built to order. This means that only group
orders are likely to be identical.
R.J. Searle developed a unique wood and metal fold up roof that
provided six feet, two inches of head space at the centre top. While
this top provides the Carawagon it's signature look, not all models
were equipped with a raising top.
Another Carawagon signature accessory is a rear tent or awning
that has a built in slide out frame. This was a very popular option
on the 109 based conversions. The slide out frame was metal tubing
that slid onto a slightly larger diameter fixed tubing for storage.
The fixed tubing was external to the top on models that did not
have upper cot beds and internal to the top on models that had upper
cot beds. The fixed tube frame was used as fixing points for the
upper cot beds.
Three door series Land Rovers came with a bulkhead behind the front
seat. R. J. Searle removed this bulkhead and added special
fold down front seats.
The company also reworked the rear side benches. These were cut
down into a wheel well with deep storage space. These body modifications
were made with the approval of Rover and did not affect the vehicle
The new storage space went clear down to the frame top. This greatly
added to available storage space.
There were two basic common rear interior configurations. One configuration
had two deeply padded bench seats facing each other with a removable
table between. The other had a deeply padded bench seat along the
left side and a cabinet/table along the right side.
The bench side facing seat cushion lifted up to revel the deep
wheel well storage area. The seat folded down, sometimes with the
front seat to make a twin size bed. This fold down bed was normally
6'2" long and 2'6" wide.
A stove was normally mounted to the inside of the rear door and
folded up for storage. A pair of two and a half gallon propane tanks
normally provided fuel to the stove.
A wash basin was normally provided along with a nine gallon water
storage tank and a foot operated pump.
Curtains were provided that covered the inside of all the windows.
Also standard was a florescent lamp mounted above the rear door
and a pair of directional lamps towards the front of the side bench
seats that can be used to illuminate the table or as bed reading
Based upon the Land Rover 109 three door version.
Based upon the Range Rover two door version
Based upon the Land Rover 109 station wagon, or five door version
Based upon the Land Rover model 88.
the basic configuration of all Carawagon models (Large gif with
long download time)
Carawagon options brochure (pdf file)
brochure for the model 80 conversion (Large file, long download
This may be the most common model of Carawagon built. The model
80 was based on the long wheelbase three door Land Rover. It was
available in a number of standard "special versions".
The model 80 conversion came set up for 2,3 or 4 births. The elevating
roof is 4 feet wide and 8 feet long, providing a 6'2" interior height
The rear side sliding windows had tinting and bug screen options
The front seats fold down to meet the rear side bench seats creating
a pair of 6'2" X 2'6" twin beds.
There were two common stove mounts. One was on a cabinet at the
rear corner. The other was on a fold up shelf on the rear door.
Two 2-1/2 gallon propane cylinders provide fuel for the stove and
are located under a side bench.
A Florescent lamp above rear door provides the standard rear interior
lighting. Also standard is a washbowl and faucet, a nine gallon
water container and foot pump. a wardrobe/cupboard is normally provided
Options included such things as a fuel fired heater, cab roof rack,
extra florescent lamps, slide out frame rear tent/awning and an
optional chest refrigerator in place of the front middle seat.
The illustration shows the optional Carawagon roof rack. There were
two versions of this rack. One is a heavy duty rack shown here on
this military model 80. Note that the front mount is at the base
of the windscreen allowing it to handle heavier loads without cracking
the windscreen off road. The other version is a smaller lighter
duty rack that was commonly with leisure conversions.
Carawagon Continental with
|Closeup of part of the pull out awning frame
Model 80 specials:
Tactical command post
This version is primarily configured for an office that can also
convert to sleep one person. There is a side facing bench along
the left side and a large cabinet that converts to a large desk
along the right side. A pin board covers the left wall above the
desk. There is a stainless steel sink in the right rear corner and
the rear door normally has a fold up stove. The interior is a blackout
style can can quickly be made light proof. A rear awning is usually
Here is a 1976 ex military Carawagon that has been repainted. Note
that the sliding tubea for the rear pull out awning are mounted
externally. They tubing is commonly mounted inside 5 door
The mobile clinic version was designed as a roving clinic that
visits remote villages to provide vaccinations and provide routine
This standard "special version" came with an elevating roof, cupboard,
folding stretcher, sink & water facet, large water tank with
foot pump, flashing beacon lights, nurses seat, air conditioning,
water filtration system, sterilization unit, tent extension, patient
couch, and a vaccine refrigerator.
Mobile education unit:
This standard special had an audio visual equipped outside classroom
on each side of car. It came equipped with a large extending awning
on each side, 2 folding blackboards, an insulated cupboard for heat
sensitive tapes and films, independent generator, AV connections
on both sides, an internal central AV operations console, and a
fixed swivel chair at the console.
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brochure for the model 100 conversion (Large file, long download
The model 100 conversion was based upon the Range Rover two door
version and had one standard "special version".
with kind permission of Land
Rover Enthusiast magazine copyrighted
The model 100 came with a pop up roof that provided 188 cm (6'2")
of head space in the centre. The pop up area was 193 cm X 125 cm
(6'4" X 4').
Two opposing bench seats provide rear seating and convert into
two beds. Privacy curtains that close off all the windows are standard.
Rear seating: two opposing seats along the rear sides. Storage
space under seat bottoms. Erectable centre table provides dinning
or work area in rear between seats.Two swivel lamps (one shown
below) for dining table or bed time reading and a fluorescent lamp
(at rear of lower picture) fitted above rear door provides standard
interior lighting. There is a fitted wardrobe, 100 cm (3'3") tall
for clothing storage at the rear.
shows stove in stored position and table extended
View of extended table in a different Carawagon. with
kind permission of Land
Rover Enthusiast magazine copyrighted
The console between front seats contains a sink with electrically
pumped water, and a two burner stove. The counsel lid cantilevers
back to become the rear centre table.
Picture shows stove with 2 burners and broiler
accessible from passenger side. When not in use the stove is flipped
rearwards over the sink.
Storage for dishes and cutlery is located below
Options include: removable refrigerator or cool box, toilet, second
battery, fuel fired heater, rear tent extension, bug screens &
Range Rover Carawagon with optional rear
Geological survey station (mobile office)
Geological survey station package combines a mobile office with
sleeping facilities for one person.
The passenger side of the Range Rover is equipped with the standard
side facing bench seat that converts into a single bed. The Driver's
side is equipped with a combination storage cupboard with a large
work desk. There is a wardrobe with cupboards and drawers. An air
conditioner with independent generator rear tent with two folding
cots come standard with this option.
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specification brochure for the model "Continental" conversion
(Large file, long download time)
The Continental is based upon a long wheelbase station wagon or
five door model. These were leisure conversions that could be equipped
with two, three or four sleeping births, cooking, washing and storage
The Continental Carawagon conversion was available with or without
the pop up roof. A full roof rack was normally provided with versions
that did not have pop up roofs. A short front cab roof rack was
usually provided with the pop up roof.
Standard features included a pop up roof and short roof rack or
a Full length roof rack, twin opposing rear bench seats that convert
to twin beds, a table, storage cupboard, Sink with hand pump faucet,
9 gallon water storage, and a 2 burner stove with broiler.
Options include a dual fuel refrigerator, roof mount hammock beds
(popup version), dual battery, air conditioning, fuel fired heater,
rear awning or tent, small built in vacuum cleaner, a portable
toilet and fly screens.
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specification brochure for the model "Safari" conversion (Large
file, long download time)
Safari Carawagon brochure (pdf file)
The Safari conversion was based on the short wheel base Land Rover
three door. No pop up top was available for this conversion so it
is difficult to identify in the field.
The Safari had the behind the seat bulkhead removed and seats that
fold down into twin beds installed. Privacy curtains blocked off
all the windows. This conversion included a removable rear table
for the opposing rear bench seats, under bench seat storage and
a cooker on the rear door that folds up for storage. A full roof
rack also came standard.
Options include a chest refrigerator in place of the front centre
seat, dual batteries, air conditioning, a toilet and a rear tent
Wayne Davies is making a study of Carawagons
with emphasis on the military versions. If you have anything
to add to his web site please contact
If you would like to see additional pictures of Land Rover Carawagons,
visit the Carawagon gallery
If you have any additional information about Carawagons or brochures
that you could send high grade photocopies of please contact me
so that I can make this page more complete. Thanks.
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