We tried the Hiace in June 2018 on Poplars ‘try before you buy’ deal and loved it so much we had the next one they were importing. The cost of the rental is taken off the purchase price which is great, even though our own van wasn’t due into the UK til September.
Dave has been lovely throughout, totally helpful, making the changes we wanted enthusiastically and keeping us informed. We have just picked up our van and could not be more pleased. It drives like a dream - 12 years old but with only 37,000 guaranteed miles on the clock and fitted out to our spec so it is very personal to us.
Not the best time of year to collect a campervan admittedly, but we are just waiting for a few days calm weather and we’ll be off.
We took the van away to Scotland for 9 days: it drove like a dream. It is SO quiet both the engine and the van behind us !.
No rattles whatsoever - the drawer that was so cleverly designed by Paul seemed to cushion any noise from cutlery and crockery completely ! An innovative improvement on our Aussie van !
Friends and family all comment on the lovely workmanship in the van ..... You should all be very proud of yourselves .
Thanks once more , can't wait to take her out again.
Lyn and Richard Oliver - still adventuring !
"I have had a Toyota Hiace campervan since 1981 and when the first one gave up the ghost I looked around for another one. Trawling the internet I came across David Lister at Poplar Motors. Since the site seemed superior to others and Poplar Motors specialises in Hiace campervans, I got in touch and bought a Cruising Cabin from him. After some years it developed a serious computer fault, which could not be repaired and sadly I had to face up to the fact that it had to go.
David took it in hand and tried to sort it out, to no avail. I then decided to opt for David’s Hiace Fieldmaster Australian Style. It was a four month wait without a vehicle, but the result was worth it.
David had me picked up from the station and then went over the detail on the vehicle. I am very pleased with it – it is a very free running motor and very pleasant to drive.
The vehicle is in first class condition and there is no wasted space in the conversion. The saloon seats 7 persons round the table easily, and converts just as easily to a large wide double bed. Since the Hiace is not as wide as a VW this is a great achievement and it therefore fits in my garage. As with all Toyota’s it holds it speed on the hills very well.
The only thing I might change is the existing Japanese radio and reversing camera (both of which are in Japanese) and I might see if David can fit English modern ones in the near future.
David is always ready to help and advise regarding vehicle problems, answers emails promptly, and I have no hesitation in recommending Poplar Motors"
We had high expectations of our Fieldmaster and oh boy it ticked every box.
Having spent years camping and enjoying cooking outside I thought the galley kitchen would restrict my culinary efforts but it didn’t in the least. With the tailgate up it’s roomy and if the weather is inclement you can erect the table in the seating area and have plenty of space for preparation.
There’s loads of storage and everything fits neatly away including all your clothing, towels and toiletries.
Two sliding doors mean that you can have a through breeze on a hot day, shade on one side, sun on the other – talk about versatility!
One final comment – the beds! They are comfortable, long and wide – my husband is 6ft 5” and has plenty of room to move about which means I get a good nights sleep!
The only problem I have with the bed, which is the longest one I’ve ever found in a campervan, is that it’s too comfortable! I’m normally a very early riser, but not when we’re in the campervan.
We go away on trips with a lot of camera gear and an inflatable canoe, so we pack the van out more than most people. When you stop and raise the roof there’s plenty of storage space to stow everything away leaving you plenty of room to be comfortable.
We’ve had lots of compliments on the Fieldmaster from perfect strangers in this country and abroad. Everyone loves the two sliding door configuration.
After sales care has been brilliant, this is a lovely company to deal with, you can be confident you will be well looked after.
Thank you David for selling our campervan for the agreed price.
You showed compassion for our situation in wanting to help us sell the vehicle.
You went out of your way especially when waiting for the couple to sell their property to buy their ideal campervan.
Thank you again and god bless you.
Having spent over 2 years searching for the perfect camper we came across Poplar's website and were immediately impressed. Viewing their previously sold campers, it was easy to determine our specific requirements, and speaking to Dave confirmed exactly what we wanted. Living in London, and having 2 small children, our requirements were quite exact. The layout of our camper was perfect and the low mileage made our decision instantly for us. The camper is perfectly designed, and equally adept for driving the city streets as it is for extended camping for 2 adults and 2 very young children. Reliability was a huge factor in buying a Toyota, and we have never once been let down, even after leaving the van standing for long periods, it starts every time without a hint of concern. The condition of the van was equally impressive, both inside and out, having been waxoiled underneath to preserve the impeccable condition. We have already travelled around the UK, France and Spain and camped very comfortably, making the most of the numerous comforts built in.
I cannot endorse Poplar Motors enough. The honest, friendly, and relaxed approach of David the owner is refreshing, and he will help you find your perfect camper!
For various reasons, we decided to 'downsize' from a motorcaravan plus a car, to just one vehicle. We dismissed most of the usual UK 'compact' campervans because they were either not genuinely useable as a car, or had unsatisfactory layouts, or were suffering from rust - or were simply too expensive. One exception was a Devon Sunrise conversion on a UK Toyota Hiace, which we bought.
This wasn't bad, but we soon found the beds left a lot to be desired. We liked the Hiace, though, and started evaluating imported vans with either UK conversions or original Japanese conversions.We eventually found the conversion that we felt met all our requirements - this was an original Japanese 'Finot Design' by A'mcraft.
There were a couple of these on the market, but David Lister (Poplar Motors) had the best example, by far:
A 1996 Hiace with just 25,000 miles on the clock, 2.8 litre diesel auto, air-conditioning to cab and rear compartment, good condition inside and out (no rust, sinks and cooker seemed unused, upholstery looked clean and fresh), a double bed, and even a small washroom and toilet compartment. The overall size was right (in particular, 2m high with the elevating roof folded).
Besides having the better example, David's price - which included a full service with timing belt renewal, speedometer conversion to UK spec, 240v electrics, underbody sealing, three months' warranty and six months' road tax - was 20% less than the competitor.
We're pleased to recommend Poplar Motors.
Bill and Rita
We considered Japanese imports and researched Mazda Bongos and Toyota Hiaces because UK compact campers available from dealers for our £10,000 budget had high mileages and were in less than attractive condition externally. Newly converted Bongo's did have brand new interior fittings and some had the sportier turbo diesel engines, but the beds were not big. Poplar Motors™ Hiaces offered the big non-turbo diesels which I like, a large bed and a good amount of interior space.
A visit to Poplar Motors on the web and then in person got us a warm welcome by David and Debra and a chance to look at a small selection of Hiaces on the forecourt to assess layout and condition. Having been converted at some time in the past for their earlier Japanese owners, the interior specification, layout and condition varied from vehicle to vehicle. We didn't find exactly the layout we wanted on our first visit but we told David what we were after and he promised to keep us posted on what he was bringing in over the next few months. He later came up trumps with a 54,000 mile Hiace in excellent external condition. The interior was almost right and David and Debra made a couple of modifications to bring it to our requirements. We had our vehicle, to specification on time and on budget.
We have since chosen to replace the original carpet with carpet tiles and to effect some other small cosmetic refinements to the interior to our own taste, and we are delighted with the vehicle. Our Hiace offers more convenient space (and a bigger bed) than a Bongo, was cheaper, and its 2.8 litre non-turbo diesel more than holds its own on the motorway. Our advice is that you work out what you want from a vehicle, let David and Debra know, and give them time to find one that meets your specification, or is close enough that they might modify one to your requirement. Their prices are competitive, they know their business and they give you a genuinely good service.
Andy and Jan
I was the happy owner of a Toyota Townace with a pop-top which had served me well for single person camping, but on entering a new relationship this was just too small for two people. Luckily I found the Poplar Motors website while searching for a new camper. I liked the build and reliability of Toyotas and the look of the website so I contacted David Lister.
At our first meeting David showed me a variety of layouts and we settled on a Mallorca Hi Ace Hi Top conversion. David found a low mileage 1997 model in Japan with a wood trim which seemed ideal, and agreed to take my Townace in part exchange.
The Hiace duly arrived in February and we took delivery in March after David and his team had converted it to english specifications. After a couple of short breaks during the spring we decided on a longer Scandinavian holiday in Norway, where my son was getting married. We set off in the middle of June and travelled the west coast of Norway amongst the fjords and glaciers. The Hiace performed really well on the narrow roads, one day we dropped 2000 feet through 11 hairpin bends to the Geiranger fjord, then the following day climbed 5000 feet, though this time I lost count of the number of bends. All in all we covered over 1200 miles, on mainly mountain roads, in nearly 3 weeks.
There were no mechanical problems at all on the trip, the one glitch was that the fridge, although working on mains and gas refused to function on 12v power. On our return I contacted David who immediately booked me in for a repair. His assistant Gary located the fault, and this was repaired while I WAITED...excellent service.
I would recommend a Toyota Hiace conversion for reliability and versatility, and above all David and his team at Poplar Motors for their commitment to finding a vehicle which suits their customers' needs, and for their outstanding service.
Alan Hawkins, Altrincham.
Following the purchase of our Toyota Hiace camper van in October 2007, we would like to thank you for your after sales (no quibble) service.
We thank you for exchanging the faulty awning unit on our recent visit to your showroom, and our appreciation for the help and assistance of your friendly staff - our faith in vehicle suppliers has been renewed!
We were recommended to your company and we have no hesitation in doing the same to friends and aquaintances.
Peter & Maureen Bowdler
1995 Toyota Hiace 4wd Yokohama
Whilst researching the options available in a campervan during the winter of 2006, I was fortunate enough to come across the Poplar Motors website. I had already spent a couple of fruitless months finding nothing that met my small families needs within our budget and was considering a trip to Germany where the market has more to offer.
However, a couple of phone calls to David and a trip to Poplar Motors later and the families mind was made up almost as soon as we set eyes on the van. One year and fifteen countries later and the trips we plan continue to be ever more ambitious. This in no small reason is due to the very nature of the van itself. I think the word "versatility" best sums up the vehicle.
Whether spending a leisurely weekend in the Peak District, or looking for the steepest gradients and remotest places to overnight in the High Tatras, this van performs fantastically. We now scour the OS maps looking for the most outlandish routes and when time allows try not to travel on anything more major than a 'B' road.
Any minor problems or queries we have had about the van and David is always happy to offer advice, whether on the phone or by email. He has happily talked me through an electrical problem allowing me to fix the fault myself. It is satisfying to know that there is a place to turn to for advice.
Our next major trip will include a circuit of Iceland and the Faroe Islands which promises some interesting terrain and road conditions - and given the opportunity we certainly wouldn't consider doing it in any other vehicle. When the time comes we may consider going for a little more space, upgrading from the short to long wheel base - but there is certainly only one place we would go
for our next van.
If you want a truly versatile vehicle at a very competitive price, then I strongly recommend you let David and Poplar Motors find something for your needs!
Jay, Eva and Helena - a "Happy Hiace" family
Just a brief endorsement for Poplar Motors from a very satisfied customer.
I had decided to purchase a compact camper to use for short breaks and weekends away and I spotted a suitable model at Poplar Motors, Chesterfield.
By phone, the part exchange offer for my current vehicle was most favourable, and the commitment to purchase subject to mutual viewing and road tests was agreed.
In the interim I was heartened to hear that David "The proprieter" had decided to undertake some pre -sales engine work on the Toyota to alleviate a mystery water loss.
Having completed the work, the exchange was made and the van was brought home to Kent, a trip of almost 300 miles.
During the initial ownership period some small faults appeared in the habitation system, ie the diesel heater, the fridge and the internal gas piping layout.
David had offered to pay any costs to remedy all the small faults, however at the 1st attempt to sort the heater it was quite obvious this would require the diagnostic skills of an automotive electrician and it was mutually decided to deliver the van back to David for his attention.
This required coordinating our activities to meet at a half way point at Northampton.
David took the van back to his premises at Chesterfield where he could apply the necessary skills in a cost affective manner.
All faults were cured and the exchange of vehicles was again accomplished at Northampton.
Poplar Motors exceeded their obligations on their warranty and no costs were incured by myself to rectify these small faults, in fact David had also serviced the air conditioning system which got overlooked at delivery mostly because it was mid winter.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Poplar Motors (David) to any prospective purchaser looking for outstanding sales, service, and customer care in the acquisition of a camper van or any other vehicle.
Tim Curtis, purchaser of Toyota Townace A M craft European Compact Camper