Introducing Bilbo's Celex, the VW camper van that won the MMM and Which Motorhome 'UK Camper of the Year 2013' and MMM's 'Best Elevating Roof'. This is Bilbo's most popular conversion and is available in Short or Long wheelbase with a selection of elevating or hard top roofs.

The Celex can be ordered from the latest range of Euro 6 diesel engines.

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Key features

Elevating or Hightop roof
Gas grilling oven
Kitchen unit including sink, gas hob and 65 litre fridge
Spacious double bed
Rear overhead locker
Grill / warming oven (optional dual microwave)



  1. 2-Burner hob and grill
  2. Sink
  3. Sliding removable table
  4. Storage locker
  5. Wardrobe
  6. Seating
  7. Optional swivel seat
  8. 65-Litre fridge
  9. Double bed with Porta Potti storage underneath

Over years of touring, we’ve evolved our own style of doing things; everyone does. But realising that some travellers may have different layout preferences, we invited our customers to tell us what they’d like to see in a Bilbo’s Motorhome. The wealth of feedback we received helped us to take a fresh look at our design approach. The Celex VW camper van was the delightful result, hailed by many as the VW motorhome that others are judged by. We were particularly pleased when this VW camper van model won the much-coveted 2005 Motorhome Monthly Magazine – Best Elevating Roof Motorhome of the year. More recently the Celex LWB has won The Which Motorhome 'Best Campervan 2012' and The Which Motorhome 'Campervan of the year 2013'.

Benefiting from a double bed and endless storage options, this is a superior multi-purpose VW camper van, that’s as comfortable at the golf club as it is on distant Mediterranean beaches.


  • Elevating roof or Hightop roof
  • Grill/ warming oven (optional dual Microwave)
  • Seating for 4 people with seat restraints and headrests (additional seats may be fitted giving you up to 6 seats with seat belts and head rests)
  • 65-Litre compressor fridge
  • 2-Burner hob
  • Sink with glass lid
  • Gas locker suitable for a Butane or Propane bottle Rear overhead locker
  • 36-Litre onboard water tank with internal filler
  • Separate waste water tank
  • Overhead side mini lockers
  • Rear overhead locker
  • Lined blackout curtains (inc. cab)
  • Thermal & acoustic insulation
  • Single sliding table
  • Power management system with digital functions
  • 240V mains system, with 12v charger
  • 130AH AGM leisure battery
  • 12V socket - varied use
  • 12V USB socket
  • Ample selection of dimmable LED lighting
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Wireless charge pad


Designed to supply the 2 burner hob and grill / warming oven, the Celex gas locker will carry two Camping Gaz 907 cylinders, one Calor Propane 3.9kg cylinder or one Calor Butane 4.5 kg cylinder, all at 30Mbar. Gas cylinders are stored in an air tight steel lined storage compartment, which is vented through the floor of the vehicle. There is easy access to the gas locker on the Celex from the tailgate located at the rear of the vehicle.


The Celex is fitted with a 36 litre onboard fresh water tank and 35 litre waste tank, with an easily accessible drainage tap.


All Bilbo VW conversions are fitted with a 12V system and 240V hook-up. The 12V system uses power from a 120amp/hr leisure battery (additional battery to the vehicle battery) and controls all 12V conversion equipment. This system runs the compressor fridge, lighting and water system and is charged when driving or when hooked up to mains.

A Power Management System is fitted with a digital display showing; battery voltage levels, water levels, internal and external temperature, appliance current consumption and alarm clock.

The Celex conversion is fitted with a 240v socket, 12v socket and twin USB socket as standard.

VW T6.1 base vehicle standard features include:

  • Short wheelbase (long wheelbase optional)
  • Stop/Start system with regenerative braking (BlueMotion) 
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
  • TCS (Traction Control System)
  • EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distibution)
  • EDL (Electronic Differential Lock)
  • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme)
  • City Emergency Braking
  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Driver alert
  • Height & rake adjustable safety steering column
  • Power steering
  • Single driver & passenger seats with headrests, armrests, rake and lumbar control
  • Driver & passenger air-bags with passenger de-activation
  • Colour composition 6.5" touchscreen radio
  • DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity 
  • AUX-in socket & 4 cab speakers
  • USB connection in glove compartment or storage shelf
  • Two remote keys with Dead-lock central locking
  • Thatcham category one alarm
  • Thatcham category two immobiliser 
  • Electric cab windows
  • Electrically adjustable & heated mirrors
  • Rear tailgate door with heated rear window & wash/wipe 
  • Halogen main headlights with range control & daytime running
  • Hill hold control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring 
  • Full size Steel spare wheel
  • Tool kit & jack 
  • Colour coded roof
  • Factory fitted opening rear windows

Engine options

Offering the complete range of Transporter engines, at Bilbo's you have the choice between 3x Diesel engines, further options include Manual, DSG Automatic and/or 4Motion (4x4) transmission which are available in certain combinations shown below. All models are 4 cylinder common rail turbo'd engines, Euro 6 compliant for emissions, with Diesel models all fitted with an AdBlue tank. 

Euro 6 Engine and power Transmission, (gears)
2.0 TDI 102 ps Manual (5)
2.0 TDI 150 ps Manual (6) / DSG auto (7) / 4Motion (6)
2.0 BiTDI 199 ps DSG auto (7) / DSG auto with 4Motion (7)
Vehicle dimensions
Overall length
Short Wheelbase 4890mm
Long Wheelbase 5290mm
Overall width
With mirrors folded 2100mm
Overall height
With elevated roof down 2000mm†
With High top 2460mm‡
Passenger seats
Standard / Max 4 / 6
Bed Options
Double 1900 x 1325mm

note: (†) Height measurements are based on vehicles partially loaded and may differ ±20mm

note: (‡) Height of the high top roof will increase to 2560mm with roof vent fitted

Our standard range of VW conversions is built upon specialised, high specification derivative of the T6 VW motorhomes. Any Base vehicle issues are covered by Volkswagens range of new vehicle warranties and Conversion issues are covered by Bilbo’s warranty.

Volkswagen 3-year roadside assistance

In the unlikely event of a breakdown, your vehicle is covered by a comprehensive roadside assistance package. Anyone driving the vehicle with your permission is also covered. The service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Three year UK & Europe roadside assistance provided by Volkswagen Emergency Assistance is subject to terms and conditions. Further details are available on request from your nearest Volkswagen Van Centre.

Volkswagen 3-year whole vehicle warranty

Consisting of a 2-year unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty and 1-year Van Centre warranty. In the third year the warranty continues until a maximum of 100,000 miles. Third year warranty is only available on vehicles purchased and registered in the UK through a Volkswagen ‘Specialist Converter’, and approved Volkswagen motorhome dealer or a Volkswagen Van Centre. Warranty excludes non-durable parts such as brakes and clutch linings.

Bilbo’s modification & products

Consisting of a non-transferable 2-year / 24,000 miles (whichever comes first) covering all aspects of workmanship and components. Should defects be deemed to result from misuse, this warranty will be void. Subject to one years warranty.

Volkswagen 3-year paintwork warranty

There are no special conditions attached and defects to paintwork caused during manufacture will be rectified without charge. Naturally, during the warranty period, the vehicle should be cared for in compliance with the operating instructions.

Volkswagen 12-year body protection*

Special rust proofing treatment of internal body sections and panels, applied at the time of manufacture, guards against rusting through from the inside. Should this occur during the warranty period, rectification will be made free of charge, and is not subject to compulsory inspection as with other ‘anti-corrosion’ guarantees.

Note (*) These warranties only apply to the paint finish and body panels manufactured and supplied by Volkswagen.

Owning your New Bilbo’s VW camper van may be closer than you think. Bilbo’s have teamed up with Blackhorse finance to help you obtain the motorhome of your dreams. We are able to offer competitive rates of finance on New and pre-owned vehicles due to there strong residual values. Finance can be from 2 – 10 years as long as the vehicle is no older than 20 years at the end of the term. Please ask for details. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information see our financial services.

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