- Campervan gallery from vast European caravan show
- We pick our favourites from show debuts and conversions
- Includes new models from Mercedes and Volkswagen
We've been to visit the 2018 Dusseldorf Caravan Salon - an enormous show dedicated to campervans and caravans.
The Grand California comes in two versions: the 6.0-metre long 600 (brown model) and the 6.8-metre long 680 (blue model). Both go on sale in early 2019. Read more about them in our full separate story by clicking here.
Not to be outdone, Mercedes has brought several vehicles to the show, including a number of conversions based on the latest Sprinter. Some of these are by thrid parties, but this Connected Home concept is its own - though Mercedes claims it has no plans to build an extra-large Marco Polo production vehicle at this stage.
Speaking of the existing Vito-based Marco Polo campervan, Mercedes is also showing a concept based on that called the MBAC. This stands for Mercedes-Benz Advanced Control, which is a fancy way of saying that a number of its functions respond to voice control - including fully-automated conversion from road to camper mode.
Prefer something more retro? This Citroen Typ H WildCamp is a modern recreation of the famous Citroen H van, using plastic panels. It's based on the Relay large van, and will certainly stand out at the camp site.
There's also an old versus new vibe on the Renault stand, as a modern Renault Master motorhome rubs shoulders with a classis Renault Estafette.
Judging by some of the other displays, off-road camping seems to be quite the thing at the 2018 Caravan Salon.
For example, here's a tough-as-nails Ford Transit for any terrain.
This is a hardcore Westfalia Amundsen conversion based on the Fiat Ducato.
And this is a Van You Life Terracamper conversion based on the VW Transporter.
The Transporter also forms the basis of Volkswagen's own California campervan of course, which is celebrating 30 years of production at the show with a new 30 Years special edition.
Unsurprisingly, the California has plenty of fans at the show.
We were also rather taken with this VW Caddy Life Beach camper, complete with bolt-on tent.
Although, if you're after Caddy, this aftermarket Caddy Camp conversion takes the campervan concept far further - check out that pop-up roof.
This Ford Transit Custom campervan conversion is carrying a FordPass pushbike. Hopefully that's not supposed to a be a childseat on the back...
This motorhome, on the other hand, has space for a motorbike. And were pretty sure that a Ducati Monster is the winner of that particular contest.
That said, if you're after maximum lifestyle, this Santa Cruz VW Transporter campervan conversion by Reisemobil probably takes overal victory. It's got a surfboard.
Another Mercedes Sprinter conversion. This one's a bit different, though, as it's powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Sounds far-fetched, but the tech is going into production in the GLC passenger car in 2019, and its modular design means it easily slots into the Sprinter. THe result is zero-emissions camping. For more details on the Sprinter F-Cell click here.
Mercedes isn't the only one with a zero-emissions camper, though. This one is based on the Nissan e-NV200 electric van.
It isn't as posh as the Mercedes, but it does the job. The conversion is by Reimo, and called the Camping Box M.
Finally, it wouldn't be a campervan show with legions of Fiat Ducatos - since Fiat's large van remains the most popular basis for larger campervan and motorhome conversions. Here then is a look at the basic chassis that underpins all these vehicles.