In the 1960's the Sunburry-on-Thames based Carawagon International entered scene with sleeper conversions for 109's.
The 109 based vehicles had factory approval and when the 1977 sales brochure for Switzerland arrived it had a Carawagon pictured and named it Land Rover Camper- but didn't mention any relation with Carawagon. Later sales leaflets however pointed to Carawagon.
Orders came from different official sources as well as companies as the BBC. Even the army ordered 34 of them and called them Tactical Command Post.
The 109's were called Ultimate (2/4 bed Station Wagon with elevating roof) or Continental (2-bed Station Wagon). On the shorter 88inch wheelbase the Safari 88 was offered, a sleeper conversion for Hard Top or Station Wagon.
When the 110's arrived in 1983 those conversions were called Continental (2-bed Station Wagon), Ulysses (2/4 bed Hard Top with elevating roof) and Ultimate (2/4 bed Station Wagon with elevating roof). There was also a derivate of the army's Tactical Command Post on 110's base.
Carawagon closed down in the mid-80's. Some of it's design was briefly revived in 1990 by Woodflaire of Teddington, Middlesex.
The Range Rover conversion
From the 1960's on the Carawagon International had offered seating and sleeping conversions for a number of Land Rovers but mainly the 109" Station Wagon. In 1971 they transformed a Range Rover on the base of an existing vehicle EPK800J which was examined by the engineers of LR in March 1971.
After that it was road tested by "Autocar" and the test was published in the issue of June 24, 1971. It had some shorts compared to the 109's. Internal space was shorter by 7" and the spare wheel was carried inside. The standard full roof could not be fitted and so a smaller roof with only 5ft4inches standing height was fitted (the 109 had 6ft2inches). Apart this everything was on board: Water tanks, a stove a dining table and 2 beds- enough for 2 people.
However only very few Range Rovers have been converted probably due to the price of £3040.- compared to the £2450.- for a 109 conversion with 4 beds. They were still available in lists until 1980.