About Stepwagons

What is a Stepwagon?

Honda Stepwagon

The Honda Stepwagon (known as the Stepwagn in Japan) first appeared in 1996.

Built primarily for the domestic Japanese market, they are all petrol-engined and with a few exceptions, are eight seaters. Earlier models had a 2-litre engine, although a 2.4-litre model was made from 2003. For a large vehicle, they go like the clappers: 0–60 mph in around eight seconds.

RF1 (2-wheel drive) and RF2 (4-wheel drive) versions were replaced in 2001 by the RF3 (2-wheel drive) and the RF4 (4-wheel drive). All four of these earlier models make ideal campervan conversions.

Later models are substantially different; they are more like Ford Galaxy/Renault Espace-type MPVs.

What are the advantages of a Stepwagon compared to other types of campervan? 

Fans of the Stepwagon say that it drives like a car but has  the features of a campervan. It is economical to buy and has a wide windscreen for improved visibility. It also has an extremely well laid out dashboard. 

Honda Stepwagon

One of the Stepwagon’s unique selling points is the swivelling passenger seat, which allows access from the cab to the back of the van. Compared with other campervans it is economical to buy and run, and has a wide windscreen for improved visibility. It also has an extremely well laid-out dashboard. 

How easy is it to insure a Stepwagon?

It is a popular myth that it is difficult to insure ‘grey imports’ such as Stepwagons; it is your personal circumstances, such as postcode etc, that determine the price of motor insurance. Although some of the larger motor insurers will not offer insurance there are many that do, including a number of specialist insurers. Some insurers wish to see proof of conversion but if the vehicle is registered as a campervan, then there usually shouldn’t be a problem. However, if you have done the conversion yourself, then you will need a specialist insurer.

Shop around for several different quotes as the prices can vary considerably: sometimes by many hundreds of £’s! Also, It is important to read the small print before signing on the dotted line, as the list of exclusions is often long and sometimes exclusions are not made obvious to the insured but are ‘assumed’ by the insurers! 

Is there a manual available in English?

Although the workshop manual is not currently available in English, you can purchase a handy ‘glovebox’ manual, one for the RF1 and RF2 models and another for the RF3/RF4 models. You’ll find these in the ‘Misc items’ section in our shop.

Where do I find a reliable garage to service my Stepwagon?

Although any garage can service your Stepwagon because of its trusty Honda engine, garages that are experienced with campervans are likely to be a useful source of extra advice and information.  

Where can I find the chassis number and model number for my Stepwagon?

The chassis number can be found by opening the bonnet and looking below the windscreen. The model number is next to the chassis number.

Please feel free to email us at info@stepwagon.co.uk if you have any questions about Stepwagons (or have any information that fellow Stepwagon owners might find useful) and we’ll do our very best to help. (Please note though that we do not have a technical department.)