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Hobby Van Exclusive L (2008) - motorhome review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2008
  • Class : Low Profile
  • Base Vehicle : Ford Transit
  • Engine Size : 2.2TD
  • Berths : 3
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Layout : Fixed Single Bed

The Verdict

Offering the flexibility of two single beds or a double, over a garage, the low profile Hobby Van Exclusive L is a stylish newcomer that works well.

Score

AT A GLANCE

Hobby Van Exclusive L 2008

Pros
  • Twin single rear beds can form a double
  • Stylish washroom with separate round shower cubicle
  • Four travel seats
  • Great styling and Ford base vehicle
Cons
  • Stylised windows limit interior light

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2008
Manufacturer
Hobby
Class
Low Profile
Range
Van Exclusive
Base Vehicle
Ford Transit
Length (m)
6.75
Width (m)
2.16
Payload (kg)
705
Engine Size
2.2TD
Belted Seats
4
Berths
3
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Price from (€)
Price from (£)
36195
Height (m)
2.71
Main Layout
Fixed Single Bed

DETAILED REVIEW

DAY after day at the Dusseldorf Caravan Show, I arrived on the Hobby stand to take some photos of and notes on the company’s new Van Exclusive L motorhome, only to be thwarted by a long, jostling line of eager visitors waiting by the door, and a seemingly impossible number of still more people crammed inside.

Much as this was a nuisance for me, it just goes to show how much the effort that has gone into the new Exclusive version of the Hobby Van that was launched last year – and this new ‘L’ derivative in particular – has already paid off.

The ‘L’ suffix refers to the motorhome’s rear bedroom that, uniquely in the line-up, sports twin single beds, mounted longitudinally, and not the transverse double sported by the others.

And it’s unquestionably this bedroom that has got everyone so excited, because it feels like it belongs in a motorhome several sizes bigger than its actual 6.75m length (which admittedly makes it over 2ft longer than the other Van models), and one that commands rather more money to boot, not least as the twin singles can be made up into one big double if required.

It’s pretty special from the outside, too, where the plainer vertical flanks of the standard van give way on the Exclusive to the more trademark rounded conversion walls, together with a beautifully integrated flush-fit wind-out awning.

The new ‘sword-slash’ entrance door window looks the part, too, even if it doesn’t exactly flood the interior with light.

Back inside, the non-extendable kitchen somehow manages to serve up a decent amount of worktop space, while the washroom opposite pulls off a similar TARDIS-like feat by offering a separate shower, complete with an opening panoramic rooflight that mirrors the shape of the round shower tray.

The lounge is much the same as the other Van models (half-dinette, offside seat and swivel cab seats) – but that’s a good thing.

A full version of this review first appeared in the November 2007 issue of Which Motorcaravan. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.

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