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Motorhome review: Calder Campers Renault Trafic Auto campervan

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2020
  • Class : High top
  • Base Vehicle : Renault Trafic
  • Engine Size : 2.0TD
  • Berths : 4
  • Layout : Campervan

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: Renault Trafic EDC Automatic Price from: £39,995 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 5 Length: 4.99m Width: 1.95m Height: 1.98m Gross weight: TBC Payload: TBC

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2020
Manufacturer
Calder Campers
Class
High top
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Renault Trafic
Engine Size
2.0TD
Payload (kg)
Belted Seats
5
Maximum weight (kg)
Price from (£)
39995
Length (m)
4.99
Width (m)
1.95
Height (m)
1.98
Berths
4
Main Layout
Campervan
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date
March 2020

DETAILED REVIEW

Back in October 2019, Renault at last launched its long-awaited automatic transmission version of the Mark III Trafic, and Scotland-based Calder Campers is thought to be the first converter in the country to get its hands on one of these new vans.

Calder has been building campervans based on the regular Trafic for a number of years, and has now just launched its all-new version with the auto gearbox at the recent Glasgow motorhome and caravan show. Orders are now being taken for this exciting all-new 2020 model.

Although we’ve not yet test-driven the new Renault Trafic with this dual-clutch automatic six-speed gearbox, it’s set to rival the VW Transporter DSG ’box, which has always been the go-to base vehicle for anyone wanting an automatic medium-sized van. Like the VW, the Trafic is available in both short and long-wheelbase forms.

The Renault makes for a great campervan conversion due to its design, as the sides of the rear compartment are almost vertical, giving it a box shape, thus providing a surprising amount of room in a van under five metres in length.

The generous width allows for a roomy living area as well as increasing the depth of the cabinets on the side conversion and deepening the worktop, and allowing for
a nice wide bed.

When standing, there’s room for two adults to comfortably move around, too. 

The Calder Renault Trafic is designed for comfort and the addition of an automatic gearbox takes this campervan to the next level, especially on long journeys.

Passengers will enjoy either a single or double seat, which is contoured to the body in order to offer maximum support and comfort when on the road.

Every campervan built is unique, as customers can choose their own interior colour scheme and there’s a huge selection of wood finishes and materials for the upholstery, too.

The conversion features a side kitchen layout, where the chef is well catered for. There's also plenty of storage here, both above and below, too.

The base vehicle comes with a choice of a 145bhp or 170bhp engine (both of which are new 2-litre Euro 6d units, replacing the previous 1.6-litre engines), sat-nav, cruise control, parking sensors, air-con, reversing camera, dual airbags, front fog lights, push button start, automatic headlights and daytime running lights, and full multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Prices for a fully converted Calder Campers campervan start at just £39,995 and come with a three-year warranty on both the vehicle and the conversion.

The Calder Campers lowdown

Calder Campers is a family business that’s been established over 50 years.

Based in the Central Belt midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh and within easy reach of the Borders and Fife, its premises in East Calder is ideally located in Scotland.

The company builds on a wide variety of new and used base vehicles, including the smaller Mazda Bongo, Toyota Alphard and Nissan Elgrand through to the medium-sized Renault Trafic and Volkswagen Transporter, and, more recently, the larger Fiat Ducato and Peugeot Boxer.

As a result, Calder Campers aims to offer something for everyone. Check out its website for more details.