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Motorhome review: Camper Conversions Brawbus campervan

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2020
  • Class : Rising Roof
  • Base Vehicle : Ford Transit Custom
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3,200
  • Berths : 2

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: Ford Transit Custom Price from: £37,995 (on a used van) Travel seats: 4 Berths: 2/4 Length: 4.97m Width: 2.08m Height: 2.05m Gross weight: 3,200kg Payload:

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2020
Manufacturer
Camper Conversions Glasgow
Class
Rising Roof
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Ford Transit Custom
Engine Size
Payload (kg)
Belted Seats
4
Maximum weight (kg)
3,200
Price from (£)
37,995
Length (m)
4.97
Width (m)
2.08
Height (m)
2.05
Berths
2
Main Layout
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

While the term ‘braw’ might not mean a lot to many of us, in Scotland (where this campervan converter hails from), it’s a colloquial term of endearment meaning lovely, good-looking or beautiful.

So, the Brawbus is the name given to the latest model range from Camper Conversions. It's a new line-up of good-looing Ford Transit Custom-based campervans that offers style, practicality and value for money.

While current orders are being taken on new vehicles, the first batch of models is based on well-serviced, low-mileage, used vans, providing the buyer wtih a brand-new conversion for under the £40k mark.

Whether you choose new or used, the Brawbus is built on the short-wheelbase Ford Transit Custom, while plans to expand into the long-wheelbase model are already in the pipeline.

As standard, you can expect two berths, while a further two (to create a four-berth camper) are optionally available. Seatbelts are provided for four.

The pop-top roof is also a standard feature, providing that all-important standing room, and there’s the option to colour-code the external pop-top panel as well as the colour of the canvas.

The layout of the interior follows the norm for these vehicles, having a side kitchen, which is fitted with a Dometic 49-litre compressor fridge and a Smev two-burner hob and sink combo that’s located in the main kitchen unit behind the driver’s seat. The cooking area is finished off with a splashback panel and simple blackout blinds, too.

There are also plenty of power outlets for all your gadgets and gizmos, with two 230V sockets, two USB ports and one 12V socket.

While the Brawbus is available in other colours, the blue version (shown here) is inspired by a Californian beach shack.

The chilled out vibe is achieved through handbuilt pale blue furniture, paired with light grey flooring and finished off with LED ambient lighting.

Moreover, the certified M1 rock ‘n’ roll-style bench/bed, which is operated electrically, is also finished in blue upholstery with blue piping to match the two cab seats. Of course, the exterior blue decals help to create a striking impression, too.

For those chillier nights, there’s an underslung diesel space heater, which has the outlet located under the cab passenger seat for central air distribution.

The passenger seat also swivels, and there is a removable table that stows behind the driver’s seat, turning this area into a perfect breakfast/dining area for couples.

A number of kitchen cupboards and shelves, as well as a rear tambour-doored unit, provide a good amount of storage space in the Brawbus, too.

Camper Conversions lowdown

Established in 2019, Glasgow-based Camper Conversions is a division of Motorhome Repair Centre, which is a member of the Swinton Vehicle Group.

The company specialises in all manner of motorhome and campervan repairs and servicing, covering everything from MoTs and habitation servicing to bodywork and chassis realignment. All work is done to British Standards PAS 125 and Motorhome Repair Centre is approved by the NCC (National Caravan Council), the Camping and Caravanning Club and the Caravan and Motorhome Club.

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, it was a natural step to expand into the campervan conversion sector, and so Camper Conversions was born. Having a highly skilled team in servicing and repairs, as well as design and customisation, has stood this new converter in good stead as, when building its campervans, everything is installed with servicing in mind, meaning all key components are accessible and easy to maintain from the start.

In addition to offering the Brawbus on new and used Ford Transit Custom base vehicles in SWB and LWB forms, Camper Conversions will also convert your own van, with prices starting from £18,000. The company has plans in the offing to convert other models, such as Fiat Ducato, Mercedes Sprinter and Peugeot Boxer.