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Motorhome review: Danbury Raven campervan

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2020
  • Class : Rising Roof
  • Base Vehicle : Ford Transit
  • Engine Size : 2.0TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3140
  • Berths : 4
  • Layout : Campervan

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: Ford Transit Custom Price from: £49,995 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Length: 4.97m Width: 2.08m Height: 2.05m Gross weight: 3,140kg Payload: 763kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2020
Manufacturer
Danbury
Class
Rising Roof
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Ford Transit
Engine Size
2.0TD
Payload (kg)
763
Belted Seats
4
Maximum weight (kg)
3140
Price from (£)
51995 incl VED
Length (m)
4.97
Width (m)
2.08
Height (m)
2.05
Berths
4
Main Layout
Campervan
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Henry Ford famously said you could have his Model T in any colour “as long as it’s black”, so it seems appropriate that this black-only campervan is also a Ford.

The Raven is based on a Transit Custom short-wheelbase van in Trend spec with the 128bhp (130PS) engine and six-speed manual gearbox.

Where Henry might have disapproved, though, is in Danbury offering three colours for the detailing – seen not only in the form of stripes along the flanks and the bumper, grille and mirrors, but also used for the piping and stitching on the leather seats inside.

Lime green is shown here, but orange or Sky Blue are also available at no extra cost.

In addition to the black leather interior, the Raven gets 18in alloy wheels, privacy glass, a front splitter and black side bars, too, to complete the sporty look. Even the canvas used for the rear-hinged elevating roof is black.

Also included in the just sub-£50k price tag are cab air-conditioning, front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, a roof bed and blown-air heating.

Meanwhile, the conversion is based on the company’s well-established Go model with Danbury’s own sliding seat system.

The layout is, of course, the usual side kitchen campervan design but one surprise here is the fitment of a full oven/grill – a rare sight in such a compact camper (more usually seen in bigger motorhomes).

There’s also a couple of drawers and a slide-out rack for tins, etc, while the hob has three gas burners and the fridge is a 50-litre, front door, compressor type. Storage in the rear boot area is, however, somewhat reduced by the design of the seat/bed unit.

If you’d prefer a VW badge on your camper, at time of writing Danbury also had a number of pre-facelift T6 conversions in stock, some of which are under £50k.