Berths: 2 Travel seats: 3 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato/Peugeot Boxer Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 1,010kg
It’s hard to argue against the medium-wheelbase Fiat/Peugeot as being an ideal size for a campervan that can not only offer full living facilities but also be manoeuvrable enough to act as a second car. And here is Devon Conversions adding to the choice in that sector with a layout that is utterly traditional and holds few surprises. It would be fair to call it a classic.
With a side settee opposite the sliding door, a single forward-facing seat by the entrance itself and galley and washroom to the rear, this is the sort of layout that was once the dominant force in the UK van conversion market.
Devon has also taken the opportunity to modernise its interior design, introducing a new oak furniture finish here as well as sparkly white worktops. From a maker often seen as too conservative, it’s quite a change – and one that you’ll also see in a special edition version of the VW T6 Moonraker.
So, the Colorado’s layout is as old as the hills but it clearly retains its followers. With the sliding side door wide open on a warm day it’ll be easy to see the appeal of that lounge, complete with swivel cab seats. You’ll probably want to bag the settee, though, for the best views out.
The single rear travel seat adds a touch of versatility and comes with a fixed headrest mounted on the wall behind. For dining, a free-standing table is retrieved from just inside the rear doors, while bed making is simple enough. The rear seats flatten to make a transverse double that’s 4ft 9in wide.
To the rear offside you’ll find a galley that impresses for a motorhome this compact. There’s plenty of worktop, the Triplex cooker includes a combined oven and grill as well as three gas rings and the sink has that now-rare feature, an integral draining board. Better still, there’s a fold-down worktop flap that goes across the back doors to give the chef even more room to work. The fridge, meanwhile, is opposite, under the wardrobe, and is a three-way, 85-litre model with removable freezer compartment.
Also on the nearside, in the back corner is the washroom, but despite that the aisle retains a reasonable width. Inside, you’ll probably not have high expectations of a bathroom in a small panel van, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find here, including the practical bench cassette toilet and fixed basin with attractive grey, marble-style splashback. There’s high and low-level storage, while the tap doubles as the showerhead and a curtain is deployed when you hose yourself down.
Spec here includes Combi 4 gas/electric heating and a refillable 11kg Gaslow cylinder, making that £43k price tag look even more tempting.
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