Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £48,500 Berths: 5 Travel seats: 5 Length: 6.36m Width: 2.05m Height: 2.88m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 436kg
Ducato-sized van conversions with four berths are much less common than their two-berth equivalents, although there are twin lounge and bunk bed models to suit families if you look harder.
In fact, we reviewed Dreamer’s double bunk D53 last month and the company’s Family Van and Camper Van XL models also cater for couples with kids. But what if you didn’t stop at two offspring? Well, then your options are almost exclusively coachbuilt or a bespoke build. Until now…
Dreamer’s new Camper Five – shouldn’t that be Camper Cinq? – is the first five-berth in this sector. It has a new layout for a campervan that takes inspiration from the A-class models of sister brand, Itineo.
It’s based on the 6.36m extra-long Ducato in its tallest derivative, with the extra height there to allow sufficient headroom for a drop-down bed over the lounge. This 1.83m by 1.27m double bed is easy to operate. It doesn’t require any adjustment to the lounge before lowering and it offers mum and dad a comfortable Bultex mattress and sufficient headroom.
Of course, this front bed is a proven design that already features in other Dreamer models; what’s new here is the arrangement at the rear. Not only are there bunk beds across the back (1.74m by 0.69m at the top, 1.85m by 0.70m below) but there’s a separate kids’ seating area with a pair of inward-facing seats and central table which can be converted into the fifth berth. And don’t think that this lounge has primary school-style seats, it’s fully adult-sized for two.
The bunk beds will cater for older children, too, with each bed having plenty of headroom and a reading light. The windows in the back doors open for ventilation and there’s a roof vent, too, while USBs under the table cater for phones and tablets.
If you want to gather the clan together, the lounge is a good size with swivel cab seats, a true L-shaped settee (in which it’s comfortable to face the sliding door) and an extra backless seat by the entrance (from which you can’t easily reach the table). Remove the cushion here and add a clip-in seat with lap belt and the fifth travel seat (rear-facing) is ready for use.
The kitchen, aft of the sliding door on the offside, includes a combined hob/sink unit and three extra-large drawers, although storage will be reduced if you order the optional oven. You’ll never be short of space for fresh nosh, though, as there’s a 135-litre AES fridge/freezer on the nearside (and a big cupboard above that is ideal for cereal packets, etc).
Also on the nearside is the washroom, with tambour door access. There’s a stylish new design of basin here, the latest swivel loo, good worktop space, neat storage recesses in the wall and vast headroom (2.10m).
The Fun + Pack completes the spec (for an extra £1,750), adding a 140bhp engine upgrade, cab air-con, cruise control, body colour front bumper, ESC and ASR, height-adjustable cab seats with armrests, passenger airbag, flyscreen door, cab blinds, electric step, Pioneer radio, Truma Combi 4 diesel heating and a second leisure battery.