Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £51,765 Berths: 2/4 Travel seats: 4 Length: 6.36m Width: 2.05m Height: 2.83m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 440kg
Based on the ubiquitous Fiat Ducato panel van, Globecar’s Campscout Revolution (part of the company’s D-Line range) is set apart from the German brand’s other models by an electrically height-adjustable double bed at the back.
This is not just the typical L3H2 Ducato van (at 6m long and 2.6m high), though, but the longest and tallest van in the range, the L4H3 (6.36m long, 2.83m high). That extra additional height (still with an all-steel roof) gives excellent interior headroom, but also allows the Revolution to work more effectively as a four-berth.
But this model isn’t just about family camping because the second bed in the rear is actually an option. The main bed can move up out of the way at the touch of a button, supported on seatbelt-style straps, if you want to carry larger items, like bikes or kayaks on board, or to allow fitment of the second mattress.
With the bed raised, there’s a vast loading space accessible via the rear barn doors (which are full-height, of course). Then, when the bed is in its lowest position there’s an in-built step to ease access. Of course, using the taller version of the Fiat van allows more headroom to be split between the two beds but the upper bed will be strictly for kids due to the intrusion of the top lockers into this space. We’d always advise checking access and bed sizes carefully for yourself with this type of double bunk sleeping arrangement.
As befits an upmarket campervan, this Globecar gets flush-fit habitation windows which, along with the metallic paint and alloy wheels seen here, complete a smart, automotive appearance. Like most imported models, the sliding door is on the continental side, but unusually it comes not just with a pull-across insect screen but a soft-closing mechanism (ideal on a door this big).
More typically, the Campscout Revolution features four belted travel seats (two in the cab and two in the half-dinette). The wall-mounted table comes with an extension leaf and above there’s a reading light on an adjustable rail.
This is a campervan designed for practicality and that theme is continued in the washroom, where the central section of the walkway doubles as a shower area, thus creating an en suite arrangement for the rear bedroom. When you want to shower a cover lifts off the tray in the aisle and a tambour door pulls around to enclose the space. A fixed corner basin, swivel cassette loo, tall mirror-fronted cabinet and an opening window feature here, too.
In the usual place, adjacent to the side door, you’ll find the Revolution’s kitchen, where there’s a two-burner gas hob and a separate stainless-steel sink, each with a glass lid – nothing very revolutionary here, then, but the slightly angled unit does give the impression of a bit more space and the fridge (to the rear of the galley) is mounted up high for convenient access (with the shallow wardrobe underneath).
Storage space in the kitchen unit is good, with large soft-closing drawers, and workspace can be extended with a flip-up section on the end of the galley, below which there are a couple of open storage compartments for things like magazines.
The Globecar spec includes a 100-litre inboard fresh water tank, an underslung 92-litre waste water tank, space for two 11kg gas bottles and a 95Ah leisure battery. Lighting is good throughout and there are rooflights at both the front and back of the campervan for ventilation.