Though this campervan is very much aimed at entry level - and has a competitive price - it comes with a good range of standard spec, including an electric step and heated 90-litre waste water tank. Highlights include an impressive kitchen and upmarket-looking washroom.
Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £44,995 Berths: 3 Travel seats: 4 Length: 6.36m Width: 2.05m Height: 2.64m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 672kg
Hobby’s Vantana van conversions are available in three spec levels – OnTour, De Luxe and Premium. OnTour is the entry-level, with this single bed model available from £44,995.
But, despite the keen price tag, the standard spec still includes right-hand drive, cab floor mats, a heated 90-litre waste water tank (and frost-protected 95-litre fresh tank), the additional cushion required to make a third berth, Truma 6kW gas/230V heating, an electric step and an LED awning light.
The vehicle shown in our photos was the one we tried in seriously sub-zero temperatures in northern Norway (see June issue), which was fitted with a few tasty options, such as an awning, bike rack, roof bars and alloy wheels. If you upgrade your OnTour you don’t need to worry about payload – the standard model has a generous 672kg. The only body colour is white, with black plastic bumpers (here upgraded to colour-coded up front).
As you step on board, you’ll notice that important practical elements like the flyscreen for the sliding door and pleated blinds on the windows are in situ, although front seats matching the rear soft furnishings are another option. The cab chairs swivel and the wall-mounted table has an extension leaf, while the rear bench comes with head restraints.
There’s a large push-up rooflight over the lounge and a reading light above the table, but no reading lamps for the cab.
The kitchen impresses immediately because there’s a lot of worktop – much, much more than in most rivals, with preparation space forward and to the rear of the combined hob and sink unit. Under the front of the galley is a 70-litre compressor fridge, which can easily be accessed from outside, while a low-level wardrobe sits under the opposite end of the unit. The lack of high furniture along the offside makes for a much more open and spacious interior.
The washroom looks upmarket and comes with an opening window, fixed corner basin and a smart plastic trim moulding on the side wall. The latest swivel toilet is fitted and a false floor ensures that you don’t have dangling legs when sat on it – remove the floor to reveal the shower tray and headroom is OK for showering, too.
In the rear bedroom, plastic trim panels and a lack of side windows keeps things simple, with ventilation available from the small roof vent and top-hinged glazing in the rear doors. Reading lights on flexible stalks are provided on either side, adjacent to the barn doors, while bed dimensions are 1.85m and a modest 1.72m long, each with a width of 0.85m (manufacturer’s figures). Built-in steps make for easy access to the side-by-side twin mattresses.
Crucially, the OnTour is built – and insulated – to the same standard as its pricier cousins, with XPS insulation in a rigid sandwich in the floor (30mm) and roof (14mm), while also boasting 6-10mm of B6 high-performance insulation material throughout. It meets the Grade III standard and our Norwegian test showed that it’s more than suitable for any winter conditions.
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