Berths: 2 Travel seats: 2 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: N/a
If you like your campervans in a traditional white hue, you’re in luck. IH will only be building six of these special Platinum edition campervans – and they’ll all be white. Not just plain white, though.
In typical IH style, they feature a platinum-coloured bonnet and rear panel, a matching awning, ‘Platinum’ logos and ‘halo’ lighting inside.
This exclusive pack is priced at £1,250.
The special edition campervans will all be based on IH’s popular 630 RL layout – a rear lounge two-berth van conversion.
Providing the base is the extra-long, high-roof Fiat Ducato with the latest 130bhp Euro VI engine.
Platinum edition IHs will also feature the company’s trademark rear panel (normally priced at £3,500) and colour-coordinated mirror protectors.
The rear panel, long seen as a key feature of IH motorhomes, replaces the original Ducato ‘barn doors’ at the back with a fixed GRP panel, cutting out the potential for draughts.
It also allows the fitment of a larger, single rear window with an opening boot panel underneath.
With a rear lounge layout like the 630 RL this gives access to a large load area – perfect for outdoor chairs, wellies, mains lead, levelling wedges and so on.
With the entrance to the living area now being via the sliding side door, the 630’s lounge can wrap around at the rear in a comfortable U-shape – just as you might find in a much larger coachbuilt.
It has windows on three sides and a large rooflight above, while a flatscreen TV (a £535 option) is neatly concealed in its own locker at the forward end of the lounge – perfect for feet-up relaxing.
There are stereo speakers above (built into the top lockers) and plenty of swivel reading lights, while a wooden magazine rack on the wall is another example of this company’s attention to detail.
Here, the Platinum is shown with IH’s usual half-leather upholstery, a £995 extra. Equally stylish, but more of a break from tradition, are the bold and glossy white panels that contrast with the Juvenile Walnut cabinets. This finish is most obvious on the bathroom door, while a framed mirror alongside is a welcome touch.
The kitchen includes deep drawers for storage – very practical – as well as a very generous worktop extension extending across the doorway.
There’s no shortage of space for the chef to work here, while equipment is comprehensive, too. The cooker incorporates a separate grill and oven, three gas burners and a mains hotplate. Unusually these days, the sink has a built-in draining board.
The example pictured here also comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, Fiat’s Comfort swivel seats with armrests and integrated seatbelts, a leather steering wheel, cab air-conditioning and an LED awning light, taking the total cost to £61,996.
Get in quick and you might to able to tailor some of the spec of your Platinum to your own preferences, but remember that there’ll only be half a dozen of these special editions, so they won’t be around for long.
If you enjoyed this review, you can read more in the May 2017 issue of What Motorhome magazine.