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Motorhome review: Knights Custom Fu-Tourer campervan

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2021
  • Class : Rising Roof
  • Base Vehicle : Volkswagen T6
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3200
  • Berths : 4
  • Layout : Campervan

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: VW Transporter T6 Price from: £52,950 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 6 Length: 5.30m Width: 1.90m Height: 2.03m Gross weight: 3,200kg Payload: 750kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2021
Manufacturer
Knights Custom Conversions
Class
Rising Roof
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Volkswagen T6
Engine Size
Payload (kg)
750
Belted Seats
6
Maximum weight (kg)
3200
Price from (£)
52950
Length (m)
5.30
Width (m)
1.90
Height (m)
2.03
Berths
4
Main Layout
Campervan
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date
September 2021

DETAILED REVIEW

Images courtesy of Knights Custom Conversions

We’ve featured Knights Custom VWs in these pages before and been impressed. Now, here is the company’s latest model, the Fu-Tourer – a sort of blend of future and tourer. Yes, it’s another side kitchen layout, like the existing Prestige Tourer but here with a new design of furniture featuring handleless doors, as well as Corian worktops and detailing.

Basis for this example was a 68-plate long-wheelbase T6. More unusually, it’s a genuine Sportline Edition, which means it comes with the factory-fitted front splitter, rear spoiler, 18in alloys, side bars, puddle lights and lowered suspension. Not only that, but this 2019 van came fully loaded with heated cab seats, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, power latching for the sliding door and tailgate, reversing camera, sat-nav and heated windscreen. And it has the go to match the show, with the top-of-the-range 204PS engine mated to a DSG automatic gearbox. All that kit helps to explain the £68,995 price tag but a Fu-Tourer on a brand-new SWB T6.1 Highline with 110PS engine starts at a more modest £52,950. Or you could splash out on one of the latest T6.1 Sportlines that will be arriving at Knights for conversion soon…

 

The layout

This one continues the Sportline look inside with the model’s red and black leather upholstery repeated for the rear seat, and lipstick red highlights – such as the blackout blinds – coordinating, too. The back bench, meanwhile, is a Reimo Variotech 3000 on bonded rails and with seven crash-tested locking positions – there’s simply no better seat system for a VW camper. Not only is this German seat so much more versatile than a fixed bench but it has seatbelts for three passengers, two Isofix points, and converts easily and quickly into a flat bed – here measuring a very generous 2.03m by 1.25m.

 

The kitchen

The new cabinets have a super-clean look, with a flat worktop extending right along the offside – no tall locker in the rear corner means more daylight inside, a more spacious feel and better vision for driver and passengers. Described as ‘self-opening’, the cupboards just require a light push to open and even the 42-litre fridge is completely hidden. The sink is concealed, too (with a slot-in cover), and the cooker is one of the latest gas-on-glass designs (or an induction hob as an option). Two large drawers are also incorporated into the galley, which has plenty of storage.

 

The fittings

Water is supplied from a 27-litre underslung tank, with gas for the hob coming from a 16-litre LPG tank. An external barbecue point is also fitted. Knights uses only high-quality German roofs, while its own roof bed has Froli springs and a Duvalay 2in mattress for comfort. The downstairs bed can be supplied with a Duvalay topper, while dimmable LED lighting on the underside of the roof bed is a great feature.

Another plus, usually only seen on the VW California, is a pair of outdoor chairs stored in a pod on the inside of the tailgate, as well as a camping table mounted on the sliding door.

 

Summary

With rear speakers, a 100W solar panel and Webasto diesel heating, it’s hard to fault the spec of this top-notch campervan but, more than that, it’s the attention to detail that makes it stand out.

 

Contacts

Knights Custom Conversions Units 2-5 Seas End Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 6LD

Tel: 01205 330126

Website: knightscustomconversions.co.uk

Facebook: VWCampervanConversions


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