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Motorhome review: Knights Custom Prestige Tourer campervan

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2020
  • Class : Rising Roof
  • Base Vehicle : Volkswagen T6
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3000
  • Berths : 4
  • Layout : Campervan

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: VW Transporter Price from: £46,825 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 5 Length: 4.89m Width: 1.90m Height: 2.05m Gross weight: 3,000kg Payload: N/A

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2020
Manufacturer
Knights Custom Conversions
Class
Rising Roof
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Volkswagen T6
Engine Size
Payload (kg)
Belted Seats
5
Maximum weight (kg)
3000
Price from (£)
46825
Length (m)
4.89
Width (m)
1.90
Height (m)
2.05
Berths
4
Main Layout
Campervan
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Lincolnshire-based Knights Custom Conversions specialises in building bespoke conversions of the highest order, resulting in a £66k price tag for the T6 camper shown here.

This is not just any campervan, though. There’s built-in WiFi with a sharkfin aerial and, behind the driver’s seat, at the end of the kitchen worktop, there’s a holder for a tablet.

Hook this up to the dedicated Bluetooth surround sound speakers and you’ve got a cinema on wheels. Don’t worry about the rest of the campsite, either, as the conversion benefits from stage three sound deadening.

Apart from acting as a TV, your tablet will provide useful data about the status of the lithium-ion leisure battery, which is also hooked up to three solar panels with a Bluetooth MPPT controller.

Then, you’ll also find a cylindrical charging station (with USBs and three-pin sockets), which conveniently disappears into the worksurface when not in use. Plug in a radio here and connect it to the Bluetooth speakers and you’ll have the party started in no time.

This VW isn’t just about music and tech, either. The handcrafted solid walnut worktop is a work of art. It runs the full length of the camper and walnut is also used for the speaker cabinets above, the units below and the floor. There’s even a solid walnut sink cover that doubles as a chopping board when you reverse it to reveal neatly integrated rails for standing hot pans or the kettle on. 

The two-burner hob and 42-litre Webasto fridge are standard stuff, even if the latter is hidden behind a door, while the rest of the galley is dedicated to storage as the 21-litre fresh water tank and 15-litre LPG tank are both mounted underneath.

Lighting is good throughout, with a combination of LED dimmable strip lights and spotlights, as well as reading lights at the back and in the roof. The windows (except in the cab) feature blackout blinds and the sliding door and tailgate are also fitted with flyscreens.

Both cab seats swivel and the table clips into the sliding door when not in use. Like the front seats, the rear bench – from Reimo – is luxuriously upholstered in Nappa leather.

Of course, German firm, Reimo, supplies some of the best campervan components in the industry and, here, the Reimo Variotech 3000 sliding seat system is fitted by approved installers. It uses bonded rails and is crash tested.

During the day, the bench offers three belted seats and, as it’s fitted to a track system on the floor, can easily be slid into any position you like. There’s also an optional storage box under the bench – handy for housing the table leg, electric hook-up cable, etc. Come night time, it’s easy to transform the bench into a good-sized double bed.

Upstairs, there’s a further two berths, courtesy of a Froli sprung bed, while lollipop-style reading lights with USB ports mean the kids can play when they should be asleep... Don’t let them fiddle with the Reimo elevating roof, though, which is electric and comes with a remote control!

Comfort and style are the order of the day in the Prestige Tourer, so there’s plenty of other on-board kit, too. Webasto’s Air Top 2000 diesel blown-air heating, a Fiamma bike rack and matching black Fiamma cassette awning are fitted, but one of the best features is the California-style storage of two outdoor chairs on the inside of the tailgate.

The base vehicle, naturally, came with Highline spec, but there was also a Koni active suspension upgrade and Cobra 40mm lowering springs, as well as Momo 20in custom-painted alloys. An Abt front spoiler completes the look of this rather special VW.