If you're looking to switch your family car up for something that works as a vehicle in the week and campervan at the weekend, the Terrier is a sound option. It's great to drive, has a good range of kit as standard and sleeps two in comfort.
Base vehicle: Ford Transit Custom SWB Price from: £49,995 Berths: 4 Travel seats: 5 Length: 4.97m Width: 2.08m Height: 2.10m Weight: 3,200kg Payload: 608kg
One of the big areas of growth in the campervan market is from those buyers seeking to replace a high-end family car or SUV with a more multi-purpose campervan and, as a daily driver, the Terrier would be very easy to live with.
With five belted seats, masses of luggage space and a 4.97m body length, it’s no more difficult to drive or park than a car.
Of the current generation of medium-sized campervans, the Ford Transit Custom is one of the best base vehicles out there. It not only looks great and has one of the most extensive dealer networks for service work, but it’s also a great drive.
The latest generation of Transit Custom has a revised bumper moulding and stylish headlights that feature LED daytime running lights around their perimeter. More subtle is the new three-slat grille.
However, it’s inside that features the biggest change with a brand-new dash layout, which features centrally mounted heating controls together with a neat eight-inch touchscreen display and some clearly marked buttons. Together with a cleaner instrument binnacle, it’s stylish and intuitive. It feels more like a Mercedes or BMW layout inside, which is no bad thing!
The engines were updated in 2016 to 2.0-litre TDCI versions, with this Euro 6 version featuring an AdBlue system and 130bhp of power that’s perfect for most buyers, as well as a 170bhp engine for £1,250, if you need more grunt.
You also get lots of clever safety aids that are fitted as standard on the new Transit Custom. These include electronic stability control, side wind stabilisation, roll stability control and trailer sway stabilisation. And there’s air-con, cruise control, heated front seats and the benefit of Ford’s brilliant Quickclear windscreen defrosting system.
Step inside and the campervan conversion will feel very familiar with its side kitchen layout and rock ‘n’ roll style three-seater crash-tested bench that converts to a double bed. Being fitted to tracks, the bench can also easily be slid forwards or backwards to allow for the transportation of bulkier things like bikes.
A further two berths are available in the SCA elevating roof, too, making this a great little family campervan. Come mealtimes, the kitchen offers a two-burner gas hob, a gas grill, and a 40-litre three-way fridge. The Terrier also comes kitted with a Porta Potti, 100W solar panel and Eberspächer diesel blown-air heating.
Hailing from Lancashire, Lunar has been building caravans and motorhomes for 50 years, having established Lunar Caravans back in 1969.
More recently, the company has branched out into campervans and now offers a range of models built on Ford, VW, Renault and Toyota base vehicles.
These campervans are available to buy at car dealerships across the country, and also from the following motorhome and campervan dealers: Highland Campervans (Inverness), Kendal Caravans (Cumbria), Westfield Caravans (Lancashire), West Midland Caravans & Motorhomes (Warwickshire), Waveney Campers (Suffolk), Harbour Creek Motorhomes (Hampshire), and Tyne Valley Motorhomes (Tyne & Wear).