Ford UK has officially confirmed the worst-kept base vehicle secret: the launch of the motorhome-specific Transit chassis. It has been highly anticipated for months, ever since Auto-Trail revealed its budget Transit Tribute line, which is based on the new chassis.

Ford UK has officially confirmed the worst-kept base vehicle secret: the launch of the motorhome-specific Transit chassis. It has been highly anticipated for months, ever since Auto-Trail revealed its budget Transit Tribute line, which is based on the new chassis.

 

The chassis features a lightweight, low-frame design that provides greater payload and space for fitting a habitation body, and comes in three wheelbase lengths: 3.3m, 3.75m and 3.95m. Ford has looked after the details, too, the cabins come pre-cut for the fitting of habitations, and various modifications have been made to the vehicle systems – such as the inclusion of a central electrical connector and auxiliary fuel line connections – to allow easy fitting of motorhome equipment such as lighting and diesel heaters. The parking brake lever has also been moved to an outboard position, clearing up space between the cab seats for movement.

 

To signal how seriously it’s taking the motorhome market, Ford is also pledging to increase its levels of service and support for motorhome users; it will provide specialised support at its Customer Assistance Centres in Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, and aims to build a pan-European network of over 1,000 “Ford Motorhome Charter” dealers.

 

The Tribute T620, which is based on Ford’s new chassis, nabbed both the ‘Best Budget Buy’ gong as well as the overall prize in Practical Motorhome’s 2010 Motorhome of the Year awards.

 

 

Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent motorhome reviews

The Practical Motorhome Chausson Flash 530 – 1 - You can get the 2017 Chausson Flash 530 on the Ford Transit (as tested) or on the Fiat Ducato (© Alf Alderson/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome 2017 Elddis Autoquest 195 review – 1 - The 2017 Elddis Autoquest 195 has a licence-friendly MTPLM of 3500kg (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome La Strada Regent L review – 1 - The German van converter with an Italian name is back in the UK after many years – and the Regent L is one of La Strada's flagship models (© Peter Baber/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Wingamm Micros-Plus review – 1 - The slick GRP bodyshell sits well with the Volkswagen T6 base vehicle – the Micros-Plus is priced from £62,000 OTR (© Andy Jenkinson/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Autocruise Select 184 review – 1 - The Autocruise Select 184 is priced from £39,885 OTR, however our test ’van had a price tag of £44,570 (© Phil Russell/Practical Motorhome)
The Practical Motorhome Hymer B-Class DynamicLine 588 review – 1 - This four-berth Hymer motorhome costs from £73,500 OTR, £85,128 as tested (© Nick Harding/Practical Motorhome)