There are countless motorhomes out there on the market that are twice as expensive, three times as big, and equipped with five times as much kit. But few have a fraction of the charm or spirit of fun the Danbury packs into its compact proportions.
It’s very cool
Iconic retro styling
Classic Volkswagen campervan layout.
On-road manners are suspect
Short on storage space and creature comforts.
When it comes to lounging, dining and mealtimes, the T2 only has the basics. A table fixes atop a free-standing leg, which is stored under the seat bench. The table itself stashes behind the cab passenger seat when not in use.
A two-burner gas hob and grill will only cope with light, two-saucepan meals, and a 40-litre, 12V compressor-type fridge will carry just enough for a couple of days’ touring, but will flatten the leisure battery off hook-up in under eight hours.
The seat bench quickly makes up into a double bed, and an extra foam cushion lies on top of the rear storage shelf and inspection hatch. It makes for a comfortable, flat surface.
Hinged plywood forms the base for the optional roof bed (£399), and is sturdy enough for children. Directional ball and socket reading lights and fluorescent strips provide interior lighting (though not for the roofbed), while silverscreens for the cab windows and curtains for all of the interior windows provide nighttime privacy.
In compact confines though, it’s a real achievement to sleep four in reasonable comfort.
With the leisure battery and charger sited under the passenger seat bench, storage is limited. There’s a shelf at the rear for bedding and some gear, but no wardrobe, and no lockers other than the kitchenette.