Terrific entry-level camper for active outdoors types.
Price; wonderful base vehicle; rugged practicality; quality of finish
Bit basic for some
RWT Campers is a joint venture between Horizons Unlimited and Roy Wood Transits. RWT can transform Ford’s white van-man favourite into a 600bhp custom-built ‘rocket’.
RWT’s Ventura 2 motorhome is, in the firm’s own words, a “stripped down, entry-level” variant of the higher-end Cavarno, allowing that model’s less affluent fans to dip a toe into the motorhome market.
Given the size of the Ventura 2, the interior feels very airy, helped by the high-top roof. With the front seats swivelled and the Fiamma pedestal table up, you get a reasonable amount of seating space, with dining biased to the driver’s side. The table stores behind a rear door. Another set-up creates a sofa/bench seat along one side. This is good for travel if you only have one rear-seat passenger, as it allows storage of bedding in the Luton locker (where the long cushion normally resides).
The fixed washroom and tall storage cupboard on the rear passenger side are from RWT’s Cavarno. That’s good, but they do limit the width of the galley-style kitchen. The SMEV three-gas burner and sink combination has cupboards (and the gas bottle) below, as well as a reasonably-sized side worktop and one of two 240V points at a sensible height. Underneath the worktop sits the Dometic fridge with its small ice box. What the kitchen sorely lacks, though, is any kind of drawer space.
Weren’t expecting a washroom? Think again. The Thetford cassette toilet is positioned in its own fully enclosed GRP washroom with a shelf, mirror and light. You can’t upgrade and add a basin or shower– for that you have to buy a Cavarno – but just for the comforting privacy and useful changing, or large-item storage, space this is an unexpected bonus for your money.
The easy option is to pull the rear seats flat, adding the folding bridge, support arm and long cushion for a transverse 5ft 10in double bed – I’m 5ft 11ft but found it comfortable enough and it’s useful having the cab space still available. A trickier set-up incorporates the front seats to create a 6ft 4in double bed, but the full kit of levelling cushions and in-fills were not available on our test model.
There are ten well-built lockers in all: four at eye level have two shelves, and the tall rear cupboard has three plus a hanging rail. A false floor adds four inches of depth to the underseat lockers. What’s noticeable is the design and build quality which is on the same detailed level as that in the much pricier Cavarno. RWT uses tough, office furniture-grade edging and materials to make cabinetwork that should stay looking good.
|Shipping Length||4.83 m|