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Known for its campers based on VW Transporter and Mercedes Vito, Rolling Homes now turns its attentions to Ford's Transit. Nick Harding steps inside
It was when Ford gave a facelift to its Transit Custom range, earlier in 2018, that Rolling Homes decided the time was right.
Hence the Kingsley, the Shrewsbury firm’s first Ford conversion. This is also the first to be named after a female explorer (Mary; the rest of the range references male adventurers).
There are some attractively priced optional extras, such as automatic transmission (£680), and a more powerful but impressive 168bhp engine (£2725 – it’s a real belter).
One downside, though, is the Ford’s height. It sits well off the ground, which means conversions are never going to squeeze under 2m height barriers (Kingsley is 2.08m tall with its roof down).
The hallmark of most RH conversions is superbly finished lightweight oak furniture. The conversion work also includes a RIB rear bench seat and an SCA elevating roof.
Lounging & dining
I prefer the camper-style curtains used here, too. And there’s space in the roof to stow the insulation panels for the cab windows. Other details of note range from the plastic-faced bump stops for each locker door, to LED downlighting, to CTek smart battery monitoring.
But you don’t expect to find a Corian worktop in a vehicle like this. However, it’s a bit of a shame that the rather neat mug cupboard, inset into the side of the wardrobe, is only an option.
Standard kitchen storage is provided by a drawer large enough to accommodate a heavy-duty chopping board, plus a shelved cupboard. Fresh water is supplied via a portable container with submersible pump, housed in the cupboard just inside the tailgate.
The downstairs bed is a bit smaller. The RIB seat opens out flat for a good-sized sleeping area. And even if you’ve ordered the leather upholstery option, as here, the topside of the mattress is a fabric that most folk will prefer to sleep on.
You’ll probably consider the extra £1145 for a Webasto heater fuelled by the base vehicle’s diesel worthwhile. People also don’t seem to be put off by the £2000-plus premium for leather.
And on that budgetary note, 2019 sees RH celebrating its 10th anniversary. There will be special editions, including a model – special paintwork, walnut furniture, all-Nappa leather interior – that’s claimed to be “the most luxurious VW camper that’s ever been built”. We can’t wait to try it out.
|Layout||Camper without washroom|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
Waeco Compressor Fridge, 2-burner gas hob
The furniture finish in this campervan is superb, but it's not just impressive because of that. This is a great camper that simply oozes class and quality – in equal amounts. And, if you fancy an alternative to Volkswagen as a base vehicle, Ford's latest Transit Custom is hugely unlikely to disappoint.
- Great furniture finish
- Alternative to VW base vehicle
- This is a fairly tall vehicle