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Read Practical Motorhome's Danbury Diamond Classic review – it's bright and colourful, but what's it like to live in?
It’s a classic VW camper interior layout – that is, a side kitchenette with a rock-and-roll style rear seat bench that converts into a double bed. The sliding passenger door remains on the UK driver side, and the grab handle for clambering into the cab is behind the steering wheel, but these are small concerns: what you’re buying is a cult classic that gets you plenty of waves and smiles from fellow road and site users.
On the road
Nevertheless, the T2 gets to 70mph easily enough, and engine noise from the rear-mounted unit is acceptable. Fuel efficiency reached 28.4mpg and there are two fuel tanks on either side of the ’van: one for petrol, one for bio-fuel.
The cab is basic: a CD/radio plus four speakers does the job of entertainment, but there are no ABS brakes or airbags. Diamond models have three lap belts for the passenger seat bench, so five can travel safely, plus there’s heated front and rear windscreens.
Lounging & dining
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.
Waeco Compressor Fridge, 2-burner gas hob, Separate grill
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
- Lacks refinement
- Short on storage space and creature comforts.