Andrew McPhee

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Read the definitive Timberland Destiny review from the experts at Practical Motorhome magazine

Design

This Destiny really is in your own hands. You can specify the manufacturer (base vehicle) and factory (conversion) options as you see fit, and choose anything from cab air-conditioning and engine upgrades, to a satellite dish (as fitted to our test ’van) and leather upholstery.

Standard fittings include an exterior awning light and a fixed rear step, and both water tanks are underslung with wide-bore drain valves helpfully labelled ‘fresh’ and ‘waste’.

Interior-wise, the Destiny screams ‘class’ with its matching marble-look surfaces and radius-edged locker doors. Double-glazed windows and carpeted walls, rear door and ceiling make this a truly cosy-feeling ’van. It also has a massive rooflight over the lounge, four-way speakers at the rear and one of the best electrical control panels we've seen in a camper.

On the road

The Destiny takes the Fiat Ducato long-wheelbase panel van for its shell, and is powered by the 2.3-litre 120 MultiJet engine. The payload of 650kg (pre add-ons) is plenty of touring weight for two people.

This ’van comes with driver and passenger airbags, and cab swivel seats as standard. The walnut dashboard is a nice touch and the cab seats are not only height- and tilt-adjustable but also come with lumbar adjustment. There are no armrests, however.

Lounging & dining

The U-shaped rear lounge conversion is a welcome aspect of many vans of this type. The Destiny has a slide-out section, from the passenger-side bunk, which meets the facing bed box, and there are squab and backrest cushions stored away to finish the job.

With its marble surface and radiused edges for easy seating access, the Destiny’s table is a pleasant place to eat.

Kitchen

The Destiny has a well proportioned kitchen, with plenty of dedicated worksurface. It has a strip light over its sink, an extractor fan and downlighters over the hob (three gas, and one hotplate) and a full-sized oven and grill. The fridge sits across the galley. There’s a built-in cutlery drawer under the sink, a moulded rack for cups and plates, and a microwave oven.

Sleeping

There are pleated blinds and curtains for the side windows, and curtains for the rear windows. A slatted bed base pulls out of the slide-out box and runs along the rail between the sofas, to be held in place by rubber stoppers.

Washroom

Here we find a large tip-up basin (38 x 30cm), a Thetford bench cassette toilet and a shower with curtain. The vanity cabinet is nicely integrated, and although not the largest of shower areas – 92 x 69cm at its widest – it does boast good lighting, with a strip light and roof light. It’s a shame the shower head is merely a hand-held model. The washroom door has a stay to reduce noise in transit.

Storage

Unlike most ’vans of the kinds, the Destiny does not have hinged sofa bases for storage access. Instead, there are lift-out flaps beneath the squab cushions. There are also five overhead lockers on the passenger side: two at the rear and three on the driver’s side.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload650kg
Length5.99m19′8″
Width2.12m6′11″
Height2.6m8′6″
Waste water50L
External Options
Integral awning, Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill, Extractor fan
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Shower curtain
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

A beautifully crafted and well equipped ’van, great for year-round touring, but very expensive.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Interior finish oozes class; superb range of both manufacturer and factory equipment to choose from.

Cons

  • No locker flaps for access to storage area beneath sofas.
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