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It's the company's first long-wheelbase high-top – discover how the Bilbo's Design Lezan fares in the Practical Motorhome review
Bilbo’s Design is known for its conversions of VWs but this is the firm’s first attempt at a long-wheelbase high-top, turned into a tourer that’s suitable for everyday use.
The rear doors, cut in around the lights, open wide to aid access and loading.
On the road
The captain’s chairs provided sturdy back support, although inflatable lumbar support would be a welcome addition. Two belted passenger seats are positioned sociably within talking distance of the cab.
Lounging & dining
When lounging you have two options: spin the cab seats 180º and you have four comfortable, facing seats; or you can make a sofa from the offside rear seat by lifting its base, dropping its back and positioning the extra cushions as back support. Either set-up provides room for four to rest, with a decent amount of leg room, although the cushions are a bit hard.
There’s no TV in the Lezan, and no space to put one. The two spotlights could be used for reading but their position immediately behind the cab seats makes them better placed for the cab than the lounge.
Diners have a choice of two tables at which to enjoy meals. The smaller is stowed by the nearside sliding door, but is too small to take more than two people’s crockery. The larger table, with its drop-down leg, is stored out of the way, attached to the offside rear door. When set up and clipped to the wall, it is quite sturdy. The only drawback is that legroom is limited, so diners are forced to slide out when leaving the table.
The worktop area, opposite the cooking unit, is limited but there is sufficient space for food preparation.
Storage is adequate rather than exceptional. Two deep, wide drawers sit below the grill and two below the fridge, and these easily swallow pans and crockery. There’s a tall, thin cupboard beside the grill and small, shallow cupboards placed at head height. A slide-out cupboard with shelves saves space but we missed having a cutlery drawer.
Limited storage space overall meant that we had to fill kitchen drawers with items that belonged elsewhere, such as our hook-up cable.
For a few nights away, the beds are fine, but any longer than that and you might get bit restless.
The cab has pockets in the doors, a handy little space under the radio unit and a sunglasses holder above the driver’s head.
The front portion of the high-top is sectioned off behind sliding doors, and provides a useful space in which to store bedding and some clothing.
Another useful space, under the rear seat bases, easily takes laptop PCs, and other gear.
We found the kitchen cupboards and drawers a little on the small side, but there are enough of them to cope with food and kitchenware.
At the back of the ‘van there is a cupboard which houses the battery charger and fuse box. In here there’s enough room for more clothes storage, although you have to be careful not to block the charger’s ventilation. The unit next to this cupboard has a few cubby holes built into it and an elasticated net proved useful in the washroom, but sadly there was nowhere to hang towels.
In general, you get only small storage spaces, which is understandable considering the ‘van’s size. Two people can stow their stuff but the lack of exterior lockers means it’s a bit of a squeeze.
Waeco Compressor Fridge, 2-burner gas hob
Thetford C-250 toilet, Shower curtain
On the outside, the Lezan is jaw-droppingly gorgeous and a quick jaunt along the open road only increases your admiration for it. Bilbo’s quality build, combined with VW's faultless engineering make the Lezan a pleasure on tour. The only drawback is that despite its clever layout, the Lezan can’t escape the limitations of its camper base. The layout is intelligent, but those intending to tour long-term might look around for more space for their money.
- Looks; quality of finish; little road noise; easy-to-assemble beds; neat washroom
- Bit small for extended touring; slightly cramped dining for four; no TV space; limited storage; narrow beds