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Find out more about the entry-level Horizons Unlimited Ventura 2 in the Practical Motorhome review
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.
The waste tap, on a flexible hose on the passenger side, is easy to access, and the fresh-water fill and 10A hook-up are on the driver’s side, but there seems a safe distance between them. Gas-bottle and cassette-toilet access are dealt with inside.
Rather than setting your heart alight, the Ventura 2 is sensible. Our test model was finished in basic white, but you’d be surprised at what a deep-coloured metallic paint job and a set of alloys can do for one of these ’vans.
On the road
The Ventura turned out to be a rock-solid all-round performer on the road. Well balanced and easy to handle, even the base engine delivered more than enough power.
After all those years of development, a Transit cab is a very comfortable place to be. The driving position and ergonomics are both excellent, making long journeys less of a chore. In fact, on motorways the Ventura 2 is outstanding. Even for a high-top it’s stable, fast, fuss-free and smoothly capable. You almost feel you could venture off-road in it, although that’s not exactly in the design specification.
If it’s so good, how on earth does RMT manage to market the Ventura 2 for less than £23,000? Well, go in at entry level and you’re buying a brand-new conversion of a nine- to 12-month old Transit with fewer than 10,000 miles on the clock, which has been maintained and run the Roy Wood hire fleet but not used for heavy work. It makes good sense: you bypass the initial depreciation and still enjoy the three-year Ford warranty.
You can also order a Ventura on the brand-new model Transit. Expect the price to be upwards of £26,000. The new Transit, with its sexier cab and front-end redesign, is looking a lot more stylish these days.
Lounging & dining
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob
Thetford C-402 bench toilet
Terrific entry-level camper for active outdoors types.
- Price; wonderful base vehicle; rugged practicality; quality of finish
- Bit basic for some