One of the nicest things about van conversions is that they come in colours other than white. This gives prospective owners the chance to express some individuality. Metallic paint is an optional extra on all the models here. The Trigano instantly stands out as a quality vehicle with its metallic silver paint, body kit, futuristic roof rack with rear-mounted ladder and electric step. Blown air heating means this ‘van is capable of winter touring, too. An electric step is standard.
On the road
The Trigano is based on the 5.6m-long Fiat Ducato 15 chassis, with 110bhp from a 2.3-litre JTD turbo-diesel engine. The five-speed gearbox gives a smooth drive, if a little agricultural.
Standard equipment includes a cab carpet, electric windows and mirrors, swivel seats with armrests and a fully adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support as well as height and rake adjustment.
Lounging & dining
The Trigano is well designed and beautifully executed. Thanks to a hinge-down panel, the amount of work surface is plentiful. A similar panel helps convert the back of the motorhome into a dressing area for the shower room. As the Tribute is supplied with a free-standing table, its owners can really enjoy their summer touring and eat al fresco.
Thanks to its clever design, there is space for you and seven others to lounge. There’s also room around the table for four to dine in comparative luxury. The seat cushions themselves are not as comfortable as we would like, but there is a dedicated spot for the TV.
Kitchens are often restricted in ‘van conversions. However, the Trigano manages to fit in a four-burner hob, with oven and grill, as well as a sink and drainer and, thanks to its clever drop-down extension, a decent amount of work space. The oven and grill are rather small though, and at a low height. There’s a 77-litre Dometic fridges and a 10-litre Truma boiler.
The sink and drainer on the Trigano are large enough to cope with the dishes from a meal for two.
Storage is reasonable, and close enough to the kitchen to be practical.
The Trigano has distinctive and novel features that puts it a cut above other rivals. For example, its bed is very flexible – it can be used as two singles, a transverse double, a longitudinal double or a super-king size, and all options can be made up using just two extra cushions. However, the arrangements aren’t particularly comfortable – its cushions are not supportive enough and its bed, once made up, restricts access through the side door.
There are silver screens and cassette blinds all round, so there should be no chinks of light invading from outside.
Trigano provides a fully equipped shower room, as well as a reasonable amount of storage within the small washroom, which features a Thetford electric flush cassette toilet. The Tribute also comes with the rather neat touch of a bespoke shower curtain. Another clever feature is the ability to use the kitchen tap as a shower head. The toilet space isn’t massive, but we had no problem with it.
The Trigano came up trumps with a dressing room, situated at the rear of the ‘van alongside the washroom. It is created by opening the washroom door and then unclipping a panel. This closes the gap between the washroom door and the side of the motorhome and creates a handy little dressing area.
The Trigano has eight eye-level cupboards as well as underseat storage, although its long bench seat contains the water tank, which reduces storage space significantly. There is plenty of room for cooking utensils, as well as all your on-tour food shopping, in the various drawers and cupboards that are dotted around the kitchen.
4-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Looks and feels like it has cost a great deal more than the price tag suggests. A well-designed and fully-functional tourer, which is our star buy.