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Need a fun daily drive and capable tourer? You can have both with this versatile camper. Practical Motorhome's Niall Hampton reviews Auto Campers Day Van
Roy Wood Transits in Berkshire has enjoyed a 45-year association with Ford’s iconic range of vans, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.
And its latest campervan conversion, the Auto Campers Day Van, is every bit as adaptable as the vehicle on which it is based. Featuring modular furniture that can be reconfigured on the fly by the user, the Day Van is both super-capable daily drive and genuine multi-purpose camper.
Campers with modular furniture are no strangers to the market, of course, but what makes the Day Van stand out is its Ford Transit Custom underpinnings, or more accurately the Ford Tourneo Custom, the people-carrier version of the Transit.
Regular readers will know we’re big fans of this base vehicle. It’s great to drive – more car than commercial vehicle, with an ergonomic and comfortable cabin – but perhaps best of all, it’s very well equipped for the money and the factory-fitted options retail for real-world prices. This results in a campervan that’s affordable for more potential buyers, and we think there’s much to applaud about that.
Auto-Campers also offers a Leisure Van, which sports a fixed rear kitchen and storage unit along both sides of the vehicle. The Day Van reviewed here is a different beast, though, and can be configured from the floor up by the buyer.
This configuration sees two single seats sited behind the front seats, and one of the double seats behind them, to make a total of six belted seats. The space saved is used to deploy a kitchen unit and storage units along the offside wall, so the Day Van now follows the classic campervan layout. These modular units are self-contained and secure via bolts to the floor, so they’ll be perfectly robust and safe during transit.
So away from its campervan duties, you can use the Day Van for transporting bulky furniture, as a support vehicle for outdoor pursuits or as a family runaround for shopping trips and as a people carrier for the school run. (Auto Campers offers a ‘buy back’ for any seats you decide not to use.)
On the road
There are sliding doors on both sides, plus a tailgate, to permit easy loading and to bring the indoors outdoors. The vehicle has a pleasing design, with contemporary styling cues including swept-back light clusters.
Lounging & dining
A suite of extras like this makes the Day Van viable for more than a long weekend at a festival, and it was easily up for the job of pootling around Suffolk for Practical Motorhome's October 2015 edition.
Other extras fitted to our test vehicle included alloy wheels (£600), colour-coded body details (£600), 240V hook-up and charger (£400), tailgate bike rack and struts (£300), 2.6m cassette awning (£500) and multi-rail for awning fixture (£200).
|Layout||Camper without washroom|
|Fresh/waste water||12L / 12L|
|Leisure battery||75 Ah|
2-burner gas hob
Fun, flexible and futureproof, the Auto Campers Day Van is much more than its name suggests. You get a superb base vehicle and conversion for well under £40,000 – even with some must-have options added – and the modular furniture means you’re not tied to one layout. This is a genuine go-anywhere campervan as well as a fabulous daily drive.
- Modular furniture you configure as you like
- Fun and flexible
- Superb Ford Tourneo Custom base vehicle
- Quality conversion
- Go-anywhere camper
- Car-like to drive
- Up to six travel seats
- No washroom; optional Porta-Potti in a locker
- Our test 'van's options put it up to £39,090