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Read our Wellhouse Evie campervan review to discover Gentleman Jack's verdict on a two-berth campervan that drives like a car – because it's based on one
"Just remember that Evie is a camper-car, not a campervan,” Welhouse Leisure’s genial proprietor David Elliot said as he handed me the keys to this Lilliputian conversion.
No worries there. In fact, I’m always being asked to recommend ultra-compact motorhomes by recently bereaved members of the Motor Caravanners’ Club. These enthusiasts are looking to downsize to a small dual-purpose vehicle that drives like a car, because that’s how it is going to be used most of the time. However, it is essential that it has a proper residential conversion for spending weekends away, and, if possible, an onboard toilet into the bargain.
In addition there is a similar demand at the other end of the age spectrum, among folk who need accommodation when they pursue their hobbies – everything from birdwatching to attending heavy-metal music festivals. This crowd also needs a proper car for the daily commute that will fit in their employer’s multi-storey car park.
Amazingly, this little camper-car ticks all the boxes for this very diverse group of potential purchasers. Wellhouse Leisure is well respected as a van converter, and the new Wellhouse Evie really can be all things to all folk.
On the road
During my visit to Wellhouse, I also got to drive the first (as yet unconverted) automatic Connect with Ford’s all new six-speed MPS Powershift box. It is absolutely brilliant; the only fly in the ointment is the fact that you may find it difficult to read the tiny instruments without stooping – as I did.
Lounging & dining
I’ve pictured the seating arranged as an L-shaped settee which was my favourite for sprawling on.
However, many would have reconfigured the wide portion to make a rear- facing seat which will allow entry and egress via the nearside sliding door and access to the cupboard in the kitchen base-unit.
Another alternative would be to leave the rear passengers’ seat in the car position – great for picnics and when visiting county shows and the like. There isn’t really a table because most of the target market would prefer to have the uncluttered floor space and use a tray.
The key to efficient use of the Evie is to buy a lightweight folding table and chairs for use outside but also that (crucially) will fit in the seat box.
Many people will also purchase a drive-away, freestanding awning, so that could be used for changing in as well as doubling the living space.
The bed sizes are: longitudinal double 1.96m x 0.99m (6’5.25” x 3’3”) or a single bed 1.96m x 0.54m (6’ 5.25” x 1’ 9.25”).
|Layout||Camper without washroom|
|Leisure battery||95 Ah|
|Gas bottle size||2.75kg|
|Number of gas bottles||1|
2-burner gas hob
You can’t get a more car-like drive from a motorhome than in one based on a car, such as this 1.6-litre turbodiesel 75/95/115bhp Ford Transit Connect Grand Tourneo. We’ve come to expect clever conversions from Wellhouse Leisure and the diddy Evie is one of its best.
What a shame that the Grand Tourneo's hard-to-read instruments have reduced what would have been a five-star score to four.
- Fits into multi-storey car parks
- Drives like a car
- Flexible floorplan
- No washroom
- Instruments are difficult to read