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This stylish camper – which starts at just £29,995 OTR – is almost completely customisable, so you can build it to meet your budget
It’s rare to find a fully fledged campervan for under £30,000, but that is what Ventura has delivered.
By creating a campervan that customers can essentially build around their own specific needs, the company has managed to keep the cost relatively low and give buyers a real luxury: choice.
The standard, Peugeot Boxer-based model has all the basics: an M1-tested rock-and-roll bed that doubles as a three-belted seat, a swivelling cab passenger seat, Vohringer furniture construction (with a number of finishes to choose from), overhead storage units, and a leisure battery with inverter, smart charger and a control panel.
In the standard kitchen you get a Webasto Isotherm 49-litre fridge, a twin gas ring hob-and-sink combo with glass lid, LED downlighters, a 23-litre freshwater tank and pump, and a 23-litre waste-water tank.
Other standard items include a battery condition meter, two 240V plug sockets with USB ports, a six pack of gas bottles, a fire extinguisher, a carbon monoxide and smoke detector, a foldaway table, and a removable carpet mat in the cab.
The standard trim includes non-slip flooring that you can pick from a variety of designs, at no extra cost, and matching Magnetic Cloth trims on the rear seat and cab seats, with a variety of other colours and materials that you can choose from.
All of this is on the basic £29,999 ’van, but there’s plenty more kit that you can add on to create your ideal camper.
The ’van that we tested had a number of add-ons, starting with the external decal pack (£695) and colour-matched front and rear three-quarter bumpers (£595), and a colour-matched pop-top roof (£2995).
As well as the pop-top itself, which gave much appreciated headroom, the rooftop bed and mattress (£780) were added to provide an extra two berths.
If the rooftop bed isn’t in use, the mattress can be laid across the rock-and-roll bed to make it even more comfortable.
Our model also had 15in alloy wheels (£549), a manual side door step (£299), REMI windscreen and door blinds in the cab (£725), and a swivelling driver’s seat (£249).
The electric hook-up socket under the corner of the ’van (along with wiring, 25m cable and a smart charger) also cost extra at £595, but you can simply choose to charge the leisure battery as you drive and stay off-grid.
Other extras available include a drive-away awning, a diesel-fired heater, an extra leisure battery, a bike rack, built-in Wi-Fi, additional plug/USB sockets, a towbar and electric pack, parking sensors, a reversing camera, a portable toilet, a ladder for the roof bed and various furniture upgrades.
The ’van’s design is very practical, making the most of such a small space, with plenty of touches that make it all the more comfortable.
For example, the bed’s rear section can be secured in several different angles – great for allow you to sit and read a book in comfort.
There is also plenty of storage space beneath it, accessed via the rear doors. This is also where the table is stored.
There are a few little knacks you’d get used to with time, such as having to remove the rear-view mirror to allow the front blinds to close.
When setting up the bed, you need to remember to remove the headrests, and the release lever requires a strong hand - even more so when putting it back.
The Ventura is surprisingly well-equipped with plug sockets, and is a very well-appointed camper.
|Layout||Camper without washroom|
|Fresh/waste water||23L / 23L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
With a base price under £30,000, this is one of the most affordable campers on the market and you can add on the extras you want, taking control of your budget.
It has a surprising amount of storage space, and some thoughtful touches, with only minor drawbacks.
- Hugely flexible
- Good build quality
- Price soon starts to increase as you add options