The furniture finish in this campervan is superb, but it’s not just impressive because of that. This is a great camper that simply oozes class and quality – in equal amounts. And, if you fancy an alternative to Volkswagen as a base vehicle, Ford’s latest Transit Custom is hugely unlikely to disappoint.
Great furniture finish
Alternative to VW base vehicle
This is a fairly tall vehicle
It was when Ford gave a facelift to its Transit Custom range, earlier in 2018, that Rolling Homes decided the time was right.
Hence the Kingsley, the Shrewsbury firm’s first Ford conversion. This is also the first to be named after a female explorer (Mary; the rest of the range references male adventurers).
This is the first Rolling Homes Ford conversion to be named after a female explorer
For mealtimes, occupants sit around a pedestal-leg table (the top’s in matching wood, of course). Although my personal bug-bear – carpet wall lining – is here, it does all seem well finished. Between it and the outer walls is an eco-friendly sheep’s-wool insulation.
I prefer the camper-style curtains used here, too. And there’s space in the roof to stow the insulation panels for the cab windows. Other details of note range from the plastic-faced bump stops for each locker door, to LED downlighting, to CTek smart battery monitoring.
The kitchen sticks firmly to campervan roots. There’s no surprise in the stainless steel two-burner gas hob and sink combination. Nor the 50-litre Waeco compressor fridge.
But you don’t expect to find a Corian worktop in a vehicle like this. However, it’s a bit of a shame that the rather neat mug cupboard, inset into the side of the wardrobe, is only an option.
Standard kitchen storage is provided by a drawer large enough to accommodate a heavy-duty chopping board, plus a shelved cupboard. Fresh water is supplied via a portable container with submersible pump, housed in the cupboard just inside the tailgate.
The fabulous full-size double bed uses a one-piece mattress on plastic springing that offers excellent support and all-important ventilation.
The downstairs bed is a bit smaller. The RIB seat opens out flat for a good-sized sleeping area. And even if you’ve ordered the leather upholstery option, as here, the topside of the mattress is a fabric that most folk will prefer to sleep on.
The rear seat fitting means that the end section for the bed can be left flat (to help conceal luggage) or folded upright if you really want to optimise the clutter-free load area at the back.
|Shipping Length||4.97 m|
|Engine Size||2000 cc|