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Ford Transit

For many years, the Ford Transit was seen as crude compared with the other base vehicles, because of the floor mounted gear change and very rough ride. That changed when Ford introduced their latest Ford Transit in 2006. The new shape Ford Transit now has a slick dash mounted gear change and a huge range of engines. There are front and rear wheel drive versions. The latest, wider rear track chassis for campervans, have been adopted by the Trigano Group’s Tribute coachbuilts and the Chausson Welcomes, for example. The Ford Transit is fast, economical to drive.


2.2-Litre Duratorq

  • Power: 84bhp @ 3500rpm
  • Torque: 184lb ft @ 1500/2200rpm
  • Power: 113bhp @ 3500rpm
  • Torque: 221lb ft @ 1800/2000rpm
  • Power: 138bhp @ 3500rpm
  • Torque: 258lb ft @ 1800/2400rp
Ford Transit Motorhome hire Conversion

Who builds on it?

CI Motorhomes, Westfalia, Rimor Autocaravans

How environmentally friendly is it?

Transit 2.4 Litre TDCi

  • Emissions 252g/km
  • Fuel Consumption: 29mpg

Fiat Ducato

The most common motorhome hire base vehicle, the Fiat Ducato offers good engines and versatility. In campervan form it is wide enough for a large transverse bed. For coach built motorhomes, there’s a special chassis with a wider track and lower ground clearance. Some manufactures fit an Al-KO chassis with a tag axle. Diesels range from a 2.2 litre 100bhp, to a 160bhp 3.0 litre unit. All are front wheel drive, with five or six manual gears. The 3.0-litre offers auto transmission. Gross vehicle weights are 3.0, 3.3 and 3.5tonne chassis. The Fiat Ducato is a reliable base vehicle. Some hirers reported a judder when reversing.


2.2 litre 100 multijet

  • Power: 100bhp @ 2900rpm
  • Torque: 184lb ft @ 1500rpm

2.3 litre 130 multijet

  • Power: 130bhp @ 3600rpm
  • Torque: 236lb ft @ 1700rpm

3.0 litre 160 multijet

  • Power: 157bhp @ 3500rpm
  • Torque: 295lb ft @ 1700rpm
Ducato Motorhome hire Conversion

Who builds on it?

Swift, Autotrail to name a few.

How environmentally friendly is it?

The Fiat Ducato 2.2 litre 100 multijet

  • Emmissions 208g/km
  • Fuel Consumption: 35.8mpg

Renault Master

The Renault Master has never been a popular base vehicle in the UK. Devon conversions and Timberland have built some spacious motorhomes on the Renault Master chassis. A new version of the Renault Master is now available and Bentley motorhomes use this as their base vehicle. The Renault Master promises luxury driving, adjustable seats and steering wheel and both front and rear wheel drive versions. A joint project is also badged as a Vauxhall Movano.

Who builds on it?

Devon conversions, WildAx, Bentley

How environmentally friendly is it?

Renault Master 2.3litre CI 100

  • Emissions 232g/km
  • Fuel Consumption: 35.3mpg
Renault Master Motorhome hire Conversion


2.3-Litre dCi 100

  • Power: 100bhp @ 3500rpm
  • Torque: 210ib ft @ 1250rpm

2.3-litre dCi 125

  • Power: 125bhp @ 3500rpm
  • Torque: 229ib ft @ 1250rpm

2.3-litre dCi 150

  • Power: 150bhp @ 3500rpm
  • Torque: 258Ib ft @ 2500rpm

Peugeot Boxer

Structurally, the Peugeot Boxer is practically identical to the Fiat Ducato; both are built in the same jointly owned factory. The cab interior is identical apart from the badges, and there are similar chassis options. The only real difference is when it comes to the engines. The Peugeot Boxer isn't offered with Fiat’s 2.3litre Multijet diesel engine, instead relying on the upgraded 2.2-litre unit. So the engine line up consists of a 2.2litre HDi with 100bhp and another 2.2 litre HDi producing 120bhp. The 157bhp 3.0 litre unit is the same as the Fiat Ducato version.

Who builds on it?

Autocruise, Auto Sleepers and Elddis

How environmentally friendly is it?

Peugeot Boxer 2.2 Litre HDI 120

  • Emissions 232g/km
  • Fuel Consumption: 32mpg
Peugeot Boxer Motorhome hire Conversion


2.2-Litre HDi

  • Power: 100bhp @ 2900rpm
  • Torque: 184ib ft @ 1500rpm

2.2-litre HDi

  • Power: 120bhp @ 3500rpm
  • Torque: 236ib ft @ 2000rpm

2.3-litre HDi

  • Power: 157bhp @ 3600rpm
  • Torque: 295Ib ft @ 1700rpm

Mercedes Sprinter

The Mercedes badge carries a huge amount of clout and many hirers see this as a prestige vehicle to hire. The Sprinter is only available with rear wheel drive, which makes it much harder for motorhome hire manufacturers to vary the lengths. The smaller turbo diesel engine comes in three power levels, with six-speed gears or an automatic version.

Who builds on it?

Marquis motorhomes, La Strada, Concorde

How environmentally friendly is it?

Mercedes Sprinter 2.1 Litre 209CDi

  • Emissions 240g/km
  • Fuel Consumption: 31mpg
Mercedes spinter Motorhome hire Conversion


2.1-Litre Turbo Diesel

  • Power: 95bhp @ 3800rpm
  • Torque: 184lb ft @ 1400/2400rpm
  • Power: 129bhp @ 3800rpm
  • Torque: 225lb ft @ 1200/2400rpm
  • Power: 163bhp @ 3800rpm
  • Torque: 266lb ft @ 1400/2400rpm

3.0-litre Turbo Diesel

  • Power: 190bhp @ 3800rpm
  • Torque: 440ib ft @ 1400/2400rpm

VW Transporter

The smallest of all base vehicles, the VW Transporter has cut a real niche for itself with campervan conversion companies. Just say ‘VW Camper” and it instantly evokes the image of 1960s hippy wagons, or surfers in 1970 campervans for hire. The VW Transporter has now evolved into a modern front wheel drive campervan, more like a large MPV to drive than a campervan.

Who builds on it?

Danbury, Murvi, Reimo and Bilbo’s to name but a few

How environmentally friendly is it?

VW Transporter 2.0 Litre TDI 82bhp

  • Emissions 198g/km
  • Fuel Consumption: 37.7mpg
VW transporter campervan hire Conversion


2.0-Litre TDI

  • Torque: 162lb ft @ 1250/2500rpm
  • Power: 101bhp @ 3500rpm
  • Torque: 184lb ft @ 1250/2500rpm
  • Power: 138bhp @ 3500rpm
  • Torque: 251lb ft @ 1750/2500rpm
  • Power: 178bhp @ 4000rpm
  • Torque: 295lb ft @ 1500/2000rpm
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