Our good friend, Grant Peberdy, has just completed the building of his latest motorhome, and it is now for sale. Grant owns RV Renos on the Sunshine Coast. We saw Grant working on his project when we visited in early May. Ian could not resist the opportunity to pay Grant another visit to see the finished product. Grant has done extensive repairs and improvements to our CUB camper trailer after our 2015 tagalong tour to the Kimberleys, so we are well aware of his good work.
The base vehicle is a late 2018 Ford Transit 470E Jumbo Van. It has a Euro 6 certified 2.0 litre EcoBlue engine delivering up to 125 kW of power and 405 Nm of torque. It is rear wheel drive, with dual rear wheels and a 6-speed manual transmission. The fuel tank holds 100 litres, giving it an awesome range.
The van is 6.85 m long including the alloy nudge bar up front, and 2.75 m wide with side mirrors extended. The colour is Frozen White. It accommodates three people in the cabin.
It can tow a massive 3,500 kg.
Ford provides a 5-year unlimited kilometres warranty from April 2019. The vehicle has travelled less than 500 km.
External motorhome features
Grant has done a fantastic fitout on this van, which is now a self-contained motorhome that sleeps two people in comfort. On the roof there are 500 Watts of solar panels, a Dometic reverse cycle airconditioner, an Omniant omni-direction television antenna, and three opening hatches.
The first thing you notice on the left side is the 3.5 m Thule Omnistor awning—it extends 2.5 m. Beneath it is a LED awning light. The whiz-bang sliding door is also on the left side of the vehicle and is hooked up to a very solid electric step that automatically slides out when opening the door, and retracts when shutting the door. There are three opening windows with fly screens on the left hand side, including one on the sliding door. A fresh water filler and a handy water tap are also on that side, and the 4.5 kg gas cylinder is accessed on the left.
On the right side there are two opening windows with fly screens and a fixed window in the bathroom. The 240 volt lead-in plug is on the right, and the toilet cannister is accessed on the right side.
Under the van there is huge 305 litre fresh water tank so you should not have to carry additional water. There is also a 50 litre grey water tank.
Internal motorhome features
The most outstanding internal feature of this motorhome is the high gloss timberwork, for which Grant is well known. The bench tops are solid timber—kwila or merbau—and very hard. Most of the other timberwork is a lightweight 15 mm ply.
With the high gloss timberwork and light grey curtains and furnishings, the overall interior looks light and spacious.
The bathroom has more usable space than you would expect in such a motorhome, mainly due to the flushing toilet being able to be slid out of the way when showering. The bathroom is lined with white Aligloss composite panel.
There are two bench tops. One on the right side includes the sink and lies over the Dometic 135 litre two-way fridge-freezer. The other on the left side includes a two burner gas cooktop and overlies the microwave oven. Overhead cupboards and drawers provide lots of storage in the kitchen area.
There are double power points in useful places, and a 12 volt cigarette lighter-type socket and twin USB charging sockets on the left hand bench.
The rear of the van has two long sofa seats that can form single beds, or can be made into one bed that is almost king size. A timber table can be used for dining, playing cards, or writing while in the rear. A 24 inch wide screen HD LED television by Kogan is set up for viewing from the sofas or in bed. There are overhead and under bed storage cupboards accessible from inside, and two cupboards with sliding floors (or fridge slides?) accessible when the rear doors are open.
Comfort in bed is enhanced with individual reading lights and individual shelves for putting a glass of water, wallets, classes or a book.
A handy table can extend out of the left side when the sliding door is open, avoiding the need to carry a separate table for using outside.
Out of site is a 125 amp hour deep cycle battery which is charged from the solar panels, a 240 volt lead in, or from the alternator when the engine is running. Hot water is supplied from a Camec instant gas hot water system.
Grant has his new Ford Transit motorhome on the market for $115,000. If you think you would like to own this motorhome, or you know someone that might be interested, Grant can be contacted by phone on 0412 795 079. If you have any queries, you can send Grant an email via his RV Renos website.