Ford designs live-in Transit vans

It won’t be a normal ‘White Van’ however, because Ford has released a new Transit Motorhome Chassis designed to offer the base for luxury motorhomes.

Ford has designed the chassis as a base for ‘stylish and modern’ motorhomes to be built on including features, while in the cabin, the models retain the Ford Transit levels of equipment including Sat-Nav, CD player and Bluetooth.

The chassis has been designed to be both lightweight and strong and Ford says it has cut emissions to a minimum on the vans.

Featuring front-, rear- and all-wheel drive, the chassis has been reinforced to support the home on one of three different wheelbases; 3.3m, 3.75m and 3.95m.

The single engine available with the Transit models consists of a 2.20-litre Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel delivering 115PS and 140PS variants matched with a six-speed transmission. To cope with the extra weight, ABS, ESP and hill launch assist are available as options.

Steve Adams, Vehicle Line Director for Commercial Vehicles at Ford of Europe, said: “All of the traditional virtues and strengths of the Transit range, including the combination of latest technology and high levels of durability at an affordable price, are the starting point for our tailored solutions.

"It has been eagerly awaited by some of our manufacturer partners who want to design new stylish and contemporary motorhomes using the proven foundation of the Ford Transit,” he added.

One of those partners, Auto-Trail has been awarded motorhome of the year 2010 for its Transit-based Tribute T620 motorhome.

Praising both the Transit and Auto-Trail, Auto-Trail Managing Director David Thomas said: "The key to success is using proven, reliable components, with all appliances tested and run on the production line to ensure quality."