Wellhouse Toyota Grand Hiace – motorhome review | Motorhome Reviews | Out and About Live

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AFTER the underwhelming driving experience of the diesel Toyota (converted by GP that we tested last you might expect more of the with this Toyota from Wellhouse Leisure.

But are adamant that this V6 petrol model is a joy to drive, being a bit thirsty. And an LPG conversion is as standard to reduce running

Despite the less efficient gas increasing the consumption to a measly (instead of a claimed 26mpg on the ‘half price’ fuel a big petrol engine a practical with Wellhouse claiming costs similar to a diesel-engined achieving around 40mpg.

We help wondering just how you’d have to drive to get to 26mpg from a big V6 motor, a heavy right foot well drop that into the teens

On settling into the cab’s driver’s seat I was instantly of how I wasn’t keen on the Toyota’s position or the hefty, chunky wheel. These complaints melt away, though, as aspects dominate.

Once the is started, and first gear on the column-mounted automatic gearshift, the from the engine is pure muscle car and there’s satisfying as you use your right foot.

are smooth, and with so much on demand, the loss of performance results from the use of LPG fuel is

This Toyota handles too, thanks to its car-like when fitted with a elevating roof, although not much feel through the wheel; you’re in for a relaxing

For peace of mind, there’s the alarm system and immobiliser that’s cleverly hidden the steering column.

The conversion is well thought-out, although isn’t nearly as much with the roof raised as in a VW camper. This is partly the Toyota is rear-wheel drive and in due to the smaller roof cut-out. no standing room at the sink, is a bit of a pain if you’re washing up.

Hidden beneath recessed lids are a large, square and a two-burner hob. There’s an of worktop space to the rear of the unit for your TV, with 230V and 12V sockets, as well as one of the two speakers and the Webasto heater

Below is a Waeco compressor plus a cutlery drawer, but the large cupboard is partially by the heater. There’s a huge compartment beside the bench and a decent-sized wardrobe too (complete mirror) above the rear

Four spotlights are mounted the living quarters. A stalk for the swivelled cab seat would be a addition, though there is one fitting at the rear for bedtime

Surrounding the living quarters are blinds, and a thick curtain across the cab, cutting off the passenger seat from the quarters. When facing this seat has its own island-leg

There’s also a free-standing which is practical as it can be used as well as in.

The table-top for this loose behind the bench but the island leg and tripod base clip onto the front of the unit. Underneath the rear is another storage area you won’t have to clear making the bed at night.

You can carry a in its own cupboard beneath the bench or alternatively use this as extra for clothes etc.

There’s no standard price for all as Wellhouse build their on secondhand base vehicles they import from so the cost is dependant on the age, and mileage of the van pre-conversion.

You can, expect to pay less than the price of an equivalent all-new VW T5 VW camper enthusiasts may recoil in at the thought of a different base but by compromising in this way you can have a conversion built to your with your upholstery and you can go mad on the extras as well.

That was the decision the new owner of Grand Hiace took he was at VWs but decided that if he went Wellhouse he could have the upholstery, big engine and LPG conversion, radio, roof-mounted awning, roof bed, Webasto towbar, solar panel, shower (mounted inside the tailgate), roof bars, harness for a third bench-seat and reversing sensors and save £20,000 against the latest mileage T5.

A longer version of review was published in the July issue of Which Motorhome .

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