Semi-integrated motorhomes? They’re almost always based on Fiat Ducato chassis. Motorhome based on van? If not Ducato, it's probably Volkswagen T5. But British Wellhouse suggests something else - camper-vans, based on the design of Ford and Hyundai.
Wellhouse doesn’t take the easy way out. The evidence of this is the fact that they have already decided to build motorhomes on the basis of Hyundai i800 and Ford Tourneo. I admit that I don’t know any other company that would use exactly these cars to build camping vehicles (not counting those, who declare that they can rebuild vehicles of any brand).
Nonetheless, there’s something else. Even if the company offers camping structures for any car, it’s often a modular furnishing, in which the individual elements are like building blocks, only slightly modified to fit a particular model. In case of Wellhouse, we’re talking about a solid structure, so developed specifically for Ford and Hyundai.
Ford from 2014
As a general rule, Hyundai and Ford structures are both very similar, except that Tourneo Terrier is younger. Therefore, more modern solutions were used.
I think the most interesting of all innovations are the seats sliding on rails. Thanks to this the second row of seats (for 3 persons) can be set almost freely, which will increase or decrease the loading part. What’s important, even by pulling chairs to the front and putting an adjustable table between them and between swivel chairs for driver and passenger, you can still open drawers and a 42-liter fridge (with small freezer).
Kitchen furniture were set along the side wall - next to the seats. Among the on-board equipment we can find a heating system Webasto, fresh water container (40 liters), and even a tourist toilet, sliding out from the lower cabinet. Using such a "potty" may be not that comfortable, so it's better to leave it only for emergency situations.
The Ford has a better quality of furniture fronts and blue, decorative LED lighting for the whole set. However, in some respects, Hyundai turns out to be better.
I think the greatest asset of Hyundai in tourist version, are sliding doors on both sides. We can get into the motorhome from one side, while from the other we have a convenient access to the onboard equipment. Equally convenient is placing of the inlet of fresh water container not above the threshold, but under the passenger seat.
Further advantages can be found in standard equipment.
Hyundai i800 has a larger, 47-liter fridge and 42-liter fresh water container. The standard comes even with an electric oven with grill.
The twin elements
Both Ford, as well as Hyundai can sleep up to four people. Two can sleep on the bottom, after unfolding the rear row of seats. Additional sleeping places are planned under the raised roof that may be equipped with thermal insulation (with an extra charge).
In both cars we find 12V 230V power points, on-board control panel and shower, which can be connected by a special outlet. We get access to it by opening the rear doors. Taking a shower on the outside will be more comfortable, if equip our car with the awning, which forms a kind of a shower cabin around the rear part of the vehicle.
The cars can be fitted with solar panels.
In Great Britain, the price of this version of Hyundai, oscillate around 37,000 to 40,500 pounds. 4 models are available. As for now, Ford is available in one, basic version and costs 39,500 pounds.