In the world of motorhomes, one of the game changers in Australia and New Zealand was the arrival of vehicles like the Mercedes Benz Sprinter and, slightly later, the Fiat Ducato. Not only did they, along with Volkswagen and Iveco, provide a European sourced base vehicle, but as far as this review is concerned, they provided van conversion prospects that were larger than the VW Kombi or Toyota Hiace and could be transformed into comfortable vehicles with a flat floor and a fixed bed.
I was reminded of all this in a conversation with Horizon Motorhomes’ Clayton Kearney. We were actually looking over one of his latest conversions, a Fiat Ducato based Melaleuca and discussing base vehicles in general. Clayton made the comment that the arrival of the European vans more or less ended his conversion of Toyota Coasters. One of the advantages of the European vans was that they were a flat floor design, which meant that incorporating the driver’s cab into the motorhome layout became practical and, in many cases, quite easy. This was and is particularly the case with the Fiat Ducato.
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