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Wellhouse Ford Transit Giant 4WD camper van goes big and bold

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Wellhouse Leisure Ford Transit Giant
Wellhouse Leisure Ford Transit Giant
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This Wellhouse Ford Transit Giant floor plan rendering shows how the bed drops down and sets up over top the lounge
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This Wellhouse Ford Transit Giant floor plan rendering shows how the bed drops down and sets up over top the lounge
During the day, the bed lifts away to the ceiling, opening up the floor
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During the day, the bed lifts away to the ceiling, opening up the floor
A look up at the Ford Transit Giant folding bed
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A look up at the Ford Transit Giant folding bed
To attract a little attention, Wellhouse debuted the Giant in 4WD trim with off-road exterior kit
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To attract a little attention, Wellhouse debuted the Giant in 4WD trim with off-road exterior kit
With its rear double doors and pass-through aisle, the Giant makes it easier to transport gear like boards and bikes
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With its rear double doors and pass-through aisle, the Giant makes it easier to transport gear like boards and bikes
The Ford Custom Le Tour and Transit Giant pose before their premiere at the 2019 NEC Motorhome & Caravan Show
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The Ford Custom Le Tour and Transit Giant pose before their premiere at the 2019 NEC Motorhome & Caravan Show
The debut Ford Transit Giant includes a special body kit with X-out grille and off-road light bar
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The debut Ford Transit Giant includes a special body kit with X-out grille and off-road light bar
Ford Transit Giant shower room
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Ford Transit Giant shower room
The folding door can close off the entire rear dry bathroom from the rest of the interior or close off just the shower room
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The folding door can close off the entire rear dry bathroom from the rest of the interior or close off just the shower room
Inside the Wellhouse Ford Transit Giant
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Inside the Wellhouse Ford Transit Giant
Standard kitchen block with dual-burner stove and sink below flush lids
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Standard kitchen block with dual-burner stove and sink below flush lids
Command center
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Command center
The rear sink flips up for toilet access
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The rear sink flips up for toilet access
The Transit Giant lounge definitely looks more comfortable and practical than the usual cramped dual-seat bench front lounge
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The Transit Giant lounge definitely looks more comfortable and practical than the usual cramped dual-seat bench front lounge
Lighting up the night
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Lighting up the night
The Wellhouse Ford Transit Giant 4WD pictured starts at £65,000
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The Wellhouse Ford Transit Giant 4WD pictured starts at £65,000
Wellhouse Leisure Ford Transit Giant
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Wellhouse Leisure Ford Transit Giant
Wellhouse Leisure Ford Transit Giant
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Wellhouse Leisure Ford Transit Giant
The multi-fold panel door creates privacy in the rear bathroom
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The multi-fold panel door creates privacy in the rear bathroom
Drop the bathroom sink to wash up
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Drop the bathroom sink to wash up
The rear seats are adjustable and removable thanks to the floor rail mounting
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The rear seats are adjustable and removable thanks to the floor rail mounting
A look at the pass-through storage
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A look at the passthrough storage
The false floor keeps the water tanks and heater neatly contained and also houses a couple storage drawers
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The false floor keeps the water tanks and heater neatly contained and also houses a couple storage drawers
Dual-burner stove and sink
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Dual-burner stove and sink
Inside the Wellhouse Ford Transit Giant
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Inside the Wellhouse Ford Transit Giant
Meal time
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Meal time

Wellhouse Leisure builds some of the cutest compact camper vans on British roadways, like the recently debuted mil-green Custom Le Tour or the smart, sharp Toyota Lerina. So though a 6-m (19.7-ft) Ford Transit isn't quite so large as something like a 7-m (23-ft) Frankia Yucon, it's still a "Giant" at Wellhouse, and it's worthy of a unique floor plan and rugged 4WD body kit. The new van debuted next to the Le Tour at the 2019 NEC Motorhome & Caravan Show, bringing a full bathroom in back, a bed up high, and a dining lounge with four proper chairs up front. Removable seats, pass-through storage and floor rails make it a versatile van with ambitions as large as its name.

Wellhouse knew it wanted to give the Transit Giant a proper, fully functional bathroom in back, and it knew it wanted to impart a sense of adventure in the van, giving buyers the freedom to bring along bikes, boards and other oversized equipment. Rather than create a sealed-off, full-width rear bathroom compartment, it installs a simpler split design with a toilet on one side, a shower room on the other. This creates a functional dry bath, and the open aisle between the two sections provides pass-through storage. For privacy, the shower's folding door swings out to work as a divider wall, splitting the bathroom from the main cabin.

The rear sink flips up for toilet access
The rear sink flips up for toilet access

At the other end of the converted van cabin, Wellhouse strays from the norm once again. Instead of the typical camper van dinette with an uneven vis-a-vis spread of cramped two-seat bench and swivel driver cab seats, it creates a more properly spaced four-seat lounge with two individual seats located right behind the spin-around driver and front passenger seats. Not only do these standalone seats add some extra elbow room at the dining table and during the ride, but since they're mounted on floor tracks, they adjust in position and remove completely ... which is probably just as well because the van only sleeps two.

The Transit Giant lounge definitely looks more comfortable and practical than the usual cramped dual-seat bench front lounge
The Transit Giant lounge definitely looks more comfortable and practical than the usual cramped dual-seat bench front lounge

Speaking of sleeping ... if you walk in the Transit Giant's sliding door, look around and wonder where the heck the bedroom is, you'll need to look up. To optimize space, Wellhouse relies on a drop-down bed above the lounge. This double bed lifts out of the way during the day, then folds down via struts to set up just over the lounge at night. With this design, you lose a little of the "bedroom" feel of alternative 6-m floor plans but gain some usable space during the day, enjoying the roomy lounge, dry bathroom and plenty of storage.

This Wellhouse Ford Transit Giant floor plan rendering shows how the bed drops down and sets up over top the lounge
This Wellhouse Ford Transit Giant floor plan rendering shows how the bed drops down and sets up over top the lounge

One final trick up Wellhouse's sleeve: the central floor stretching back to the rear load doors from behind the second-row seats is a false floor raised up above the van floor. The compartment between van and camper floor is used to house the heater and water tanks, sweeping them out of the way to prevent the decrease in ground clearance chassis mounting could cause and provide some insulation for cold-weather camping. The false floor also houses storage drawers accessible from behind the van.

The Ford Custom Le Tour and Transit Giant pose before their premiere at the 2019 NEC Motorhome & Caravan Show
The Ford Custom Le Tour and Transit Giant pose before their premiere at the 2019 NEC Motorhome & Caravan Show

The Giant comes standard with a leisure battery, solar charging, dual-burner stove, sink, hot water, compressor fridge and external hookup for a BBQ. The 4WD version with off-road-style body kit shown in the photos starts at £65,000 (approx. US$83,650), while the simpler 2WD version starts at £55,000 ($70.775).

Source: Wellhouse Leisure

1 comment
guzmanchinky
The drop down bed is a new idea, I wonder how well it works?