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Westfalia squeezes a private toilet into its latest Ford Transit camper van

Westfalia squeezes a private t...
The new Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus adds a little extra junk in the trunk
The new Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus adds a little extra junk in the trunk
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The new Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus adds a little extra junk in the trunk
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The new Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus adds a little extra junk in the trunk
Not exactly a spacious, luxurious bathroom, but the small toilet room will get the job done and should prove a better option than a hole in the ground to most
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Not exactly a spacious, luxurious bathroom, but the small toilet room will get the job done and should prove a better option than a hole in the ground to most
Hidden away at the far corner of the kitchen area is a drop-down bathroom sink
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Hidden away at the far corner of the kitchen area is a drop-down bathroom sink
The Nugget Plus features an L-shaped kitchen block
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The Nugget Plus features an L-shaped kitchen block
The kitchen includes a dual-burner gas stove, sink and fridge
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The kitchen includes a dual-burner gas stove, sink and fridge
The Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus sleeps up to four on its upper and lower beds
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The Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus sleeps up to four on its upper and lower beds
An advantage of the fixed high roof is integrated storage
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An advantage of the fixed high roof is integrated storage
Inside the Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus
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Inside the Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus
The big addition on the "Plus" version of the Westfalia Nugget is the rear toilet room
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The big addition on the "Plus" version of the Westfalia Nugget is the rear toilet room
With the extra space of the longer Ford Transit Custom, Westfalia manages to fit an indoor toilet solution in the Nugget Plus
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With the extra space of the longer Ford Transit Custom, Westfalia manages to fit an indoor toilet solution in the Nugget Plus
Inside the Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus
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Inside the Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus
Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus
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Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus
The new Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus adds a little extra junk in the trunk
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The new Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus adds a little extra junk in the trunk
Daytime configuration with three-seat rear bench, swiveling front seats and dining table
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Daytime configuration with three-seat rear bench, swiveling front seats and dining table
Nighttime configuration with upper and lower beds 
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Nighttime configuration with upper and lower beds 

As we saw recently with the Nissan Michelangelo, Westfalia is more than just Volkswagen camping buses. It produces campers on a variety of base vans, and each model has its own selling points. One of its decades-old staples is the Ford Transit-based Nugget, which is now growing a little larger with the introduction of the long-wheelbase Nugget Plus. The new model takes the Nugget to the next level of comfort and convenience, using its extra size to carry a semi-private half bathroom and more storage space.

A bathroom is the one amenity that can really make or break a motorhome for many folks. It can be the difference between a happy, excited family loading up for a week-long camping trip on the road and a horrific debacle filled with moans, groans and "are we home yets." A portable toilet or freshly dug hole just doesn't have the same comfortable ring as an indoor washroom.

Long story short, any time a camper van converter can figure out a way of building a bathroom inside the van cabin, it automatically expands the appeal of the van. To create the bathroom solution for the Nugget Plus, Westfalia reached for the additional wheelbase of the Transit Custom Kombi 340 L2. The van stretches 210 in (5,339 mm) in total length compared to the 196 in (4,972 mm) of the Transit Custom underpinning the regular Westfalia Nugget.

Interior space is still at a premium so Westfalia didn't even think about a full wet bath, opting instead for a semi-open toilet room tucked neatly in the rear corner. Keeping with the compact, open design, a retractable screen provides privacy in place of a solid wall.

Not exactly a spacious, luxurious bathroom, but the small toilet room will get the job done and should prove a better option than a hole in the ground to most
Not exactly a spacious, luxurious bathroom, but the small toilet room will get the job done and should prove a better option than a hole in the ground to most

After spending a few minutes or more on a toilet bumping, splishing and sploshing in rhythm with the rolling wheels below, the first thing you're sure to want to do is wash your hands. With no room for a sink inside the toilet room, Westfalia did the next best thing in adding a small drop-down sink directly across from the bathroom on the edge of the kitchen counter. The extra sink serves as a more sanitary solution versus bathroom goers having to beeline for the kitchen sink.

Hidden away at the far corner of the kitchen area is a drop-down bathroom sink
Hidden away at the far corner of the kitchen area is a drop-down bathroom sink

The added space of the larger Transit van is also put to use in increased wardrobe volume, including the closet on the wall of the toilet room.

Beyond that, Westfalia sticks with a straightforward, functional configuration of L-shaped kitchen block with dual-burner stove, sink and 40-liter compressor fridge, three-seat rear bench split from the swiveling driver's cab seats by a dining table, and four sleeping berths on a combination of the retract-away 55 x 83-in (1.4 x 2.1-m) double bed in the high roof and the 51 x 75-in (1.3 x 1.9-m) convertible double bed in the cabin.

The Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus sleeps up to four on its upper and lower beds
The Ford Westfalia Nugget Plus sleeps up to four on its upper and lower beds

Fresh and waste water are stored in individual 42-liter tanks, and an outdoor shower makes up for the lack of shower in the bathroom. Electricity is stored in two 95-Ah AGM batteries, and an auxiliary heating system keeps the temperature topped off.

The Nugget Plus made its world premiere at last month's CMT show in Stuttgart, where Westfalia also premiered the aforementioned Michelangelo. It comes with 129- and 168-hp 2.0-liter EcoBlue Euro 6 diesel engine options and manual and automatic six-speed transmission options. Complete vehicle prices start at €59,274 (approx. US$72,500) in Germany, and options include a hot water heater, premium sound system, various bike and sports equipment racks and storage options, an outdoor dining set, and an outdoor awning.

Source: Ford Germany, Westfalia

4 comments
Dogmom
Don't recommend using toilet while vehicle is in motion. That can "go south" real quick!
jason36
LOVE THE link address ford nugget. THIS IS A FORD YOU CAN FINALLY SHIT IN.
amazed W1
If you've never travelled with young and youngish children you simply won't understand just how convenient a convenience is. But to take Dogmom's point further, don't get involved in a rear end collision, I've seen (on the UK M6) a terrible mess from the squashed catchment tank plus a slightly bruised and very embarassed lad hitching up trousers, after a BMW speedster tried to get through a non-existant gap.
Sparky52t
Is this available in the US?