Caravan Club Test: George Hinton from The Caravan Club Magazine travels far and wide in our Ranger
We pride ourselves on only using high quality materials in our conversions, so the overall result of 8/10 stars from George is an excellent testimonial for all of the hard work that has gone into developing our exclusive T6 Nomad Ranger.
“The Ranger cleverly doubles as a four-door, five-seat car and a practical weekend camper.”
Watch George & our Nomad Ranger in action below.
Construction & Layout
The brand new Nomad Ranger is built on the VW Transporter Kombi. This features factory-fitted windows and a second row of three fully crash-tested and detachable seats in the form of a double and a single. The ‘business area’ is at the rear, so in order to provide the required headroom, the elevating roof is a front-hinged Reimo Easy Fit. To access the double roof bed, an alloy ladder is provided, stored on the bed for travel. The double-skinned, insulated roof has an anti-condensation lining and can sleep two, a downstairs double adding further options. The Vohringer lightweight furniture is available in three colour options.
On The Road
The Transporter has a longer history as a campervan base than any other and is a pleasure to drive. The 2.0-litre 102bhp Euro 5 engine with five-speed gearbox is standard for the Ranger, our demonstrator having the 138bhp upgrade with seven-speed DSG automatic, giving more than sufficient
power and performance. Accelerating from 0-50mph takes just 9.4 seconds, while long gearing requires just 2,000rpm at 70mph.” Ride quality is firm but the conversion is notably quiet and rattle-free with no roof wind noise. Cab comforts include the usual electric windows and mirrors, cab seat swivels, twin airbags and air-con. The Highline trim spec includes colour touchscreen DAB
radio infotainment system with USB and MP3 inputs, rear reversing sensors, privacy glass and the offside sliding window.
The excellent lighting is all LED, apart from the VW interior lamps, the roof area having a fold-away stalk lamp. The roof features the usual openable PVC rear window and mesh panels at the sides, all covered by zipped canvas screens. There are effective tracked stretchy grey
blackout curtains to all the lower windows except the cab, where Reimo silver insulated screens fit with suckers. Optional heating is by Webasto diesel heater, supplied from the van’s fuel tank.
The 3ft 6in-long kitchen unit incorporates a SMEV two-burner stainless steel hob/sink combination on the offside. Twin black glass covers double as work surface and you get a 6in x 13in strip of laminate at the rear end. The fold-down tap supplies cold water, while you can plug in a mains or 12V electric kettle at the rear end of the kitchen unit. Above the nearside 40-litre Waeco compressor fridge are two shallowish galleried shelves behind a vertical tambour door.
The roof bed measures 6ft 6in x 3ft 7in. A folding tubular frame with support legs
then fits across this space on brackets just below window level, beech slats carrying the 2in foldable mattress. This should give you a comfy double measuring 6ft 6in x 4ft 7in.
Caravan Club Test Ratings
Construction & Layout ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
On The Road ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Living Abroad ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Kitchen ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Sleeping ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Verdict ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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