Ford mini-camper goes full Swiss Military to move 9, sleep 4

Through the years, we have seen small camper vans that impressively convert into six-, seven- and even eight-seat people-movers. The brand new Allrounder from German store Southvan beats all of them, utilizing a wise, expandable indoor/out of doors kitchen and adaptable seating system to slip, spin, fold and flip its option to nine-person capability … whereas nonetheless in camper mode. Whether or not you are driving your complete beginning baseball crew to the diamond, = sleeping inside with the household and two mountain bikes, or stress-free together with your partner over high a bike, the Allrounder beats out Ford’s personal Nugget as essentially the most versatile, little all-terrain Ford journey MPV in wilderness or metropolis.

Southvan acquired its begin with a van so simple it calls it merely “Camper.” Whereas versatile in its personal proper due to a floor-rail attachment system, the comfortable Camper does not follows the favored midsize conversion method intently, carrying a driver-side kitchen block with detachable eating desk, swivel entrance seats, a folding rear bench/mattress and an accessible pop-up sleeper roof.

With the 196-in (497-cm) Allrounder, Southvan does not merely break the mildew, it obliterates any hint of it, launching a contemporary mini-camper versatile sufficient to maintain up with formidable boardroom-to-backcountry multisport weekend adventurers and their households. The Allrounder is as snug driving the neighborhood youngsters to highschool on the best way to work as it’s solo-camping on a mountain saddle.

The Allrounder kitchen expands with varied flip-up and slide-out tables and worktops


Southvan facilities its construct round a kitchen block that goes by the identical Allrounder title. The swing-out indoor/out of doors kitchen reminds us of comparable designs we have seen from European converters like Tonke, but it surely’s sized and formed to accommodate Southvan’s totally configurable seating association.

It could be small, however the Allrounder kitchen expands right into a spacious cooking space with all of the necessities. Southvan retains it easy up high with an open counter subsequent to the sink, skipping the inbuilt range to extend flexibility with a transportable single-burner that can be utilized on the primary countertop or one of many extensions.

The kitchen block is hinged to a structural body member simply behind the driving force’s seat, so it simply swivels out the sliding door to cook dinner below the solar or stars. The assorted slide-out and flip-up worktops lengthen like wings to supply loads of area for chopping, mixing and cooking.

The Allrounder kitchens can also double as mobile offices

The Allrounder kitchens can even double as cell places of work


As you may see when trying by means of the images, Southvan has developed two completely different Allrounder kitchens. The highest-tier €5,900 (US$6,860) package deal has the smaller fridge, a slide-out 29-L Webasto cooler box-style compressor unit, making room for the included Objective Zero Yeti 1,000X moveable energy station that powers the USB and 230-V retailers, by which the proprietor plugs the induction cooktop. It additionally features a pull-out faucet that units up as an outside bathe and 12-L recent and waste water tanks.

The €4,690 Allrounder Mild replaces the induction cooktop with a gas-cartridge single-burner, eliminates the Yeti energy station and retailers, and swaps in a bigger 47-L Dometic compressor door fridge under the counter. Out of doors bathe functionality is non-compulsory for the Mild.

The second constructing block of Southvan’s extremely versatile, configurable journey van is the compact three-seat rear bench secured by way of ground rails. Not like a full-width bench, the Schnierle bench right here truly saves area for one more single seat that completes a rear row of 4 and a van complete of six. These six seats come commonplace, and Southvan gives three additional seats optionally to get to 9, which may all be put in with out eradicating the kitchen block.

The Allrounder kitchen's induction cooktop hooks up to the included Goal Zero power station (note that the kitchen is rotated here to accommodate the mountain bike and can spin so the fridge faces rearward to clear the floor rails and move the bench up)

The Allrounder kitchen’s induction cooktop hooks as much as the included Objective Zero energy station (be aware that the kitchen is rotated right here to accommodate the mountain bike and may spin so the fridge faces rearward to clear the ground rails and transfer the bench up)


Southvan says the bottom Ford Transit Customized’s 7,050-lb+ (3,200-kg+) GVWR can deal with all 9 passengers plus the 77-lb (35-kg) kitchen, however in fact that may in the end depend on the entire weight of the passengers and no matter they’re bringing alongside.

The tightly packed rear seats do not look notably snug for anybody and can probably solely be appropriate for kids or very small adults. The mattress can be narrower than it will be with a full-width fold-out design, however at 45 inches (114 cm) large, it is no slimmer than different midsize van fold-out beds. Plus, the 49-in (125-cm)-wide mattress within the pop-up roof has just a little additional elbow room and will function the primary mattress for folks, leaving the decrease mattress reserved for kids.

Leave the extra seat at home and you can fit a bike or two inside, while still seating five people and sleeping four

Depart the additional seat at dwelling and you’ll match a motorcycle or two inside, whereas nonetheless seating 5 individuals and sleeping 4


Any of the opposite 5 to 9 passengers not in a position to squeeze in on a type of two beds must convey a tent or go cowboy-style. However the true fantastic thing about the Allrounder is not loading up individuals and tenting gear to full capability however changing the versatile inside for the numerous various kinds of daytime and in a single day makes use of a family may encounter.

An Allrounder driver can load up eight youngsters and head to highschool or sports activities, take pleasure in a snug weekend tenting journey with their household, or load a mountain bike inside subsequent to the mattress on a solo bike journey. The ground rails additionally imply that the bench can slide all the best way ahead or take away all collectively to extend cargo area. Southvan’s images additionally spotlight how the Allrounder can help a pair’s motorcycling and tenting journey, hauling a two-seat bike inside subsequent to the kitchen whereas nonetheless providing the double mattress within the pop-top.

Getting creative with a biking/camping trip for two — a couple seated at the front of the van or on the bike and sleeping in the pop-up roof

Getting artistic with a biking/tenting journey for 2 — a pair seated on the entrance of the van or on the bike and sleeping within the pop-up roof


Southvan launched the Allrounder ultimately month’s Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. The van begins at €51,990 (approx. US$60.450) when constructed on the Ford Transit Customized Pattern with 129-hp 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine. The €54,300 ($63,150) Path variant consists of the identical engine however with Ford manufacturing unit upgrades like a mechanical limited-slip differential and Raptor-style “FORD” grille. Southvan additionally mentions the choice of constructing the Allrounder on a hybrid Ford Transit Customized however has not but added that mannequin to its value record.

Southvan also builds the Allrounder on the Transit Connect Trail edition, easily recognizable by its Ford Raptor-like grille

Southvan additionally builds the Allrounder on the Transit Join Path version, simply recognizable by its Ford Raptor-like grille


These van costs embrace the six-seat configuration with folding bench/mattress and pop-up sleeper roof, however the kitchen is bought individually. Add on the Allrounder Mild kitchen and you’ve got the entire camper van beginning at €56,680 ($65,900). Every additional seat prices €830, so up that to €59,170 ($68,800) for the efficient base value of the dual-bed nine-seater with kitchen. Different accessible add-ons embrace diesel heating, photo voltaic charging, a transportable chemical bathroom, and roof rack and bike rack choices.

Supply: Southvan (German)

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