Boris the Bus is based on a Renault Master 2.5 litre turbo diesel panel van with 6 speed Automatic Transmission.
Fuel consumption averages 29 mpg which we are very pleased with.
He was converted from new by a specialist firm called Danbury to a layout called the Danbury Family 4. This has the possibility of a double bed at the back, and 2 smallish singles at the front.
Before choosing Boris we had made a checklist of things which were Essential, Desirable and Nice if we could get them!
This was the only layout that ticked all the boxes. We didn’t have to compromise on very much at all.
If it helps any of you, some of our key essentials were:
- At least 2.3 turbo engine
- Less than 6 metres long
- Van rather than coachbuilt (slightly narrower therefore easier in country lanes etc!)
- 4 seats with seat belts
- A double bed at the back which could be left up permanently (ESSENTIAL!)
- A seating area with table independent of the double bed area
- A cooker with hob and small oven.
- Plenty of ventilation options, with flyscreens
- Diesel with less than 70,000 miles on the clock
One bonus was that Boris came equipped with an excellent Webasto Dualtop diesel space and water heater, and a solar panel. We added a second leisure battery, and are now quite self contained. We can manage a week or more without electric hook up, or running the engine as we demonstrated at Glastonbury Festival this year!! (Although we weren’t running the heater obviously)
We are happy to answer any questions about these aspects of the van…to the best of our ability anyway!