Now, suppose you're not up to date with the sort of machines to come out from under the Hymer umbrella. In that case, the Ford Adventure Edition is sure to give you a clear idea of what folks are up against. As a base, a 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs) Ford Transit with 2.0 l TDCi crunching out 96 kW (129 HP) of power is all you get. Optional, you can opt for more ponies. A manual 6-speed gearbox is in place as standard, so you better learn how to drive a stick. Then again, just throw money at the problem and hope Sunlight has an automatic setup in place; they do.
From here, I could bore you with all the details of how this group builds their habitats, but then again, there are 50 years of knowledge backing each and every unit. Instead, I want you to imagine that you own the machine you see in the image gallery. Why? That way, you can get a solid feel just for what's in store here and why you might find yourself combing local dealerships for this beauty. Packed up and ready to go? Sure, you are, but pick one of the three available floorplans first.
I say 'get comfortable' because that's precisely one of the main focuses of Sunlight for this model. No matter your floorplan, up to four berths are available to take care of weary bones at night. But, two of the three available units include twin bedding, one of which is modular, and the third a large double bed, all of which are found in the bedroom. Another sleeping space is found above the cab and dinette, and while it may sound like the shorter of two sticks, the latter bedding arrangement also has a moonroof overhead.
Everything else you could have wished for in a motorhome is found between those two beds and within arm's reach. At the front, the dinette I mentioned sits in wait for hungry bellies, illuminated by a beautiful use of LED lights integrated into the backrest. The playful and ingenious use of LEDs extends throughout each unit. Overhead storage bays are also brought to life with lights.
From here, let me point out spaces like the galley, where a two-burner top, prep space, and sink with running water are all at your fingertips, ready to help you whip up three-course meals. Don't forget the fridge, found vis-a-vis. Your spices and utensils have a home in the cupboards and little nooks and crannies, which are found all around the galley area.
And no, the fun doesn't stop there. One aspect of the Ford Adventure Edition that I fell in love with is the presence of a garage. That's right; each unit has a garage space integrated into the shell and tucked away underneath the bedroom. Why is this such a big deal? Aside from being the space where you can tuck away most of your gear, it's also the same place where you can store your e-bikes. There are even power plugs so you can recharge drained batteries while driving around. Speaking of power, the only thing you need to add to your unit is a set of solar panels, or you can bring along a set of portable ones. There's plenty of space in that garage.
As for the question on everyone's mind: how much will this thing run you? Well, considering these buggers are sold in the UK, the cheapest available floorplan is starting at a tad under £70,000. That's around $86,500 (at current exchange rates), but you can see darn well what's in store. Way to go, Ford; sticking your fingers in the motorhome pie.