Achtung Camper Social Butterfly: Review
Achtung Camper’s Social Butterfly campervan offers a retro fit out and a lot of storage.
Achtung Camper undertakes conversions on a variety of models and can source vans and then complete a conversion to the customer’s requirements, or it can convert a client’s own vehicle accordingly. With that in mind, while the campervan on review came in at $70,500, prices will vary considerably depending on the base model, or whether you opt to have a van you already own converted.
To give you an idea, the Social Butterfly conversion on the van under review came in at $32,650. This includes the cost of a couple of options above the standard conversion – a Dometic 3m awning, legal seating for passengers in the back, and the front lifter pop-top roof. It also comes with full compliance plate approval from an approved engineer, a three-year warranty and ongoing after-sales assistance.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
In terms of power, this campervan conversion has a fully-sealed deep-cycle 130Ah battery with automatic charging, a 240V outlet, three 12V outlets, two LED reading lights, and touch on/off LED internal lighting.
There isn’t any hot water or a heater, and no flyscreens on the doors. So it would be a case of rugging up and keeping the billy boiled in cooler climes, and I reckon a couple of cans of Mortein wouldn’t go astray in the warmer months.
A couple of handy options available that weren’t fitted to our test van include a Porta Potti, 120W solar panel and a 12V cold shower with private shower room.
The sofa is fitted with seat belts, meaning four can travel in the van, and the rock-and-roll bed is supplemented by a second, three-piece bed fitted in the pop-top. It has gas struts and holds two people, and when not in use it folds into the cavity of the pop-top roof, so you can still use the full height of the roof when it’s up. The base is made of ply, with a high-density foam mattress, and you can access it by stepping on to the passenger seat (while swivelled around) then on to a benchtop.
I was impressed with the vast storage space in this campervan – two large drawers underneath the rock-and-roll bed (accessible underneath the tailgate), a large cabinet to store a double bed-sized doona and two pillows (accessible when the bed is down), and two storage cavities underneath the rock-and-roll bed (accessible from inside the van) to fit a Porta Potti, car jack, etc.
HITS & MISSES
- Large demographic appeal
- Lavish contemporary finish
- Good storage space
- Carries and sleeps four passengers
- No hot water or heater
- Minimal fresh water storage
- Difficult access to bed in pop-top
- No flyscreen on sliding door
ACHTUNG CAMPER SOCIAL BUTTERFLY SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 5.29m (17ft 4in)
- External width 1.9m (6ft 3in)
- Internal height 2.35m (7ft 9in)
- Travel height 2.07m (6ft 9in)
- Tare 2460kg
- GVM 3000kg
- Base vehicle 2010 VW Transporter LWB
- Engine 2L TDI400
- Gearbox Seven-speed DSG auto
- Max power 132kW at 4000rpm
- Max torque 400Nm at 1500-2000rpm
- Brakes ABS disc
- Water 1x42L (fresh)
- Batteries 1x130Ah
- Solar Optional
- Air-conditioner Climatic
- Gas No
- Cooking Origo two-burner alcohol-fuelled stove
- Fridge Waeco CR-50 fridge-freezer 50L
- Microwave Sharp
- Toilet No (optional)
- Shower No (optional)
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water No
- Front lifter pop-top roof ($7000);
- Dometic 3m awning ($1500); legal seating in rear ($3000)
Price as shown
- $70,500 (Vic)
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The full test appears in Caravan World #550 June 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!