The Fiat Ducato is a popular panel van and good for camper van conversions. The Ducato chassis has long been used by motorhome builders.

The Fiat Ducato is the same van as the Citroen Jumper and the Peugeot Expert, with all three vans being made in factories in Italy and Brazil.

Ducato's are reliable and well made. Parts are easily available and well priced.

Fiat Ducato camper vans

The Fiat Ducato is popular base vehicle for camper van conversions. Ambulance versions of the Ducato are available, and a good choice for a camper van conversion.

Fiat Ducato Motorhomes

The Fiat Ducato chassis is one of the best, and is used in a very high percentage of motorhomes.

Third Generation (2006 - present)

Goods and passenger versions are still available. Carrying capacity was increased from previous models.

Second Generation (1993 - 2006)

Peugeot changed their van name to Boxer and Citroen to Jumper. Initial Fiat 2.5L diesel engines were replaced with 2.8L Iveco engines in 1998.

The Ducato had a choice of four engines; 2.0L petrol, 2.0L JTD, 2.3 JTD 16v and a 2.8 JTD. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available.

Goods and passenger versions were available.

In 2003 the range was restyled. The 2.5L diesel engine was dropped.

First Generation (1981 - 1993)

The Ducato was launched in the 1981 then redesigned for 1993: engines were 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol or 1.9 diesel.


Comments (48)

  • Jacqui's picture

    Hi, I am about to buy a Ducato motorhome (1986) but have just found out it needs to be LEZ compliant, the owner doesn't seem to know what I'm talking about but I have found out the weight on the log boog is 210kg? can anyone tell me if it is compliant or not?

    Jul 19, 2014
  • Anonymous's picture

    have you checked fuel filter

    Jan 19, 2014
  • Anonymous's picture

    you could check the fuel filter for blockage also is the fuel pump delivering enough fuel to keep the engine running

    Jan 19, 2014
  • clive's picture

    Ducato 2007. Battery warning light comes on but will go out when engine gets to 2000+ rpm. Any help would be appreciated

    Sep 17, 2013
  • Anonymous's picture

    Battery warning light comes on with engine running. But goes out when rpm hits 2000 +. Any help would be appreciated.

    Sep 17, 2013
  • Wille Ager's picture

    i have a motor-home Fiat Ducato 2002 2800cc and need a new gearbox, looking on the internet all i seem to find is recon boxes but i think its better to buy a new one does anyone know the best way to do go about doing this, my gearbox has lost 5th gear only

    Aug 25, 2013
  • jan callaghan's picture

    Does anyone know where I can get a brake servo/vacuum pipe for my Ducato 1.9 Diesel 1998.
    I have been told its the same as a relay/ boxer only with a different badge.
    my van is getting poorer by the day and I have trawled the internet with no luck
    many thanks

    Jul 22, 2013
  • Anonymous's picture

    I have a 2006 Fait Ducato Tribute. The paintwork is peeling off from the roof, upper section and the bonnet. This, I believe is a common fault with that particular years Silver/Grey models. I would like to get in touch with the Italian d manufactures direct as Fiat UK don't want to Know.

    May 27, 2013
  • Wille Ager's picture

    i have had the same problem and after phone Italy i ended up at my local car paint shop but here is the phone number of Fiat Italy 0080034281111 good luck

    Aug 25, 2013
  • Lee P's picture

    I have a 1997 Fiat Ducato 2.5 Diesel Royale 590 MotorHome.
    Could anybody please tell me where I can find the ON BOARD DIAGNOSTIC Plug or DATA LINK CONNECTOR Plug. I cannot seem to find it anywhere.
    Thank You

    Apr 24, 2013
  • paul allan's picture

    i have the battery icon lit up on my dashboard after starting the engine and my leisure battery is charged but will not power any of the appliances any clues how to cure this?

    Mar 31, 2013
  • Darren's picture

    The battery light on the dashboard normally means that the alternator is not charging the battery properly.
    I would disconnect the leisure battery from the engine battery to see if this cures the problem. If not I would check that the alternator is outputting 14.4 volts, as it should.

    Apr 02, 2013
  • bill at skegness's picture
    bill at skegness (not verified)


    My cylinder head is catastrophically broken.
    It's a 1993-4 1.932cc diesel.
    Can anyone direct me to a replacement??
    I should be most grateful.



    Jan 13, 2013
  • Susie P's picture

    Looking for a replacement engine. Any help would be enormously apprecciated

    Aug 20, 2012
  • Darren's picture

    Hi Susan

    Sorry to hear about you engine troubles.
    Finding an engine is often easiest from a local breakers yard. If you are going to fit the engine yourself this is probably the best option, or maybe even look on eBay.
    If you want a garage to fit the engine it is probably better to speak to the garage first, as they might only fit an engine they have sourced.

    All the best


    Aug 21, 2012
  • Anonymous's picture

    Can anyone advise on how to change the timing belt on this model.

    Jun 04, 2011
  • Anonymous's picture

    can anyone tell me when buying a camper van 6 plc is it better to opt for the 2.8l or will the 2.3l engine be good enough , i have been told that the 2.3 is nt very strong and will labour too much

    Jul 27, 2009
  • Darren's picture

    The 2.8l will definitely be stronger. Are you taking 6 passengers in your camper van? If so the 2.8l is the one to go for. For 1 or 2 people the 2.3l will be fine.

    Jul 28, 2009
  • bob quilliam's picture

    i have a reoccuring problem with the dash in my motorhome the fuel guage registers full but the low fuel light stays on when halve empty the guage will jump up and down so i have no idea how much fuel i have also the tempature guage does its own thing so you have no idea what the engine tempature is i have replace the dash but this has not cured the problem local auto enginners say they cant find a fault
    can anyone help please

    Jul 15, 2009
  • Keith's picture

    Had very similar problem + fueling problem. Garage fitted new fuel pump/level unit/throttle potentiometer and spent days trying to find the fault. Cost was astronomical - fault was eventualy traced to the connector converting the loom from left to right hand drive being of crap design and losing continuity over time!
    Would suggest you remove it and solder the wires together properly.
    My own now (51 reg Pioneer 2.8 Hdi) needs a new gearbox after only 30000 miles and as Peugeot/Citroen/Fiat refuse to accept that any faults exist with a large number of their gearboxes,despite the entire trade giving evidence top the contrary, i will never buy a French vehicle again.
    Good luck with yours though.

    Jul 27, 2009


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