2008 Chausson Flash S3

£32,603

Well-priced ’van is better suited to small families

Compact size; generous payload; five-year body integrity warranty

Mismatch of six sleeping berths with only four travel seats

Design

The Flash’s entrance door is on the UK offside. It has a voluminous Luton section with good headroom. However, it does look more like a gross swelling than an integrated feature.

It has polyester-clad panels. Six metres marks the boundary between compact coachbuilts and larger models, and the Flash has compact status.

The Flash can accommodate six sleepers. However, there are only four belted seats for travel. The bunk bed is positioned transversely at the rear. The bottom bunk base is hinged and has a large, exterior-access door so that this area can be used for storage. Be warned though: if you decide to purchase this ’van, take care when loading it because the position of the garage means that the weight will be predominantly on one side, which can dramatically effect a motorhome’s on-road stability. The cabinetwork is more than up to the job.

On the road

The Chausson is based on the Ford Transit, a platform cab with front-wheel drive. Although its 2.2-litre engine is beaten by many rivals’, it still manages a healthy 130bhp.

Cruise control, cab-air conditioning, and driver and passenger air-bags are standard. Don’t worry about it being a cog short – it doesn’t need a six-speed gearbox. Ford’s five-speed version has well chosen, evenly-spaced ratios.

Lounging & dining

There is nothing wrong with the design of the Flash’s seating. In fact the double-dinette is extremely comfortable. But it loses points here because there just isn’t enough of it – 
it will be a tight squeeze for four diners, let alone six, and ‘elbows-in’ eating will be compulsory.

It seems a crying shame not to utilise the cab seats in such a compact ’van. What is needed is a brace of seat swivels so they could face inwards, plus an island-leg table between – job done.

Kitchen

The one-piece, combination three-burner hob and sink unit used in the Flash’s kitchen works particularly well. The plastic, add-on draining surface is a good idea, too, because when it is not being used for draining dishes it can be stored in a cupboard to free-up more workspace – always a scarce commodity in any motorhome’s kitchen.

Washroom

There’s a moulded vanity bowl with a cupboard underneath, although the shower shares the sink’s mixer tap. The shower curtain is very clingy, although the sand coloured cupboard doors are aesthetically pleasing.

Sleeping

There’s a good-sized double overcab bed, two adult-sized bunk beds and a dinette bed capable of accommodating two children. Bunk inhabitants have their own reading light and opening window. Disappointingly, the bunk bed ladder is very uncomfortable for bare feet.

Storage

High-level lockers combine with underseat storage and a garage space underneath 
the lower bunk bed. The Chausson’s garage door, positioned on the driver’s-side rear, is easy to use when loading bikes and suchlike. The gas cylinder locker holds a single 13kg cylinder.
Year 2008
Price £32,603
Sleeps 6
Belts 4
Length 5.99m
Width (exc. Mirrors) 2.30m
Height 2.93m
MTPLM (kg) 3500
Payload 712kg
Waste/fresh water 103/130 litres
Heating Truma Gas water heater , Webasto space heater
Kitchen Dometic Fridge , 3-burner gas hob , Separate grill
Washroom Thetford C-250 toilet , Shower curtain
Security Immobiliser , Alarm
Options QuickShift6 automated manual transmission (price on application)

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