2010 Romahome R25

£29,995

Despite its diminutive proportions, the R25 is likely to be a comfortable tourer, even away from facilities. In fact, besides the long overhang and low payload we can think of nothing to fault with this 'van. Practical Motorhome magazine

"Liked the monocoque and modular construction, and the Luton cab offers excellent storage." Don & Sylvia Guy. "In a class of its own. Quality GRP mouldings and a car-like drive." Gentleman Jack Bancroft

The double bed is comfortable, but only 1.76m (5'9") long.Passing space between the lounge seating is 55cm (21").

Review

PRICE £30,995 (when new in 2010)
SLEEPS 2
BELTS 2
BASE Citroen Berlingo
ENGINE 1.6 litre turbodiesel
L/W/H 5.18/2.13/2.59m (16'9"/6/9"/8'5")
MTPLM 2175kg
PAYLOAD 285kg


Romahome is famed for its inimitable mini-coachbuilts, and the most renowned of these is probably the Citroen Berlingo-based R20. It provides the quintessential Romahome experience: a rear entrance door, a comfy lounge/dining area with a facing sofa, and a rear kitchen, all wrapped up in one of the company's classic monocoque GRP bodies.




Design

For 2010, Romahome decided to update its classic design, to take full advantage of the all-new Berlingo offered by Citroen; the Isle of Wight-based firm tinkered with the R20 to create the R25, which is now sold alongside its forebear (and still based on the old Berlingo, now rebadged 'Berlingo First' by Citroen.)


On the road

The other big selling point of the R25 is its car-like drive: the Berlingo is a much more civilised base than most commercial vehicles, and has top ergonomics and comfort levels. It's based on the same platform as some of Citroen's passenger vehicles, so the ride and handling are forgiving, too. When we gave the R25 the full live-in test treatment (May 2010 issue) our tester even said that it was so car-like that when he hit the road he risked forgetting about the habitation area on the back.

Contact: Prospect Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AD
Tel 01983 292 451
Web www.romahome.com

Lounging & dining

The R25's lounge area is as spacious as that in some larger coachbuilts.

Kitchen

Storage space is generous in the kitchen, which has two gas rings.

Washroom

The R25's talking point is its toilet (there isn't one in the R20) which is hidden in a locker across from the kitchen. In standard form it's just a regular Dometic cassette unit, but throw in £450 (* £2010 price) and you can specify it as a 'wet room'. Essentially this involves a Whale shower head, a larger 70-litre freshwater tank, a bathroom mirror and a recessed shower stall and drain point built into the floor in front of the toilet, and a larger wraparound shower curtain. This combo allows you to create a small cubicle in which to have a sit-down shower in the R25 - which does a lot to boost this 'van's appeal to those who may remain unconvinced by the lack of facilities. Some may still find the standard location of the toilet to be uncomfortably close to the kitchen, but in a 'van this small such compromises are inevitable.

Sleeping

The double bed is comfortable, but only 1.76m (5'9") long
Year 2009
Price £29,995
Sleeps 2
Belts 2
Length 5.18
Width (exc. Mirrors) 2.12
Height 2.58
MTPLM (kg) 2175
Payload 285
Waste/fresh water 34/34

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I am planning to buy one of these. It is quiet spacious and comfort is good. All I want to know is that is there any maintenance issue that I will have to spend the half of my salary for the maintenance.

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