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Read Practical Motorhome's expert review of the Ace Capri
On the road
You get electric windows and mirrors, but not remote central locking or air conditioning, and you have to make do with steel wheels.
Because it is a two-berth motorhome with sideways-facing rear seats, there are no extra seatbelts fitted – the only belted seats are those in the cabs.
Lounging & dining
In the front, there are swivelling front seats to provide extra lounge space.
There’s a surfeit of scatter and bolster cushions. You get three 240V sockets as well as 12V and TV aerial sockets, and even audio-visual outputs for a DVD player. The overcab area is relatively open and offers excellent access to the cab area.
Workspace is poor, too. Instead of a built-in drainer, it has a plastic extension that fits over the worksurface, robbing you of somewhere to chop if you need to have dishes draining. The sink is round and elegant, but our preference is always for the more rectangular sink because many more dishes can usefully be fitted in.
An optional extra fitted to our test ‘van was an 800W microwave oven, in its own cabinet located at eye level above the cooker. Trouble was, it took up storage space, and the ’van already suffered from a lack of decent kitchen storage.
To make up the bed, you just pull the bed extension away from the lounge seats and then allow the upright cushions to fall down naturally. You finish off by adding an extra folding cushion to fill a gap. With the bed in place, however, it is awkward to get through to the rear cabin.
To keep the light out, there’s a cassette blind on the windscreen with curtains at the side.
Although the Capri offers the benefit of a separate shower, you create it by pulling the plastic sink away from the wall to make a shower compartment that’s really pretty tight. The sink tap head doubles as the shower head.
There is no storage space in the washroom.
Under-seat storage is fair, with external access to the seat base on the nearside. Also outside is a roof rack to simplify the fitting of a roof box, although to do so would defeat the point of buying a low-profile motorhome in the first place.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet
A competitively priced, well-built motorhome that is let down by the shortage of kitchen storage space and worksurface area.
- Excellent price and a sensible size for two
- Small washroom has a convoluted shower arrangement