Read Practical Motorhome's expert review of the Berlingo based Romahome R25

Overview

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.

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.

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.

Sleeping

The double bed is comfortable, but only 1.76m (5'9") long

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.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM2175kg
Payload285kg
Length5.18m16′12″
Width2.12m6′11″
Height2.58m8′6″
Waste water34L

Verdict

Despite its diminutive proportions, the Romahome 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's reviewers came away impressed.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Quality GRP mouldings and a car-like drive

Cons

  • The double bed is comfortable, but not that large
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