While motorhomes can of course take the world and his wife along with them, many people say that they really come into their own when it is just the two of you going along for the journey, ready to spend weeks on the road exploring the world.

Here is our pick of the best motorhomes for couples.

Best motorhomes for couples

Frankia Platin I 8400 Plus

Frankia Platin 8400
  • Price £160,200 OTR
  • Berths 4
  • Belts 4
  • L/W/H 8.6/2.3/3.2m
  • Base vehicle Mercedes Sprinter
  • Engine 3.0-litre 190bhp turbodiesel
  • MTPLM 5500kg
  • Payload 840kg

OK, so this motorhome can sleep four people, and two of them can ride in the back. But would you really buy it only for that purpose? With two single beds that drop down over the cab, a central washroom spread right across the van that is large enough to swing a dressing gown in, a well-equipped kitchen to the left of the door and a comfy C-shaped lounge taking up the rear, this motorhome is ideally suited to a couple going on a long tour who want to take everything with them. It really is like moving your own home, especially as there is also loads of extra storage space in the garage at the rear and inside the double floor.

If you want to head off the beaten track on your travels, this motorhome should accommodate most of your needs too. As it includes four solar panels on the roof, and is equipped with lithium batteries and an inverter, you should be able to live tucked away off grid in here for at least a couple of days at a time.

There is, as there always is, a downside. Here it’s the price when new, which most of us, let’s face it, are hardly likely to be able to afford. But if you have the money, this is a serious contender.

The other thing to mention is that, of course, with an MTPLM of 5500kg, you will need a C1 licence to drive this.

BUY IF… You have all the money in the world – and a C1 licence.

PROS
Luxurious layout ideally suited to couples.

CONS
Not good if you are likely to have additional passengers (especially teenagers) most of the time, because the second bed has no privacy.

Read our 2020 Frankia Platin I 400 Plus review

Devon Arizona

Devon Arizona
  • Price £48,597 OTR
  • Berths 2
  • Belts 3
  • L/W/H 5.99/2.05/2.59m
  • Base vehicle Fiat Ducato/Peugeot Boxer
  • Engine 2.3-litre, 130bhp turbodiesel
  • MTPLM 3500kg
  • Payload 850kg

The Arizona packs quite a bit into its just-under-6m length. Like a rear washroom with a separate shower cubicle, and a kitchen with permanent drainer – you really don’t see that very often any more.

So it should make an ideal vehicle for the two of you to go away in. At that length you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding somewhere to park it en route while you go exploring.

Thanks to the inclusion of a 25-litre underslung gas tank, there is ample uncluttered storage space.
You do have to make up the bed by sliding the side sofa towards the nearside travel seat and using an infill cushion, but the scatter cushions are cleverly designed so that they double up as pillows, so that is one less thing you will have to bring with you.

That rear washroom is also fully accessible from the back, so if you take a dog with you, you should be able to bring them in easily for a wash before they get their muddy paws all over the cushions. Or you might just like to take a shower when you come back from the beach.

You even get a choice of vans – although they are all varieties coming from the same Sevel factory.

BUY IF… You want a short-ish van conversion that still has all the mod cons.

PROS
Washroom includes separate shower; underslung gas tank.

CONS
Bed is a bit fiddly.

Read our 2019 Devon Arizona review

Elddis Autoquest CV60

Elddis AutoQuest CV60 1
  • Price £42,099
  • Berths 2
  • Belts 2
  • L/W/H 5.99/2.5/2.67m
  • Base vehicle Fiat Ducato
  • Engine 2.3-litre, 120bhp
  • MTPLM 3500kg
  • Payload 654kg

The current holder of our Motorhome of the Year award (which is the same van as the Compass Avantgarde CV60) would really make an excellent little van for the two of you to go away in. Unusually it includes a French bed in the rear offside corner which you can roll back to form a very comfortable day bed where you can either look at the world outside through the large windows and rooflight or watch TV on the sideboard opposite. (All the necessary TV sockets are included.)

But even with all that in place, and even within the van’s 6m length, there is still room for a second lounge – almost a “dining room”, in fact. Because once you swivel the cab seats round a pedestal table can be put in position which is just the right height and spot for the two of you to enjoy a bite to eat – and is conveniently located very close to the kitchen.

That kitchen is only adequate, although it does include a good amount of clear storage, thanks to the gas tank and heater both being underslung.

Having that day bed in the rear does of course mean that you won’t get the large storage options you can get in van conversions with transverse beds – where the rear can be lifted up to provide a useful storage space for day-to-day use. But we think if you are after homely comfort on your travels you might be willing to sacrifice that.

BUY IF… You are the kind of couple who like to mix travelling with the occasional bit of relaxing.

PROS
Really comfy rear lounge – and a separate eating area.

CONS
No really large storage area.

Read our Elddis Autoquest CV60 review

Auto Sleeper Symbol Plus

Auto Sleeper Symbol Plus
  • Price £57,700
  • Beds 2
  • Belts 3
  • L/W/H 6.0/2.26/2.64m
  • Base vehicle Peugeot Boxer
  • Engine 2.3-litre, 160bhp
  • MTPLM 3500KG
  • Payload 525kg

If your idea of the ideal van conversion for touring as a couple involves some degree of comfort and a nice double bed but at the same time a decent attempt at a kitchen and a washroom, and all in just six metres to make the driving easier, then the Symbol Plus may be just the thing for you. The kitchen and washroom are both at the rear. The former, first trialled in Auto-Sleepers’ now discontinued Stanway model, is L-shaped so has masses of workspace for a van conversion. It also has good storage – and comes with a microwave. The washroom is only adequate, but thanks to a swing-out partition you can make the whole of the rear of the van into a kind of dressing room.

The double bed has to be made up by sliding the side-facing settee forward and addingn infill cushion to link it up the single forward-racing seat. But it is comfortable, and with this you have easy access to all the services in the night.

Best of all, the forward facing seat is a proper travel seat, so you could transport an extra passenger if you have to. They would just have to find somewhere else to sleep.

BUY IF...  you need all mod cons in a small space

PROS
Comfy sideway settee and large kitchen for a van conversion.

CONS
Corner washroom is narrow.

Read our 2019 Auto-Sleeper Symbol Plus review

Niesmann + Bischoff Flair 920 EK

Niesmann + Bischoff Flair 920 EK
  • Price £160,390 OTR
  • Berths 4
  • Belts 4
  • L/W/H 9.27/2.4/3.34m
  • Base vehicle Iveco Daily
  • Engine 3.0-litre, 180bhp turbodiesel
  • MTPLM 7200kg
  • Payload 1450kg

This is another motorhome possibly to dream about rather than actually to buy. It comes with a whopping £70,000-plus of optional extras, so that price is fairly flexible anyway.

And yes, it is a four-berth, but the second double is drop-down over the cab that can easily be tucked away again when it’s just the two of you and no one would notice.

Because this really is a dream of a motorhome for a couple. With an engine powerful enough to take you anywhere, it has a high spec cab and very comfortable rear lounge. But the kitchen and the washroom will probably leave you having to pinch yourself that this is a motorhome you are standing in.

The kitchen includes a whole selection of drawers and cupboards that should cater for your every need, and loads of work surface. The fridge, at 106 litres, is possibly a little small, but certainly enough for just the two of you.

The washroom, spread across the centre of the van, includes not just a separate shower (you would expect that) but a separate toilet room as well. It opens easily into the rear bedroom as a dressing area.

And that bedroom features two large single beds with sprung mattresses. Outside there is a row of storage lockers running the length of the vehicle. You really couldn’t want for more.

BUY IF… Money is no object and you want everything

PROS
Very high spec and a comfy interior

CONS
Perhaps the fridge is a bit small

Read our 2019 Niesmann + Bischoff Flair 920EK review

Carthago liner for two I 53

Carthago liner for two I 53
  • Price £122,250 (Fiat)/£135,560 (Iveco)
  • Berths 2
  • Belts 2
  • L/W/H 7.83/2.27/3.05m
  • Base vehicle Fiat Ducato/Iveco Daily
  • Engine 2.3-litre, 130bhp turbodiesel (Fiat)/3.0-litre, 150bhp (Iveco)
  • MTPLM 4800kg (Fiat)/5000kg (Iveco)
  • Payload 765kg (Fiat)/ 965kg (Iveco)

Although its name more or less demands that it is a two-berth, it is possible to use the liner for two as a four-berth. As an optional extra, the rear lounge can be made into a second double bed.

But, as with the Frankia Platin, why would you want to? The liner for two shares the Frankia’s layout. In fact it goes one stage further, because the C-shaped lounge in the rear includes a seat that turns into a recliner, from which you can watch the TV that slides out. Very decadent.

The central kitchen is spacious with loads of work surface, while the central washroom has a shower with two different kinds of shower head, one of which is a rain shower.

Storage on the outside includes a huge garage complete with ramp, and more lockers that make use of the double floor.

The liner for two is based on either the Fiat Ducato or the Iveco Daily. Such options make it marginally cheaper than the Mercedes-based Frankia. But if you are going to go for this motorhome, and you can afford it, we would recommend the Iveco option, as it is better powered.

BUY IF… You want ultimate comfort, regardless of cost and size

PROS
Comfy lounge, loads of storage.

CONS
Fiat engine a bit underpowered for this.

Read our 2019 Carthago liner for two I 53 review here

WildAx Elara

WildAx Elara
  • Price £69,675
  • Berths 2
  • Belts 2
  • L/W/H 6.97/2.34/2.75m
  • Base vehicle Mercedes Sprinter
  • Engine 3.0-litre, 150bhp turbodiesel
  • MTPLM 3500kg
  • Payload 330kg

Do you think that if you opt for the convenience of a van conversion you have to make do with dodgy beds made up from car seats and the odd infill cushion? Then the WildAx Elara should prove you wrong. In the rear of this Sprinter conversion you will most unusually find an island bed, and not just any island bed, but an island bed that is very nearly 2m long.

Such a large bed doesn’t necessarily intrude on available storage space either: there is a series of small wardrobes and cupboards here, the rear doors give you easy access to the area under the bed.
In front of this is a pleasant lounge with an L-shaped settee and a pedestal table by the swivelled cab seats that is a perfect spot for a quick meal.

And all this rests on a powerful Mercedes engine. There are no extra travel seats, but you might want to keep this van to yourselves.

Then again, if the island bed doesn’t appeal because the two of you prefer to sleep alone, you can go for the fixed single beds option.

BUY IF… You need a really big bed in a van conversion.

PROS
Huge bed, comfy lounge.

CONS
No extra travel seats.

Read our 2019 WildAx Elara review

Roller Team Pegaso 590

Roller Team Pegaso 590
  • Price £61,540
  • Berths 4
  • Belts 4
  • L/W/H 5.99/2.35/2.95m
  • Base vehicle Fiat Ducato
  • Engine 2.3-litre, 120bhp turbodiesel
  • MTPLM 3500kg
  •   635kg

Yes, it’s an A-class, but it’s only a tiddly one, less than 6m long. So it still makes for a nimble vehicle.
Although it’s actually a four-berth, the 590 is another one of those vehicles you would be much better off using almost exclusively as a two-berth. The second bed is made up from infill cushions and dropping the dinette table, so it is a bit fiddly (although perfectly OK for an emergency). If you don’t use it, you can leave the ladder in place to access the drop-down bed over the cab, and still leave the large front lounge in order, with easy access to the rear washroom at night time and to the kitchen for that early morning cuppa.
For an A-class the 590 is also surprisingly cheap. Yet it still comes loaded with a really high spac fitted as standard, including a Truma Combi 6 heating system and a rear view mirror.
And there is one thing that makes this particular range of A-classes unique in the UK market currently. Roller-Team is the only A-class manufacturer that provides its vehicles with a driver door on the UK side. With all the others you have to put up with it still being on the passenger side. It’s not a deal-maker, but over time is the kind of little convenience that you will come to appreciate.

BUY IF… You want a comfortable A-class – but not a long one.

PROS
Works well as a two-berth, with everything staying in place at night

CONS
No outside BBQ point

Read our 2019 Pegaso 590 review

Swift Escape Compact C402

Swift Escape Compact C402
  • Price £50,900
  • Berths 2
  • Belts 4
  • L/W/H 5.99/2.26/2.78m
  • Base vehicle Fiat Ducato
  • Engine 2.3-litre, 120bhp turbodiesel
  • MTPLM 3300kg
  • Payload 603kg

This two-berth, one of three models Swift included in its then new Escape Compact sub-brand in 2019, justly went on to win the Best Compact Motorhome category in our Motorhome of the Year awards that year.

It’s called Compact mainly because of its width – at 2.26m, it should be that much easier to navigate around narrow city streets and windy country lanes.

But it certainly doesn’t feel cramped inside, thanks to the modern interior with matt white surfaces that Swift introduced on all Escape models in the 2017 season.

Even if it is a two berth, and only 5.99m long, this motorhome still has room for two lounges – one in the rear, which is a definite plus for UK travelling, and a dinette at the front where there are two travel seats. So you could, if you really wanted to, use this as a day-to-day vehicle.

Those two lounges don’t mean other areas are compromised either. The washroom doesn’t include a separate shower, but it is roomy. And the kitchen still manages to include a microwave as well as an oven and grill.

The only thing we would say is that you may need to be cosy as a couple: the transverse double you make up from the rear lounge is not the cosiest we have seen.

BUY IF… You need a nimble little mover

PROS
Narrow width makes manoeuvring easier

CONS
Rear double bed is a bit small

Read our 2019 Swift Escape Compact C402 review

Bailey Advance 66-2

Bailey Advance 66-2
  • Price £48,129 OTR
  • Berths 2
  • Belts 2
  • L/W/H 6.59/2.28/2.76m
  • Base vehicle Peugeot Boxer
  • Engine 2.3-litre, 130bhp turbodiesel
  • MTPLM 3500kg
  • Payload 800kg

This two-berth is part of Bailey’s lower-priced Advance range that it significantly updated in 2019. It went on to be named Motorhome of the Year that year, and it’s not hard to see why.

It is strictly a two-berth: it has two facing settees in the lounge without even an option for folding travel seats, so you would have to be sure you would only need it for two people before you bought it.
But if you are sure of that, it really makes an ideal motorhome for a touring couple. Those two facing settees are enormous. If you are the kind of touring couple who like to invite people into your motorhome for a get-together when you arrive on site, then this is the van for you.

The settees are so long that you can easily leave them at night-time as separate single beds. But if you prefer a double, you only need to pull the two platforms together to make an enormous one.

And you still get enough room in here for a perfectly adequate kitchen and of course, a very generous washroom-cum-dressing room at the rear complete with a separate shower cubicle.

Best of all, this motorhome has a whopping 800kg payload, so you really can take everything with you.

BUY IF… You often like to socialise on site.

PROS
Huge lounge and washroom

CONS
The kitchen is only adequate.

Read our 2018 Bailey Advance 66-2 review

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