This week’s episode starts with our Auto-Sleeper Fairford review, with our Editor Niall Hampton. This is a Peugeot Boxer-based, twin-lounge, four-berth van conversion, with a 150bhp engine and a 3500kg MTPLM. The front lounge has been optimised to allow occupants to enjoy the views out the sliding door, while the rear lounge, with its parallel sofas, is a well-lit and sociable space. Between the two, there’s a kitchen on the nearside which gives cooks tonnes of food preparation space, plus three gas burners, a combination oven and grill, a microwave, an extractor fan, a fridge with a separate freezer compartment, and a useful number of cupboards and sockets. Opposite, the compact offside washroom squeezes in a neat shower, a swivel loo and basin. Watch our review on Practical Motorhome TV to see the Auto-Sleeper Fairford’s plentiful and clever storage.
Practical Motorhome TV is on Showcase, which is on Freeview 254 (if you have a smart TV) and Sky 212 – and it is being streamed live online. And here’s when you can catch this show:
- 8.30pm on Monday 11 April 2016;
- 5.30pm on Wednesday 13 April;
- 7.30pm on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April.
Then we’re off to the adults only Waterrow Touring Park in Somerset. Choose from one of the 38 all-weather touring pitches or one of the two extra-large super pitches. All the site’s facilities are in the barn and include toilets and showers, an information centre, a disabled wetroom, a laundry, a payphone, a freezer, a microwave, a coffee machine and a computer, while picnic tables mean you can enjoy dining by the river, taking in the views of this eight-acre site. Regular painting courses are even offered here. Tune in to Practical Motorhome TV on Freeview 254, Sky 212 or online and see all this for yourself.
Do so and you’ll also see our Chausson Flash 737 review – and it’s another ’van with a 3500kg MTPLM. Our Editor Niall takes a look around this Ford Transit-based motorhome which sleeps five and has four belted travel seats (a fifth can be added as an option). There’s also great storage with external access, plus a combined service point, the kind of thing you’d expect to see on a high-spec German ’van. Going inside and the car-like cab is a very nice place to be, while the lounge is light and bright. The kitchen is small but with three gas burners, a sink, a grill, and a fridge with a separate freezer compartment, you’re not left wanting much. Moving back, there’s a large, open plan bedroom that’s flooded with light, with two fixed single beds and plenty of storage space; the other three berths are provided by a drop-down double over the lounge and a make-up single in the lounge itself. And behind this is an end washroom split across the ’van, a shower compartment in the nearside corner, a swivel toilet on the other side, and a vanity unit with a stylish square sink between the two. See all this and more for yourself when you watch Practical Motorhome TV.
After the break, Niall’s back and reviewing a great-value family coachbuilt – the Rimor Koala Elite 722. And, again, it has a handy, 3500kg MTPLM. Based on the rear-wheel drive Renault Master and powered by a 125bhp 2.3-litre engine, it’s a very different drive if you’re used to Fiat Ducato, Peugeot Boxer and Ford Transit-based motorhomes. Italian style abounds inside – just look at the modern, contrasting tones in the large dinette, which converts into a generous double bed. You’ll find three gas burners, a combination oven and grill, a compressor fridge, a deep sink and ample storage in the kitchen, while the smart washroom has a separate shower compartment. The rear master bedroom has a fixed double, plus there’s an overcab double. As this ’van is our reigning ‘best budget motorhome under £40,000’, you don’t want to miss our review on Practical Motorhome TV, on Sky 212, Freeview 254 and live online.
Next, Practical Motorhome’s technical guru Diamond Dave makes his TV debut! Tune in to his motorhome workshop and get top tips to make sure your ’van passes its MoT first time – it could save you a few pennies.
The dealer special Marquis Majestic 254 is next to fall under our Editor’s scrutiny. It is a four-berth boasting four belted travel seats and, yes, you’ve guessed it, it has an MTPLM of 3500kg. There’s a parallel lounge at the front, a nearside kitchen with a sink, a microwave, a dual-fuel hob, a separate oven and grill, a slimline fridge and an extensive worktop extension flap, and a compact offside washroom. At the rear is a retractable transverse island bed, while there’s a make-up double in the lounge. Tune in and check out this Elddis Encore 254-based ’van for yourself.
So to see a quartet of quality motorhomes and get expert advice, be sure to watch Practical Motorhome TV!
As this ’van is our reigning ‘best budget motorhome under £40,000’, you don’t want to miss our review