With its many UK-friendly spec bumps, the Carado T 339 motorhome competes well with the kit lists of British-built budget ’vans. There will still be a price difference, but T 339 buyers will get Hymer Group quality, albeit with a habitation door on the UK offside.
Hymer Group’s build quality
Fixed island bed
Comfy cab for driver and passenger
Oven, grill and three gas rings
Dual fuel fridge and freezer
Habitation door on the Continental side
Spare bed is skinny
No microwave or space for one
Since Carado Mobil motorhomes were made available on British shores during the 2013 season, UK buyers now have a choice of both offerings from Hymer Group’s Capron subsidiary. The two brands roll off the same production line in Saxony, but are targeted at different markets. With its more sober styling, Carado is pitched at older buyers.
Storage in the T 339 is generous and it has a large rear garage
A half-dinette forms the basis of the lounging and dining space in the T 339. The 100cm-wide bench seat offers two places, and another seating position is available opposite, on the offside single seat.
The captain’s chairs in the cab rotate easily to provide two extra places at the table, so up to five people can enjoy the facilities here. Plenty of natural light floods in, via a rooflight, a nearside window and a panoramic sunroof in the roof of the cab. LED lighting will play a supporting role in the evenings, augmented by mood lighting at the bottom of the overhead lockers.
Carrying the classic Continental L-shaped kitchen layout, the T 339 benefits from several improvements as part of a package of upgrades for the UK market. These include a combination oven and grill, located under the three-burner gas hob, and an extractor fan. Further generous specification can be found on the opposite side of the ’van, in the form of a large dual-fuel fridge and separate freezer compartment. There’s no microwave, though, and no obvious place to put one as there’s no cupboard above the fridge – instead, there’s a narrow locker with tambour door and to its right, a pull-out TV stand.
With a centrally mounted island bed and an overall length of 6.99m, the T 339’s washroom runs across the ’van to save space. The nearside gets the shower compartment, with the toilet, sink and vanity unit opposite. As with many features of the T 339, its toilet and vanity area could belong in a more expensive ’van. There’s a wide half-length mirror, silver corner sink with vanity unit and two towel rails on the back of the washroom door, which can be kept open to offer privacy when the bedroom is used for dressing.
The main draw of the T 339’s layout is its large rear island bed. This measures 1.85 x 1.5m (6ft 0.069in x 4ft 11in) but can also be extended to take the length to 1.9m (6ft 2in) – just pull forward and the bed will reach almost to the washroom wall.
Another berth is available at the front of the Carado T 339, included as part of the UK specification, by dropping the lounge table and redeploying the travel seat backrest and squab; extra length is achieved by pulling an extension frame from the single seat’s box.
Storage is generous in the T 339, courtesy of a large rear garage, accessible on both sides, plus six overhead lockers. Additional stowage is provided by wardrobes bookending the rear bed, a cupboard at the foot of the bed, and space in the single lounge seat’s box. The kitchen offers a large cupboard to the right of the oven and grill, and pots and pans can be stowed in a cubby under the fridge.