Potential buyers of coachbuilt motorhomes, working to a budget, can choose between many fairly predictable models which, although offering great value for money, are nevertheless low on technology.

Those keen on both may have to search a little harder before they come across such potential gems as the Eura Mobil Profila Alcove. The Profila is based on the Ford Transit cab, so buyers get many of the high-tech goodies – such as double floors and a GRP body – seen only in Eura Mobil’s more expensive models, but at a remarkably low price. Our review model is the five-berth end-kitchen Alcove 580 LS sold by the importer Westcroft Motorhome Centre for £30,989, which puts it firmly into mainstream Swift Sundance and Compass Avantgarde territory. Even though the Alcove is a five-berth we decided to test it as a touring base for a couple as we believe most buyers would view it this way, using the overcab as the main bed and the dinette seats or bench sofa as occasional berths for grandchildren. We test here a 2006 model but Paul Innes at importer Westcroft tells us that the 2007 model will change little and he has already placed orders for some, so supply will be good. Changes are on the way for the Ford Transit but the model you see here will be available next year for quite a while. This is particularly important as the arrival of the new Ducato cab will delay orders of many new models until Fiat’s production lines crank up to produce right-hand drive models.