A well-built and good-value motorhome, ideal for buyers who want a versatile vehicle that’s good for short-term touring.
Great kitchen; workable lounging and dining space; superb options for those with mobility issues.
Beds are a bit too uncomfortable for longer trips.
With the cab seats swivelled there’s plenty of room for four people to relax on single seats. Or, you can drop the offside rear seat (at the push of a button) so that it meets the driver’s chair. Then, with the long hard-backed cushion placed against the wall, you have a two- to three-person sofa. At the foot end of the sofa, beside the kitchen, is a TV shelf which swings up from the wall.
The lounge works for short-term touring and, with the Fiamma F1 awning extended and the big, nearside, sliding door open, it is a large and pleasant space.
The dining table is stowed neatly behind a clip in the garage, and the leg in the rear nearside cupboard. It’s easy to erect and is sturdy, but only comfortably seats three. It is large enough to accommodate four diners but it’s a stretch from the nearside rear seat however the table is positioned.
Considering that this is a short-wheelbase van conversion, and quite compact, the kitchen is superb. Storage space is generous, thanks to the two overhead lockers and the deep cupboard, which also houses a slide-out cutlery drawer.
It’s relatively high-spec, too. There’s a 50-litre Waeco compressor fridge, three-burner hob and a sink with an adjustable mixer tap. But what really stands out is the amount of worksurface, which is superior to many large coachbuilt ‘vans. It stretches out from the right-hand side of the hob and sink unit, and there’s a big square section above the door to the garage. This is removable, so aids access to the garage, too.
What is, effectively, a cupboard, is situated behind the rear nearside seat. There’s no washbasin or shower but there is a swivel cassette Thetford – a luxury in a van conversion.
The door is hinged in the middle and swings out to meet the kitchen, sectioning off the toilet to provide privacy.
There are two options when it comes to bedtime. First, dropping the two rear seats and spinning the cab chairs makes two long singles that will accommodate six-footers. Second, to create a double bed, you bridge the gap between the two seats using the stowed block and the sliding support bar. The infill cushion that doubles as the sofa back then slots in to create the mattress.
The bed is easy to assemble but the shaped cushions are a little uncomfortable. You can sleep lengthwise on an extra-large double bed if you put the handbrake cover-and-cushion (£112 option) in place.
There are two overhead lockers above the lounge, which are handy for clothes. The deep cupboard above the cab holds the bed/sofa cushions so is of little use for anything else.
The main storage space is the garage – measuring 1.07 x 0.99 x 0.59m (WxHxD) it proved handy on test and easily stashed a bike with a weekend’s live-in kit. And, thanks to the door into the kitchen, it can be accessed from both sides. Overall, the ’van has an impressive payload of 498kg.
|Shipping Length||4.86 m|