When we saw it, we raved about the Joa Camp 75Q, a 7m-plus island-bed low-profile that is part of Pilote’s new budget range. Since then, we’ve been able to take a look at the Joa Camp 75T, the 75Q’s sibling, but this time, it’s a motorhome with fixed single beds at the back.
The 75Q won the best two-berth motorhome category in our recent awards – would the slightly different motorhome layout leave us just as impressed?
As with the 75Q, the 75T sits on the Citroën Relay (to keep costs down). The outside is relieved from looking like a white box, thanks to striking turquoise decals, but you have to do without alloy wheels as standard.
The Joa Camp range as a whole uses modular construction, also to keep costs down. This means the front lounge here is very similar to what you’ll find in the 75T.
There is a large telescopic pedestal table surrounded by an L-shaped settee, and a side settee that makes up three comfortable travel seats.
The glorious French sunshine in which we viewed the Joa Camp 75T made the lounge seem brighter than that of the 75Q, which we had seen in overcast north Yorkshire. But this is still not the brightest of lounges. And with no spotlights or central LEDs, there isn’t a particularly sophisticated lighting set-up at night, either.
However, this is a comfortable area, and just before you get to the kitchen, there’s a handy little shelf, complete with USB ports, where you can easily charge your phone.
The side kitchen still seems a little on the small side, so you might find yourself using the table as a back-up work surface. There’s no fold-out extension, although the designers
have clearly made the most of what space there is here, by setting the two-burner hob a bit further back.
You also get a Thetford Duplex combined oven/grill and a 133-litre two-way opening Dometic fridge.
Both of these Joa Camps still keep their washroom to one side. But the swinging partition means the room includes a spacious shower cubicle, with two drainage holes, and a large handbasin with a built-in towel rail and a well-lit mirror.
It’s just a shame that the partition keeping these two areas separated is only held in place by what felt like a slightly flimsy plastic catch.
The two single beds are accessible and generous. Each comes with its own headboard and a swivelling spotlight, for reading at night.
The aisle between them is unusually large – so large, in fact, that you could put a breakfast tray down on the panel at the back. If you are travelling with a small child, you could possibly let them sleep on this panel.
Larger children and adults might prefer the bed that you can make up by lowering the pedestal table. You only need one infill cushion.
This is provided either as part of a £3260 pack that also gets you DAB radio, a more powerful heater and an insulated water tank, or on its own for an extra £570. The drop-down double bed is a £1570 cost option.
There are no cab blinds, but a curtain shuts the cab away. The lounge has three overhead lockers, with more storage under the side settee and nearside seat.
The wardrobe under one bed offers hanging space, and there’s a cupboard with a shelf below the other. There are also three overhead lockers across the back. The small garage under the beds can’t be accessed from the inside.
The washroom has another shelved cupboard, and the side kitchen has the huge pan locker also seen in the 75Q.
It also has two drawers, one with a cutlery tray, a drawer under the fridge, and a large overhead locker. Opposite the sink is a well-placed little spice rack or dry goods store.
Practical Motorhome Says…
Modular construction isn’t always a bad thing, particularly when the initial design is as good as it is here. It means that the Joa Camp 75T works as well with single beds as the 75Q does with as an island bed motorhome.
The lighting system is a bit basic, and we would have liked to see a kitchen worktop extension, but you can always expect a few small sacrifices in a budget model. This model has a good payload, too.
- After a different type of ‘van? Then why not take a look at our best campervan round up
Or you could try…
- Chausson S514 Sport Line: this three berth ‘van improves on what was already a winning vehicle.
- Swift Voyager 584: a comfortable lounge is only part of the appeal of this ‘van, which also has fixed single beds.
- Price: £64,600
- Sleeps: 2 (+2 as option in lounge, or drop-down bed)
- Belts: 5
- Base vehicle: Citroën Relay
- Engine: 2.2-litre 140bhp
- Length/width/height: 7.39/2.30/2.85m (24’2”/7’5”/9’4”)
- MTPLM: 3500kg
- MiRO: 2825kg
- Payload: 675kg
- Water (fresh/waste): 130/95 litres
- Leisure battery: None fitted as standard
- Gas: 2 x 13kg
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|Shipping Length||7.39 m|
|Engine Size||2200 cc|