Peter BaberSee other motorhome reviews written by Peter Baber
The McLouis Fusion, available through Auto-Sleepers, marks another return to the UK for a Continental brand. We size up the longest model on offer.
McLouis is one of a number of motorhome brands that sounds British, but isn't. McLouis 'vans are actually built in Tuscany.
But after a gap of several years, the brand has just started being sold in the UK again, distributed via Auto-Sleepers through some of its dealer network.
The McLouis Fusion range comprises five models - all four-berths - that are priced similarly to the Benimar Mileo range, which Auto-Sleepers' sister company Marquis Leisure has been selling for three years.
The McLouis models also come on the Fiat Ducato base, albeit with the 130bhp engine as standard, rather than 150bhp. We took a look at the 7.41m-long 379.
But you'll notice one major difference as soon as you step inside the main living area.
The pine-effect flooring is attractive and vibrant, especially under LED lighting, which this 'van has in spades. Carpet isn't an optional extra, but the flooring here looks good.
Lounging & dining
If there are only four of you eating, you could also spread out a bit, so that you aren't squeezed together on the forward-facing seats.
The latter both come with full seatbelts, and there is another belt on the side-facing seat - it's a lap belt, though. We would have preferred to have seen a full three-point example.
The kitchen workspace and round sink are well lit, while the storage options include a good-sized drawer and locker on the left and another shelved cupboard with a pull-out basket, complete with push stop, on the right.
The position of the main TV bracket above the oven in the kitchen means that it could also be easily viewed by the occupants of the drop-down bed, which comes down clear beside it. TV viewing all around!
So there's lots of room for four, but the 379 will function equally well as a luxury two-berth: it's ideal for a couple wanting to tour in comfort.
The handbasin over on the nearside has plenty of space around it and a huge mirror, lit by two LEDs. There's a mains socket in the overhead locker, so drying your hair should be easy. However, there are no towel hooks here.
However, the garage outside is capacious. Indeed, this space is also plenty high enough to take an upright bike, and it has easy-to-access doors, heating and lighting and, in addition, two cubbyholes.
|Layout||Rear island bed|
|Fresh/waste water||115L / 135L|
3-burner gas hob, Oven, Extractor fan
Separate shower cubicle
The McLouis Fusion's minimalist Continental style, particularly the floor, might not be to everyone's taste - although we love it. This 'van would make an ideal choice for couples wanting to tour in comfort but, with a huge table and garage, it's definitely roomy enough for occasional visitors, too.