Read Practical Motorhome's review of the CMC Reimo SportVan campervan
The SportVan lacks a fixed fresh water tank – its supply is provided via two interchangeable, removable 12-litre bottles that reside in the rear storage area. This can actually be a convenient arrangement, since you won’t be required to drive close to a tap to fill up the fresh water tank.
The SportVan also lacks a waste water tank, so waste water drains directly out through an outlet under the motorhome. You’ll have to position a container to collect the drained water, but this also means you can empty it without having to move the ’van.
The SportVan uses a common front-lifting design of roof, and it’s well-made and easy to set up.
On the road
The SportVan comes on VW’s campervan base (rather than the more basic window van chassis), complete with all the added creature comforts that it affords, and its base engine is the gutsy 101bhp 1.9-litre turbodiesel unit (much better than the 83bhp version, which runs out of puff and gets a bit noisy on motorways).
Lounging & dining
The rear-hinged, front-lifting roof design allows for decent amounts of headroom towards the rear of the ’van, while being positively cathedral-like towards the front.
Space or water heaters aren’t included, so thankfully the SportVan has enough space on the floor in the lounge area to safely accommodate a compact low-wattage space heater. These are inexpensive and easy to come by and will function perfectly well in all but the coldest weather conditions.
There’s no adjustable seatbench on floor rails preferred by some manufacturers, but the SportVan does provide enough space for four to sit in some comfort, thanks to its cosy lounging space. There’s a 12V socket and a three-pin socket in the kitchen area, and bright – if slightly cold – fluorescent lighting for the lounge area.
The SportVan’s lounge table is a two-piece item, with a single table leg that stows under the rear bench when not in use and a tabletop that goes behind the driver’s seat. It’s not quite as convenient as one-piece versions from some other manufacturers.
The kitchen sink is a good size, and the two-burner hob (without ignition) is well-located, too, with good amounts of room for cooking.
There is the option of a roof bed, priced at £402.50. It’s a drop-down bed, hinged along the rear of the ’van. It’s pretty big, too (1.8 x 1.12m) and features a second hinge in the middle in order to make it easier to raise and lower. The mattress is thin and the base is not ventilated, but access is good.
The SportVan’s wardrobe is a particularly remarkable piece of design, with a slide-down door that makes access simple and convenient, and which never causes the wardrobe to be blocked by the rear bench.
The flip-up rear bed base section also means that the rear boot area can be turned into one very tall loading area, although once lifted the bed base secures against the rear bench and blocks much of the rear through-view.
Waeco Compressor Fridge, 2-burner gas hob, Separate grill
The SportVan is an excellent ’van and its interior design seems far from an entry-level offering. An excellent springboard for those looking to get into campervan touring on a budget.
- High-spec campervan base
- Warm interior design
- Front-lifting elevating roof.
- Less well-equipped habitation area
- No fixed waste water tank.