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Practical Motorhome reviews the Mooveo C647, a curiously named but competent 'van

Design

The Mooveo’s steeply raked overcab pod is impressive, offering plenty of space for its double bed. In addition, it’s a one-piece moulded polyester construction so should be the most leak-resistant. Also, the chamfered edges add style and will contribute to economy at higher speeds.

The designers (almost) managed to wreck things, though, by deciding that they’d had enough of styling by the time they came to the rear panel, leaving it devoid of any feature or interest, apart from the exterior ladder. Aluminium-clad sandwich panels have been used for the sidewalls.

Inside, there's room for six sleepers, although only four can travel belted up. The bunk bed is positioned longitudinally at the rear. The bottom bunk base is hinged and fitted with a large, exterior-access door so that this area can be used for storage. Take care when loading it because the position of the garage means that the weight will be predominantly on one side, which can dramatically effect a motorhome’s on-road stability. The cabinetwork is more than up to the job, with a funky appearance.

On the road

French manufacturer Mooveo offers a Renault Master-based conversion. This generation of Master has been around for over 15 years, and although it has had a bit 
of face lift, some are of the opinion that it is starting to show its age. It is a proven performer, though, with no major faults and always provides a relaxing drive.

Lounging & dining

The Mooveo features a half-dinette, swivelled cab seats and an inward-facing settee.

Kitchen

The C647 is equipped with a decent amount of workspace, a high level of standard equipment and the fridge, hob and sink are thoughtfully positioned.

Mooveo has favoured Thetford over Dometic for its C647’s refrigerator, and although it is not the largest at 97 litres, we like the internal layout. The Thetford fridge also has an automatic energy selection function and is raised off the floor for easier retrieval of the contents.

Sleeping

The Mooveo scores points for the thoughtfully positioned nets adjacent to the bunk bed-heads, ideal for the storage of specs, magazines and the like. Disappointingly, the bunk bed ladder was very uncomfortable for bare feet.

Washroom

There's a separate showering area, a moulded vanity bowl with a cupboard underneath and a separate mixer tap for the shower. The shower curtain was clingy, but the open design of the Mooveo’s washroom makes it feel the most spacious of all; the modern, light-green cupboard doors are aesthetically pleasing.

Storage

High-level lockers combine with underseat storage and a garage space underneath the lower bunk bed. The gas cylinder locker holds two x 13kg cylinders.

The elegant, practical, coat hooks, various cubby holes and the superior kitchen storage give it a distinct advantage over most rivals.

Technical specs

Sleeps6
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload550kg
Length6.4m20′12″
Width2.3m7′7″
Height3.15m10′4″
Waste water80L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Manual step
Kitchen Equipment
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Oven
Washroom
Thetford C-200 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Heating
Truma Gas Blown air heater, Truma Gas water heater
Security
Immobiliser

Verdict

This ’van scored highly on our test. We're fans of the Renault Master base vehicle and the automatic transmission is a big plus on this model. We also loved the C647’s great kitchen and 'young', aesthetic decor. We say move up to a Mooveo.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Well-proven base vehicle; auto transmission option; great kitchen; appealing decor

Cons

  • Featureless rear panel
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