Andrew McPhee

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The Practical Motorhome Reimo Trio Style review – get inside this smart looking panel van conversion

Design

Panel van conversions are generally rigid and soundly built. The Trio Style looks especially striking, but this one had customer extras fitted: chrome running boards and 20-spoke alloys (the standard model which was to have been our test ’van had already been sold).

The rear-hinged roof lifts easily, although pulling it back down puts a strain on your back. It makes for plenty of headroom in the front but also means you can’t walk to the rear, even if the bench seat has been removed.

There are three zippered windows with flyscreens in the roof, and plenty of artificial light available thanks to two adjustable spotlights.

The woodwork is of good quality and appearance, and the seats feel more luxurious than some. In our test model they had perfectly fitted Reimo Alcantara upholstery; the blue and orange fabric is a little loud but makes the interior feel fun and colourful. The removable sliding bench seat has been crash-tested in Germany, and has a good-sized storage drawer below to add to the space in the boot.

On the road

Volkswagen-based campers tend to sprint off the blocks thanks to their punchy 2.5-litre turbo-diesel engines, which effortlessly achieve, and maintain, motorway speeds. The six-speed manual transmission slips between gears with an effortless flick of the wrist.

Air-conditioning is standard, as are swivel chairs, a stereo and plenty of storage space.

Lounging & dining

The bench in the Trio Style slides backwards and forwards so you can vary the amount of legroom you have and sit more sociably when you’re eating.

The four-person dining table is supported by an H-shaped bracket which swings out from the base of the bench seat. It stows neatly on the back of the bench seat.

Kitchen

Like most campers of this kind, the Trio Style has a two-burner hob, stainless steel sink and strong, glass lid. Unlike some, it has a proper fridge, not just a cool box, although this can be a bit noisy at night.

There is only one small section of worksurface here, but the drawers at least have soft-closing doors.

Sleeping

There is a double bed in the roof, with a supportive foam mattress, but this would be best suited to young children or agile motorcaravanners because getting in and out is quite a test.

Making up the assembled bed is a cinch because the sofa drops easily. This bed makes up into a flat, even mattress as it uses the back of the bench seat.

Storage

The Trio Style has a cupboard with hanging rail next to the kitchen, plus oodles of storage space in the kitchen area itself, including two head-height cupboards in addition to a couple of drawers (one for cutlery and another, deeper version for pots and pans). Above the sofa is another, small locker and even some space for extra kit above the gas bottles in the rear offside gas locker. Slide the bench forwards and you’ll find plenty of space in the boot.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats5
MTPLM3000kg
Payload840kg
Length4.89m16′1″
Width2.05m6′9″
Height1.97m6′6″
Waste water12L
Kitchen Equipment
Waeco Compressor Fridge, 2-burner gas hob
Washroom
Porta potti

Verdict

A stylish, sumptuously kitted-out camper that works well for couples or families with young children.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Bright interior; plenty of storage space; gorgeous, drivable base vehicle.

Cons

  • Basically-equipped kitchen.
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