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Find out what you can get on the secondhand market with Practical Motorhome's review of a used Pilote Galaxy 240
Quality and brilliant value for money - that's what buying a used A-class represents. Sure, you could buy a new motorhome for £30,000, but it wouldn't have half the levels of equipment that a used example like this Pilote Galaxy has.
It's winterised, has plenty of kit and looks like new inside. Second-hand is the way to go if you want an A-class on a budget.
On the road
You get captain seats in the cab, though without height adjustment. The Galaxy has a single rear travel seat, too.
We would recommend taking any potential used buy to a weighbridge because specification and payloads can vary considerably (see our ten-step guide to test driving by clicking here.
Lounging & dining
The superbly supportive upholstery is still firm, even after over this number of years. In fact, the lack of wear inside is impressive. It corresponds to age and mileage as one might expect, yet the quality of the fabrics shows in how well they have stood the test of time.
Thanks to the big windscreens, large side windows and rooflights, there’s plenty of light in the discrete living area. The coat hooks are tall enough for long coats (there’s also a dressing mirror).
Kitchen storage space is good: most comes from its four overhead lockers – though one is fouled by the extractor-fan ducting – with a small cupboard beneath the large cutlery drawer and a door beneath the oven which opens onto the double floor. Here, the previous owner has fitted a board across the back so that larger items such as the grill pan could be stored here. However, the space is not completely enclosed.
The hob has a level pan stand across all three burners, and on the worksurface a lift-out panel provides access to a space that could hold anything from food cans to appliances, or even a waste bin.
However, we didn’t like the position of the 240V socket, next to the extractor fan.
A used mattress can be the single most off-putting thing about buying a second-hand motorhome, yet it is surprising how ‘unused’ the mattress seems. In part, this is a testament to the quality of the foam filling and it’s quite possible it has been cleaned professionally. It has a cover, too.
The shower tray has lasted well and is well-drained and ‘sunken’ so that you can ‘wash and go’ in the morning.
Internally, locker storage is good, and the wardrobe is spacious.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-200 toilet
It’s a winning, sociable layout with year-round versatility.
- UK-side doors
- Massive double floor space
- Large, separate kitchen.
- Too many owner modifications.