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It's a great 'van for one or two people – find out more about the Devon Provence in the Practical Motorhome review
Devon seems to have struck gold with this new layout. An L-shaped lounge, centre kitchen and end washroom is a layout popularised by IH Campers, but while that firm’s ‘vans cost around £40,000, Devon has priced its Provence at just over £30,000, on the long-wheelbase Renault chassis.
The Provence is ideally suited to a couple or single person. At 19ft 4ins, the Provence is longer than most, but for many people its narrower width will make it preferable to a coachbuilt. The basic price of £32,892 (plus delivery and road tax) should also ensure keen interest.
On the road
More powerful engines are available, but this unit should prove quick enough for most drivers. If there’s one criticism of the base vehicle, it would be the robustness of the rear bumper. Given that this is a door area that is likely to be used quite a lot, we question how long it will be before it either cracks or gives way.
Although the handbrake is on the left-hand side of the driver’s seat, it does not create an obstruction, and Devon has neatly boxed in a large proportion of it which makes an otherwise rather agricultural piece of essential kit look, well, less agricultural. There is also a locked storage area under the passenger swivel seat.
Another feature which we thought beneficial was the positioning of an internal light over both the side and rear doors – great for when you return late at night, especially on a site that isn’t well lit.
Lounging & dining
The sofa is extremely comfortable and ensures that there is plenty of space to walk from the cab to rear of ‘van without the usual coming together of knees. There is a freestanding table, admirably sized for a ‘van made for two, which stores neatly behind the washroom when not required.
The living area of the Provence doesn’t benefit from a large Heki roof light, but the amount of natural light via the windows seemed more than adequate in the show stand setting. There are two directional spotlights over the lounge seat. Elsewhere there is strip lighting in the ceiling.
This ‘van also benefits from a SMEV mini oven and grill with electronic ignition and there is an innovative dedicated shelf for crockery.
All these features, and an easily accessible 70-litre fridge, make this a very satisfying and sociable kitchen.
Dometic Fridge, 4-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Shower curtain
This ‘van has a lot going for it: comfortable lounge and sleeping area, good storage, an admirable kitchen specification and a well-fitted washroom. This, coupled with quality workmanship and a very respectable price tag, make this a motorhome well worth considering.