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The Practical Motorhome Compass Calypso 210 review
Single deadlocks are fitted (some rivals have double deadlocks) as are a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher. You get a manual step (many other competitors have electric versions) but the ’van has a handy external 12V socket next to the fresh water inlet for, say, a water pump.
On the road
Access to and from the cab is easy, thanks to a dash-mounted gearstick and a handbrake that’s mounted on the driver’s right.
Electric windows and mirrors are standard, as is remote central locking, but air conditioning and alloy wheels are not.
Lounging & dining
The Calypso is the well equipped for watching television and the position of the main TV socket is such that all parties can watch in comfort, without being contortionists or developing a crick in the neck. It is also directly below the drinks cabinet and can still be watched with the bed made up.
The fabric is bright and airy and, combined with the L-shaped lounge, it contributes to a genuine sense of space. As well as being attractive, though, the fabrics are hard-wearing and such practical considerations extend to the floor, where there are removable carpets with a wipe-clean vinyl flooring beneath. The cab is carpeted, too. The whole area is well lit, with broad windows, plenty of rooflights and spotlights and fluorescent strip lights. However, only the passenger seat swivels to face the lounge.
There are three 240V sockets as well as 12V and two aerial sockets, but the one in the overcab locker is only suitable for a flat-screen TV mounted on the ceiling.
The overcab area is relatively open and offers good access to the cab area.
The rectangular sink/drainers is good, and we prefer it to rival’s circular versions because many more dishes can usefully be fitted in.
Storage isn’t bad for the size of the kitchen.
An advantage of the Calypso’s L-shaped lounge is that getting past the bed at night to reach the toilet is not a problem – its made-up bed still allows a small amount of space in which to get by, something that ’vans with parallel sofas can’t do.
The cab is screened off at night with curtains.
The washroom can double as a dressing rooms, with an extensive wardrobes and storage space within. The model we tested, however, did not have a hanging rail in its wardrobe.
The shower is a decent size, and you get oodles of shelf and cupboard space in the main area.
Still, under-seat storage is fair, but a disadvantage of the L-shaped layout is that you only get such storage along one side and there are no external lockers. At least access to the area beneath the bunk is simple – it involves simply lifting the hinged seat bases.
Dometic Fridge, 4-burner gas hob, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
A keenly priced, well specified two-berth motorhome that should appeal to many people, although there are one or two question marks over design and build quality.
- Well equipped and spacious washroom which can double as a dressing room with lots of storage.
- No clothes rail in wardrobe
- Poor build in some areas.