Andrew McPhee

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Find out more about the Miller Lakes Winnipeg in the Practical Motorhome review

Design

The Winnipeg has GRP sidewalls, which are great for absorbing light knocks and bumps with minimal fuss. The Miller looks smart, if a little over-white because of its extensive colour coding, and no doubt some won’t like the plain look.
The waste water handle is under the rear skirt, making tank emptying a pretty unpleasant business.
An electric step is standard, and unusual in a motorhome at this price.

On the road

In the cab, you get electric windows and mirrors, and a radio/CD, but no remote central-locking. Silverscreens (rather than curtains) are standard – these are better at retaining warmth in the ’van and also mean that cab visibility isn’t hindered. The 2.3-litre JTD turbo-diesel is standard.

Lounging & dining

The lounge provides a good space in which to stretch out. It has an extending table, too, which enables five people to sit down and eat, and up to eight people to lounge. The only thing counting against it the flatness of the seats, which makes it less comfortable than sculpted seats – but then they make a flatter mattress.

Kitchen

There’s very little worktop space and just a two-burner hob, which doesn’t have spark ignition, so the kitchen isn’t the Winnipeg’s strongest area. An 80-litre Domitec fridge is adequate for provisions for six people.

Sleeping

The Winnipeg offers a fixed overcab bed, a dinette bed which converts into a double, and a long single bed running along the ’van’s offside. The overcab bed is generously proportioned but there are no base slats and the ten centimetre-thick mattress is unlikely to prove comfortable during a long tour. The single bed is the pick of the berths and a good size, with a firm, 12 centimetre-thick, mattress.
The dinette beds isn’t perfect, but one advantage of those flat lounge seats is that they provide a flatter mattress than motorhomes with sculpted seats.

Washroom

The Miller’s washroom is in one corner, and despite its compact dimensions it feels and looks roomy and very useable. The separate shower controls feel sturdy, too, and storage is reasonable for the size.
The Elnagh feels distinctly average by comparison. Things such as the light switch being mounted in the overhead locker, unattractive plastics and the lightweight shower fittings mean that the Elnagh’s separate shower cubicle and extra elbow room doesn’t translate into extra points in this test.

Storage

There’s lots of storage space beneath the single bench seat, which runs along the offside of the ‘van. There’s also external access to the locker from a long, horizontal, door. The nearside has the fresh water tank and Truma boiler monopolising space underneath the dinette seat bases. Elsewhere, the overhead lockers are a good size, although the inclusion of interior shelves would be useful. As it is, your gear needs to be piled up inside and you have to hope that the contents don’t rain down on you when you open the door at the end of the journey.

Technical specs

Sleeps5
Travel seats4
MTPLM3400kg
Payload680kg
Length5.59m18′4″
Width2.22m7′3″
Height3.04m9′12″
Waste water90L
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Awning light, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 2-burner gas hob
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Truma Gas/Electric heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

The Miller is a pretty compelling budget buy, but the limited kitchen and sparse interior lighting count against it.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Smart looks with no curtain intrusion in the cab, and a flexible lounge space

Cons

  • The washroom doesn’t feel like it will withstand regular use and there’s a lack of interior lights
  • The waste valve is tricky to access
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