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Read Practical Motorhome's review of the Miller Lakes Superior
Priced to encourage healthy sales and aimed squarely at families, the Superior is based on the 2.3-litre Fiat chassis, although the 2.2-litre Peugeot Boxer will supersede it from May 2006.
The Fiat-based example that we looked at was fitted with cab air conditioning, electric windows and ABS as standard and these features will be included on the Peugeot base, too. From the outside the Miller looks good, with its blue graphics contrasting distinctly with the white GRP sides.
This ’van has been well-designed. Access to the garage is excellent thanks to tall doors on both sides of the ’van. However, access isn’t helped by the sills being quite a way from the ground on this standard Fiat chassis.
Swivelling the cab seats around to the habitation area, you are greeted with a view of the well-planned interior. There is a slight gloominess about the space though, arising from a combination of dark blue trim and the omission of a window on the offside front. While the dinette lacks colour, the seat cushions are firm and supportive.
The kitchen is a straightforward affair and includes a three-burner hob, a 90-litre three-way fridge and a large stainless steel sink. There is no oven or grill, but this is no surprise on a budget, Continental motorcaravan.
The wet room layout in the washroom really impressed us. You could happily wash a messy and water-shy toddler in there without the risk of any water damage to the rest of the ’van. We also liked the many useful places to keep toiletries, medicines and other holiday essentials. The washroom’s thin ABS plastic floor flexed a little as we walked on it, though.
Running along the full width of the back of the ’van are two bunks, with a hinge fitted on the lower berth to make more room in the garage when required. The thin mattresses are adequate but reflect the ’van’s price. The mattress is similar in the overcab, which – along with good ventilation and light from a side window – provides a restful night’s sleep. The rear bunks infringe on storage space but there is a wardrobe large enough for two weeks’ worth of family clothing.
For families with a medium-sized budget, the Superior presents an intriguing option. A mixture of in-’van space for outdoor activity equipment, coupled with good sleeping and dining space, makes it appeal – especially at the price. However, the darkish interior and relatively low-quality finish might deter those wanting to use it for lengthy trips away. We’d definitely recommend it, though, for summer touring and weekend breaks.
Dometic Fridge, 2-burner gas hob
Thetford C-200 toilet, Shower curtain
Good-value family 'van with lots of good points, including how easy it is to live in. However, it is dark inside and how long it would survive the rigours of family life is open to question.
- The sleeping and dining arrangements
- The washroom
- It has a sombre interior and the finish isn't great