Read Practical Motorhome's verdict on Nu Venture Motorhomes' tiny two-berth Nu Rio Micro – a day 'van for outdoor activities and camper for weekends away

Overview

Nu Venture has been producing award-winning coachbuilt and panel van conversions for more than 20 years. The mainstay of the firm’s small factory, near Wigan Pier, are coachbuilt motorhome models based 
on Citroën and Peugeot base vehicles, which have a strong following. Nu Venture Motorhomes also customises ’vans to suit customers' specific requirements.

The Nu Rio Micro can be built either on the Citroen Dispatch 2-litre diesel Euro 5 engine with six-speed gearbox, or the Peugeot Expert 2-litre diesel auto gearbox. Our test vehicle was the latter.

To see examples of the workmanship for yourself, contact Nu Venture in Wallgate, Wigan, Lancashire, or pop in to see what's in stock at Nu Venture agent dealerships such as Todds Leisure in Preston, Robsons in Wolsingham, P & P Car & Camper Sales in Gosport, Hampshire, Knowepark in Livingston and Peak Leisure Vehicles in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. 

Design

Nu Venture's latest model, the Nu Rio Micro, was launched at the October NEC show. It’s built on the Peugeot Expert with 
a six-speed auto ’box giving near-sporty performance.

The set-up comprises a rear-entry, glazed stable door with electrically operated step, a front lounge area, a rear corner washroom and, on 
the rear nearside, a kitchen.

The fully insulated GRP roof moulding gives the interior of the ’van height and allows room for six lockers as well as storage space above the cab. The grey GRP sidewalls are punctuated on the offside by a cassette toilet hatch and mains 
input and on the nearside 
by a gas locker, fresh water inlet and fuel cap.

On the road

The Nu Rio Micro is based on a Peugeot Expert van powered by a 2-litre HDI diesel auto, 163 bhp engine. You can drive this compact camper anywhere – it measures 5.45m long, 1.95m wide and 2.54m high (17'10" wide, 6'5" wide, 8'4" high).

The specification has been kept to the basics, with options available. Steel wheels, rather than alloys, help to keep costs down 
on the outside.

Lounging & dining

In the lounge you can specify an arrangement to suit the way you want to use your ’van. The options are two parallel seats with a table in the middle, two single side dinettes, a sofa and a side dinette, and wrap-around seating.

Three roof lights brighten 
the ’van by day and LED strip lights take care of nighttime illumination.

Kitchen

In the kitchen, the twin-burner hob shares a stainless steel unit with the sink. A worktop extension provides extra preparation space. There’s a three-way 60-litre fridge, but no oven or grill.

Sleeping

At night the sofas convert to a decent-sized (1.85m x 1.87m) double bed or two singles.

Washroom

Hot water and 
a shower unit are options, but there is a Thetford electric-flush toilet and a moulded vanity unit with 
a drop-down basin in the little washroom, in the rear offside corner of this micro camper. A roof vent provides ventilation and daylight in the washroom.

Storage

There are six overhead lockers and a useful cubbyhole for bedding over the cab.

Equipment

Standard equipment in the Nu Rio Micro includes a leisure battery, split relay charger, 240v electrics, mains charging unit, 12v sockets and two LED strip lights under the lockers. There are three roof lights, a dining table, mirrored vanity cabinet in the washroom, also the Thetford electric flush loo and roof vent with fly screen. There's a cushion vinyl flooring, cab curtains and a choice of upholstery and four different furniture finishes. It also comes with a 60-litre three-way fridge-freezer, two-burner hob and sink combi with seperate glass lids, a kitchen roof vent (with blind and flyscreen).

Options available include a TV aerial, oven, awning, parking sensors, solar panel., more seat belts, a shower room, CAT 1 alarm system, removable carpets, Truma mains and gas hot water heating system, Truma blown air heating and curtains.

Nu Venture is happy to customise each motorhome to suit the customer's specific requirements, beyond this list of options.

Technical specs

LayoutCamper with washroom
Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM2995kg
Payload500kg
Length5.45m17′11″
Width1.95m6′5″
Height2.54m8′4″
Engine (capacity)2000
Engine (power)163
Fresh/waste water49L / 49L
Gas bottle size4.5kg
Number of gas bottles2
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 2-burner gas hob
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet

Verdict

There’s sufficient kit and space to make the Nu Venture Nu Rio Micro a cracking weekender ’van for a couple and it’s small enough to be used as a daily runaround.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Small enough to drive and park anywhere a car can go
  • Uses less diesel than a larger motorhome
  • Ideal base vehicle for picnics and outdoor activities
  • Automatic transmission

Cons

  • Hot water costs extra
  • Shower costs extra
  • Only two belted travel seats
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