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
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.
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 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
Three roof lights brighten the ’van by day and LED strip lights take care of nighttime illumination.
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.
|Layout||Camper with washroom|
|Fresh/waste water||49L / 49L|
|Gas bottle size||4.5kg|
|Number of gas bottles||2|
Dometic Fridge, 2-burner gas hob
Thetford C-250 toilet
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.
- 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
- Hot water costs extra
- Shower costs extra
- Only two belted travel seats