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Featuring the popular French bed/corner washroom layout, find out more about the Pilote Pacific P716P with Practical Motorhome's Editor Niall Hampton
The French bed/corner washroom layout is certainly well represented in today's motorhome market – buyers clearly like the convenience of a fixed rear bed and adjacent ablution facilities. But if faced by customers who don’t favour one brand, how does a manufacturer offering this floorplan stand out in the crowd?
Pilote has gone some way to answering that question with its Pacific P716P, which sports the aforementioned layout but plants a light firmly under its bushel with a large front lounge. In fact, that’s underselling it – it’s a fantastic achievement.
It also had the 150bhp engine upgrade (£840) plus the GB Enhancement Pack Pacific (£2528 reduced to £758), which adds GRP polyester sidewalls, a passenger airbag, a combination oven and grill, Truma Combi 6 heating and boiler and drop-in lounge carpets. An upgraded cab specification featured a double DIN Pioneer head unit with integrated reversing camera, sitting in a smart black dashboard with silver details around the air vents.
Lounging & dining
The P716P will therefore be ideal for people who like making friends on tour. To enable potentially large gatherings to move freely around the lounge, the table is hinged in the middle and can lift up easily out of the way.
The lounge even has its own ‘bar’: a drinks cabinet bookends the midships end of the offside double sofa: lift a hinged flap to reveal space for six bottles. On its other side is hanging space for eight stemmed glasses – one for each occupant if the large lounge is fully utilised.
Kitchen kit includes the usual essentials: a combi oven and grill, three gas burners in a line, a circular sink and a large overhead locker above a smart black splashback that surrounds the window. Some of the facings under the kitchen worktop are white, referencing the two-tone design of the overhead lockers – a pleasing touch.
The lounge’s drop-down double bed sleeps two. It is electrically operated via a remote control on a cord that pulls down from the lounge end of the bed and measures 1.35m x 1.9m (4ft 5in x 6ft 2in).
|Fresh/waste water||130L / 95L|
|Leisure battery||105 Ah|
Pilote has a loyal following in the UK and a good reputation for quality. This 'van stands out from its rivals thanks to its cracking front lounge, excellent storage and a drop-down bed – all delivered for a keen price. We've given it a four-star rating.
- The large lounge is a very sociable space
- There's plenty of storage
- Worktop space is in short supply