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Practical Motorhome's Editor reviews the three-berth Carado T 339 motorhome to see if this German-built coachbuilt has done enough to impress UK buyers
Since Carado Mobil motorhomes were made available on British shores during the 2013 season, UK buyers now have a choice of both offerings from Hymer Group’s Capron subsidiary. The two brands roll off the same production line in Saxony, but are targeted at different markets. With its more sober styling, Carado is pitched at older buyers.
Based on the Fiat Ducato with a lowered chassis, the T 339 is a couple’s ’van with the added flexibility of an optional third berth via a make-up bed in the front lounge. A midships washroom, split across the vehicle, plus L-shaped kitchen and half-dinette, complete the layout. The luxurious rear bed also sits above a spacious rear garage that will swallow enough kit for even the longest tours.
Sporting the new sharp-looking Ducato cab and sculptured roof moulding, the T 339 has a pleasing appearance. Confirming its Continental origins, the habitation door is sited on the UK offside; an electric entrance step aids access, as the habitation floor sits at 54cm from the ground.
On the road
Lounging & dining
The captain’s chairs in the cab rotate easily to provide two extra places at the table, so up to five people can enjoy the facilities here. Plenty of natural light floods in, via a rooflight, a nearside window and a panoramic sunroof in the roof of the cab. LED lighting will play a supporting role in the evenings, augmented by mood lighting at the bottom of the overhead lockers.
Another berth is available at the front of the Carado T 339, included as part of the UK specification, by dropping the lounge table and redeploying the travel seat backrest and squab; extra length is achieved by pulling an extension frame from the single seat’s box.
|Layout||Rear island bed|
|Fresh/waste water||122L / 92L|
|Leisure battery||95 Ah|
|Gas bottle size||11kg|
|Number of gas bottles||2|
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Extractor fan
Thetford C-250 toilet
With its many UK-friendly spec bumps, the Carado T 339 motorhome competes well with the kit lists of British-built budget ’vans. There will still be a price difference, but T 339 buyers will get Hymer Group quality, albeit with a habitation door on the UK offside.
- Hymer Group's build quality
- Excellent storage
- Fixed island bed
- Comfy cab for driver and passenger
- Oven, grill and three gas rings
- Dual fuel fridge and freezer
- Habitation door on the Continental side
- Spare bed is skinny
- No microwave or space for one