Mike Le CaplainSee other motorhome reviews written by Mike Le Caplain
A clever new design in a low-profile on a Ford Transit base, read the Practical Motorhome Chausson Flash 610 review for more on this impressive four-berth
Every now and then, a motorhome comes along whose sheer design brilliance makes you wonder quite how no one else has come up with the idea before. And while the Chausson Flash 610’s on-paper spec might not make you stop dead in your tracks, seeing one for yourself in the metal is pretty much guaranteed to slacken your jaw.
And it’s not hard to see why. The cab environment is about as car-like as a commercial vehicle is likely to get, with the swooping panels and buttons putting us in mind of a current Ford Fiesta.
On the road
Our test vehicle benefitted from the VIP Pack, which brings with it a colour-coded front bumper and cab air conditioning.
Lounging & dining
There’s a real sense of space and airiness in here, too, enhanced by the lack of roof lockers – the reason for which we’ll come to in due course. Lighting appears a little minimal at first glance – there’s just one ceiling light – but the multiple LEDs therein positively flood the area with light at night.
Opposite, Chausson has squeezed a full-sized 175-litre fridge-freezer between the doorway and washroom wall, and fitted a spark-ignition Smev oven/grill unit above.
But there’s another reason for collapsing that table – and that’s to liberate the second double bed hidden in this area. Twist another key – this one on what appears to be a ceiling moulding – and a huge double bed floats down from the roof. In two-berth mode, the bed drops as low as the top of the collapsed table, but if you have guests staying overnight, the bed can be halted higher up and accessed via a ladder.
A plethora of mirrors makes the area feel bigger, and the levels of storage are off the scale. Hanging space in the wardrobe along the rear wall is truncated slightly by the garage beneath, but there’s room enough in there for at least a month’s worth of clothing.
The nearside rear corner is given over to the separate shower cubicle and it’s huge. It’s a simple affair, but is fully lined with a pair of shower-tray drains for fast emptying, even if the ’van isn’t pitched level. We love the contrasting black three-quarter-height moulding onto which the shower riser fits, too.
The offside wall holds the toilet hatch and single (13kg) gas cylinder locker – the ’van’s diesel-powered heating necessitates only one cylinder – leaving the hook-up and water-fill points on the nearside.
|Fresh/waste water||122L / 100L|
|Leisure battery||95 Ah|
|Gas tank size||13kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||1|
The Chausson Flash 610 offers great living space in a compact body on a superb-to-drive Ford base vehicle. As appealing to small families as it is to couples, we reckon this is cracking value.
- It has a large washroom
- The rear garage is generously sized and well specced
- The Ford Transit base makes it good to drive
- Kitchen worktop space is in short supply